Building out 3 hypothetical trades for Cubs outfielder Ian Happ
Cubs: Ian Happ trade scenario #2: Ian Happ lands in Houston for Hunter Brown
Going back to the well here with adding Givens as a sweetener, we visit the Lone Star State and come away with Houston Astros top pitching prospect, Hunter Brown. Coming in slightly under Tiedemann’s value at 22.7, the Cubs wind up with a guy who is much closer to MLB status as he is currently dominating at the Triple-A level with a 2.62 ERA in 75 2/3 frames to go along with 101 punchouts on the season.
At 23 years old, Brown is knocking on the door to the big leagues and could slide into the Cubs rotation and be paired with the likes of Keegan Thompson, Justin Steele and Caleb Kilian moving forward.
The Astros, as always, are in contention and looking to get aggressive at the deadline. With the Yankees already landing Andrew Benintendi, Houston will need to make a splash of its own and presumably would love to have a switch-hitter in their lineup.
Currently, with the exceptions of Yordan Alvarez and Kyle Tucker, the Astros have threee listed outfielders that are all batting under .235 on the season. With Michael Brantley on the IL without a timetable for return, adding a bat like Happ’s provides further versatility throughout the Astros’ rather top heavy order.