Although not all recent moves made by the Cubs have sat well with fans, the fact is this new front office has worked wonders in the last year and a half. Sure, Chicago dropped the ball when non-tendering Kyle Schwarber. Anthony Rizzo went on to have a great year in 2022 in the Bronx, as well, but there are plenty of moves that have drastically improved the long-term outlook for the club.
Ever Since hiring Carter Hawkins as GM, who has, for the most part, been content to be behind the scenes, the organization has been churning out top-tier talent throughout the minor league system. Chicago looks to be forming an assembly line of prospects that hopefully can be called up in waves as the year go on.
Let’s hone in on just three trades that are already looking like winners.
3 recent trades the Cubs won: #3 – Trading Kris Bryant to the Giants
Though fans everywhere were upset when Kris Bryant was traded to the Giants last July, it’s now safe to say it was the best move for Chicago. In return, the Cubs received Caleb Kilian, who figures to *hopefully* be a solid addition to the starting rotation moving forward and Alexander Canario who just went from High-A to Triple-A all in one season and is proving he has what it takes to be an impact player.
Kilian struggled with command issues in 2022 and spent the majority of the year in Iowa fine-tuning his mechanics. One can hope he’s one adjustment away from being a solid piece at the big league level. Canario, on the other hand, just launched 37 home runs during the 2022 season and at just 22 years old has as high of a ceiling as anybody. If he continues at the torrid pace he was on, it won’t be long before he’s in Chicago getting regular at-bats and crushing baseballs onto Waveland.
The icing on the cake is that the Giants didn’t even re-sign Bryant. In my mind, the Cubs absolutely owned this trade considering Canario is already the #9 prospect in the organization and Kilian sits at #14, respectively. However, I have a sinking feeling Canario will move up a couple spots now being at Triple-A and due to how he ended the season red-hot at the highest level before the majors.
Personally, I’m happy for KB and his family for the massive contract he was able to secure. Given how the 2022 season played out, I’m also thrilled it wasn’t the Cubs who gave it to him. Bryant played in just 42 games this season and recorded only five home runs and 14 RBI in the process. He landed on the IL three different times an, at least so far, it’s safe to say the Cubs dodged a bullet here.