3 Chicago Cubs players who could be traded by Opening Day

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After an emphasis on free agency over the course of the first few months of the Major League Baseball offseason, there seems to be a belief that the Chicago Cubs will pivot to the trade market as they look to fill the remaining needs across their roster.

With the signing of veteran first baseman Eric Hosmer soon to be officially announced, it seems likely that the Cubs feel they are settled at the first base position with the addition of Hosmer and the emergence of first base prospect Matt Mervis. The Cubs addressed their need in the starting rotation with the signing of veteran Jameson Taillon. Shortstop Dansby Swanson solidifies the Cubs' middle of the infield and Cody Bellinger is an upgrade in center field.

The Cubs could still stand to add upgrades at third base, designated hitter, and in their bullpen. An upgrade for the Cubs at this point in the offseason is likely to come via trade and in doing so, there are three players that the team could move before Opening Day.

3 Chicago Cubs players who could be traded by Opening Day: Nick Madrigal

It remains to be determined what role Nick Madrigal will have with the Cubs in 2023. The signing of Swanson has shifted Nico Hoerner to second base and Madrigal is left without a starting position on the Cubs.

Madrigal has been injured for most of the past two offseasons so his trade value is not nearly as high as it was when the team acquired him from the Chicago White Sox in 2021 but is still young enough that a team could be willing to take a chance on him reaching his potential once healthy.