3 Chicago Cubs players who could get moved at the deadline
The Chicago Cubs have a lot going for them going into the 2023 season. They were able to sign one of the top free agent shortstops when they inked former Braves star Dansby Swanson to a 7-year deal. They also brought in power hitters like Cody Bellinger and Trey Mancini, while bolstering the pitching staff with Jameson Taillon and Drew Smyly. Barring any serious injuries, the Cubs should be in a position to compete.
However, this does not mean the Cubs will not move some of their players at the trade deadline. If the Cubs are not looking like they will win the division come July, they may be inclined to send some of their expiring contracts to other teams. And that's okay because the Cubs still have time before a deep playoff run looks likely. So here are three players that the Cubs could trade if their win/loss record is not up to par at the trade deadline.
1. Michael Fulmer
Fulmer is will be a back-of-the-bullpen option for David Ross, and there is a good chance he could emerge as the every day closer. Since he is only on a one-year deal, the Cubs could look to flip Fulmer at the deadline in exchange for a prospect or two. The Cubs have utilized the strategy of signing quality relievers to short-term contracts, and moving them at the deadline/ The Cubs have been using these deals to stack their minor league system with quality arms quite successfully.
Traded to Phillies at 2022 deadline
Ben Brown (Cubs no. 7 prospect)
Traded to Dodgers at 2022 deadline
Traded to Mets at 2022 deadline
Saul Gonzalez (3.14 ERA in 43 innings in 2022)
Drafted by Cubs in 2015
Traded to Yankees at 2022 deadline
Hayden Wesneski (Cubs probable 5th starter in 2023)
Traded to White Sox at 2021 deadline
Bailey Horn (invited to Spring Training: 2.79 ERA last year)
Traded to Athletics at 2021 deadline
RHP Daniel Palencia (Cubs no. 19 prospect) and 1B Greg Deichmann
If the Cubs are not in contention this year, I would expect Fulmer to be involved in a similar deal if he is pitching well enough. Competing teams are always looking to add to their bullpen at the trade deadline, and the Cubs have been using that reality to help rebuild their farm system.