3 superstars the Cubs could target via trade: #1 - Juan Soto
Of course, we can't have this list and not feature Juan Soto. Given his age, he could be the exception to Chicago's unstated rule against decade-plus long contracts - but the dollar amount would be enough to make Tom Ricketts sob uncontrollably.
Reports this week connected the Cubs to Soto - and even calling out Christopher Morel as a guy the Padres are 'very high' on. San Diego could simply look to unload payroll or eat some of the salary for a stronger prospect return, but either way, Chicago is in a position to make a trade happen.
Soto will be a free agency after the 2024 season, but would be the biggest name to put on the Cubs pinstripes in years. Chicago won't be the only team looking to land the outfielder, but they are, arguably, in the strongest position to get a deal done if the front office decides to push its chips in on the former batting champ.