5 blockbuster trades the Cubs could, but won't make ahead of the trade deadline

The Cubs could change the entire landscape of power in the National League, but will instead opt for marginal improvements with an eye on 2024 and beyond.
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5 blockbuster trades the Cubs won't make: #3 - Pete Alonso

Again - underperforming team + first base hole on the North Side, here's a fit. But there's a big difference between unloading a 39-year-old pitcher on a massive deal and trading your face of the franchise first baseman. I have trouble believing A) the Mets would actually trade Alonso at the deadline and B) the Cubs would meet what would no-doubt be an astronomical asking price.

On the year, Alonso hasn't played up to expectations, batting in the low .200s, but still racking up 30 home runs and a 124 OPS+. That obviously far outpaces anything the Cubs first basemen have managed on the year and those 30 long-balls would lead the team by a wide margin (Patrick Wisdom currently leads Chicago with 18 homers).

The hope is that Matt Mervis pans out long-term and gives the Cubs an answer at the position. But whether that winds up being the case or not, Hoyer isn't sending some of his best prospects to the Mets for Alonso - thankfully, that's a one-way street (thanks for PCA, guys).