Rumors are swirling around the Chicago Cubs orbit that the team will be in on New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso, who may be available via trade this winter.
Although Alonso only has one year of control left on his contract, he is one of the year's premiere power hitters who cranked 40+ home runs in his last two seasons. This kind of production will command a significant haul of prospects in return for the 28-year-old first baseman.
If the Cubs hope to pull off this deal, they will have to dip into their deep farm system of top prospects. Here are 5 Cubs prospects who could headline a trade for Alonso.
1. LHP Jordan Wicks
Jordan Wicks was the Cubs' first-round pick from 2021 and he was finally brought up to the active roster at the end of August. He dominated his first start of the year, where he gave up just one earned run in five innings pitched and made history by setting down 15 straight batters.
Although Wicks' season ERA doesn't look stellar at 4.41, this stat was inflated from the final game of the season, where Wicks was nabbed for six earned runs in 1.2 innings of garbage time. The team already knew they weren't making the playoffs in this game so I don't fault Wicks for not showing off his best start in this game.
In Wicks' small sample size, he mostly lived up to his first-round selection. He showed great fortitude in his debut and seamlessly transitioned into the starting rotation. His stuff doesn't blow hitters away, but his changeup still misses a lot of bats and he induces a lot of ground balls. The Mets will almost certainly want a top-tier young pitcher for Alonso and Wicks would be an enticing asset.