5 Chicago Cubs trade proposals our readers think need to happen this off-season

The Chicago Cubs are expected to be active on the trade front this off-season and we asked our readers for their best trade ideas.

Sep 30, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; San Diego Padres left fielder Juan Soto (22) watches his
Sep 30, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; San Diego Padres left fielder Juan Soto (22) watches his / Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
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There is an expectation that the Chicago Cubs will make a blockbuster trade at some point this off-season and the team has been linked to the likes of Juan Soto, Pete Alonso, and Tyler Glasnow throughout the first part of the off-season.

The timing certainly feels right for the Cubs to make a big trade as their farm system now ranks among the best in all of Major League Baseball and the team is entering the 2024 season with the expectation that they will contend.

With the MLB Winter Meetings less than two weeks away, we asked our readers to submit their trade proposals for the moves that the team has to make.

In this deal, the Cubs address their need for a late-inning relief pitcher by acquiring right-hander Hunter Harvey in exchange for middle infield prospect James Triantos.

Triantos finished the season as the Cubs' ninth overall prospect according to MLB Pipeline. It would seem that Triantos is on a path toward becoming one of the top prospects in the Cubs' system. Triantos slashed .285/.363/.390 with a wRC+ of 115 in High Class-A last season. Triantos finished the season with a brief stint at the Double-A level and slashed .333/.385/.417 with a wRC+ of 119 in 13 plate appearances.

Harvey has quietly become one of Major League Baseball's most effective relievers after posting an ERA under 3 in each of the past two seasons. Harvey is also under team control for the next two seasons.

Chicago Cubs Trade Grade: C+, on the surface, this is not a bad trade for the Cubs but if the team is going to part with Triantos, it likely will be for a superstar talent such as Juan Soto.