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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We get to our first Juan Soto Chicago Cubs trade proposal.

Pitching prospect Ben Brown is the highlight of this trade package to the San Diego Padres which also includes Javier Assad and Alexander Canario. In any trade for Soto, it would seem likely that the Cubs will need to part with one of their top pitching prospects in Brown or Cade Horton. The Cubs probably prefer it to be Brown but the ask will likely be Horton. Assad being included in the deal may be a given as the Padres seek cost-controlled starting pitchers.

There likely will be multiple position players included in the Cubs' offer to the Padres but outfielder Alexander Canario is a good start. If the Cubs acquire a big bat such as Soto, Canario's path to consistent playing time at the Major League level is blocked. Top outfield prospect Kevin Alcantara likely will be a candidate to be included in the deal as well.

Chicago Cubs Trade Grade: A, another one of those proposals where the Cubs would be committing highway robbery. The Padres will want more for Soto.