Thanksgiving week is typically a slower week in regard to happenings across Major League Baseball as teams such as the Chicago Cubs are preparing for the holiday weekend. Being that this is the first "normal" offseason that Major League Baseball has experienced in at least three years, it will be interesting to see the pace at which transactions occur. We've only had one major signing thus far and that was the free-agent deal that starting pitcher Tyler Anderson signed with the Los Angeles Angels last week. The Major League Baseball Winter meetings are two weeks from now and that generally serves as the true starting point for activity for Major League Baseball's offseason.
The Major League Baseball Winter Meetings generally allow for at least one or two major trades to occur. There is no doubt that the Chicago Cubs should be active in the trade market this offseason. Yesterday, we looked at four trade ideas for the Cubs in their efforts to acquire a top-of-the-rotation starting pitcher this offseason.
The ideas shouldn't stop there and that is where you come into play. Yes, you. Here at Cubbies Crib, we want you to put on your general manager hat and submit your trade proposals for the Cubs this offseason. You can reply to the tweet below or in the comments section of this article and we will feature your idea in a story later this week where we sift through the ideas and give our grades.
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