3 bold predictions for the Winter Meetings - Cubs trade Adbert Alzolay
After an inconsistent first full season at the Major League level with the Cubs in 2021, 2022 was expected to be an important season for Adbert Alzolay as the team would be able to determine his future in their long-term pitching rotation. Unfortunately, Alzolay suffered a shoulder injury during Spring Training last season and did not return to the Major League level until the final month of the season. Alzolay was electric in his return to the Major League level as he posted a 3.38 ERA (1.91 FIP) in 6 appearances out of the bullpen while averaging over 12 strikeouts per 9 innings. The other encouraging aspect of Alzolay's return was the uptick in velocity as his fastball velocity was at 95mph last season.
With Alzolay having success in his return to the Major League level, why would the Cubs want to trade him? The Cubs have multiple needs at the top of their starting rotation and if they can sign a pitcher or two in free agency, Alzolay becomes a prime piece that the team could include in a trade package to address their multiple offensive needs.