Chicago Cubs Rumors: Cubs could turn to Diamondbacks for OF help
What can the Cubs offer?
It was noted in an article by MLB Trade Rumors that the Diamondbacks' top priority this offseason should be fixing their bullpen issues. The Cubs have a few good bullpen arms that could entice the Diamondbacks. In a trade for someone like Pavin Smith, the Cubs may not need to give up one of their better arms. They can possibly get away with trading away Manuel Rodriguez, and a low-level prospect. Manuel Rodriguez had an okay year this past season, but his strikeout numbers are not where they should be, and he had some control issues in his 13.2 innings in 2022. With that said, he missed barrels in 2022, and the ultimate goal of a reliever is to just get the outs he is asked to get. Pairing him and maybe a catching prospect in Miguel Amaya (assuming the Cubs sign another catcher this offseason) could get the deal done.
Varsho and McCarthy will have higher price tags, and that could steer the Cubs away. Still, there is a deal to get done if the Cubs offer the right package. The Diamondbacks will need a catcher, it is just not at the top of their list right now. However, adding in a catching prospect would sweeten the deal. Miguel Amaya, in my opinion, is the prospect the Cubs would have to part ways with as he is closest to major league ready.
Here is where it gets tricky in Chicago. The Cubs' bullpen was not the best last year either, so trading away a top bullpen piece would not be the smartest move. However, it could be worth it should Varsho or McCarthy become the players they have the potential to be. Adbert Alzolay pitched out of the bullpen when he came back from injury in 2022. He is not someone the Cubs should want to part ways with, but at the same time, he could be the guy to get the deal done. He threw a bunch of strikes in his 13.1 innings striking out 19 batters and his fastball velocity was a little bit higher out of the bullpen.
They could pair a few relievers as well. Ethan Roberts and Rowan Wick come to mind. Roberts struggled on the big league club in Chicago last season, but his minor league stats are outstanding. He is a good arm, and if he can figure it out, would fill a need in Arizona. The Cubs were able to reach a 1 year deal with Wick last week, but he could be a strong trade candidate here. He has plenty of experience and pitched in different spots for the Cubs in 2022.
The Cubs have been linked to Cody Bellinger, Adam Engel, and Kevin Kiermaier, but the Diamondbacks have a plethora of talent in their outfield waiting for someone to trade with them. Cody Bellinger should be the Cubs' top Priority, but even if they sign Bellinger, they will still need a 4th outfielder to play when some of the other guys need rest, or if an injury occurs. The Cubs also have a spot they can fill at DH. Varsho, McCarthy, and Smith can all fill that DH spot as well. The Cubs want to be contenders again in 2023, trading for one of these outfielders would help them do that.