Chicago Cubs Rumors: Mason Miller trade proposal would be outrageous overpay

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Oakland Athletics closer Mason Miller has been a popular name in Chicago Cubs' trade rumors given the need that the team has in the bullpen.

Given that Miller is under team control through the 2029 season, the Athletics' asking prices are, rightfully, extremely high.

The expectation is that the Athletics will be seeking multiple organization Top-10 prospects in exchange for Miller.

While the Cubs' last contention window was defined by the team's willingness to trade from its farm system to address needs on the Major League roster, Jed Hoyer, the team's president of baseball operations, has been cautious in his approach.

That is one reason many fans have a hard time believing the trade proposal that Zachary Rymer of Bleacher Report suggested for the Cubs to acquire Miller.

"Trade Proposal: Chicago Cubs get RHP Mason Miller; Oakland Athletics get OF Kevin Alcántara (Cubs No. 4, MLB No. 47), OF Owen Caissie (Cubs No. 5, MLB No. 52), IF James Triantos (Cubs No. 6, MLB No. 87)"

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Not only are the Cubs giving up three of their Top 10 prospects, each listed in MLB Pipeline's Top 100 prospects, but the proposal also requires the team to give up two of its Top five organizational prospects, Kevin Alcántara and Owen Caissie.

Triantos being involved in the trade makes sense, given that he is blocked at the Major League level, but it would seem extremely unlikely that the Cubs would be willing to offer Alcántara and Caissie in the same deal. One of them would undoubtedly be included in the deal but as for the other, it would seem more likely that the Cubs would be willing to include Alexander Canario and another Top-20 prospect.

This means that a potential deal would be like Alcántara, Canario, Triantos, and a prospect such as Drew Gray for Miller.