Chicago Cubs Rumors: This Pete Alonso trade will never happen

The Cubs would be crazy to make the same mistake the Mets made when they dealt Pete Crow-Armstrong.
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The Chicago Cubs' inability to slug has once again become the primary reason the offense has broken. While Jed Hoyer would point to the Cubs' slugging numbers as a reason why there should be faith that the roster can, internally, fix that issue, anyone capable of googling would realize the Cubs' ability to slug last season was mostly due to the trade deadline acquisition of Jeimer Candelario.

If the Cubs are going to address their need for slug this season, it will need to come through an external solution.

New York Mets' first baseman Pete Alonso has been a popular name in Cubs trade rumors for much of the past calendar year and it would seem that Alonso will be a popular target speculated about for the Cubs this season.

To that end, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score speculated about what the cost would be from the Cubs for Alonso at the deadline.

No, there is not a scenario that exists where the Cubs would trade a Top-100 prospect in baseball for two months of Alonso. Beyond that, the latest MLB Pipeline rankings have James Triantos trending toward being a Top-50 prospect in baseball.

Owen Caissie being included in any ask from the Mets is a non-starter. It's not happening. In a world where Alonso is traded to the Cubs and then immediately signs an extension, sure, we can, at least, have the conversation about Triantos. Even in that scenario, that ask would be lofty, considering there are already signs of slight power regression from Alonso this season, and he turns 30 before the start of next season. But again, Alonso is represented by Scott Boras and will undoubtedly test the market this winter.

Levine's dated ideas notwithstanding, Alonso remains one of the likelier rental bats for the Cubs. Assuming, of course, Hoyer is ready to finally make an impact move.