Chicago Cubs Rumors: Three players that could be traded

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The Chicago Cubs are expected to be active this Major League Baseball offseason as the team has the goal of returning to contention in 2023 after missing the postseason in each of the past two seasons. The Cubs have money to spend this offseason and that is why the team has cast a wide net in the early parts of free agency. Over the past month, the Cubs have been connected to each of the top four free-agent shortstops; a former National League MVP in outfielder Cody Bellinger; a former American League MVP in first baseman Jose Abreu: and, a standout Japanese starting pitcher in Kodai Senga.

The needs are plenty for the Cubs this offseason as the team has question marks at the second base position, third base position, first base position, centerfield, catcher, and their pitching staff. Considering the vast needs that the Cubs have this offseason, it stands to reason that the team will also look to the trade market for improvements as well.

While the Cubs' prospect depth has taken a hit in recent months due to injuries to Alexander Canario, Brennan Davis, and Miguel Amaya; the team still has talent at the Major League level that they could move under the right circumstances.

Three players the Chicago Cubs could trade: Nick Madrigal

2022 was another season in which Nick Madrigal struggled to stay healthy as the second baseman was limited to 59 games. In those 59 games with the Cubs, his first season with the team, Madrigal posted a wRC+ of 70 with a slash line of .249/.305/.282/.588.

If the Cubs are able to land one of the free-agent shortstops this offseason, that move will force Nico Hoerner over to second base. Under that scenario, Madrigal would seem like an ideal trade candidate for the Cubs.