The latest Chicago Cubs Trade Idea makes a ton of sense

The Cubs' issue stems from a core that has been misidentified.
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The Chicago Cubs are in an uncomfortable position ahead of the Major League Baseball Trade Deadline next month.

The Cubs are 10 games out of first place in the National League Central and if not for the third Wild Card spot, the season would be all but lost. Even with the Cubs in play for the final Wild Card spot in the National League, the season does seem to be lost given that the flaws of the roster can not be fixed with any one move at the deadline.

The best course of action that the Cubs can take at the deadline is to move where they thread the needle between selling on this season and creating a better long-term outlook.

Credit to Matthew Trueblood of North Side Baseball for this idea. Trueblood writes that one of Ian Happ or Seiya Suzuki must be moved at the deadline next month. The premise is that individually, Happ and Suzuki are good players, but collectively, having them as two-thirds of a starting problem is a liability. Between the defensive regression from Suzuki in right field and the lack of power from both players, Trueblood makes the case that moving forward, it is not sustainable to have each player in the Cubs' starting lineup.

Changes are needed to the core of the Chicago Cubs

Both Happ and Suzuki have no trade clauses, but Trueblood's point is very clear and one that is being realized with the failures of this season: the believed core of the next Cubs' contention window needs to be changed.

In addition to Trueblood's suggestion, I would suggest that the player who would benefit most from this move is Alexander Canario.

Canario has the power potential to provide a major need to the Cubs' starting lineup, but given the crowded outfield at the Major League level, he has never been given an extended runway during his brief stints with the Cubs.

Moving one of Suzuki or Happ would create that runway for Canario. Entering play on Wednesday, Canario has 15 home runs at the Triple-A level this season with a 126 wRC+. There is no doubt that the Cubs will need to pay for external power sources this winter, but it would be in their best interest to see if they have an internal solution to part of that problem with Canario. Even if Canario falters, the Cubs would still have a path to playing time in the outfielder for either Owen Caissie next season or Kevin Alcantara down the line.