Unbelievably bad Chicago Cubs trade proposed by Bleacher Report

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Bleacher Report published a list of "outrageous trades" on Thursday, where they proposed sending Chicago Cubs ace Marcus Stroman to the Cincinnati Reds for a single prospect by the name of Christian Encarnacion-Strand.

While Marcus Stroman will effectively be a two-month rental, I would hope Cubs President of Baseball Operations Jed Hoyer would not be so foolish to make a trade like this. If the Cubs end up falling out of contention in the next month, which is unlikely given the poor state of the NL Central (INCLUDING THE REDS), Stroman would probably be the best-starting pitcher on the market. If the Cubs traded him for a single prospect, I would advise everyone to stop going to Cubs games for the remainder of the season.

A Stroman package would call for at least two prospects off the bat and since he would be a desirable target for virtually every contender, the Cubs would be in a position to jack up his price and sell to the highest bidder. If the Reds are in that bidding war, they would have to fork over more than one of their six top 100 prospects, of which Encarnacion-Strand is the highest up on the list at 93rd.

The chances are that the Cubs will end up at least staying in contention in the NL Central and I don't think they would be willing to send Stroman to a division rival in a year like this. Nor would the Reds want to send future stars that would play against them for years to come. This is just a silly trade proposal that would never happen.

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