Cubs have appealing young position players to offer in trade

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 06:22:24 AM. Cubs need starting pitchers and realize to get one of quality they may have to give up Kyle Schwarber, Ian Happ, Allbert Almora Jr., Addison Russell or Javier Baez.
The need for pitching — particularly starting pitching — is too obvious for the to ignore, even though to obtain it they realize they will need to sacrifice one of their prized young players. For the last three seasons, President Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer have acknowledged the strong interests other teams have expressed in their players, and more recently they have acknowledged they may have to move such a player to address an urgent need. Here’s a look at those players and the pros and cons of dealing any one of them: Kyle Schwarber The Cubs currently have a surplus of candidates (, Ian Happ, ) who can play left field. A left-handed hitting slugger who can play left field and occasionally catch when he’s not handling designated-hitter duties would entice several teams. The Cubs currently have enough switch-hitters to offset the loss of Schwarber’s bat from the left side. But since taking over baseball operations, one of Epstein’s goals has been to add left-handed hitting depth and the Cubs don’t have a surplus of left-handed power hitters to complement Anthony Rizzo. Interested teams like that Schwarber hit one home run for every 14.07 at-bats in 2017. Yet they might have some pause over his 150 strikeouts in 422 at-bats. Still, Schwarber won’t be arbitration eligible until 2019, so his salary is controllable. The Cubs might be reluctant to trade Schwarber because has the potential to correct his flaws and turn into a consistent 35-homer, 100-RBI hitter with...Read more
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