2021 Business Deadline Ideas for Cubs
These are some of the possibilities.
Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Javier Báez, and Craig Kimbrel all make extremely attractive business targets. Let’s find them potential landing points.
MLB.com analysts came up with six rival teams that could cause a stir by trading for one or more of the Cubs’ big names, and struck a deal for each of those teams.
Here are the commercial proposals. (All statistics mentioned come in Friday.)
El Mago makes A’s shortstop problem go away
Why it might work: A’s need a shortstop more than anyone else. Their offensive production from the shortstop is the second worst of any team (only the Pirates scored less), and by far the worst of any playoff contender. Oakland’s shortstop wRC + is only 61… 100 is the league average. Offseason acquisition Elvis Andrus, who started 82 of 89 short-term A games, just wasn’t the answer.
It is therefore time for a new profession. Báez is a booming hitter – high home runs, high strikeouts – but he’s been more booming than bankrupt this season (21 home runs, 107 wRC +). His punching power would go a long way for A’s, who only got two home runs of their shortstops all year round, tied for the fewest teams. Báez is also a reel-type defender; Andrus was below average.
The Cubs would get a quality shortstop prospect in Davidson – the 23-year-old forward was the 2019 A’s first-round pick who has power potential, above-par speed, a strong arm and a good athleticism. Add an intriguing throwing perspective to Criswell, a flashing hard thrower as well as side throws with a slider and a change, and maybe you’ve got a deal.
Who says no: More likely the Cubs. They probably won’t get everything they want for Báez. Javy is a fan favorite in Chicago and at his best, he’s a superstar shortstop, but he’s a lessor, and you can see the risk of going out and trading for him and his 112 strikeouts, a Major League top, and his hack-to-the-plate approach. Davidson and Criswell are in the top 10 A’s prospects, but they’re not ranked in the MLB Top 100, so they might not keep El Mago away from Chicago.
Giants beef up their field for the playoffs
Why could it work: The Giants came in ahead of schedule and find themselves in an excellent position for a playoff berth (84.2% playoff odds, per FanGraphs), but trying to hold back the talented Dodgers and Padres to win the NL West and avoid a winner every Wild Card Game. The motivation should be there to act, and while the San Francisco relievers’ box hasn’t really been a problem (3.31 ERA, tied for second in MLB), its firepower is also weak (22, 9% K-rate, 25e). Kimbrel has been sensational this season and not only would give the Giants a closer stop, but also free right sub Tyler Rogers and southpaw Jake McGee to throw more in high leverage spots earlier in games.
The bonus with Kimbrel is that he is not a pure rental company. The 33-year-old has a $ 16 million club option for 2022, so the Giants could have him for two playoff races and the playoffs. Even so, it can be difficult for Chicago to land the kind of prospect they gave up (Gleyber Torres) to acquire Aroldis Chapman in 2016. That said, Harrison, 19, has an up arrow next to his name. , as the 2020 third-round pick struck out 76 catches in 46 2/3 innings this year in Class A. Castro (3.22 ERA in Triple-A) could provide immediate support to the reliever box, and Davis (currently on the injured list) ripped Triple -A around a few cups of MLB coffee.
Who says no? Probably the Cubs. While Chicago would undoubtedly prefer to move the rest of Kimbrel’s contract, he could also reclaim his option and then trade it this winter. With less sense of urgency, maybe the Cubs are waiting for a more elite prospect or one who is ready for the big league.
“Welcome to the Mets. »For real this time?
Why it might work: In January, amid swirling rumors that he was about to be treated, Bryant received a text from a Connecticut area code with that cryptic “Welcome to the Mets” message. It turned out to be nonsense, of course, but the Mets and Cubs did discuss Bryant a lot, and there’s no reason they couldn’t discuss him now.
Despite struggling on the injury front, the Mets have had one of the most reliable pitching staffs in baseball this season. It’s offense, surprisingly, that keeps this club from being truly World Series caliber. The Mets are averaging just 3.6 points per game – the second worst in all of MLB on Friday before an impressive performance against the Pirates. It goes without saying that Bryant is the type of bat who can take anything up a notch. It will be interesting to see how quickly third baseman JD Davis can return to form after his expected return from a sprained hand early in the second half, but Bryant also has the versatility to increase the outfield and spell. Pete Alonso early when needed.
And for the Cubs, this comeback featuring the Mets’ No.8, 9 and 11 prospects, via MLB pipeline, exceeds the value of the draft selection compensation they would receive if / when Bryant signs elsewhere.
Who says no? Probably the Mets. Bryant will have around $ 6 million remaining on his 2021 salary by the time of the trade deadline. And while the Mets can add that to their tally while still staying below the luxury tax threshold, they might want to make several moves that complicate the equation. For the Cubs to swallow any paycheck, it would take more in the realm of the Mets prospect. As a general rule, it can be difficult for business value and name value to match players in a rental position.
Yankees go, Cubs land a controllable slugger
Why it might work: The Yankees are in desperate need of a left-handed stick, so adding Rizzo to the roster would help balance a very right-handed group. As a bonus, Rizzo also brings better defense at first base. The New York relievers box has been solid, but general manager Brian Cashman knows there isn’t too much pitching, so Chafin would add more depth to this formidable group.
For the Cubs, Voit would be the Rizzo replacement the club will invariably have to seek out after this season, giving them control of the 30-year-old slugger until 2024. Peraza is a 21-year-old shortstop who can do a bit of a bit. of all. Although the Cubs have two shortstops among their Top 5 prospects (Cristian Hernandez and Ed Howard), Peraza – who plays Double-A – is closer to being ready for the big league than either of them. .
Who says no? Cubs. The control of the Voit club is attractive, but he is shaping up as a future DH, which is not yet officially a lock on coming to the National League full-time. Given Rizzo’s importance to the fan base, the Cubs are hoping to get more in return for him, while Chafin could be a much sought after weapon in a needy market.
The Cubs face a very familiar enemy
Why it might work: Let’s have fun in intra-division!
There is no love lost on the diamond between the Brewers and the Cubs, but maybe they can agree on the trading block. Milwaukee is as reliant on pitchers as any division chief, but this pitching staff – led by its big three from Corbin Burnes, Freddy Peralta and Brandon Woodruff up front and the two-headed monster from Josh Hader and Devin Williams at the back – turned out to be a championship caliber. The crew could mount these weapons until October (similar to the 2019 national championships) if their attack escalates a bit more; the Brewers have a .220 batting average among the worst in the National League as former leaders like Christian Yelich and Keston Hiura search for answers. Bryant is obviously a huge improvement over Luis Urías in the hot corner, and, given Jackie Bradley Jr.’s offensive struggles, the Brewers would benefit from swinging his bat in the outfield as well.
Meanwhile, the Cubs seem determined to do a quick “reload” instead of a full 2012-style teardown. Ashby just got a first taste of the greats (albeit bitter), and her massive strikeouts at home. miners could help remedy the glaring lack of swing-and-miss in Chicago’s future rotation plans. Quero could be a promising capture prospect if the Cubs also choose to deal with fellow Venezuelan Willson Contreras.
Who says no? The Cubs, who will likely have to pay part of Bryant’s remaining salary in 2021 to convince a team to trade for him months before he arrives in free agency. Paying out of pocket to send him to a fierce divisional rival would likely be too much for the Wrigley loyalists to bear.
The Blue Jays add a proven closer
Why could it work: The Blue Jays sit third in the AL East behind the Red Sox and Rays, sporting one of the most dynamic attacks in baseball. The Jays’ 112 wRC + ranks second among the Majors behind the Astros. Hitting was not a problem, but stroke prevention was, especially at the end of the round. The team signed Kirby Yates during the offseason, but he ended up needing Tommy John surgery before the season even started. The team recorded at least one save from seven different pitchers, with Jordan Romano leading with six. There is no doubt that a safer option at the end of games would put the team in a better position and allow them to use Romano, who has been good, with a 1.76 ERA, in other situations. with high leverage.
Additionally, Kimbrel has a club option for 2022, when the young team are likely to be competitive again. That means he could grab playoff victories for Vlad Jr. and his company for two consecutive years.
Who says no? Probably the Cubs, who might want more of an MLB-ready prospect, or even try asking for one of the Toronto players who has already reached that level, like Alek Manoah. Until we know if the Cubs could make these deals for 2022 or 2024, it’s unclear whether they would agree to a clearly reconstructed trade program like the one above, with two prospects whose ETA is 2023. .