The Chicago Cubs are going to be an interesting team to keep an eye on in the coming weeks and months. The Cubs could trade two key starters before the 2021 season. After a rough finish to the COVID-19-shortened 2020 MLB season, a lot of changes are being made. Theo Epstein stepping down from his role with the franchise was the biggest change.
Now, Jed Hoyer is running things for the Cubs. Kyle Schwarber has already been non-tendered and will likely be playing elsewhere next season. Kris Bryant appears to be more than available in trade talks for the right price.
Outside of those two guys, many believe that the Cubs are going to be open to trading more players. Among the names mentioned are Javier Baez, Willson Contreras, Yu Darvish, and Kyle Hendricks.
That"s right, all of those Cubs could be traded and be available for teams to acquire. They won"t come cheap, but they are worth the asking price.
Baez, Darvish, and Hendricks, in particular, seem like strange players to be available. All three of them are players the Cubs could still decide to build around and with the change in direction, Chicago won"t shy away from listening to offers.
CBS Sports has mentioned that the Cubs could trade both Hendricks and Darvish. Both pitchers had quality seasons in 2020.
Chances Cubs Could Trade Darvish and Hendricks
Should the Cubs be open to trading their two star pitchers? Most fans would be livid if they moved on from both of them, but it could make sense.
If the Cubs are sold that they can"t compete for a World Series right now, rebuilding could be an option. They would be able to open up some money to spend and would get a ton of young talent with the trade of either of these two starting pitchers.
Last season with the Cubs, Hendricks finished the year with a 6-5 record to go along with a 2.88 ERA. Darvish had an impressive season and racked up an 8-3 record and a 2.01 ERA. Both players would be viewed as potential aces in trade discussions.
Chicago would be able to jumpstart their rebuild insanely fast by trading these guys. That is why a potential trade could make sense.
Trading both pitchers would also set the Cubs back a long way. They are proven and the Cubs know that they have a legitimate No. 1 starter with either one of them. Moving them for young talent would be risky.
It would be very wise for Chicago to keep at least one of them. Trading one wouldn"t be a bad move, but trading both is something they may not be able to bounce back from quickly if things go bad.
Cubs Could Trade, but Will They?
The Cubs need to figure out exactly what direction they want to go. There is no need to completely rebuild right now, however, they need to re-tool and try to get back into contention.
Coming in and overhauling the entire roster would be a mistake by Hoyer. He has had a hand in creating this roster and dismantling it completely isn"t likely. Trading Hendricks and Darvish is possible, but not likely right now.
Trading Bryant would make a lot more sense. He has not been very consistent over the last couple of years. Chicago could bring back some young talent in that trade and also possibly a piece to replace Bryant at third base.
Chicago does not need to panic and blow everything up. They need to make some sizable changes, but they should not go too far with those changes.
It will be interesting to see what the Cubs end up doing over the next few months. Expect to see both Kyle Hendricks and Yu Darvish on the roster to start the 2021 season and don"t be surprised if they stick around past the trade deadline.
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