At this point, it is unknown the true direction of the Chicago Cubs. Although, many assume they are not ready to throw in the towel just yet. With no clear direction, it is unknown who the best Cubs trade targets would be. We will look into four general Cubs trade targets based on no team direction.
The Cubs have two major holes to fill before spring training, the hole in the outfield left by Kyle Schwarber and the leadoff spot that has been virtually left empty since the departure of Dexter Fowler following the 2016 season. Luckily for Chicago, they could fill both those holes with one minor move, trade for Clint Frazier.
Clint Frazier was drafted in 2013 and has not played 70 games in the majors yet. Some of his lack of playing time can be attributed to performance, therefore making him a low-risk, high-reward player.
Through 162 career games, Frazier has batted .258 with an OBP of .331, now he may not be the most eye-popping leadoff man, but he should be considered as one of the legitimate Cubs trade targets.
This offseason the Cubs said goodbye to two starting pitchers, Jon Lester and Jose Quintana, leaving a hole in the rotation. If the Cubs want to stay relevant in the National League Central, they will need to add to their rotation. Danny Duffy seems like the man to round out their rotation.
Duffy, a 10-year veteran pitcher has not seen major success throughout his career, he has a 64-65 win-loss record, but has only played for the Kansas City Royals. He has a career 4.02 ERA, with 983 strikeouts in 1111.1 innings pitched.
Duffy may not be the hottest name on the trade block, but he is a solid veteran arm that brings experience to a Cubs’ rotation looking to compete. Duffy being a solid pitcher makes him a Cubs trade target.
We are grasping on straws here, it is unlikely the Cubs will even exercise the idea but he should definitely one of the Cubs’ trade targets. Snell is the best available pitcher, sorry Trevor Bauer, if the Cubs can somehow find a way to add the former Cy Young award winner would do wonders for the Cubs’ hunt to contend again.
Snell may not be the best pitcher in baseball, but he certainly brings a lot to the table. Through five seasons, Snell has 108 games started postings a 3.24 ERA and 1.237 WHIP. In 2018, he posted a 1.89 ERA while winning the American League Cy Young. 2018 may have been a glimpse of what Snell could do and Chicago could be the place he finds himself.
If the Cubs could build the right package to reel in the Tampa Bay ace they would be on track to the best one, two, three rotational punch in MLB. The Cubs need to find themselves a quality pitcher going into 2021, and Snell is the perfect addition to the Cubs’ trade targets.
One of the biggest names available on the trade market is Josh Hader. Although Hader is one of Chicago’s divisional rivals star players that does not mean he should not be a Cubs trade target. The Cubs have had struggles with their bullpen over the last few years, especially their closing pitcher position. Hader is one of baseball’s best closing pitchers, it is almost a match made in heaven, except for the fact Hader is a Brewer.
Over four MLB seasons, Hader has appeared in 172 games, recording 62 saves, 37 in 2019, and a league-leading 13 in 2020. He has pitched a total of 223.2 innings while striking out 380 batters. The two-time All-Star has shown nothing but dominance as the Brewers full-time closer.
The chances of the Cubs scraping Hader away from the Brewers for anything short of a king’s ransom is slim. Although the price would be high, the closer is a big need for the Cubs, therefore making Hader close to the top of the Cubs’ trade targets.
Cubs Trade Targets Recap
The four players who should be apart of the Cubs’ trade targets fill the Cubs’ biggest needs. An outfielder/leadoff hitter, two pitchers who can immediately step into the rotation, and a dominant bullpen pitcher to finish close games. Although Hader and Snell are unlikely to ever dawn a Cubs uniform, they would both be big-time players in bringing the Cubs back to the promised land. Frazier and Duffy seem to be more likely options for the Cubs as they figure out their direction. These four Cubs trade targets would be ideal for 2021.
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