The bottom line is that the Cubs hit 167 HR in 2018, over the last several year all of the CS and WS teams hit at least 200 (the Cubs hit 199 in 2016 but close enough). There are no 30 HR power guys on the trade market and only two on the FA market in Harper and Machado. You cannot trade Schwarber without signing one of those two. I agree with you on his trade value though as he was a 3.2 WAR player in 2018 and looks like he's getting better. He's a valuable piece, but he's valuable to the Cubs as they are currently constituted as well.It's noble that the Cubs want to work with Russell and keep him.But not considering trading Schwarber is, IMO, a big mistake.To trade for talent you have to trade talent
Poor Comp Dunn more realistic coming out. Now Dunn with plus D.They've always believed there's magic in that bat and that he would turn out to be a better hitter than Bryant.
It would because most teams are viewing him as incomplete. He puts up a 5+ fWAR season that trade back fires.Without knowing the return that is a very naive statment
I don’t see this glaring need that trading Schwarber fills.A trade of Schwarber would all depend on what eh return was. If he isn't given or earn the opportunity to stay in versus top lefties then I think he should be used in a trade that brings someone else of value back. When the Cubs won the Series, Maddon went against his own theory and started Schwarber even though it was versus a good lefty. The Red Sox won the Series this year because they simply put their best 8/9 hitters out there instead "playing the numbers" like the Dodgers did.
I think that development will determine a good bit of if Maddon is brought back for 2020.
I wouldn't be in favor of it unless it was something major. It would have to be something like a mega-multi-player deal, i.e. the Kluber trade, that also brought in payroll relief. The Cubs have other tradeable assets that would give payroll relief I'd want long before trading Schwarber. I'm just of the mindset that the only untradeable guys are the guys with NTC's. Guys can be virtually untradeable, but I'll listen to any idea because it might lead to other ideas that make more sense.I don’t see this glaring need that trading Schwarber fills.
Schwarber is still cheap. So no cap relief.
He didnt put up a season like Baez so you are not going to get a haul.
If you were concerned then think Rizzo and moving Bryant to 1B and Baez to 3B then take on Trulo to play MI with Russell returning. That kinda makes sense as a return point with getting quality talent in return.
But they are trying to win vs reload. So stupid topic anyways.
Babe Fucking Ruth.Poor Comp Dunn more realistic coming out. Now Dunn with plus D.
If you go into it thinking that he is a .300 hitter you are being stupid. What he is is a .250 hitter because of his strike out rate but he will walk over 10% which pushes his OBA over .350 annually.
What makes him a 40 HR hitter is hitting for power vs lefties and finally figuring the shift. It comes down to that.
I can go with, they have Norwood in AAA, but not Alzolay. Last thing I want is the one potential starter they may have developed over the past decade is put in a 7th inning role, then deemed too important to not move.Cubs really need a late inning lefty to replace Wilson. They have no one.
If Edwards doesn’t bounce back they have Alozay in AAA. So this is not a need.