Chicago Cubs: Potential Trades With Javier Baez and Future Free Agents

The 2021 Chicago Cubs need to make tough decisions on some of their better players, including Javier Baez.

The Cubbies are floating around the .500 mark and even though they get to face teams like the Pittsburgh Pirates, that doesn’t hide their issues.

The Cubs need pitching help and in order to get that they will have to look into trading Baez, Kris Bryant, and Anthony Rizzo.

Chicago is in the NL Central which has some teams that could trade some notable players. So, if the North Siders want to rebuild they could be playoff contenders again due to their division being less than impressive.

Here are some trade possibilities for notable Cubs players.

Javier Baez

The 28-year-old can flat out hit, but if the Cubs shipped him to another team they could get a decent return.

Maybe San Diego elects to send Chicago Jake Cronenworth and a starting pitcher like Chris Paddack. I’m not sure on the return for Baez here, but it shouldn’t be out of the question for either side.

The Padres have a lot of young players who could assist the Cubs in their rebuild.

I also wouldn’t be shocked if the San Francisco Giants tried to bolster their lineup by trading for Baez.

Donovan Solano isn’t a franchise player and he doesn’t have the same impact Javier Baez would have.

Yes, San Fran is playing well this year and it could be a fluke, but they might believe they are closer to contending than we do.

Kris Bryant

Both New York teams make sense in a Kris Bryant deal.

The Yankees have Gio Urshela and the Mets have Jonathan Villar starting with J.D. Davis out due to injury.

Bryant could always play in the outfield if necessary and he still has some pop, which will ignite any MLB fan base.

The 29-year-old has an average of .312 and 28 RBIs to go along with 10 home runs.

The Mets could use his bat and the Yanks could opt to replace Urshela since he’s up for arbitration the next two offseasons.

Anthony Rizzo

It’s hard to believe Rizzo is 31-years-old already, but it’s true.

The first baseman is a free agent after the year and right now he could help some contenders.

Maybe the Oakland Athletics acquire Rizzo and make him their primary DH.

The A’s brought in Mitch Moreland before the season started, but he’s currently on the shelf with an inflamed costochondral junction of his left rib.

Maybe Oakland gives the Cubs a few minor league arms, but Rizzo might just be a second half rental.

Jake Arrieta

The Cubs have a club option with Jake Arrieta and so they can choose not to bring him back next season.

The right-hander can still pitch, but his best days are behind him.

Maybe the Boston Red Sox trade for Arrieta to pad their rotation and help out Nick Pivetta and Eduardo Rodriguez.

Garrett Richards also has an impressive 3.72 ERA through nine starts this season.

The Toronto Blue Jays could jump into the mix of suitors for Arrieta since they don’t have much in the rotation.

Anthony Kay is now in the minors and Thomas Hatch is on the 60-day IL.

Ross Stripling has an ERA over 5.60 through six starts this season.

So, it makes sense for the Jays to trade a minor league piece to the Cubs for Arrieta. Maybe a low-A prospect will suffice.

The Cubs need to make some trades and move Javier Baez and other veteran players who will become free agents. Especially, if they don’t plan on re-signing any of these players.

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