3 Yankees Prospects the Cubs Must Target if They Trade Ian Happ
The New York Yankees have been one of the best teams throughout the 2022 MLB season and have their sights set on a potential World Series run. Although their roster is also stacked, they'll be targeting selling teams ahead of the trade deadline for extra help, with the Chicago Cubs being one option.
One Cubs player drawing a lot of trade interest is veteran infielder/outfielder Ian Happ. He brings 92 home runs and 262 RBIs in 566 career games to the table and chances are that Chicago will want some promising young players back if they're to move the fan-favorite.
Here are three Yankees prospects that the Cubs must target if they trade Happ.
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1. Trey Sweeney, SS
The Cubs could use some shortstop depth, making Trey Sweeney a realistic target. A former first-round pick in 2021, Sweeney impressed a lot of people in the 2021 NCAA college baseball season when he batted .382 and racked up 14 home runs and 58 RBIs in 48 games. He hasn't had the same level of success with High-A Hudson Valley in 2022, hindered by his .183 batting average, but that's not a huge issue considering he isn't expected to be MLB-ready until 2024. Assuming he can turn things around, Sweeney is someone that the Cubs would love to have on their roster in the foreseeable future.
2. Yoendrys Gomez, RHP
With a need for some right-handed pitching prospects, Yoendrys Gomez is someone that should be on the Cubs' radar. The 22-year-old Venezuelan product may have been 0-0 in nine Single-A starts last season, but still proven to be a formidable threat on the mound with a 3.42 ERA, 0.972 WHIP and 11.0 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. He's yet to play in 2022 as he recovers from elbow surgery, but all signs point to his recovery going well and he should be good to pitch in the next few months. Gomez could be a solid rotational player one day and the Cubs should jump on him before it's too late.
3. Roderick Arias, SS
If the Cubs want a shortstop prospect and can afford to wait a few more years, Roderick Arias is their guy. The 17-year-old is one of the top-rated international prospects around and for good reason. He's got a great eye in the batter's box and has displayed a solid arm and fielding skills on defense. Arias could be a stolen-base threat in the future too, aided by him having run a 60-yard dash in just 6.5 seconds. He has the potential to be a five-tool player and if there's even a chance that the Cubs can get Arias back in a Happ trade, they should be all over it.
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