Theo Epstein did the job he sought out to do in Chicago, he ended the drought and brought the Chicago Cubs a World Series in 2016. Four years later, the star general manager is resigning from the position.
This leaves a lot of decisions up in the air with the franchise. Many players had been rumored to be traded before Epstein's departure. Some even thought the Cubs would blow up their entire core, and Epstein seemed to be a driving force behind keeping it together. A new general manager could easily flip the script and build things their own way.
Here are the three Cubs that are still most likely to be traded following the GM change.
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
Anthony Rizzo is a tough one to figure out. The star first baseman has a tremendous relationship with manager David Ross, and he also seems to love playing in Chicago. Still, he's on the wrong side of 30 and on the final year of his contract. If the new general manager wants to rebuild, Rizzo would immediately become one of their greatest trade assets. There is no reason to pay him long-term if the Cubs are not planning to go for a championship in the next three years.
2. Kris Bryant, 3B/1B
The bridges seemed burnt down beyond repair with Kris Bryant under the last regime, but does that mean relationships can be repaired now? Ever since winning Rookie of the Year and MVP honors during his first two seasons, Bryant's production has steadily declined. In 2020, his status dropped even lower, with a .206 batting average and 11 RBI throughout the the 60 game season. KB is on the final deal of his arbitration, and also a free agent in 2022 looking for a long-term extension.
1. Kyle Schwarber, LF/DH
Unless the universal designated hitter rule is carried over to the National League for good, Kyle Schwarber's place on the roster still makes the least sense for an incumbent general manager. Schwarber is an American League player by trade, and he really has no position with the Cubs. He is also on the final year of his contract as he inches closer to 30. Schwarber's bat can really help an AL contender, and his value could get the Cubs an asset they actually need on the trade market.
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