Owners of a 39-57 record, the Chicago Cubs currently occupy the NL Central's No. 4 spot, positioning them as sellers one week away from the MLB trade deadline. Needless to say, general manager Carter Hawkins has his hands full as he attempts to improve the Cubs' prospect cupboard.
MLB insider Jeff Passan has an idea of which Cubs could be on the move in the coming days. In his latest ESPN article, Passan lists Willson Contreras, Ian Happ, David Robertson and Mychal Givens as the top-four trade candidates in David Bell's clubhouse.
Cubs Trade Rumors
It seems like each of those players has been discussed in trade rumors at some point this season. Contreras is the best catcher available, having racked up 14 home runs and 37 RBIs while slashing .258/.374/.473 in 81 games. The three-time All-Star is a free agent at the end of the year.
With another year under team control remaining, Happ should also net a promising return. The versatile veteran can play multiple infield and outfield positions. He's also in the middle of his first-ever All-Star campaign, tallying nine HRs and 44 RBIs while being on pace for new career-highs in hits and walks.
Contenders looking for pitching help can find that with Robertson or Givens. Robertson has been lights out with a 1.83 ERA, 50 strikeouts and 14 saves over 39.1 innings while Givens is 6-2 with a 2.79 ERA and 11.2 strikeouts per nine innings in 38 relief appearances. Both vets are free agents in 2023.
The Cubs are in a great position to improve their future by trading away any of the above players by Aug. 2. They each fit the needs of several contenders out there, but only time will tell where they'll end up or if they're even traded at all.
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