Let me go ahead and preface this piece by saying that the titular topic is (probably) hypothetical in nature. It’s also based primarily on a mailbag question of how the Cubs’ view the trade value of Addison Russell and Ian Happ. Even so, I think Bruce Levine’s answer offers a little insight into what the Cubs are realistically thinking and what they’d be willing to do in the right situation.
Take a look at what Levine had to say and we’ll meet back on the other side for some additional commentary.
A trade of Russell would be more likely to happen after the 2018 campaign, not in season. All that aside, Russell and Happ would both be in play right now for a pitcher like Mets ace Jacob deGrom, who’s under contract control through 2020…The Cubs brass may value Happ long term over Kyle Schwarber because of his speed, versatility and power from both sides of the plate.
The full answer includes some more qualifiers and context, but I think the selection above leaves enough meat on the bone for us to chew on just a little. The main idea is that the Cubs place a great deal of value …Read the Rest
Source:: Cubs Insider