Folks. It’s a Chicago Cubs trade rumor. It only took until three days before the Trade Deadline, but it’s here.
At The Athletic, Eno Sarris and Britt Ghiroli wrote about the upcoming deadline, with discussion of the data sharing program and some specific trade rumors:
— Eno Sarris (@enosarris) August 28, 2020
Among the specific rumors? The Cubs and Tigers have been talking: “The Cubs and Tigers have been active in talks, according to sources, that have included Chicago asking on veteran outfielder Cameron Maybin.”
Maybin, 33, has emerged in recent years as just one of those steady, solid, perfectly useful players who could fit on almost any team. He can play all over the outfield, has decent speed, and contributes at the plate:
The only knock you might offer to Maybin as a fit for the Cubs is that he’s not a huge split guy, so you wouldn’t count on him to be a lefty masher in your lineup. But still, with the Cubs struggling against lefties and otherwise having to send Jason Heyward and/or Ian Happ and/or Victor Caratini out there, having Maybin available could be a substantial upgrade (with all due respect to those three). We still don’t know when Steven Souza, Jr. or Kris Bryant will be back, Josh Phegley isn’t hitting, and Albert Almora, Jr. hasn’t hit lefties in years. So, again, adding another righty bat to the mix seems wise this trade season.
Maybin is owed about $250,000 the rest of the way, so it’s possible the Cubs could actually cover the freight on that one. The trade cost, in terms of prospects, would be minimal.
If the two teams wanted to get together on something slightly larger, maybe the Cubs could also seek to address their bullpen by adding another lefty: Daniel Norris.
After struggling for years in the rotation, the 27-year-old lefty has been very good since moving to the Tigers’ bullpen this year:
Norris is owed about $500,000 the rest of the way, and is arbitration eligible one more time next year. The Cubs might like that aspect, even with a tight budget in 2021, since Norris was still under $3 million this year (i.e., you wouldn’t expect a huge salary jump next year).
Of course, if you ask for Norris in a deal, then you’re going to be talking about giving up a legit prospect or two. Probably not top tier, mind you, but likely a guy or two that you know and like.
Bonus mention: late-bloomer Jose Cisnero, who is dominating righties and lefties this year, and is still pre-arbitration at age 31.
Don’t forget, I’ll be all over the Trade Deadline this year eating as many hot dogs as I possibly can to raise money for Make-A-Wish:
Even at times like this, Make-A-Wish is doing incredible work for kids who need it.
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) August 21, 2020