Trade On the Horizon?
I don’t think anyone here will argue, the Cubs starting pitching has been sucking this year. The emergence of Eddie Butler is encouraging, but one start does not a season make. And even if Butler does work out, this is not a winning post-season rotation. The guy who won the Cubs TWO World Series Games last year has a 5.44 ERA. Kyle Hendricks looks to be coming around, but John Lackey has been spotty as has Jon Lester.
So for the sake of this column let’s say the Cubs are in the market for a good young starter. Where do they get him, and what do they give up?
I say they go after Chris Archer (signed through 2022) and offer Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber in exchange. I know these guys were integral pieces in the Championship run last year, but I also think that they’re 2017 performance to date has probably softened the fan base’s attachment to them. Personally, I love them both (Schwarbs more than Baez) but it’s clear the Cubs have to do something. This current jambalaya lineup is a mess. And it’s not working. When you’re winning odd lineups get called “eccentric” and “quirky.” But when you’re losing they simply become stupid, and moronic.
It might be overpaying to give Tampa Bay both of those guys for Archer, so maybe they throw in somebody decent in the deal. I dunno.
This would free up the Cubs to bring up Ian Happ and put him and Ben Zobrist in a 2B/LF rotation, or whatever, and solidify every other position.
It would sting to see these guys in another team’s uniform, but at least in sending them to Tampa we could be reassured that we’ll probably never face them in the postseason.
What do you think?