It’s a question that Chicago Cubs fans have pondered since the offseason. But with just over two months before the trade deadline, it’s time to try to answer it. Which Cubs players could potentially be traded by the July 31st deadline?
The Cubs enter Saturday’s game against the White Sox with an 18-26 record, the third-worst in the National League. They sit in fourth place in the Central Division and a playoff appearance looks highly unlikely for the 2022 season.
But there are players on the Cubs’ roster right now playing well enough to be traded for a decent return. Let’s look at some of the guys that could be gone by the end of July.
These Cubs Players Could Be Gone By The MLB Trade Deadline
This is an obvious one. I’ll be the first one to sign the petition for the Cubs to re-sign Willson Contreras to a long-term deal. But let’s face it, this is probably the final season Cubs fans watch Contreras playing home games at Wrigley.
The star catcher is batting .260 with a .869 OPS, six home runs, seven doubles, and 15 RBIs. He looks well on his way to starting in the All-Star Game for the National League. Contreras currently ranks first out of all catchers in OPS and second in batting average.
He’s second in home runs, behind his brother William, and third in walks and hits.
Basically, Willson Contreras is setting himself up to be part of a huge trade package that could merit a very good return. Do I want to see the veteran catcher leave Wrigley? Of course not.
But if the Cubs haven’t re-signed Contreras at this point — who’s been with the Cubs organization since he was a teenager — there’s a good chance it’s not happening.
Don’t be surprised to see Willson Contreras in a different uniform come August 1.
David Robertson has arguably been the best off-season pickup for the Cubs in 2022. Holding a 1.76 ERA with six saves and 22 strikeouts in over 15 innings, the veteran right-hander has been a hammer in the closer role for the Cubs this season.
At 37 years old, Robertson is definitely not in the Cubs’ future plans and it would be wise for the organization to trade him now while he was still hot.
Robertson is another guy making a case for the All-Star game in July. He’s a player that I would be shocked to see in a Cubs uniform after the trade deadline. A contending team, in a divisional race, looking for reliable bullpen help, could be calling Jed Hoyer sooner rather than later.
This one’s a sleeper pick, but it has to be talked about. Ian Happ is having his best start to a season so far in his career. He’s negating the “slow starter” label to dead silence.
In 42 games this season, the switch hitter is batting .275 with a .386 OBP, and .828 OPS. Happ notched five home runs, 25 RBIs, and 25 walks. Happ’s arguably been the Cubs’ most consistent hitter and is making his case for the All-Star Game this year in Los Angeles.
A lot of fans would argue that Ian Happ is the guy the Cubs would want to build around, but let’s dissect this. In 2024, Ian Happ will be a free agent. If he keeps up the pace he’s on right now, he’ll probably be asking for a hefty payday.
There are a lot of questions that need to be answered. With Happ knocking on the door of age 30, would the Cubs want to offer him a lot to stay in Chicago? With nearly two years left of control, would it be wise for the Cubs to trade Happ now?
Is this the best baseball we’ll see from Ian Happ or is there more? Either way, don’t be surprised if rumors float around within the next two months about the slugging switch-hitter possibly being on the move.
Signing a cheap one-year contract last offseason, Wade Miley has been a steal so far for the Cubs. In three games with Chicago, the veteran lefty has thrown 16 innings with a 3.38 ERA, with 10 strikeouts, and given up no home runs.
Yes, it’s a small sample size. But so far, Wade Miley has been everything the Chicago Cubs have wanted, especially after only spending $10 million on him.
Like Robertson, the 35-year-old Miley is on the back end of his career and is more than likely not in the future plans for the Cubs. Is a major trade package in the works for Wade Miley? Probably not, but a few decent prospects wouldn’t be a bad deal.
If there’s one thing that fans of Cubs On Tap have learned this season it’s this: Patrick Wisdom listens. Starting the season off slowly, Wisdom has become a power threat in the Cubs’ lineup as of late.
Holding a .763 OPS with 10 home runs and 23 RBIs, Wisdom proved that when he does make contact, he does damage. But at 30 years old, as the trend is starting to show, Wisdom isn’t going to be in Chicago long.
Patrick Wisdom could bring a decent return from any team looking for a right-handed power bat that can play both the corner infield and outfield spots.
The MLB trade rumor mill is here and the deadline is quickly approaching. Cubs fans should buckle up and be prepared. There’s a good chance that this Chicago Cubs team will look completely different come August 1.
Then again, maybe the trade market is quiet for the Cubs. All we can do is wait and see.
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