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Cubs Trade Rumors: Happ, Contreras, and Relievers Linked to Multiple Teams

Multiple reports link the Cubs to a number of teams who are searching for offensive help and relief pitching depth.

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Trade rumors are intensifying. Right at the center of it all are the Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs. Juan Soto and Josh Bell look to be heading to San Diego. The Cubs will move Willson Contreras, Ian Happ, David Robertson, and Mychal Givens. And, that might not be the only players the Cubs send out of town. But where will they go?

If you missed yesterday’s Cubs On Tap show, you can catch that on YouTube or in podcast form. We mentioned that the Cubs could potentially package either Ian Happ or Willson Contreras in a trade with one of their available relievers, David Robertson or Mychal Givens. It seems that idea is growing legs. Jon Morosi of MLB Network says sources believe the Cubs could do it to maximize the prospect return.

He also threw in the Toronto Blue Jays as a possible suitor for Ian Happ and a bullpen arm. And the Mets, who have been heavily rumored to be in on Willson Contreras, along with a relief pitcher.

What’s the Return?

The Blue Jays have a ton of exciting pieces. No. 5 ranked prospect in baseball, catcher Gabriel Moreno would fill an immediate hole and become the team’s succession plan for Willson Contreras. One of the biggest questions swirling amongst North Side fans is, “what will the Cubs do at catcher once Willson is traded?” If Jed Hoyer and Carter Hawkins somehow find a way to land him, the Cubs would be in an excellent position to spend money on other critical positions in free agency this winter.

The Jays also have two highly touted infield prospects and a disgusting No. 61 overall left-handed pitcher, Ricky Tiedemann, whom the Cubs could be interested in.

As for the New York Mets, I find it hard to believe they will move on from baseball’s top-ranked prospect, catcher Francisco Alvarez. Brett Baty is also an outside option, but the Mets feel like they got screwed over by the Cubs last this season in the Javier Baez/Pete Crow-Armstrong trade. The Mets will most likely try to offer the Cubs multiple mid-to-lower ranked pieces instead of one high-end piece.

With that in mind, the Cubs are more likely to find a better return elsewhere. Maybe it’s the Blue Jays or…the Rays. Yes, the Tampa Bay Rays are also in the mix to grab Contreras, Ken Rosenthal reports. Since they recently lost Francisco Mejia and Mike Zunino (season-ending) to injuries, they immediately need a catcher. Maybe a package deal including Mejia and prospects could work.

The San Diego Padres were lurking in the water as well. However, now that they have seemingly acquired Juan Soto and Josh Bell, the market is closing, which means Contreras and Happ could be on the move very shortly. Also, that removes a team with a lot of prospect depth who could’ve outbid other teams. Hopefully, someone gets desperate and coughs up Jed Hoyer’s asking price.

We’ll keep you posted here at On Tap Sports Net as more news breaks.

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