According to multiple reports, Friday night’s deal that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland for SS Addison Russell, OF Billy McKinney, RHP Dan Straily and a PTBNL could only be the beginning of a busy month for the Chicago Cubs.
The Sun-Times reported the Cubs “are now poised to make several more trades throughout the month and possibly into the winter, given the strength they’ve built in the coveted middle-of-the-diamond players.” And the front office could use the position player depth to add pitching to the system and at the big league level.
According to the Sun-Times, the Cubs could flip Addison Russell to the Mets for pitching. The Mets were interested in Russell before the Cubs acquired him. Jon Heyman reported right after the trade between the Cubs and A’s was leaked that the Cubs and Mets “are logical trade partners.” The Cubs have young bats and shortstops that the Mets do not while New York has young arms that are missing in Cubs system.
The Mariners “are said to be very interested in Starlin Castro” according to the Sun-Times, but the Cubs “won’t be quick to trade their two-time All-Star.” Javier Baez has also “drawn interest from several teams, most notably the Miami Marlins” according to the Sun-Times, but the Cubs would want a “major haul” in return for Baez.
LHP James Russell is on the Angels’ radar. Jeff Passan reported Friday night the Angels “are believed to be targeting” a relief pitcher and a lefty specialist would fit their needs. The Sun-Times reported the Angels have been “following the Cubs in recent weeks with an eye on” Russell.
Darwin Barney, Carlos Villanueva, Wesley Wright and Nate Schierholtz have also drawn interest from teams and could be on the move at some point over the next two months.