With the non-waiver trade deadline quickly approaching, Buster Olney reported that his sources indicated Tuesday that nothing has changed in the talks between the Cubs and Yankees. Any deal involving Andrew Miller going to the Cubs would have to include Kyle Schwarber.
Brian Cashman reportedly really likes Kyle Schwarber and someone within the Yankees organization is making sure the mainstream media knows it. Cashman covets Kyle Schwarber according to Jeff Passan. And Schwarber sits atop a list of players Cashman would like to acquire for one of his relievers, LHP Andrew Miller or LHP Aroldis Chapman.
Theo Epstein is on record stating Schwarber will not be traded. Schwarber told ESPN 1000 as recently as Monday that he appreciates what Epstein said publicly and it’s eased his mind as the rumors have increased with the non-waiver trade deadline just around the corner.
Jeff Passan explained that the Yankees think Schwarber’s swing is made for The Stadium and that he could hit 50 home runs the Bronx.
The Cubs front office has said countless times saying that Schwarber will not be traded. And in this case, their actions speak a little louder than words. Nothing has been typical about Schwarber’s rehab.
Kyle Schwarber has rehabbed at Wrigley Field and been involved with the team as much as possible. Schwarber was the last uniformed personnel introduced on Opening Night at Wrigley after a highlight video was shown on the video board. Schwarber is in the dugout, takes out lineup cards and is in pitcher-catcher game planning meetings as the front office and coaching staff want him involved. And Schwarber sat in the draft room breaking down players and giving his opinion on who the Cubs should take last month.
Jed Hoyer was forced to address the Schwarber rumors again.
Hoyer told the beat writers before Tuesday’s game with the Mets, “This guy’s an elite middle-of-the-order bat with the makeup we look for. We let that stand for itself.” Hoyer, like Theo Epstein, expects Schwarber to be hitting home runs in a Cubs’ uniform next season. Hoyer added, “He knows how we feel about him.”
The Cubs are not trading Kyle Schwarber for a relief pitcher, not even for Andrew Miller and especially not for a rental with the baggage of Aroldis Chapman. It wouldn’t even be a question if he was playing and hitting like the pre-season projections. Theo Epstein will not label players as untouchables but Kyle Schwarber is on a small list of players that the front office considers the core and is off limits.