The Chicago Cubs are in need of a starting pitcher and although it sounds crazy, Jacob deGrom just might be in their reach.
While the Cubs don’t have the prospects to make a deal with the New York Mets for this starting pitcher, what they do have is the best roster in baseball right now.
This year’s trade for the Cubs is centered on starting pitchers. Since Yu Darvish has long-term health issues with an unforeseeable end right now, Chicago needs a starter who can make a necessary contribution to the team. The current state of the Cubs’ rotation is an extremely gray area that leaves a lot of possibility for six effective starting pitchers by the first week of August. At the very least, the Cubs need a rotation depth piece and they need a co-ace and supporter to Jon Lester.
Jacob deGrom nicknamed The deGrominator, is a 30 year-old starting pitcher with a strong track record for the Mets and under team control via arbitration through 2020. He’s got a 1.68 ERA this year and the Mets could possibly consider moving deGrom this trade season.
It’s up to the Cubs to come up with a compelling offer to gain one of the very best starting pitchers in baseball this season. With the addition of deGrom to the current rotation, the Cubs would be unstoppable with Jon Lester, Yu Darvish (in hopes his health is good), Kyle Hendricks, Jose Quintana and deGrom.
The question that we’re left with is who would the Cubs give up to make the trade happen?
Many think the answer is Ian Happ, second baseman and outfielder with a lot of potential. Starting Shortstop Addison Russell is another alternative that could make the deal that much sweeter for the Mets to feel confident moving forward. Either way the Cubs will need to provide some well-executed talent to make ends meet for the Mets to be willing to give deGrom up.
The Mets have failed to progress from both an athletic and statistical standpoint, as last year they lost 92 games and they are projected to lose 100 games this year. With deGrom at his professional peak right now doing the best he’s ever done, it just makes sense for the Mets to part with him. As deGrom is such a valuable trade putting him up for grabs would provide a great return for the Mets and their future.