Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Willson Contreras and Kyle Schwarber provide an array of value for the Chicago Cubs.
But should new President Jed Hoyer decide to trade one — or more — of the four, only so many major-league teams can afford them. And in the case of Baez, Bryant and Schwarber, how many teams would be willing to pay for only one guaranteed season of service while surrendering prized prospects to the Cubs in return?
The answer, in most cases, is large-market teams with a heightened sense of urgency to win.
With Jed Hoyer taking over as president of baseball operations, here’s a look at which teams potentially match up well with select Cubs players.
New York Yankees
Of the 94 home runs the Yankees hit last season, only 14 came from left-handed hitters.
With only 318 feet to the right-field foul pole at Yankee Stadium, it’s easy to envision Schwarber fitting in perfectly and reaching his 38-home-run level from 2019.
The Cubs could look for a rebound from infielder Miguel Andujar, the 2018 American League Rookie of the Year runner-up who can play third base and left field, depending on the health of his right shoulder.
The Cubs should be able to pry a young pitcher to complete the deal.