3 next moves after close of trading

Chicago Cubs

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 05: Willson Contreras #40 of the Chicago Cubs stands in the dugout after hitting a double home run against the Miami Marlins at Wrigley Field on August 05, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

The trade deadline has passed, but the Chicago Cubs still have a few steps to take in terms of roster and game time.

That Chicago Cubs had an active trade period, but many wondered why they hadn’t traded a few more players. Willson Contreras and Ian Happ were the two big names who stayed. They also still have all of their starting pitchers that could have possibly become trade candidates.

Where are the Cubs going now?

Chicago is stretching this conversion out for as long as possible. It started last summer. There are still more moves to be made. Now that the trade deadline is a past event, these are the three steps the Cubs should take next.

1. Cubs should extend Willson Contreras

Willson Contreras should stay with the Cubs. It’s the best for him. It’s the best for her. The match was great and if Contreras gets a free hand he might struggle to get a better deal than the Cubs could offer.

Contreras is already familiar with the Chicago pitching team, which carries over well to any holdovers from this season into the next. Above all, he knows the city. He understands the fans. It is a block around which the team can continue to build.

As the Cubs went out and postponed the offseason moves they were making, like signing Marcus Stroman, they seemed poised to win again sooner rather than later. You’re not signing Stroman in such a lucrative loss-making deal. It didn’t work out for the team this year. If they join free agents with bigger names next season, they could see better days in the near future.

In the best-case scenario, the Cubs will get draft-pick compensation for Contreras if he turns down a qualifying offer. Or better yet, they prolong him before he even has an opportunity to leave.

https://fansided.com/2022/08/07/cubs-3-next-moves-make-trade-deadline/ 3 next moves after close of trading

John Verrall

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