The Chicago Cubs are primed to be sellers at the close, but there are three players they should keep
After taking some strides to get better this past offseason, the Chicago Cubs are poised to be a seller at the close of business, and with good reason.
They entered the All Star Break Lost nine of their last 10 games and is 35-57. That’s just a half game better than the bottom-ranked Cincinnati Reds and puts them at a 62-100 season.
They may not have the fire sale caliber they had at last year’s trading deadline when they traded Joc Pederson, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Craig Kimbrel, and Javier Báez, among others, but they could still trade plenty of players if you want to.
The Cubs should trade some of these players, but there are three players they should not trade at the close.
3 Cubs you shouldn’t be trading at the close
Cubs outfielder Ian Happ
Of the trio to keep, Ian Happ seems the most likely to trade before the close of trading. However, the Chicago Cubs should really consider keeping him as he is still eligible for arbitration next season.
Happ was an all star for the first time this season as he has hit .274/.364/.443 in 90 games with a 126 OPS+, nine homers, 42 RBI and 23 doubles. His 2.8 rWAR is the second highest on the team. The Cubs really need some good at-bats like Happs to be a playoff contender in 2023. He’ll make more next season, but he’ll still be cheaper than most free agents of his offensive caliber.
He also offers a versatility that most other players don’t have, which could be an asset for the Cubs as they try to get back to the level of play they had a few years ago.
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