The Chicago Cubs had two of the hottest trade deadline targets in Willson Contreras and Ian Happ. They did not trade in any of them until the deadline at 6:00 p.m. ET on August 2nd.
The Chicago Cubs were obvious sellers entering the trade deadline and the expectation was that catcher Willson Contreras and outfielder Ian Happ would be on the move. Contreras is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season while Happ has another year under contract. The two shared an emotional moment in the last home game before the deadline.
After all of this, the Cubs didn’t move either player. The team had a high asking price for both players as of the deadline, and no interested team took a bite of the offer, perhaps making them the biggest losers of the deadline.
Twitter shadows Cubs after losing MLB trade deadline
Twitter users, from media members to fans, were stunned that the Cubs didn’t take any action. Some cited the 2021 Colorado Rockies deciding against trading one of their star players. Others shared a similar sentiment that Chicago’s front office overdid their hand.
Happ not moving was stunning considering he was ranked right behind Andrew Benintendi as the best outfield player available on the trade block. The Toronto Blue Jays, who lost Benintendi to the New York Yankees, and the Los Angeles Dodgers were both linked with Happ. Nevertheless, he remains in Chicago.
For Contreras, he is likely to meet the unrestricted free hand after this season. Unless the Cubs think they can re-sign him to keep him. If not, they can make him a qualifying offer to get a draft pick from the team taking him, as FanSided MLB insider Robert Murray notes in his tweet below:
Though the Cubs kept Contreras and Happ, they pulled from assists Chris Martin, Scott Effross, David Robertson and Mychal Givens.
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