With the Chicago Cubs picking up Scott Baker on Tuesday, the next thought would be could the Cubs look at another starting pitcher possibly in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays? There are reports that the Rays could be open to trading one of their top starters for some offensive help. This is where the Cubs come in to help out Tampa Bay and get something of value in return.
If I was looking at the options from Tampa and the situation the Cubs are in right now, the best options would be looking at Jeremy Hellickson, Jeff Niemann or Wade Davis. Obviously, Hellickson would be the crown jewel of the plan with the Cubs likely giving up Alfonso Soriano and Bryan LaHair to make the trade happen. The Cubs would have an easier time getting either Niemann or Davis with probably a player like David DeJesus as an option along with a minor league piece to move things along.
There is talk Tampa would want to move James Shields and even possibly Matt Moore but those options are just too rich for what the Cubs have right now in the farm system to pull it off. The two teams have paired up before for the Matt Garza trade and there is no reason why they can’t do it again. If the Cubs could pull off a move to get Hellickson, it is possible that the rebuilding project doesn’t take as long as many think it will with a powerful top of the rotation of Garza, Hellickson, Jeff Samardzija and Travis Wood along with the possibility of Baker hanging around. The Cubs fans deserve it and if the chance is out there to move a huge move, the time is now to do it.
Andy Schmidt is a prep sports columnist who dabbles in MLB, NFL and fantasy sports coverage. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports