MLB Rumors are going to start heating up, especially around the Chicago Cubs as they continue to look to trade all it’s tradable pieces by the trade deadline. With that being said, is it possible the Cubs could buy? Chase Headley is supposedly going to be offered the biggest deal in the history of the San Diego Padres, but Headley said he wouldn’t consider anything during the season. That could make Headley a piece everyone will want, and the Padres might not want to risk losing him for nothing.
Enter the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs are stockpiling minor leaguers in hopes some of them turn into all stars that help the Cubs make the World Series for the first time since 1945. They certainly have the talent to make a trade, if they want. Headley is one of the best third basemen in all of baseball and the Cubs, as of right now, lack a long term solution at third. Rumor is Javier Baez is going to move to third, or Starlin Castro, but no one knows what Baez is going to be at the big league level. We know what Headley is. It makes sense the Cubs try and package Baez around a few other prospects (Pierce Johnson, Dillion Maples) and pry Headley away while signing him to an extension.
This is one of the few trades I would support the Cubs making and “ruining their plan.” I love Headley. He’s a two way player and you don’t get that at third base much. He drops bombs in a monster park, and would do the same (and more) in a smaller park. Sticking him in the 3 hole between Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo and you all of a sudden have a fearsome middle of the line up.
I know Cub fans won’t like trading Baez, but again- we’re talking about an all star in Headley. What makes you so sure Baez will be the same? Top talent fails all the time, and Baez is not immune to that failure. Headley is still relatively young and just entering his prime. If he stays healthy, the Cubs have a future at third that’s locked up.
It would be one heck of a gutsy move, but I recommend the Cubs taking a very hard look at Chase Headley if he’s available.