For the non-contending teams throughout the league, the trade rumor season is barely over a week away from heating up. One of the names that figures to be hot and heavy on the trade rumor circuit is Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez. Despite their apparent lack of a desire to move him, he looks to be available heading into the winter.
One team that will be in the mix to acquire him is the Chicago Cubs. Given his status as a five-tool player, and a relatively favorable long term contract, it isn’t difficult to see why he’d be an attractive commodity for a team like the Cubs, who are looking for a sure thing as a building block in their outfield.
There will be multiple teams in the mix for the star outfielder, which could be bad news for the Cubs. A team that has spent so much time building up their roster isn’t going to want to sell the farm for Gonzalez. Do they have the pieces in place that would allow them to pull off such a deal?
What we do know the Rockies are looking for is youth in the middle infield and pitching. The Cubs aren’t exactly an organization with a wealth of pitching throughout the system. Perhaps they’d be willing to move Jeff Samardzija if he doesn’t want to talk about an extension.
As far as specific prospects that could be included, perhaps the Cubs would be willing to part with Arismendy Alcantara, who isn’t far away from the bigs. Someone like Dan Vogelbach presents some intrigue as well, especially with the Rox about to have a vacancy at first base. This is pure speculation, of course.
If Gonzalez is going to be available, the Cubs are going to have their work cut out for them to acquire him. Not only will they have other more established contenders in the mix to acquire him, but they aren’t going to want to compromise the farm system they’ve worked so hard to build up over the last couple of years. This will be an intriguing situation to watch moving into the offseason for the North Siders.