As we reported a few days ago, the idea of the Angels dealing Mike Trout has been floating about baseball. Namely, it has been rumored that Chicago could be Trout’s next stop.
Before we even talk about this, I want to make something abundantly clear: there has not been a single reputable source to confirm even the slightest element of this. The only sites to have claimed otherwise have not only named sources anonymously, but are also shaky in the credibility department.
But even though this doesn’t actually have any substance, here’s what I’ll say:
This would obviously be incredibly exciting. Trout is perhaps the best player in all of baseball, and, at present, the Cubs can definitively make the same claim. But to me, the way the Cubs are built doesn’t really mesh with the kind of deal this would have to be.
First of all, the desire here for the Angels would be to unload some of their payroll, which ranks among the highest in baseball. That means the deal would likely be comprised of multiple prospects in the Cubs system, and probably a big leaguer or two from the active roster. Some names that come to mind are Willson Contreras, Gleybar Torres, and Duane Underwood on the minor league side, and perhaps Javy Baez, Addison Russell, or Kyle Schwarber from the bigs.
The problem here is that it doesn’t make much sense for the Cubs to unload ANY of those guys. If I were Theo — and I’m not — the absolute MOST I would propose would be Kyle Schwarber, and a combo of prospects, Ian Happ and Duane Underwood MAYBE. But still, I would be pretty apprehensive about trading away pitching prospects because the Cubs’ system is sort of thin in that department.
The other, more glaring problem here is that the Angels are gonna want more. They’re gonna want a freakin’ treasure trove for Trout. And who could blame em?
For now, I don’t think there’s much to this rumor. But keep your ears and eyes open. It’s not impossible.