2.) Will the Cubs make a trade for a starter?
So far this offseason, the general consensus has been that the Chicago Cubs will include either Javier Baez or Jorge Soler in a trade for a starting pitcher like Shelby Miller or Tyson Ross. Miller has already been dealt by the Atlanta Braves, but the Cubs did have talks with them regarding the 25-year-old right-hander. Ross definitely fits into the current rotation, and has the upside to be a number-two type pitcher. His heavy, sinking fastball and slider would play well in Wrigley Field.
For the Cubs, however, it comes down to a willingness to move top prospects. Soler showed some good flashes this season, and excelled in the playoffs. He could become expendable if Jason Heyward or Alex Gordon elect to come to the Windy City. Baez still has no clear path to playing time unless he picks up an outfielder’s mitt and learns to play center field. The second baseman should be viewed as the more likely piece to be moved in a deal for a starting pitcher, but he does not have a lengthy track record at the big-league level. It would take much more than Baez to separate Ross from the San Diego Padres, and the Cubs may choose to carry on without breaking up their core of young hitters.