Chicago Cubs: Potential Trade Packages for Bryce Harper

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Trade Package Number One:

I tried to warn you. The Cubs getting Bryce Harper will not be cheap.

We already discussed the simple-yet-neverending benefits of Bryce in Chicago. The Cubs get a perennial superstar, power bat, and established all-world player.

Now, the Nationals return.

The headliner of the deal is Albert Almora Jr.

The Cubs 24-year old centerfielder is having a spectacular breakout season, hitting .310 with four home runs and 30 runs driven in, recording a WAR of 2.5.

The Cubs 2012 first-round pick, Almora is a former top prospect, but isn’t quite part of the Cubs core group consisting of Rizzo, Baez and Bryant.

Almora would be a tough piece to part with; in addition to his production, he’s under team control through 2023, is a plus defender, and is still just 24.

A future Nationals outfield featuring young budding stars Victor Robles and Juan Soto alongside Almora in center would certainly be desirable for the Nationals.

Secondly, the Nationals would receive Miguel Amaya. The 19-year old catcher is the #96 prospect in all of baseball. Amaya was the starting catcher for the World Team in the 2018 All-Star Futures Game, which was held in D.C.

The Nationals would love to bring back Amaya, a rising Top-100 prospect, as the leading prospect in the deal.

Especially for a team phasing into a potential rebuild, receiving a top prospect is huge for the Nats.

Finally, the Nationals would likely want Adbert Alzolay, the Cubs top pitching prospect, in return. Alzolay is shelved for the season with a lat injury, but would be a valuable high-upside, Triple-A arm to top off the deal.

The Cubs give up a serious chunk of their future in this deal.

Now, lets look at what they could do if they want to spread their assets.