Chicago Cubs: 3 wild and risky trade packages for Shohei Ohtani

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The Chicago Cubs had a miserable season in 2022. A lot of people think that they are just magically going to come out of it in 2023 but that won’t happen without a really big offseason.

There are plenty of ways for them to have that type of offseason this year but it is going to include them spending some money.

It could also include spending a lot in terms of prospect capital. One player worth doing that for is Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels.

He is a pitcher that puts up Cy Young-level numbers and also mashes 30-45 home runs a season. when a guy like that becomes available, you try. These three trade packages might get it done for the Cubs:

The Chicago Cubs would have to give up a lot to land Shohei Ohtani in a trade.

The Chicago Cubs would have to give up a lot to get someone like Ohtani. The thing that makes it worth it is that they are essentially getting two players in one. Ohtani would instantly become the ace of their staff and their best hitter right away.

That is why letting go of someone special like Nico Hoerner might be worth it for this. He is a great player but he is not even close to the hitter that Ohtani is. They also are in rumors to sign one of the big shortstops on the market which would make Hoerner expendable.

Brennan Davis, Caleb Killian, and Kohl Franklin are three very good prospects in the Cubs system that may be of help to the Angels for a long time. They have wasted Ohtani and Mike Trout’s careers up to this point so adding young talent for them might be smart.

Killian and Franklin are both pitching prospects that the Angels could take over and try to finish their development. Davis is very close to being in a Major League outfield which is something that the Angels might like.