MLB Rumors: 3 Trade Chips The Cubs Will Look To Move

Last season, the Chicago Cubs hit the trade market with a splash, dealing off several veterans to replenish the farm system and retool their roster. According to ESPN MLB Insider Buster Olney, they're a good possibility to do it all over again. 

Here's a look at three trade chips the Cubs will be willing to push into the middle of the trade table this year. 

Wade Miley

The Cubs stumbled into this one, grabbing Miley off waivers after the Cincinnati Reds began their strip-down in the offseason. He had a really nice season with the Reds last year, at 12-7 with a 3.37 ERA. The 35-year-old is off to another good start, with a 2.70 ERA in his first two starts for the Cubs. But his best value for the North Siders could be as a trade chip. The Cubs are rebuilding, and a 35-year-old certainly isn't in their future plans.

Willson Contreras

Where have we heard this one before? Contreras was thought to be one of the pieces the Cubs would trade last season, when all of his 2016 World Series teammates were dealt. But he's still around, and he's still on the trade block, as he approaches free agency after the season.

As a competent catcher in a league bereft of them, he has some definite value. The 30-year-old two-time All-Star has an .810 OPS in his 7 years with the Cubs, and 100 total home runs.

David Robertson

Despite his advancing age, Robertson is showing he still has the stuff to close games, as evidenced by his 5 saves this year, while allowing only 3 hits in 13 innings, with 1.38 ERA. He could definitely help some contender's bullpen come the trade deadline. 

GM Jed Hoyer moved fast on the trade front last season, and he could be one to watch this season as well. Other names on the block include starters Kyle Hendricks and Drew Smyly and high-leverage reliever Mychal Givens.

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