The Cubs are looking to add a starting pitcher to fill the void in the rotation that will be left with the departure of Jake Arrieta.
Of the reported names that could be moved to the Cubs, one exciting option is Indians starter Danny Salazar. Salazar was an All-Star back in 2016 and is a reliable starting pitcher that would slot into the Cubs rotation behind Jon Lester, Jose Quintana, and Kyle Hendricks.
Turns out, there are a few more very familiar names in this reported deal.
Hearing that Ian Happ is the piece the #Indians would want back for Danny Salazar. Also Jason Kipnis' could be thrown in as a salary dump move by Cleveland. Kipnis is owed $28.3 mil over the next two seasons. #Cubs— Sean Sears (@sean_sears6) December 13, 2017
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Jason Kipnis is one hell of a throw in player in a deal for Salazar. What would be considered a "salary dump" for the Indians would benefit the Cubs greatly. Kipnis did not have a great season last year, but he is just one year removed from hitting 23 home runs and driving in over 80 runs, and two years removed from being an All-Star.
And yes, if you follow him on Instagram, you know he's a Chicago boy at heart and frequent Blackhawks game attendee.
The Indians reportedly want Ian Happ headlining the deal for these two players, and he would presumably replace Kipnis at second base. Happ made his debut last season and proved to have a lot of pop in his bat, with 24 home runs in his rookie year.
Happ would join an infield full of young talent with superstar shortstop Francisco Lindor, and third-place MVP runner up Jose Ramirez. From Game 7 to trade game initiated between these two teams in just one year's time. Wow.