One season removed from winning the World Series, the Cubs are in a state of disarray.
They're currently in second place in the division, haven't been able to string together extended winning streaks and certainly haven't looked like the dominating team they were last year.
As a result, scenarios that seemed inconceivable just a few months ago could be realities.
According to Fox Sports analyst Ken Rosenthal, Chicago is considering trading one of its young position players, whether it be Kyle Schwarber, Wilson Contreras, Ian Happ, Addison Russell or Javier Baez.
The problem, though, is that there isn't a clear option of those players to trade. The Cubs like all of them, but they're in desperate need of a starting pitcher to close the 4.5-game gap between them and the Brewers for the National League Central lead.
Schwarber may seem like the choice given that he was just sent down to Triple-A, but that could diminish his value, and the Cubs still think he can be an impact player for them.
Kyle Schwarber: 13th HR of the season.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 9, 2017
That's more than Evan Longoria, Miguel Cabrera, Eric Hosmer and Buster Posey each have hit. pic.twitter.com/zta2u9Ydrs
Whatever the Cubs decide to do, it will be a blockbuster deal if it goes down. With accomplished young talent at their disposal, Chicago would presumably get significant compensation back.
When you lose, everything gets thrown on the table.