The Chicago Cubs underachieved in 2018, and while they had some injuries to key players, there was no excuse for such a disappointment. The Cubs were an enigma all season and it's time to make some changes to get that hunger they had in 2016 back. Here are three players on the trading block for the Chicago Cubs.
3. OF Ian Happ
I realize that manager Joe Maddon loves moving guys around, but the Cubs need a little more stability out of their everyday lineup. Their outfield is overcrowded and that needs to be fixed. Jason Heyward's contract is impossible to move and even though Kyle Schwarber is a below average defender, his bat is undeniable. The odd man out is Ian Happ.
2. RHP Tyler Chatwood
The Cubs would probably like to move Yu Darvish's contract, but that's a pipe dream. Tyler Chatwood wasn't very effective either, posting a 5.30 ERA over 24 appearances (20 starts), but his contract is easier to move than Darvish's, and having two iffy starters in the rotation isn't an option for a team like the Cubs. Chatwood has plenty of potential, he'll be a better fit outside of Chicago and away from the spotlight.
1. SS Addison Russell
I don't know who would want to acquire Addison Russell, but the Cubs can't bring him back. Not only does he continue to be a below average hitter, the domestic violence allegations from his ex-wife can't be overlooked. Javier Baez is more than capable of playing shortstop everyday, and they could find another option to take over the second base duties.