NY Mets: 3 potential trade partners for Dominic Smith
The Chicago Cubs
In 2021 at the trade deadline, the Chicago Cubs dealt their long-time first baseman Anthony Rizzo to the New York Yankees in exchange for 2 minor leaguers, and could be looking into acquiring a long term replacement for him for 2022 and beyond.
Chicago may have a potential replacement in the form of 29-year-old Frank Schwindel, who batted .342 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 56 games for the Cubs after being claimed off wavers in July of last season, but he is by no means a lock for 2022.
Prior to last season, the right-handed Schwindel had been a career minor leaguer since being drafted back in 2013, and as such, Chicago could look into bringing in a left-handed first baseman such as Smith, to compete with him in Spring Training, as well as potentially platoon with him.
Smith’s ability to man the outfield could also be quite appealing for the Cubs. In the event Schwindel continues to build off of his 2021 success, Smith could easily fill one of the vacancies Chicago currently has in the outfield, getting both of their bats in the lineup.
The bottom line is, the Cubs could easily benefit from acquiring Smith’s services as they begin to rebuild their team after stripping it down at last years’ trade deadline, either having him play at first base or in left field.
As for players the Cubs have who could tempt Dominic away from New York, they currently have the 18th ranked farm system, with their top prospects list filled with a surplus of outfielders, as 12 of their top 30 can man the outfield.
Chicago also has several members of their major league club who could be on the trade block and potentially swapped for Dominic Smith in a larger deal, such as starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks, but that would have to be part of a much larger hypothetical deal.
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Regardless, the Cubs seem like a good fit to be trade partners for Dominic Smith, and if the price is right, the Mets could easily get a deal done with them.