The Cubs Trade Deadline, Jed Hoyer Being a "Player's GM" and How They Have Fixed Major Gaps

After an amazing combined no-hitter against the former World Series Champions, Zach Davies, Andrew Chafin, Ryan Tepera, and Craig Kimbrel got the job done. The best part about it was that Kimbrel had no idea he was a part of this historic game, only realizing after he was mobbed at the mound by his teammates and the Cubs dugout. But this no-hitter would bring a string of bad luck, consisting of one of the franchise's longest losing streaks starting the next day, the Trade Deadline massacre, and another losing streak. But how did the Cubs turn this atrocious series of events into one of the best farm systems the team has ever had?

After the first combined no-hitter in the history of the franchise, the Cubs took on for an 11-game losing streak, starting the next day. At the time, the Cubs were tied for 1st with the Milwaukee Brewers but took the division lead with that win. However, the Cubs would lose the next 2 games to the Dodgers. Now they played the Brewers, and this series was everything. A sweep would mean a 1 game lead for the division, but the Cubs were instead swept by the Brewers, falling back to 6 games and a comfortable 2nd place. And the losing didn’t stop. They faced the Reds, who were 2 games back of the Cubs, and they also swept the Cubs, sending them to a .500 record. Now, they had to face the Phillies. Philly won the first 2 games, but the Cubs would take the 3rd game in a high-scoring win, resulting in an 8-3 win for the Cubs. Jed Hoyer, the GM for Chicago, had seen this Cubs team fall into shambles and decided to sell at the deadline. Cubs fans had nothing to worry about, as we would’ve only lost a few guys like KB and try to extend the rest. But Jed Hoyer decided to full-sell. In a press conference with Dave Kaplin and ESPN 1000 after the deadline, Jed Hoyer had decided “There was no point in only half-selling.” And he had the right idea, but Cubs fans were not happy who he traded, but to where and who we got back might be a different story. Here are some of the key trades the Cubs made:

The Cubs traded INF Anthony Rizzo to the New York Yankees for prospects, RHP Alexander Vizcaíano and OF Kevin Alcántara. My take: The Cubs won this trade. Anthony Rizzo was in his Age 31 season and was performing very well. Alexander and Kevin were #6 and #9 in the Yankees farm system, and that was the biggest haul the Cubs got at the deadline in terms of prospect, but it wasn’t the highest-rated prospect the Cubs got that deadline. Rizzo is in the final year of his contract and could possibly re-sign with Chicago come free agency. The Cubs also agreed to pay the rest of his remaining salary. Jed Hoyer outdid himself on this one, as the Red Sox and Cubs were very close to a deal, and Jed Hoyer knew that by getting closer and closer, the Yankees would not want to see Rizzo go to their rival, and they upped their offer drastically because of this. Another reason Hoyer moved him to New York was because he wanted to move Rizzo closer to his family.

The Cubs traded INF/OF Kris Bryant to the San Francisco Giants in exchange for OF Alexander Canario and RHP Caleb Kilian.

My take: The Cubs pulled off a stellar trade here, giving up half a year of the flexible Kris Bryant for the power-hitting Canario and the amazing control of Kilian. Kris Bryant was definitely disappointed to leave Chicago, but he seems to love San Francisco. The Cubs also agreed to pay the rest of Bryant’s salary. Jed Hoyer did the same thing he did with Rizzo, moving Bryant closer to his family and his hometown of Las Vegas. This trade was the most expected, as the World Series contending Giants are buying for the first time in half a decade. Bryant seems very happy in San Francisco, so it would come as a surprise to everyone if he resigned with the Cubs. Alexander Canario will fit into a future outfield consisting of him, Brennen Davis, and PCA.

The Cubs traded INF Javier Báez and SP Trevor Williams to the New York Mets for Pete-Crow Armstrong

My take: I love this trade. I’m a dedicated Javier Baez Enthusiast, and I still love this trade. Ever since PCA was drafted in 2020, I knew he was gonna be special. The Cubs are also covering Javier Báez’s contract for 2021. Trevor Williams was a key piece in the rotation. With no Trevor, we have to rely on the AAA squad to give us pitchers. Considering we don’t have many solid starters in the minors, it’s tough to call someone up and send them down, and so on. However, the Cubs have made it work, using pitchers like Alec Mills and Adrian Sampson. As for Javy, if we wanted to call up studs like Cristian Hernandez (ETA 2025), Ed Howard (ETA 2024), and more, we had to get rid of Baez. It was also useful. Because now we have a stud outfielder in PCA, and we can use Nico Hoerner, Sergio Alcantara, and David Bote consistently in that middle infield. Jed Hoyer pulled an emotional string on this trade, sending Baez to the Mets to be with his WBC teammate and high-school rival Fransisco Lindor

The Cubs traded CP Craig Kimbrel to the Chicago White Sox for INF Nick Madrigal and RP Codi Heuer.

My take: Possibly the best trade that Hoyer pulled off. We traded a declining Craig for young Nick Madrigal, a consistent .300 hitter who was a lock to win AL Rookie of The Year before he had to have season-ending surgery on his hamstring. He is that leadoff hitter that the Cubs have been looking for since the days of Dexter Fowler. Since joining the Sox, Kimbrel has a 4.70 ERA but has a 1.22 ERA on the season. However, before the Cubs traded Kimbrel, he only gave up 2 ER, but when he came back to Wrigley, he gave up a 3 run home run to Andrew Romine, which was more runs with that hit than he gave up all season before that game. He also does not have a save yet on the southside. Codi Heuer, however, has a 1.80 ERA in 10 innings with the Cubs. Craig Kimbrel is having a historic season and will probably win Reliever of the Year, but for now, we won this trade. Jed Hoyer pulled the heartstrings with this trade, considering why Kimbrel was traded to the White Sox and not other contenders offering for him like the Padres, Dodgers, and Red Sox. Craig Kimbrel’s daughter, Lydia Joy, has a heart condition, and so Hoyer kept them in Chicago to keep his daughter at the same hospital. At least, that’s what’s speculated.

Now before I end this off, I feel like I should talk about some smaller trades. Andrew Chafin went to the Athletics for Greg Deichmann and another prospect. Chafin is having an amazing year this year, and he hasn’t given up a single run in 10 innings with the A’s. Deichmann has made his debut for the Cubs already but was recently sent down. The Cubs traded Ryan Tepera to the White Sox for Bailey Horn. Bailey Horn was the White Sox #19 prospect, and Ryan Tepera had a 6-game scoreless streak with the Cubs before being traded to the Sox.

The Cubs traded Jake Marisnick to the Padres for Anderson Espinoza. Anderson was the #9 prospect in the Padres organization, and Jake Marisnick was having a fairly good season and will be a good pinch runner and fielder for the Padres.

Greg Deichmann in his MLB Debut

The Cubs were one of the huge winners of the deadline. We may have gotten rid of the core, but a new World Series core will be coming soon. My deadline winners: Dodgers, Nationals, Cubs, Marlins My deadline losers: Padres, Astros, Red Sox

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