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According to Nightengale, “several” franchises have inquired about a potential trade for Schwarber, with the Cubs maintaining their stance the left-handed slugger isn’t going anywhere.
Schwarber finished this past season with 26 home runs, 61 RBI and a .238/.356/.467 slash line. His 3.2 WAR were third-most among Cubs position players, per FanGraphs.
Schwarber hasn’t been explicitly linked in any serious trade rumors, but the 25-year-old has long been considered one of the Cubs’ biggest assets in pursuit of a marquee star.
MLB.com’s Mike Petriello posited in November 2016 that the Cubs could deal Schwarber to help strengthen their starting rotation. Earlier this month, ESPN.com’s Bradford Doolittle and David Schoenfield included Schwarber as the centerpiece of a hypothetical trade for Cleveland Indians star Corey Kluber.
Given the team’s payroll situation, it seems unlikely the Cubs will move Schwarber, barring an overwhelmingly one-sided offer. ESPN.com’s Jesse Rogers noted Chicago is close to the luxury tax threshold in 2019, which limits its financial flexibility in free agency.
Schwarber is under team control for three more seasons. MLB Trade Rumors’ Tim Dierkes projected for his salary to climb to $3.1 million in his first year of arbitration. While that figure would be a marked increase on the $604,500 he earned in 2018, it would still be a bargain for a young everyday outfielder.