This past weekend, the Cubs traded for another young infielder, 2B Tommy La Stella, adding to their already-deep crop of position prospects. In addition to La Stella, they now have 24-year-old All Star SS Starlin Castro and top shortstop prospects Addison Russell and Javier Baez, leading to speculating that they will eventually make a trade to acquire a starting pitcher.
Are the Mets and Cubs a match?
Matthew Cerrone: Maybe, but not yet... It reads like the Cubs are looking to sign a top free-agent arm, like James Shields, who has a fan in Joe Maddon. Then, insiders expect they'll look to make blockbuster deal, such as trading two or three of the above hitters for an already-established ace, think Cole Hamels. Then, next year, expect them to go heavy for David Price, who also have a history with Maddon.
The point is, right now, in November, the Cubs are thinking about the names above. They're not thinking about Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero, at least not yet. I suspect that if Chicago rolls craps on the above options, maybe they call Sandy Alderson to try and get Jacob deGrom or Zack Wheeler.
However, my hunch is this more-elite market will have to play itself out before the Mets become Chicago's best option.
What you need to know about a possible deal...
The Cubs reportedly have interest in trading for Hamels, who cannot block a deal to Chicago. The Cubs were also rumored to be in talks with the Nationals about a deal involving RHP Jordan Zimmerman.
Baez might be the easiest Chicago infielder to acquire, according to a source familiar with Sandy Alderson’s plans (ESPN, Aug. 2014). Castro is a perfect match for the Mets, according to an anonymous member of the Mets (Daily News, July 2014).
The Cubs will want one of Steven Matz, Montero or Syndergaard, plus one of Wheeler, Jon Niese or deGrom from the Mets (Daily News, Aug. 2014).
In a July, 2014, poll on MetsBlog, 52 percent of more than 8,500 voters said that they would not trade Wheeler for Castro (MetsBlog, July 2014)
Peter Gammons and Jim Duquette do see how the Mets and Cubs match up on a potential deal (Gammons, Aug. 2014).