Update from source on #Cubs’ search for an OFer: Team not looking for another bench player. Would be regular in LF or CF – if it happens.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 14, 2015
Let me preface this by saying that there’s nothing out there even hinting that this is a possibility. The Cubs aren’t trying to acquire Brett Gardner and the Yankees aren’t shopping him. Rosenthal’s tweet last night reminded me of an email conversation we had on Monday night about this topic though, and I’d like to expand on it in a little hypothetical trade musing if you’d indulge me.
Say the Cubs were interested in Gardner. That’s a pretty well stocked trade partner in terms of return pieces. And Gardner’s 4-year/$52 million extensions kicks in this year, so the Cubs would be getting him for the next handful of years at a good price. That would be worth something pretty significant. For the sake of this hypothetical, let’s say it’s Addison Russell. …