Kyle Schwarber to "transform his body" this offseason


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Dennis Wierzbicki - USA Today Sports
Dennis Wierzbicki - USA Today Sports

Theo Epstein and the Cubs are looking to upgrade their pitching staff through trades and free agency this offseason. One of the pieces that could be dangled to other teams is young slugger Kyle Schwarber.

However, it appears that it wouldn't be prudent for the Cubs to trade Schwarber when his value is at an all-time low according to ESPN's Jesse Rogers.

"Except the Cubs aren’t looking to sell low on him (Schwarber). In fact, the Cubs undoubtedly believe in Schwarber much more than any other team. Same goes for Happ, whose 24 home runs are nice but don’t jump off the page for a rookie like they would have in the past.

"There is a lot of character in the Cubs clubhouse -- it’s a big part of how the team was put together. Chicago is counting on that character to return players such as Schwarber to elite status. Industry sources indicate that he has been on a mission this offseason to “transform” his body and get back to being a hitter -- not just a slugger. Since the Cubs know him so much better than any rival, there’s bound to be a disconnect between what they feel about him and what other teams see in him."

The Cubs would be a much more dangerous team with 24-year old Schwarber not striking out over 150 times next season.

In 2017, Schwarber batted .211 with 30 homers and 59 RBI.

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