MLB insiders discuss possibility of Schwarber to Yankees


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Jerry Lai - USA Today Sports
Jerry Lai - USA Today Sports

Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber was supposed to dominate National League pitching in 2017.

During the 2016 World Series, he hit .412 with seven hits, a double and two RBIs to help the Cubs win their first World Series in over 108 years. However, he has been in a year-long offensive slump in 2017 as he is batting a woeful .170 with 11 homers, 26 RBI, and an on-base percentage of .294.

ESPN Insiders Buster Olney and Keith Law discussed in their latest podcast about the Cubs and the Yankees revisiting a trade for Kyle Schwarber for some much-needed pitching.

"If I was in the Yankees' shoes if you get the sense at all the Cubs are willing to talk about Schwarber, I would be all over that," Olney said. "And I'm not talking about Torres. I'm talking about another prospect or something else because Schwarber in Yankee Stadium would be something else."

Law knows that Schwarber would be a perfect fit for the American League at first base or at designated hitter.

"Yeah, because he can hit," Law said. "I understand he's had a rough start. I don't know anyone that's given up on him. That's not the issue. He's had a rough start. His knees may not be 100 percent and he needs to not play left field. He's a first base, DH-type. The Yankees could use him there. I wonder what the Cubs would be looking for. Could they get a couple arms? Maybe they could line up with a couple of arms going back for Schwarber."

In 2015, Schwarber hit .246 with 16 home runs, 43 RBIs with an outstanding .842 OPS in only 69 games (273 at-bats) in his rookie season.

He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the first round (4th overall) in the 2014 MLB Draft.

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