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ESPN discusses possibility of Schwarber to Yankees


by - Senior Editor -

ESPN senior writer Buster Olney discussed the possibility of the Cubs trading away one of their current non-starters such as injured Kyle Schwarber before the trade deadline.

It would be a large price to pay for the opportunity to get an elite reliever from the Yankees such as Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman or Dellin Betances.

"If the Cubs want Yankees reliever Andrew Miller, they may need to part with at least one player the caliber of Kyle Schwarber," Olney said.

"And it’s not necessarily unreasonable for the Yankees to ask about Schwarber. Before suffering a terrible knee injury earlier this season, Schwarber showed himself to be one of the game’s better left-handed hitters in the first games of his career in 2015," Olney said. "Schwarber has caught and played the outfield, but he does not seem to have a natural position and, in the end, he may be best suited as someone who moves around day to day -- catcher one day, left field the next, designated hitter and first base on occasion. He may be more of an American League-type of player."

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.

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