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ESPN discusses rumors of Schwarber to Yankees

by - Senior Editor -

Cubs President Theo Epstein and general manager Ted Hoyer have reportedly been discussing potential trades for relief help before the trade deadline on August 1.

The loud whispers of Kyle Schwarber being shopped for pitching help with the Yankees have been speculated and questioned on various Internet forums. The missing link for a World Series title for some Cubs fans will be to bolster the relief pitching with Yankees relief pitcher Andrew Miller and/or Aroldis Chapman.

ESPN senior writer Buster Olney has added to the speculation with his opinion that the Cubs will be open to moving Schwarber if the Yankees indeed part with some of their talented relief pitching.

"But I wonder as we get closer to the trade deadline if they’ll (Cubs) start to look at it and say, ‘You know what, we love Kyle Schwarber, everything that he’s about, we love his makeup’," Olney said on ESPN radio recently. "But I gotta believe that one factor they gotta think about is what exactly is his role going to be on a team that has so many good young players and if in the end, they may change their minds, [because] that happens."

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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