The Cubs desperately want their first World Series title since 1908, but are they willing to part with injured star Kyle Schwarber to get it?
The Yankees are seemingly out of playoff contention and are adamant in their interest in Schwarber and are dangling shutdown relievers Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman in an attempt to pry away Schwarber. But general manager Theo Epstein has yet to take the bait.
“Kyle is a huge part of our personality and our culture,’’ Epstein told USA Today. “It wouldn’t be right to trade him.’’
Schwarber tore his ACL and LCL on April 7 in an outfield collision with Dexter Fowler. But his 2015 display (16 home runs and 43 RBIs in 69 games) has the Yankees envisioning the 23-year-old slugger in the middle of their order for the next 15 years.
However, the Cubs have the same plans for Schwarber. And although any combination of Miller and Chapman would give them the premier bullpen in the National League, Schwarber’s presence in the lineup and the clubhouse appears to be too steep of a cost.
“Do we want Miller and Chapman? Sure we do,’’ Cubs catcher David Ross said. “You want to give this team every opportunity to win, and this organization is so hungry for a World Series. But at the expense of Schwarber? Wow, I don’t know about that. …
“I don’t care who you’re giving me, Schwarber would be untouchable to me, well, unless something just knocked your socks off.’’
So the question is, would an offer of Miller AND Chapman before the Aug. 1 trade deadline knock those socks off?