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January 11, 2022

Cubs

Name Age Level P1 P2 Availablility Years AFV Salary Surplus Low Median High
Medina Minors RHP 7.4 5.9 7.4 8.9
Schmidt Minors RHP 6.8 5.4 6.8 8.2
Waldichuk Minors LHP 5.2 4.2 5.2 6.2
Wesneski Minors RHP 3.7 3 3.7 4.4

Yankees

Name Age Level P1 P2 Availablility Years AFV Salary Surplus Low Median High
Contreras 29 Majors C High 1.0 21.5 8.7 12.8 11.5 14 16.6
Ortega 30 Majors OF High 5.0 12.9 3.5 9.4 5.6 7.5 9.4
6 Comments
  1. John Bitzer

    Featured. The Contreras fit for the Yankees is obvious; Ortega is an intriguing out-of-the-box idea for their CF hole. And they don’t give up any top-tier prospects, but the Cubs should be interested in this group. The one question is whether NYY would give up this many arms.

    • KXW //

      It’s possible the Yankees would prefer to send C Antonio Gomez or one of their many infield prospects in place of an arm.

      It feels like Contreras to the Yankees is a natural fit. The Yankees have a lot of arms that should interest the Cubs. And Medina and Waldichuk jump out since they both played for recent Cubs coaching hire Daniel Moskos.

    • Douglas Joslyn

      That’s the only problem I have with this trade. The Yankees wouldn’t give up that many arms, for effectively a one year rental in Contreras. Ortega doesn’t add much to this trade because his production is comparable to what the Yankees got out of journeymen like Greg Allen last year.

      This trade has good bones, but a tweak of a prospect here or there and you’ve got a deal.

      Including a player like Luke Voit could make sense, assuming the NL adopts the DH, because the Cubs have implied they intend to compete. Voit is an affordable bat that could go back to haunt the hated St. Louis Cardinals(Drafted Voit out of college) 19 times a year for the next three years.

      • Bryce Poston

        I definitley agree with you on man parts of this i just think the yankees wouldnt be giving up that many arms when they have other infield prospects in the minors or like you said luke voit

      • KXW //

        Ortega is a little bit of a different case than a typical journeyman like Greg Allen, which is reflected in their field value on this site. Ortega just submitted 330 PAs of 120 wRC+ baseball in 2021, and ZiPS believes he will be an above replacement player going forward. That’s not a guarantee, of course, but that does mean he carries a little more value certainty than Allen’s 48 PAs in 2021. And hey, maybe the Yankees think Ortega is a flash in the pan, but all four arms that the Yankees are sending in this proposal could end up as relievers. There’s risk all around is my point.

        All that being said, I could definitely see the Cubs swapping out an arm for either a bat like Vargas or Cabrera or a glove like Gomez. Voit is likely not a possibility, since the Cubs unearthed Schwindel in 2021 and want to see if he’s for real. If the Cubs add another 1B/DH, it’s going to be a bad contract from another team that brings prospects along with it (Hosmer, Santana, and so on).

  2. Jayden Pagan

    I think this is good only if you take out medina and put someone else, medina stuff,I dont think the yankees would be up to trading him

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