Proposed Chicago Cubs Trade Lands Elite Pitcher from Crosstown Rival

The Chicago Cubs starting rotation has been surprisingly solid this season despite some setbacks, but any playoff team could add a valuable arm before the trade deadline.

Southside Showdown’s Vincent Parise proposed a trade that would give the Cubs a versatile arm who could work as a starter or out of the bullpen.

Garrett Crochet has looked very solid in both roles in his career and appears to be ready for trade as the Chicago White Sox prepare for a fire sale.

The expected trade would see the Cubs send prospects Kevin Alcantara and Kohl Franklin in exchange for the southpaw.

Crochet had a rough patch in April, but the past month has been nothing short of spectacular.

In the month of May, the left-hander had an ERA of 0.93 over five starts with a WHIP of 0.724. Four of the White Sox’ nine wins came in one of his starts. He carried the team on his back last month and was therefore able to attract a lot of interest.

He has had an interesting journey over the past few years and seems to finally be back on track.

In 2020, he skipped the minors straight after being drafted out of the University of Tennessee since the minor league season was canceled and appeared in five games to throw six scoreless innings to end the year just months after being selected.

His first full season came in 2021 when he came out of the bullpen and posted a 2.82 ERA. He then missed all of 2022 due to Tommy John surgery. He returned to a bullpen role in May 2023 and had a 3.55 ERA.

He started in a starting role in early 2024.

He got off to a rough start, posting an ERA of just under 6.00 over 34.2 innings of work, but he has improved that to 3.49 after his first start in June.

The 24-year-old has kept his elite four-seam fastball at around 90 mph. It’s by far his best pitch, but he also introduced a cutter this season that has once again given him a very successful pitch to lean on as a starter.

In terms of what the Cubs would have to give up, it could be worth the risk for a young and proven pitcher who could fill multiple roles.

Alcantara has very high potential and is the No. 4 prospect in the Chicago system. However, he is still far away from contributing at the big league level. If the Cubs feel like they’re in win now mode, it would make sense to cash in.

Kohl Franklin is the same age as Crochet and the No. 25 prospect in their system.

If Chicago got the call to offer this trade, they would absolutely have to say yes.

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