The Case for Kyle Schwarber

The Cubs have been told the price for their number one target, Yankees relief pitcher Andrew Miller, is Kyle Schwarber.

Schwarber has not played much in 2016, after he suffered a torn ACL and LCL on April 7.  But before the injury he was regarded as one of the best young power hitters in baseball.

In just 69 games in 2015, Schwarber had 16 home runs, 43 RBI, and a .355 on-base percentage.  In the 9 postseason games he played, he only got better – batting .333 with 5 HR and 8 RBI in 31 AB.

Schwarber is regarded as a weak defensive player, but he does have experience at Catcher and LF.  He would undoubtedly be a DH for the Yankees and could, if he doesn’t change his approach significantly, put up big numbers in Yankee Stadium.

In 147 minor league games, he batted .333 with 34 HR and 102 RBI.

The Cubs have resisted putting Schwarber in a deal but, due to his injury concerns and lack of defensive ability, may ultimately decide to include him in the deal for Miller.

 

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