Rumors are swirling that the Toronto Blue Jays could be on the verge of a major offseason trade.
MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, highlighted the possibility of a blockbuster trade between Toronto and the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.
The player at the center of the trade speculation is Toronto’s Bo Bissett, 25. The son of former slugger Dante Bissett, Bissett made his major league debut with Toronto in 2019 and broke out in 2021, hitting .298 with 29 home runs, 102 RBIs, 25 doubles and 191 hits en route to his first career All-Star and American League batting title. Bissett, who led the league in hits for the second year in a row last year by blasting .290 with 24 homers, 93 RBIs and 13 doubles to go along with 189 runs batted in, hit .306 for the first time in his career this year with 20 homers, 73 RBIs and five doubles to earn his second career All-Star selection.굿모닝토토 도메인
According to MLB Network’s John Morosi, “A blockbuster trade between Toronto and the Cubs, including Bissett, could be in the works.” MLB.com was also interested, asking, “Could All-Star infielder Bissett be a trade target for the Cubs?” In short, the player is the centerpiece of Toronto’s batting lineup, so why the trade rumors?
In addition to Bissett, Toronto has two other stars in Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Coincidentally, both players are eligible for free agency after the 2025 season. According to MLB.com, “Bisset is eligible for free agency after the 2025 season. Guerrero Jr. is also eligible for free agency that same offseason, and it’s unclear if either player will be re-signed,” explaining why Toronto could trade Bissett.
However, the Cubs, who have been mentioned as a possible trade target, have a huge shortstop in Dansby Swanson, who plays the same position as Bissett. Swanson won the Gold Glove at shortstop in the National League for the second year in a row.
Beau Bisset of the Toronto Blue Jays led the American League in hits in 2021 and 2022.
Beau Bisset of the Toronto Blue Jays is eligible for free agency after the 2025 season.
Bo Bissett of the Toronto Blue Jays gets the fans going.
The Cubs are looking at Bissett at third base, not shortstop. “The Cubs, who still don’t have a long-term answer at third base, could consider adding Matt Chapman or Jamie Candelario in free agency this offseason,” writes MLB.com, “but if the Cubs are looking to save up for a big-name free agent like Shohei Ohtani, it might make more sense to try to make a trade to acquire a third baseman.” “One potential option for the Cubs is Toronto’s Bissett,” the article continues, noting that the Cubs are likely to try to make a trade to acquire a third baseman.
If the Cubs were to make a trade for Bisset, it would not only fill the third base spot, but it would also help them prepare for the loss of Cody Bellinger in free agency. It’s also noteworthy that it would appeal to the “biggest free agent” in baseball, Shohei Ohtani, who wants to win a World Series. “If the Cubs acquire Bissett in a trade, he could replace the production of Bellinger, who is eligible for free agency, and could help lure Ohtani to Chicago,” according to MLB.com.
ESPN’s Jesse Rogers puts the chances of the Cubs reuniting with Bellinger at close to zero. “The Cubs and Bellinger was the perfect scenario and success story,” Rogers said on MLB Network on Aug. 22, “but the bottom line is that the Cubs signed him to a one-year deal. The Cubs’ top prospect position is center field. If the Cubs had traded Bellinger in July, when they thought their chances of making the postseason were slim, they would have traded him.” “Also, the Cubs haven’t signed a Scott Boras client to a multi-year deal in a very long time, so it’s unlikely they would be involved in a Bellinger trade.” Bellinger’s agent is Boras, aka the Devil’s Agent.
The Cubs narrowly missed the postseason this year. The Cubs, who finished second in the National League Central with 83 wins and 79 losses in the regular season, were separated by just one game from the World Series-bound Arizona Diamondbacks (84-78). With a fresh start under new manager Craig Counsell, the Cubs are expected to make aggressive moves to bolster their roster next season. A blockbuster trade with Toronto could be one of them.