Heyward broke out with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2015, hitting .293 with a .359 on-base percentage, and now he's looking to cash in on a monster deal in the range of $200 million. The Cubs won't just throw huge dollars around, but they're reportedly focusing on Hewyard, who would be the second Cardinal to join the Cubs this winter after John Lackey.
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Carlos Carrasco, SP, Indians
Chicago would love to add more starting pitching, and with the cost of arms so high on the free-agent market this winter, a trade may be more likely. The Cubs are reportedly looking at Carrasco, who is 28 years old, had a 3.04 ERA for Cleveland last season and is currently signed through 2018.
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Danny Salazar, SP, Indians
In addition to Carrasco, the Cubs are also linked to Cleveland's Danny Salazar. He'd require at least one of the Cubs' heralded young hitters in any trade package, but Salazar is 25 years old, has frontline stuff and is just about to enter the prime of his career. Pitting him with Jon Lester at the top of the rotation would be a great starting point for an excellent staff.
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Kevin Gausman, SP, Orioles
Gausman, the No. 4 overall pick in 2012 out of LSU, has not lit up the big leagues as quickly as some expected, but that works in the Cubs' favor. He still has a mid-to-upper 90s fastball and a slider and split that can miss bats. If there's an opportunity to buy at a little lower price, the Cubs should do it. Gausman tossed 161 innings last year with a 3.83 ERA, still has big upside and is young and cheap.
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Tyson Ross, SP, Padres
Ross is 28 years old and posted a 3.26 ERA in 196 innings last season for San Diego, racking up 4.4 WAR. The best part: Ross won't become a free agent until 2018. If the Padres believe they can get a young hitter or two for him, then they could move him and Chicago would be the perfect spot. Ross is another option that would help the Cubs avoid throwing crazy money at aging arms on the open market.