1. Cade Horton
To conclude this trade package, 2022 seventh-overall pick Cade Horton would make a lot of sense. He is viewed as having immense potential and could blossom into a top-of-the-rotation kind of pitcher. In 14 games this season with Oklahoma, he sported a 5-2 record and 4.86 ERA.
If Horton can become a top-two starter in this league, he could be a wonderful long-term investment for the Angels. Like Crow-Armstrong, he will need a few years to develop in the minor leagues, but if he continues to trend in the right direction, he would be a major addition to the Angels. He was taken so early in this summer’s MLB Draft for a reason, keep in mind.
Nevertheless, there’s no question that the Cubs would have to give up a lot to bring in Ohtani, but when looking at how he’s a generational talent, it would be entirely worth it. Let’s see if the Cubs’ expected interest results in a move this offseason from here.