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BCB After Dark: No more Morel?

The late-night/early-morning spot for Cubs fans asks if the team should try to trade Christopher Morel this upcoming winter.

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Welcome back to BCB After Dark: the swiningest spot for night owls, early risers, new parents and Cubs fans abroad. Come on in and grab a table. There’s no cover charge this evening. Come on in and cool off with a tasty beverage—that yout brought yourself.

BCB After Dark is the place for you to talk baseball, music, movies, or anything else you need to get off your chest, as long as it is within the rules of the site. The late-nighters are encouraged to get the party started, but everyone else is invited to join in as you wake up the next morning and into the afternoon.

Folks, this is going to be an After Dark like no other. Last night, I started feeling like I was coming down with a cold. Today, I took one of those COVID tests we had lying around the house and I came up positive. I took a second one and it came up positive again. I went 3½ years without catching it and now I’m a statistic. I am fully vaccinated, but I feel like I have a bad cold, except that I have absolutely zero energy and I have a bad headache.

So tonight, I’m not doing and jazz or movies. I’m just going to ask you one question. Should the Cubs trade Christopher Morel this winter? As this article from Patrick Mooney in The Athletic points out, the Cubs have been forced to play Morel as a designated hitter (sub. req.) and that is not ideal for an athletic 24-year-old. You’d think there’s some position that Morel could play, but the Cubs haven’t found it yet.

Next season, Cody Bellinger and Jeimer Candelario may be gone, although I know many of you want the Cubs to re-sign them. You’d think that would open up some room in the lineup, but there’s Pete Crow-Armstrong, Matt Mervis and other minor leaguers who are going to be making a play for the Opening Day lineup.

So it certainly seems like it would make some sense to trade Morel this winter. But on the other hand, he’s Christopher Morel. He’s the ray of sunshine at Wrigley field. He’s an energy spark that gets the team going. Frankly, he’s the Dani Rojas of the Cubs, for those of you who get the Ted Lasso reference.

I can’t tell you what the Cubs could get in trade for Morel, but his situation is really similar to Jorge Soler after the 2016 season. Same age, similar stat line and defensive issues. The Cubs got an All-Star closer in Wade Davis for Soler, albeit one who had only one more year of control before free agency.

So would you explore trading Christopher Morel this winter?


Should the Cubs try to trade Christopher Morel this winter?

This poll is closed

  • 38%
    Yes, the Cubs have more good players than lineup spots
    (203 votes)
  • 61%
    No. Are you kidding me? He’s Christopher Morel!
    (318 votes)
521 votes total Vote Now

Thank you all so very much for stopping by tonight. We were feeling a bit low earlier this evening, but you stopping by really picked up our spirits. Please get home safely. Recycle any cans or bottles you may have brought. Tip your waitstaff. If I’m able to sit up tomorrow, we’ll have more BCB After Dark.