Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ could also provide the Colorado Rockies with a good bat
Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ would also provide the Colorado Rockies with another bat and in the outfield, which is a spot that they hope to address when the lockout ends. In fact, when we chose just one trade target from each team back in October, Happ was our pick for the Cubs.
Happ, 27, has played with the Cubs for each of the last five seasons and now that their core of players from their 2016 World Series Champion team is gone, Happ is, arguably, their best position players.
In 2021, Happ played in 148 games and he had 25 homers and 66 RBI with a slash line of .226/.323/.434. He had an OPS+ of 102 and a rWAR of 1.6.
In 2020, Happ got NL MVP votes after he played in 57 games and had 12 homers and 28 RBI. He had a slash line of .258/.361/.505 with an OPS+ of 131. In the 2020 Wild Card series, Happ was the only Cubs hitter that actually did really well in Miami’s sweep of the Cubs as he went 4-for-8 with a solo homer. That was their only run of the two games
In 2019, Happ started out the season in Triple-A as he had an awful spring training. He didn’t appear in the majors until late July but in 58 games, he had 11 homers, 30 RBI, and an OPS+ of 128.
For the Rockies, they may find Happ intriguing as he can play many positions. He has played center field and left field the most but he has extensive playing time in right field, at second base, third base, and first base as well.
He is entering his second season of arbitration.