The Chicago Cubs were unable to trade C Willson Contreras and OF Ian Happ before the MLB Trade Deadline at 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday evening, per Ken Rosenthal. The Cubs were able to find a new home for RP David Robertson, who was dealt to the Phillies earlier in the day. Contreras and Happ likely said their goodbyes before the deadline and now they will both awkwardly come back to the Cubs the rest of the year.
At one point, the New York Mets were kicking the tires on Contreras and Robertson in a package deal. Contreras was an All-Star this season but is also a rental heading into free agency and isn’t an outstanding defensive catcher. Happ likely was going to cost a pretty penny with his versatility being able to play multiple positions. Happ was also an All-Star for the Cubs, batting .279 with 9 HRs and 46 RBI this season.