Chicago Cubs: Embracing the target in 2016


It’s a New Year, and for the Cubs things are going to be different. The expectations will include a target on their backs. But Maddon believes the team can thrive because of it.

Chicago Cubs’ skipper Joe Maddon knows the team isn’t going to “sneak up on anyone” next season, and he wasn’t his team to embrace the target and the pressure of being a World Series contender. After a solid offseason to this point, the additions the Cubs have made will already have the rest of the league on notice, and they might not be done yet.

Are the Cubs and Yankees another team away from making a blockbuster three-team trade? That was the question from Mike Axisa over at River Ave Blues. The two teams have had conversations on a few occasions this offseason, and there’s no question the Cubs  have interest in Andrew Miller–who wouldn’t? But the missing team might be one with a young starter they would be willing to move. The chances are small, but it’s an interesting proposition.

Finally, the New Year is full of resolutions. Things to change–to be better at–a new you for the New Year. For the Cubs, it’s about winning a World Series. This “resolution” has been a fixture of the Cubs and their fans for entirely too long. Maybe 2016 can be the year to change this and allow the Cubs to pick a new resolution for next year.

These and other stories you might have missed:

‘Maddon wants his team to “embrace the target” in 2016’ – Fox Sports

‘Cubs/Yankees primed for three-team blockbuster?’ – River Ave Blues

‘Ringing in the New Year with one important resolution’ – Cubbies Crib

‘MLB’s most interesting people for 2016’ – ESPN

’10 bold predictions for 2016′ –

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