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Chicago Cubs: What to know ahead of the Winter Meetings

Nov 4, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein talks during the World Series victory rally in Grant Park. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 4, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein talks during the World Series victory rally in Grant Park. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 1, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman is relieved in the 9th inning against the Cleveland Indians in game six of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 1, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman is relieved in the 9th inning against the Cleveland Indians in game six of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports /

Gone, Baby, Gone

It’s going to be a busy offseason for both Aroldis Chapman and Travis Wood. Both men are free agents and should receive decent payouts. There is a solid chance that the Chicago Cubs miss out on the two of them moving forward.

Wood was a veteran southpaw who has been with the Chicago Cubs for several seasons. At one point, he was pitching out of the starting rotation until he was demoted to the pen. That is where he started to shine, coming in and chewing up multiple innings at a time and found success in doing so.

And you can’t forget his home run against the Los Angele Dodgers. Which reminded me of Kerry Wood who homered in the LCS back in 2003 with the Florida Marlins in town.

We all had a feeling that Chapman was a short-term deal. Honestly, coming to terms with that sucks considering what the Cubs gave up to acquire him. Sending away Billy McKinney and Gleyber Torres in return for the former Cincinnati Red.

While Wood should receive offers from multiple teams, the New York Yankees will more than likely be the destination of choice for Chapman. Chapman winning a World Series will land him a bigger deal with a team that could end up competing over the next couple of seasons.

How does a World Series matchup between the Cubs and Yankees sound? Starlin Castro, Torres, McKinney, Chapman on one side of the dugout. That would be one hell of a series.

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