Chicago Cubs News: Heyward’s woes, and grading Maddon’s season

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The Chicago Cubs’ Jason Heyward has given us everything we hoped for in the field, and very little at the plate. And how did Joe Maddon fare in his third year with the Cubs?

When the Chicago Cubs signed Jason Heyward, they hoped to get an elite Gold Glove fielder that could hit .280 and help drive in runs. While the first part of that has been correct, the offense has been anything but that. After last season, Heyward went to Arizona to start working on his swing. It did look better at times, but the results were still disappointing. Heyward is going to need to turn things around and fast. Otherwise, the Cubs paid $184 million for “just good defense.”

The Cubs’ Joe Maddon led the team to another NLCS, but he’s not exempt from criticism along the way. While every manager will be judged on EVERYTHING they do, the result was another successful season–even if fans felt it ended in disappointment. It’s been an incredible three year stretch for the team and its fans, and this by no means is over. Maddon will have this team right back in the thick of it come 2018.

When the season ended in disappointment to the Dodgers, it was clear the Cubs needed to go to work on filling some holes n the roster. So with a tongue in cheek approach, our Adam McGinnis compiled a list of players the Cubs should be pursuing this winter. Be sure not to take this too seriously. This was merely a way of showing what the Cubs started with, and where Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have brought this team up to.

These stories and more you might have missed:

‘Cubs desperately need Heyward to figure it out’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Cubs wrap up another season under Maddon’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Five players the Cubs should ‘pursue’ this winter’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Darvish, Arrieta possible, but not probable’ – Bleacher Nation

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