Chicago Cubs News: Contreras’ year, Lackey not wanted?
We’ve got a review of Willson Contreras’ year, plus a few reasons why the Chicago Cubs shouldn’t bring back John Lackey. And we dig into the Jason Heyward trade rumors.
When the Chicago Cubs called up Willson Contreras in 2016, they knew they had a talented but raw catcher. Since then, Contreras has turned into an offensive juggernaut. Before the hamstring injury, he was carrying the Cubs on offense. And while he makes his fair share of errors, defensively he has a chance to be something very special behind the plate. Our Adam McGinnis gives his grade for the Cubs backstop.
The Cubs’ John Lackey says he isn’t done and wants to pitch in 2018. That’s great, but we don’t expect–or want it–to be for the Cubs. Lackey has had his issues keeping the ball in the yard among other things, and unless push comes to shove and the Cubs desperately need a No. 5 starter, it’s time they let Lackey go to find other opportunities.
Where to even start with the Jason Heyward rumors? Even after picking up his fifth Gold Glove, some are ready to send Heyward on his way. But the Giants might want to send an old friend in Jeff Samardzija back our way. Plenty of people aren’t thrilled with that. But as we dig a little deeper into things, it becomes pretty clear that this trade isn’t going to work. And the Cubs will need to spend another winter hoping Heyward can revamp his swing.
These and other stories you might have missed:
‘Contreras’ 2017 year in review’ – Cubbies Crib
‘Cubs shouldn’t bring Lackey back in 2018’ – Cubbies Crib
‘Addressing the Heyward trade rumors’ – Cubbies Crib
‘Players choice winners announced’ – MLB.com
’10 moves that would make the Hot Stove sizzle’ – MLB.com
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