Chicago Cubs could play it safe and shock nobody this offseason

Theo Epstein, Tom Ricketts (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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CHICAGO, IL – OCTOBER 09: Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts (L) and general manager Theo Esptein look on before game three of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field on October 9, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

Everyone expects the Chicago Cubs to steal headlines this offseason. But, there’s a significant difference between a ‘busy’ winter and a ‘blockbuster’ one.

Next week here at FanSided, we kick off our ‘Faux Winter Meetings.’ The site experts from the respective 30 big-league teams all play GM for a few days and most of us end up looking dumb a couple years from now. Those who don’t usually avoid making star-studded deals.

Could the Chicago Cubs pursue such an avenue this offseason?

We’ve heard from the front office themselves: the Cubs will be busy this winter, looking to reload for another run at a title in 2018. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re going to break the bank overpaying for guys and blowing the long-term plan to pieces.

Instead, what if the team played it smart and simply shored up the club’s weaknesses? Added a few bullpen pieces and added the necessary starters to piece the rotation back together? Let’s explore how such a course of action could look.

(Beware: it’s not the sexiest plan you’ll read about. But it just might work).