Chicago Cubs News: Stanton to the Yankees, Yelich still available

PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 24: Outfielder Christian Yelich
PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 24: Outfielder Christian Yelich /

The New York Yankees made one of the more notable early acquisitions, landing Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins. The Chicago Cubs were one of the teams listed that he’d go to, but he’s not the Marlin the Cubs are fishing for.

In the span of a few days, the Chicago Cubs missed out on Japanese two-way player Shohei Ohtani and then Giancarlo Stanton. Now, their pursuit of Stanton was based more on him putting the Cubs on his list than it was about the Cubs. But these were good things as the Cubs could move away from the “pipe dreams” of Stanton and Ohtani and get down to business for the Winter Meetings. There are plenty of holes to fill, and Tyler Chatwood is just getting us started.

With the fire sale that is the Marlins, the Cubs can still take advantage of them. At least in theory. One of the names that the Cubs and their fans have had their eye on is Christian Yelich. The Marlins might want to use him to build around, but the Cubs might make every effort to kick the tires and see what it will take to pry him away from them.

The Cubs’ Jason Heyward has been everything we expected as a defender. Two Gold Gloves proves that. But at the plate, he’s struggled to make solid contact. A new swing only saw his numbers climb slightly, so this will be a big year for Heyward. Can he bring himself back to the level he was before coming to Chicago? That could be one of the biggest questions for the Cubs in 2018.

These and other stories you might have missed:

‘With Stanton done, Cubs can move on’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Cubs could still make a deal with the Marlins’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Can Heyward turn things around this year?’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Here’s why Stanton to the Yankees works’ – Yanks Go Yard

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