Even if the Chicago Cubs fail to land Alex Cobb or Yu Darvish, this roster is set up to make a serious run at a fourth-straight postseason appearance.
Adding Yu Darvish or trading for Manny Machado is enough to make headlines in any city. But with the Chicago Cubs, the news and drama increases tenfold – especially with fans hungry for another trip back to the World Series.
But is it really necessary? Does Chicago need to shell out north of $100 million for Darvish? Are four years of remaining control with Addison Russell worth one season of Machado at shortstop?
In short, no.
Last year, the Cubs drastically underperformed on multiple fronts. The rotation took a big step backward after a historic 2017 campaign. Walks piled up in the bullpen, eventually forcing the club out of postseason play against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Guys who put up career years in the World Series run of 2016 suddenly seemed lost at the dish.