Chicago Cubs: Assessing the progress of the Central Division

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The Cubs still have a plethora of depth and have added enough to push through and win the Central. As I said at the start, you have to win within your division before taking on the rest of the world. I think the Cubs have done enough in that regard. But what about teams like the Nationals and the Dodgers?

Will players have a positive regression? Or have they reached their peak in 2016? For some, that’s the thought with Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber. But I think each of these two will battle back and be contributors this season.

Next: Offseason next year not just about Harper

Come the trade deadline, the Cubs could be in a position to make a move to better themselves for 2018–or beyond. But if they are, there will be a price. No player will be cheap, and the Cubs have few prospects left to trade. Will the Cubs have to deal from the roster to make a deal work? Possibly. But we may need to see just what the Cubs have in store for this year first.