Chicago Cubs News: Baez injury; Arrieta to Philadelphia

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The Chicago Cubs can take a bit of solace in the Javier Baez injury for the fact they didn’t trade away from the MLB roster. And Jake Arrieta is headed to the Philadelphia Phillies, and we wish him all the best.

When the Chicago CubsJavier Baez went own with hamstring tightness, it was a reminder of how fragile an MLB roster is. While it wasn’t serious and he’ll get some time off, the Cubs should be happy they didn’t trade away from the MLB roster. They have depth, but not necessarily a guy “in waiting” as some clubs might. Still, keeping what they had might have been the smartest move the Cubs made all offseason.

Former Cubs’ ace Jake Arrieta is headed to the Philadelphia Phillies. First, let me just say that this was the “perfect” scenario for the Cubs. With the talk that he could go to a contender, he ends up in Philadelphia. A team that has promise in its rebuild, but isn’t quite there yet. But Arrieta could thrive in Philly, helping to rebuild a once proud franchise. He’s not going to win 20 games for them. But he will surely make a difference on their staff.

When the Cubs traded for Jose Quintana, they knew what they were giving up. But it was a move they felt they needed to make as Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease were a few years away from breaking into the bigs. The Cubs needed controllable pitching, and Quintana offered them that. Will it be disappointing if Cease and Jimenez have successful careers for the White Sox? Maybe. But it wouldn’t be the first time it’s happened to–or for–the Cubs. It’s the cost of business.

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