Chicago Cubs: Almora, Schwarber and Happ; trade two, keep one

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The numbers don't lie: Almora has been tremendous as a leadoff man for the Cubs this season. Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images
The numbers don't lie: Almora has been tremendous as a leadoff man for the Cubs this season. Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images /
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Chicago Cubs: Second half decline cost team dearly

It’s hard to believe, but the Cubs offense was not a drastic problem going into the break. Pitching was the problem. The Cubs had not acquired Cole Hamels yet, Tyler Chatwood led baseball in walks (and finished the year in the same situation) and Yu Darvish was hurt and ineffective in his eight starts.

Nonetheless, the aforementioned position players were not good in the second half and it played a role in the Cubs offense in September. So, the question remains: what is their value right now as the Cubs head into a very important offseason.

Quotes from ownership, front office, players and coaches make it clear: it’s not good enough. As a fan, it’s a breath of fresh air.

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