Chicago Cubs: Giving Maddon the tools to succeed
Most people seem to believe Joe Maddon is on his way out at season’s end. But if Epstein and Jed Hoyer can get him the makings of an elite bullpen to pair with a loaded rotation and talented young core, he might flip the script on them.
Guys like Robertson and Britton are ideal targets for a team in win-now mode. At a certain point, you have to demand the bats step up and handle their business. The talent is there – it’s just a matter of playing up to their potential on a day-in, day-out basis.
Replacing Justin Wilson is priority number one – or at least, it should be. Will the Cubs turn to familiar arms who’ve spent time in the Bronx? Time will tell. But don’t be surprised to see these former Yankees relievers in a different set of pinstripes come 2019.