The Chicago Cubs haven’t had a true veteran presence since David Ross. They’re hoping to change that with the addition of Daniel Descalso. And while the offseason has been slow? Do not fret, Cubs’ fans.
While the time David Ross spent with the Chicago Cubs was brief, he made his mark with his veteran presence and leadership. Since his retirement, that’s been a position in which the Cubs have been lacking. With the signing of Daniel Descalso, the Cubs hope to have found the answer–or at least a replacement–to what Ross brought to the Cubs.
Many have been dismayed by the team’s moves this winter–or lack thereof. With big-time free agents like Bryce Harper and Manny Machado available, the Cubs have continued to sign depth pieces. With what is thought to be an unlimited budget by some with the potential Cubs network entering the picture soon, many don’t understand the stinginess. But our David Miniel in his return from a brief hiatus says that there is nothing to be concerned with. Even with what we’ve seen take place within the division this offseason.
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2014 wasn’t the most amazing season the Cubs have had. But it was very well the start of something special in Chicago. The team only won 73 games, but that was a step up after the previous two seasons (101 losses in ’12, 96 in ’13). It was a season that saw the debuts of several Cubs that are now mainstays in the lineup.
Kyle Hendricks and Javier Baez. And Jorge Soler, while now moved on to Kansas City, made his debut and was a critical part to the Cubs run towards a World Series in 2016. 2014 was still a losing season for the Cubs in record. But it was a glimmer of hope that the new regime was headed in the right direction.
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Here are some of the stories you might have missed:
‘Can Descalso be the team’s new David Ross?’ – Cubbies Crib
‘Cubs lack of offseason moves isn’t necessarily a bad thing’ – Cubbies Crib
‘The 2014 season offered a glimmer of hope‘ – Cubbies Crib
‘Cubs sign another minor-league arm’ – Bleacher Nation
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