Chicago Cubs: St. Louis IS boring; financial conundrum

ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 8: Umpire Tim Timmons #95 and Daniel Descalso #3 of the Arizona Diamondbacks gets between Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals and Torey Lovullo #17 of the Arizona Diamondbacks during an argument in the second inning at Busch Stadium on April 8, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 8: Umpire Tim Timmons #95 and Daniel Descalso #3 of the Arizona Diamondbacks gets between Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals and Torey Lovullo #17 of the Arizona Diamondbacks during an argument in the second inning at Busch Stadium on April 8, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) /
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The Chicago Cubs find themselves in quite the predicament. They need to move salary, but free agents are signing cheaper than the guys they would consider unloading. And, by the way? St. Louis is boring.

When this offseason started, all the talk for the Chicago Cubs and the rest of the league was how to have a shot at Bryce Harper or Manny Machado. Some have the space, while others needed to clear room. It appeared that the Cubs were in the latter half. But with free agents signing at cheap rates, it makes it even more difficult for a team trying to make room on their payroll.

The comments made by Kris Bryant during the Cubs convention don’t seem to be going away. Mostly because the Cardinals players aren’t letting them. But our Jim Guzior took a look at some of the numbers over the past half century, and Bryant’s words might not have been as inaccurate as you thought. In the end, if you live in, or our from St. Louis–know that he made these words in jest. It was a comedy bit. But since it keeps going? Well, when in Rome…

It still early, even though pitchers and catchers will report in just a few weeks. So many key free agents are still unsigned, and many of them could turn the tide of the NL with their signing alone. But with minimal moves, this winter, are the Cubs still part of the NL elite? With injuries and sub-par seasons from several key players, it’s likely the Cubs will still be there at the end. But will it be back as a division champion, or sneaking in as a Wild Card?

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These and other stories you might have missed:

‘Down market creates a financial conundrum for Cubs’ – Cubbies Crib

‘But, St. Louis IS a boring city’ – Cubbies Crib

‘A much too early prognostication of the NL’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Halladay and the collision of baseball immortality and human mortality’ – Fangraphs

‘How is Alzolay’s rehab progressing?’– MLB.com

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