Chicago Cubs: Keeping up with Central, catching future and more

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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Keeping up in the NL Central has become like an episode of ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians.’ We also took a look at the future of the Cubs’ catching core, as well as the spring of Trent Giambrone.

For many Chicago Cubs fans, the talk was how the team did very little to improve. Followed by how much every other team was doing. But what can’t be lost is that this team, when everyone is healthy, is just as good or better than most of the division. But there were still a lot of moves on the NL Central to keep up with this offseason. So try to see where each team improved the most in the NL Central during the winter.

This winter, even I have commented the Cubs should have looked for a veteran backup catcher. I don’t have a problem with Victor Caratini. But would have liked to see the Cubs bring someone in to at least push him a bit. But in the not so distant future? The Cubs could have an excellent group of catchers at or near the Major League level. So for only an offseason or two will be longing for a backup. By then, Willson Contreras will be the veteran, with the young guys chasing him.

The Cubs Trent Giambrone isn’t likely to break camp with the Cubs after this spring. But his successful time in the minors combined with successful Spring Training might have him on the right path. At just 5-foot-8, he’s shown plenty of power and has the versatility which has become a calling card of many MLB teams–not just the Cubs. Ben Zobrist used to be ‘unique’ for how many positions he played. Now, some teams have as many as four or five players that can do that.

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These and other stories you might have missed:

‘Keeping up with the NL Central’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Cubs have a great catching core for seasons to come’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Trent Giambrone having a memorable spring’ – Cubbies Crib

‘Who were the winter winners?’ – MLB.com

‘How much is Kris Bryant worth?’ – Cubs Analyst

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