Chicago Cubs: More misses than hits in free agency for Theo
Nobody in their right mind should be giving TYLER CHATWOOD nearly $40 million dollars, let alone have him on your team for three years. It’s not like the Rockies were chomping at the bit to get him back.
Jason Heyward, which seemed like a great deal at the time, has completely forgotten how to hit and is signed through 2023. Yu Darvish has been unable to stay healthy or throw strikes. Again, a great deal at the time that hasn’t worked out for the Cubs.
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And perhaps the biggest gaffe they have made was letting Christian Yelich go to a division rival. What did Yelich do? Oh you know, only win the National League MVP and have a Barry Bonds-esque second half. He carried the Brewers to a division title last year almost singlehandedly.
Epstein and Hoyer aren’t completely at fault for these deals, but what about Edwin Jackson for $52 million, only to have him be one of the worst starting pitchers in Major League Baseball over that time. He didn’t even last all four years and still collected checks from the Cubs.
Brian Duensing had a dynamite 2017 on a short deal, and the Cubs rewarded him with another two-year contract worth $7 million. On the first year of that deal, Duensing put up a 7.65 ERA and was recently designated for assignment. The free agent hits have been few and far between. One could make the argument that anything after Ben Zobrist didn’t work. If that’s the case, it’s a lot more swings and misses than home runs.
Not too long ago, the Cubs were unquestionably the best team in baseball. Heading into 2019, one had to question if they were even better than some of the teams in their own division.
All winter, the Cubs’ brass preached that the answers are internal and they already have everything they need to win. We even touched on it a little bit here at the Crib. They’re right, the answer to fixing the issues the Cubs have is internal and they need to look in the mirror.
Until the Cubs’ higher-ups decide they want to care about the team again, they deserve everything that could potentially happen this year, which isn’t fair to the fans or the players. You know, those same fans that give you more money every night?