The offseason is just over a week old and the Hot Stove is starting to warm up. Here are the latest rumors – and how they might impact the Chicago Cubs.
Right now, we don’t really know what the moves the Chicago Cubs make this winter will add up to. The front office is currently up to their eyes in an internal overhaul that’s seemingly left no stone unturned either in the offices at Gallagher Way or on David Ross‘ coaching staff.
Meanwhile, Tom Ricketts is once again sending a lot of messages that seem to indicate the Cubs won’t be big players this offseason – something that, for a lot of fans, would be nothing short of unforgivable after the team missed the postseason for the first time since 2014.
Chicago has already shed a decent amount by virtue of departing free agents and declined team options – but it’ll take more than that to reshape an 84-win club.
There are plenty of guys not named Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon available this offseason – that’s just in the free agent pool. Add in the likes of countless players who could be available via trade and this has the potential to be an offseason filled with moves, even for teams like Chicago that are deciding whether to go all-in or extend their window and sacrificing 2020, to a degree.