A second report has connected the Chicago Cubs to Colorado Rockies superstar Nolan Arenado. Could the team be ready to flip the script on a woeful offseason?
So far, this has been one of – if not the – most underwhelming offseasons in recent memory for Cubs fans. The team is yet to make a single major league free agent signing – with just over a month until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training.
It’s not like it’s justifiable, either. Chicago won 84 games in 2019, finishing third in a National League Central that could be even more competitive this year with Cincinnati locked and loaded in pursuit of their first division crown since 2012. Right now, the Cubs seem poised to roll the dice with the same squad and hope for better results.
But that could change in short order as the team has done their ‘due diligence’ on Colorado standout Nolan Arenado. Now, I know what you’re thinking – what about Kris Bryant? As things currently stand, Bryant is penciled in as the team’s starting third baseman. That may be true, but there’s been no shortage of rumors surrounding the former Rookie of the Year and NL MVP this winter – and that remains the case.
For now, the team (and all of us) are awaiting a ruling on Bryant’s long-standing grievance over supposed playing time manipulation back in 2015. Expected this week, it could finally give Theo Epstein some answers as he attempts to make some late moves in hopes of getting the Cubs back to the postseason in 2020.