Chicago Cubs: Tom Ricketts ‘feels strongly’ the team can win as built
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According to Ricketts, that signing ate into the money that would have otherwise been available to the front office this winter. Despite all of this, though, Ricketts continues to state his faith in Epstein and his team.
"“I trust our baseball guys to put those resources to work in the right way and also keep a long-term perspective,” Ricketts said. “And once again with the strategy of trying to be as consistent as possible to make the playoffs as often as possible. And I think our guys will make good decisions.”"
The Cubs largely made do with under-the-radar minor league signings this winter, bringing in a ton of pitching depth and some veterans on offense.
They’re hoping Jason Kipnis can help be part of the solution at second base among that group while looking for at least two or three arms to prove they’re ready to contribute to a contending big league club.
All told, things could be worse – just ask the Astros and Jose Altuve‘s terrible tattoo. It’s on manager David Ross to squeeze as much juice was possible out of this team in 2020, regardless of whether or not he’ll get any reinforcements to support the core at any point in the semi-near future.