The Cubs and the three ways they can spice up their squad

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With the possibility of no baseball this season, the Chicago Cubs need to plan for the foreseeable future.

This past offseason wasn’t perfect for the Chicago Cubs. After losing key contributors who were very significant during the season. One of those significant contributors was Cole Hamels, who started all 27 games pitched for the Cubs. Hamels would end up leaving the Windy City and sign a one-year deal with the Atlanta Braves.

The team would go on to lose most of their bullpen as most of them sign a one-year deal with a new team. Another pitcher the Cubs would lose was Pedro Strop, who has been with the team for the last seven years. He was the ideal choice in a late-inning situation. Unfortunately, Strop signed a deal with one of the Cubs’ central division rivals, the Cincinnati Reds.

On the offensive side, the Cubs lost a considerable player that helped out the outfield in a big way. Joining Strop in Cinncinati, Nicholas Castellanos joins them after signing a four-year deal this past offseason. Castellanos played in 51 games for the Cubbies, but he produced as soon as he got to Chicago. Hitting 16 home runs late in the season helped him have an outstanding .321 batting average.

As we all know, the Cubs need to look ahead and have a plan that will get them back into the playoffs and hopefully again in the World Series. Below are three different ways the Cubs can spice up their offseason.