Chicago Cubs News: The core could be gone before you know it

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It’s true. The Chicago Cubs ‘core’ might be gone. One last hurrah is gone by the wayside, and it’s time to dismantle it.

The Chicago Cubs’ Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber and Kris Bryant have one year remaining on their contracts. But what if they trade some–or all of them? It could happen when they’re in the last year of their contract. The St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds were the only teams to finish over .500. So let’s restart this thing and catch up with the division. Not so fast.

It was a 60 game season riddled with COVID-19 and opt-outs. Miami and St. Louis were both scratched from the schedule for the time being, and they had doubleheaders to catch up. It’s madness, I’ll tell you. And the NL Central? Four teams got in. Four teams made an early exit. So much for the Central being the strongest. Four in, four out. Unreal.

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So how many are you going to trade? It looks like one or two could be the case here. I have to admit; I’d like Rizzo to stay. He was not ‘homegrown,’ but he’s been with the Cubs for nine years, one with the San Diego Padres. Baez, too. And it’s not that I don’t like Bryant or Schwarber. It’s because I wouldn’t care if they stayed. It’s a business. Bryant has been injured, so has Schwarber. Again, it’s a business. Let them go, and replace them with youth.

I have no idea who will stay or who will go. Maybe they all go, and we’re lined up with several different players in different spots. You just never know how it is going to work out. Heck. They could keep the group together for one last time and let it work its magic. That’s probably not the case. They will move one, maybe two of them.

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And remember, Willson Contreras, Ian Happ and Jason Heyward are firmly rooted here. And Miami? They held the Cubs to one run–a Happ home run in the team’s two-game sweep. At least he was game. He went 5-for-10 with one home run, one RBI. We need to do something with these guys, but I don’t know what.