Cubs: National League Central will be far less competitive in 2021

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Chicago Cubs: North Siders could trade young stars

Cubs fans have heard the term “significant change” plenty of times before. But with Theo Epstein handing the keys to Jed Hoyer, it feels slightly more real this time.

Chicago is reportedly open to dealing just about anyone on the roster this season, and Kris Bryant’s name has already been thrown about in the rumor mill.

Willson Contreras could be the Cubs’ most valuable trade chip given he has multiple years of club control and made excellent strides behind the plate this past season. Teams would undoubtedly be intrigued by Javier Baez’s possible availability, as well, despite the fact Baez was last in OBP among qualified hitters.

There has not necessarily been an indication this winter will mark a wholesale rebuild. However, the Cubs are certainly looking for a change in philosophy, and the lineup could look quite a bit different next season.