If the Chicago Cubs are going to start trading guys, they might as well go all-in.
With the non-tendering of Kyle Schwarber, the departure of Jon Lester and the rumors that the Cubs are very open and willing to listen to offers for Willson Contreras, it’s clear the Chicago Cubs we’ve known and loved through this window of contention are dead and gone. What happens going forward is anyone’s guess (except maybe Jed Hoyer), and it’s still possible that with some patches and changes a decent ball club will emerge.
That being said, the moves so far this offseason seem not so much about getting better, but about saving money. Heck, the moves the last two years have seemed to be more about money than trying to win another World Series. I understand that you don’t buy a team to lose money, but putting a winner on the field in a town that is starving for consistent winners sounds like a pretty tried and true recipe for making some serious dough.
Granted, the pandemic has and will have a huge role in the fiscal and personnel decisions teams make this year and going forward, but the way things are going, do you really see the Cubs going out and spending money on anyone? Their biggest acquisitions the last couple years were Daniel Descalso and Steven Souza Jr. and that was before ‘biblical; losses due to COVID-19.
If the Chicago Cubs are starting to sell pieces off and looking to reload, my advice is to stop trying to do it piecemeal and stop with the death by a thousand cuts the fans are currently experiencing. If ownership only cares about the bottom line and not about winning, let’s just tear the whole thing down. Read on to see how the team should do it and who is likely to go at some point.