Cubs aren’t ready to hand over the NL Central to the Cardinals just yet

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After a slow, rocky start to the offseason, it looks like – at long last – things are finally moving in the right direction in the offices at Gallagher Way.

The Chicago Cubs have been chipping away at their needs lately, and have finally added a few decent names to start rounding out the roster. Joc Pederson and Trevor Williams are a few fairly well-known names that have recently signed deals to join this group. Nothing flashy but two quality players that can help this team.

However, these signings were overshadowed by a monumental move made in the NL Central over the weekend when the St. Louis Cardinals traded for Nolan Arenado. With all the hype around the former Rockies third baseman, let’s look at why we shouldn’t be concerned with the Cardinals just yet.

Obviously this blockbuster move isn’t ideal for the rest of the NL Central, as Arenado is arguably the best third baseman in the game. He will complete St Louis’ corner infield with Paul Goldschmidt, also lured in from the NL West and could be considered the best first and third base duo in baseball (let’s hope another NL Central duo that we know of has something to say about that this season).