4 moves that took the Chicago Cubs from champions to sellers

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Chicago Cubs: Number 4 – Creating gaping holes in the lineup

Then there are the unending roster errors. This starts with the unwillingness to re-sign Dexter Fowler.  In 2017 five different Cubs batted in the leadoff spot. Chicago has continued to play leadoff man roulette ever since. That’s no way to build a roster – or set up your big hitters for success.

On top of that there were these acquisitions of dubious and downright awful distinction since 2019:

  • Tony Kemp, Daniel Descalso, Robel Garcia, Carlos Gonzales, Martin Maldonado, Cameron Maybin, Steven Souza, Jr., Jose Martinez, Tony Wolters, Jose Lobaton, Austin Romine, Eric Sogard and Robinson Chirinos

Most I have no idea why they were signed, others were signed out of desperation because we need a back up catcher (not to belabor the point).  But since 2019 we’ve surrounded a core of really good baseball players, with, well, crap.

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So here we are at the All-Star Break in 2021, sellers of the last of the World Series champions that were part of the youngest team to ever win the Fall Classic. I don’t think any of us thought on that fall night in 2016 that it would come to this.