Chicago Cubs; Myth #5 This isn’t 2012 again
Yes, it is, but it is different., too. The talent the Cubs have acquired and will acquire, though drafts and trades, will percolate up faster than it did from 2012-2014 because of the all the investment in player development and technologies.
In addition, unlike 2012 there’s already talent in the system (Brennen Davis, Miguel Amaya, etc.), and young controllable talent on the MLB roster (Nico Hoerner, Adbert Azolay, recently-acquired Nick Madrigal).
Plus, they’re not rebuilding a stadium or the whole scouting, farm and player development systems. The one wild card here is the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Who knows how that will go?
Now if they’d just be honest and say this is a rebuild. But they won’t because Tom is afraid that fans and sponsors will stay away.