What if I told you that the Chicago Cubs would have a chance to be really good in 2022 by making just five moves? You’d probably think I was crazy, but it’s true. And, to be honest, it’s a completely plausible if tremendously bold set of moves that would mostly just cost the Ricketts family some money. But hey, they need to spend some money to make some money and put fans back in the seats, right? And it’s not like we have a lot invested in the 2022 roster currently anyhow.
If the Cubs want to spend in the right places, they could contend in 2022.
If Ricketts and Jed Hoyer truly want a reload after the trade deadline massacre sold off everything we thought had a ton of value (both real and sentimental), there’s a very serious and very methodical way to go about doing it, and they could set themselves up for continued success with the haul of young prospects they got this summer coupled with the ones they already had on the way in three years or so.
One of the biggest unknowns currently is what is going to happen with the CBA during the offseason and how that will affect the team’s roster. What does that mean in English, you ask? It means that depending on the direction the league and players go with regards to the universal DH, it could make going after several key pieces either realistic or not so much.
For the sake of our bold little experiment here, I’ll assume that the DH will be part of the 2022 package that gets the players back on the field with a new CBA, meaning the Cubs will need a regular ninth hitter. This will be a good thing for the Cubs and my plan. Read on to see how bold this gets: