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After missing the post-season by one game last season, the Chicago Cubs set the tone early this past off-season that the expectation for the 2024 season is to advance beyond the regular season for the first time since 2020.

There is no other way to explain the Cubs making Craig Counsell the richest manager in the history of Major League Baseball. The hiring of Counsell created some lofty dreams for Cubs fans as many envisioned an off-season where the team landed Shohei Ohtani.

The idea of Ohtani signing with the Cubs proved to be a pipe dream while signaling the approach that the team will have in their next contention window. The Cubs are not going to jump out ahead of the market and sign the top free agents available.

With how the Cubs have constructed their farm system, the team is comfortable in being opportunistic with the moves that they make to their Major League roster. That means that the team will wait until the last possible minute in order to bring back Cody Bellinger or trade one of their ascending pitching prospects for a first base prospect in Michael Busch who was blocked in the Los Angeles Dodgers' organization.

There is no doubt that the Cubs have had a successful season but there is no doubt that they are entering the season with fans wondering if they could have done more. With it remaining unlikely that the Cubs add Jordan Montgomery before the start of the season, the question fans have now is will they make the post-season in 2024?

The Chicago Cubs will return to the post-season in 2024.

The Cubs will win the National League Central in 2024 and return to the post-season. The Milwaukee Brewers have ignited their rebuild this off-season while the St. Louis Cardinals' expenditure on aging pitching will not fix a pitching staff that struggled last season. The Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates are not your father's Reds and Pirates. Both Cincinnati and Pittsburgh will be exciting this season but the Reds lack legitimate pitching and Pittsburgh may be a season or two early before considering them a real threat.

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