Cubs Season in Crash Mode – 27 September, 2019

Cubs baseball has fallen off a cliff the past two weeks. The team’s roster is in disarray as players nurse injuries and speculation builds Joe Maddon will not be offered a new contract. Cubs front office needs to ask which players will remain the core for the next few seasons. Pitching is a concern too. Cubs need a dependable closer and set up are, but they will also be in the market potentially for two starting pitchers. Cole Hamels becomes a free agent this winter, and John Lester who produced poor numbers the past few months may find his spot open for competition or be relegated to the number five spot in the rotation. Chatwood could get consideration as a starter, but can he deliver dependable results? Cubs may be tempted to trade Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber, but both have many years of production ahead and the results of pursuing talent for them could be spell disaster and put many Cubs fans in a foul mood.

Baseball – The Cubs – 8 November, 2015

Free agent season is about to gather steam and fans of the Chicago Cubs will be keen to see what the Cubs front office does over the next three months. The Cubs will seek pitching this off season. The assumption is that the Cubs will try to add two veteran arms to their staff. David Price should be watched closely, this because he pitched for Joe Maddon when he won the Cy Young while on the Tampa Bay Rays during the 2012 season. There are no guarantees regarding what Price will do and the Cubs should not expect a discount because of past relationships, this because teams like the Cardinals, Giants, and others will certainly express an interest in Price’s services. However, the fact that Maddon and Price know each other well could help negotiations. One thing that should be pointed out is that Price didn’t fare well in big games when taken into full context. The Cubs will seek an arm that can compete with the best in the biggest of settings. Zack Grienke will certainly be talked to by the Cubs too.