It (allegedly) happens a lot more often than we’re told, but Kris Bryant isn’t alone in his fight against a team who’d allegedly tampered with service time, to prolong club control and delay free agency.
Now entering the midpoint of his contract, how has Yu Darvish performed for the Cubs, and what can the organization expect from him in the remainder of his contract?
Theo: “The bottom line is that we haven’t been able to sign a lot of our key players to contract extensions, so we have to face that reality…”
When the Cubs signed Brandon Morrow two seasons ago, it was their hope he could be a dominating closer to stabilize the back end for a few seasons. Morrow certainly showed glimpses of that when healthy, but the keyword is healthy.
Most realize that the actual “meetings” take place in the GM’s suites, long after the last vendor has closed down his kiosk for the day.
The Cubs have made a vocal effort to get younger in their starting rotation, as well as prolong their winning window. In what was once a powerhouse of talent, the Cubs’ fair system is in rebuild mode. However, there are some names that you have heard of who will be primed for a significant role in 2020.
While some caught on long ago, others still haven’t conceived that the Cubs are entering a very slippery slope with regard to their core.
Just 24 hours into the GM meeting, Theo Epstein already had plenty to say to reporters.
So far, we have heard the names of Kris Bryant, Mookie Betts, and Francisco Lindor as three superstars who are most likely to be dealt this offseason. While don’t expect all three to be on the move, most experts predict that at least one will be finding a new home next season.
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