Following the resignation of Theo Epstein as president of the baseball world and the appointment of Jed Heuer as his heir, it has been suggested that the Chicago Cubs press the reset button this winter. Recent rumors that Chris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber may not agree confirm this hypothesis. Theo Epstein explained that long before his dismissal Kaba was in a transitional phase, so change was always inevitable.
But like many Cubs fans, I thought that this transitional situation meant that we had to decide which core to trade with and which core to grow with. But all the news from the Chicago Cubs in the last two weeks, including an opening press conference by Jed Hoyer, has indicated that a major renovation was imminent. And I’m here to tell you why it would be a mistake…
Theo Epstein only installed the Cubs at.
To fuel the controversy, the national media immortalized the story of Theo Epstein, who left the Chicago Cubs in turmoil amid his premature departure. But it’s a lie, as I’ve explained in detail here. Theo prepared the Cubs for future success.
- He locked up Yu Darwish and Kyle Hendricks for long, friendly business.
- Alec Mills and Adbert Soley have shown that they are able to turn in the middle of a rotation and are under the control of the club until 2025.
- The agricultural system not only has three perspectives in the top 100, but also people with significant growth potential.
- Finally, the Cubs have virtually no long-term investments.
What indicates that the organization is doomed to fail? None of that. But the media pay too much attention to wage cuts, business rumors and a rapid recovery from the crisis to really tackle the problem.
Theo Epstein and Jed Heuer of course failed to expand Chris Bryant or the other nuclei. I get it, I get it, I get it. But renewing someone is no better than choosing the wrong people. What would Cubs fans say if Epstein Addison Russell, Kyle Schwarber or Albert Almora offered a long-term extension at the beginning of their careers? All three were linked to future building blocks around 2016. One of them is now in the BWC, and two of them are potential candidates for a non-compete clause this season. A complete overhaul would have been necessary if the Cubs had invested the money in these busts in the long run. But fortunately that’s not the case.
The Kabbas will be widespread after 2021
As mentioned earlier, the Chicago Cubs will be in an enviable financial position after 2021. This may not seem to be the case with the financial consequences of COVID-19, but the third consecutive season of wage cuts and the rumours that the former MVP Chris Bryant would not participate in the tender make this a fact. Jason Hayward is the only actor under contract who can be considered a bad long-term investment (and I even deny it). Cuba’s total wage bill rose from $150.5 million in 2021 to $60.0 million in 2022. However, the Cubs are financially committed to another low season.
Do you think that such financial flexibility after 2021, when almost the entire core budget will be allocated to the free agency, is a coincidence? No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. This is Theo Epstein’s and Jed Heuer’s plan for lasting success. There is therefore no need for a general review. Frankly, the Cubs have been half built since 2019, which has led to wage cuts. If Theo and Jed had offered long-term contracts in the last two seasons, the whole apocalyptic mantra would have been justified. Rapid transition from one competitive window to another requires financial flexibility. Theo and Jed knew that. Without them, the clubs will have to be demolished and started over again.
Each hay producer should not overestimate the prospects
Another reason why Kaba should avoid a complete restructuring is the prospect of unpredictability. Addison Russell, Kyle Schwarber and Albert Almora embody this uncertainty without even meeting their performance expectations. As a rule, half of the expectations of the starters of MLB will be met in the end. The Kabbah has been fortunate to have a success rate of over 50%. So why would Jed Heuer trade all these achievements and roll the dice on another group of stakeholders? This is not necessary for large market organisations such as the Cubs. It’s also gross negligence.
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Organizations such as the Tigers, Orioles, Angels and Pirates have recovered over the past five years. How did they do that? Major restructurings hardly ever go as smoothly as those carried out by Theo and Jed in 2011. It’s a slippery slope the Cubs have to avoid. I’m sorry if I don’t believe in the absurd idea that exchanging a bunch of uncontrolled perspectives is better for the future success of the Cubs than expanding the All-Stars in your organization.
Teddy bears should always trade with a part of thecore.
Just because I don’t think a complete overhaul is wise, I don’t want to say that I want to be completely at Jed Heuer’s mercy this off-season. They can’t and don’t want to enlarge the whole core. But there is an intermediate point between exchanging and maintaining an optimal level for everyone. For example, if you swap two Ju Darwish, Kyle Schwarbert, Chris Bryant, Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo and Wilson Contreras on a modest flight with almost finished forecasts, the Cubs will be in a better position in 2022 and beyond without having to press the reset button fully. Instead of taking care of everyone and only relying on the prospects of success in the future, the Cubs let a few all-stars test, along with the accumulation of other young talent. It essentially covers their bets.
The idea that the Cubs can better sell themselves to a player responsible for the best six-year run in the history of the organization is really overwhelming. We don’t remember the Baseball Cubs until 2015? As Michael Jordan said after his fifth victory in 1997, it was an eternal perestroika. Let’s not go back to the loser baby. I’d rather the Cubs keep winning in downtown L.A. and play off-season.