With 2018 Cubs Convention in Swing, Theo Tells Fans “We’re Not Done” at Pitching

“Even if we didn’t have a 2016 World Series World Series trophy safely tucked away to remind us that times have changed, the words and post-season actions of Cubs’ President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein would do the trick. The 2018 Cubs Convention kicked off this week, and attendees of the annual event were abuzz with the team’s latest moves to shore up a struggling 2017 pitching staff…

With free agent hurlers Yu Darvish and Alex Cobb still swirling in the Cubs orbit, it’s clear that Epstein’s assurance is more than bluster. The trapped and panicked offseason mistakes of years past have been completely displaced by methodical, considered logic.”

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Just What Exactly Have the Cubs Given Up to Get Chapman?

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“At the risk of going full-bore Pollyanna, we were supposed to be better than this. The Cubs organization should have wanted no part of Chapman. We have dance party rooms and petting zoo field days. Violence and recklessness are not the Maddon/Epstein values. Right? To follow my work is to know I want to the Cubbies to prevail as much as any other diehard. It’s in my very bloodstream. But not at the expense of moral degradation.”

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The Cubs Learned How to Trade: Samardzija Rumors Underscore Exciting Evolution

 

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (29) throws against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first inning of their opening day baseball game on Monday, April 1, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija (29) throws against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first inning of their opening day baseball game on Monday, April 1, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

“The Cubs have given their legions of fans many gifts in 2015. But the greatest of all is the big-picture, long-term strategic thinking that made Epstein a hero in Boston. It seems rather unlikely that this management team would perpetrate a Lee Smith/Greg Maddux – style debacle. Getting an even-to-better end of a deal? Who’d have thought?  It really is a new era of hope and possibility in Cubs Nation.”

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