With the weekend signing of coveted free agent Yu Darvish, the Cubs front office proves that they are stocking this team for post-season play for years to come.
Beyond the Darvish deal, Cubs management has put together a starting rotation that will likely top the Central Division and make a deep playoff run into the foreseeable future.
The Darvish deal is reportedly worth $126 million, (and the money is important) but maybe more importantly, the contract keeps the rightly pitching in Chicago until the end of the 2023 season. Looking at the contracts of the rest of the Cubs starting rotation: Quintana is signed through 2020, but Lester, Chatwood and Hendricks are all under contract through the 2021 season. That means that the Cubs starting rotation will be a perineal contender for the National League Central Division title as well as a serious threat to win multiple pennants.
Locking down the starting rotation, the willingness of the front office to spend money when necessary, and the core of young, talented, offensive players, means that the Cubs are the team to beat in the National League. An offense that boasts the level of talent that the Cubs’ have is not easy to find in MLB. There are potential All Stars at nearly every position and they should continue to grow and improve as a group moving forward. When the young core begins to head toward free agency, the organization has the luxury of selecting who to lock up long term and who to trade. Those future trades should be able to replenish the farm system and provide the core of the next generation of young talent to take Wrigley Field by storm.
At the center of all of this are Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. They have turned the franchise around, from loveable losers to consistent contenders. At the heart of every decision that they make is the fact that they are Never Satisfied.
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