Offseason and Spring Training is upon us!
Cubs become under new ownership, as well as a new manager.
After missing out on the playoffs in 2019 the Cubs were on a mission to get back to the promise land. This started off with the Cubs not renewing Joe Maddon’s contract and replacing him with rookie manager David Ross. They would also go under new owner ship as long time fan Cody McBride Purchased the Cubs from the Ricketts family. McBride is founder and owner of Sports Gaming Franchise and has always had the dream of being the owner of his favorite team the Chicago Cubs. When asked about the departure of Maddon McBride had this to say, “Joe was one of the best managers I have seen in my years of watching this great organization. Just like with everything there is a time frame that sometimes passes, but that is not to say that Joe will not forever be remember as the one that broke a curse that no one, my self included thought would be broken. As we transition into a new era we feel David Ross will be able to get the very best out of this team.” Cody was also questioned about whether or not he would retain Theo and company. This is what he had to say, “ Theo is the best there is when it come to forming a team and drafting young talent. He will also forever be a GOD in the city of Chicago as well as immortalized for his accomplishes with both the Red Sox and Cubs. If I have it my way Theo will retire before I allow him to walk away the Cubs organization.”
Spring training didn’t start as anyone had hoped, as the Cubs offense was a no show to the first four games. There was however some bright spots as rookie pitchers Brailyn Marquez and Adbert Alzolay were dominating the competition and showing why they deserve a spot in the rotation. So far this spring Marquez has regularly reached triple digits with his fastball. The Cubs would put together a good five game winning streak backed by an offensive explosion. Leading the way was rookie Nico Hoerner who the Cubs see as the future second baseman. Hoerner was draft out of college as a shortstop, but with Javier Baez not looking to go anywhere for a long time the Cubs feel like the need is for second base more.
Half way through spring the Cubs find themselves 3 games below .500 and lacking a true leadoff type hitter to get the offense going. With Jose Quintana dominating this spring the Cubs felt like they could find a trade partner with the Mariners. With the Cubs looking for a true leadoff type hitter and the Mariners needing a consistent starting pitcher, they knew that the stars had aligned, as the Cubs would pull the trigger. Sending Jose Quintana and a player to be named later the Cubs in return would get CF Mallex Smith. Smith brings a left-handed bat to the lineup along with speed, which is something the Cubs have lacked the last couple years. The cubs would go on to win straight with Smith stealing 12 bases over that span and support a .500 OBP. The Cubs would not be done there, as they would strike up another deal, but this time with the Phillies. The Cubs would send closer Craig Kimbrel and prospect Chase Strumpf for relief pitcher Seranthony Dominguez. This was a huge deal that helped both teams as it gives the Cubs a solid arm out of the bullpen. This deal also gave the Phillies a top 10 closer and future second baseman. When asked about the trade McBride had this to say, “it’s always hard t trade away a top 10 closer, but with the raise if rookie closer Ryan Jensen we felt it was the right thing to do at this point in time to strengthen our bullpen. This is just part of putting together a championship caliber team.” As the Cubs come down to the final 5 games of spring training and looking like a championship caliber team. The only question left was who will get the final two roster spots? The battle for the final rotation spot was intense and saw Adbert Alzolay edge out Tyler Chatwood who will start the season out in triple A. The final bench spot came down to the final game of spring training and saw Hernan Perez win the spot with a 4 for 4 in the final game while crushing two long balls. David Bote will begin the season in triple A.