When the Chicago Cubs traded Yu Darvish this previous offseason and didn’t get a lot again in return, it despatched a sign out that the transfer was strictly made to get off of Darvish’s contract.
The transfer was the primary of what was anticipated to be a domino impact of strikes that the Cubs might make as it regarded as if they had been poised to slash their roster payroll and begin considerably of a rebuild.
Fast ahead to now and the Cubs are 42-37 and proper within the thick of the NL Central race. They have exceeded the expectations of the entrance workplace and put that group in fairly the pickle. Chicago’s entrance workplace balked this offseason, now they have to makeup for it by shopping for on the MLB Trade Deadline.
Trading Darvish got here as a shock to many Cubs followers till the belief of the blueprint was acknowledged. And it was one coming from proprietor Tom Ricketts up high that the purpose is perhaps to eliminate a few of the pricier contracts on the payroll.
It actually wasn’t efficiency associated. Darvish was coming off a Cy Young runner-up yr. A yr by which he went 8-3 in a shortened season and posted an ERA that will make any pitcher blush, at 2.01. The Cubs ace had a WHIP of 0.96 and gave up 17 whole earned runs in 12 begins. Jed Hoyer traded him.
This season, Darvish is up to his similar stuff. He’s been dominant for the Padres this yr posting a 2.44 ERA in 16 begins whereas having a Ok/9 of 10.8. He’s been flat out dominant once more. This isn’t a shock. What is a shock, a minimum of to the Cubs entrance workplace is how effectively their very own crew has carried out. As the commerce deadline approaches they desperately want to add a beginning pitcher as they proceed to hover across the high finish of the division. If solely they’d somebody like Darvish, who they traded for subsequent to nothing within the offseason.
Kyle Schwarber is having an unbelievable month of June for the Washington National. So unbelievable, that he has been put right into a class with Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa. Not precisely dangerous firm when contemplating the numbers they put up.
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— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 29, 2021
While Cubs followers bear in mind the moonshot residence runs from Schwarber when he was in Chicago, it has been subsequent degree for the now leadoff hitter in D.C.
Chicago had each alternative to carry the ability hitting lefty again and there was by no means a doubt that Schwarber cherished the town and the franchise, but the Cubs let him stroll for nothing.
Schwarber’s contract isn’t something loopy, he’s on a one-year, $10 million deal. That’s peanuts for the numbers Schwarber is offering the Nationals out of the leadoff spot.
The Cubs selected to signal Joc Pederson as free company rolled alongside. Pederson has been good, not nice for the Cubs and his numbers pale compared to Schwarber. As the MLB Trade Deadline inches nearer and nearer, the Cubs might use one other bat within the lineup. While the realm of concern is perhaps at second base, they want one other bat regardless. Schwarber would’ve been good, however Hoyer and Co. let him stroll for nothing.
These two strikes, or non-moves, will have Hoyer scrambling on the commerce deadline. It’s put the Cubs in a state of affairs that was 100% avoidable and utterly self-inflicted. The Cubs brass clearly didn’t anticipate this crew to contend a lot this yr and right here they’re proper on the heels of the Brewers with the web page preparing to flip to July.
An angle that hasn’t been forgotten tying in with all of this is the contract conditions of Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Javy Baez. All might hit free company after this season and the Cubs have achieved nothing on extensions with any of the three.
The proven fact that this wasn’t addressed within the offseason leads to an additional connecting of the dots that will point out the plans internally might have been to commerce a number of of these core items. Now, that’s utterly off the desk, or needs to be.
It’s onerous to think about any situation in the place the Cubs are contending for the division crown and nonetheless ship away any of Baez, Rizzo or Bryant. All three have been essential components to the system for supervisor David Ross and Bryant had been returning to his MVP type earlier within the season.
Chicago’s entrance workplace is going through a dilemma that would’ve been nonexistent had they not jumped the gun this offseason in promoting away Darvish and letting Schwarber stroll. Now, they need to strive to add a beginning arm and add one other bat on the deadline whereas determining how to go concerning the extensions of Bryant, Rizzo and Baez.