The arbitration deadline has come and gone, and finally, the Cubs have spent money! Yes, these players were all under contract and their returns a mere formality, but alas, this was something. As I reflected on the lack of action from the Cubs front office this offseason I focused on that silence.
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After a relatively quiet presence at the Winter Meetings, the Cubs remain a team without a set direction for the 2020 season. The front office has a myriad of problems to address if this team is to remain competitive; it’s not clear they have the desire to do so.
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Monday’s non-tendered players provide the Cubs with a deeper pool of free agents to explore. A few players could make sense for a team with budget constraints and several holes to fill.
The Cubs need a leadoff hitter and a center fielder. They need to walk more, strike out less, and make more contact. Given the payroll constraints and roster needs, Akiyama is the ideal target for a Cubs team reconstructing its identity.