Talked to one of my favorite industry people who works for a winning club the other day. I asked what he thought so far of the Cubs offseason. I figured he would at least think they were trying to be creative and give some credit for stepping out on the Edwin Jackson signing.
Not so much it turns out.
He thought the Cubs offseason has been disappointing and uneventful. Now I didn’t want to ask if he fully appreciated what this front office is trying to do right now.
Not that anyone can fully anticipate the plan anyway.
He would have much preferred the Cubs landed Anibal Sanchez, but that wasn’t really a miss as they gave it an un-expected all-in effort. If you had any doubts it was a grandstanding type move they dispelled that with the Jackson signing, which becomes official today, as a clear plan B.
As for Jackson, my guy wasn’t a big fan either. “A lot of money for a back-ended starter, liked Sanchez much more”.
He isn’t the first to say that about the move but I still like it. If the Cubs are to be in play in the next couple of years Jackson gives you a legit #3 and they may already have their #2 in Samardzija. So when the time comes the Cubs will have to make a deal to acquire an ace, maybe at the deadline like many others do.
There was one more move out there he thinks the Cubs could make to put their offseason in the win column… Michael Bourn.
“Bourn would be a huge move”.
It would not shock me one bit if Bourn continues to linger out there, where the Cubs could swoop in and maybe get him for a shorter-term 2-3 year deal.
The Cubs could ultimately be in position to either add players like Jackson and Bourn that could factor in in the next window to win or again “flip” them if the plan looks like it may take a bit longer.
As much as we like to think this front office is doing everything right, it can be useful to gain some outside perspective from another winning organization.
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