The Cubs heavy lifting appears to be over this July.
After two high profile, drama filled deals, it appears the Cubs are looking at some potentially smaller moves. I know I can speak for my partner John when I say there is a sense of relief on our part, especially when it comes to complex deals like the Matt Garza trade.
Having some insight into that deal, it made for even more of a roller coaster ride. All the posturing, planting, and media manipulation was quite an education into how these deals go down. Granted, not every deal is quite like that one. I wrote recently that the Cubs had to win this Garza thing after last year’s deadline disappointment. I think they accomplished that.
There are varying degrees of how well the Cubs did with the return, depending on who you listen to. There are certainly some mixed reviews on what the Cubs are getting in third baseman Mike Olt. However, consider the Cubs front office was hot on his heels for at least two seasons.
There is one tool no one doubts about Olt, and that is his power.
Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus visited WSCR The Score last week and stated his belief the Cubs are cornering the market on power hitting. I have come to enjoy Parks’s analysis the most when it comes to prospects by the way. Parks suspects Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are consciously stockpiling power bats in their system, like many teams usually try to do with pitching.
Bats like Olt, Jorge Soler, Dan Vogelbach, Javy Baez, Albert Almora, and Kris Bryant.
No matter how the Cubs view these bats in their grand plan, they will allow Hoyer some major flexibility in making moves. Parks feels if there is a shortage in the game, it’s young power bats. The Cubs potentially have a surplus it would seem.
The Cubs may be in the enviable situation soon where there won’t be enough positions for all of these bats. That will be a very nice problem to have. There were even some info we received they could have included a young bat to sweeten a return recently. That is how far the system has come.
There are some whispers that the Cubs could be aggressive this offseason, leading me to believe they will parlay some of that inventory.
Power to the Cubs.
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