You want some inspiration for this painful Cubs rebuilding project?
Look out west. Check out some Houston Astros games would you? No, really. Very much like the Cubs, the Astros stripped things down to the studs over the last few seasons. They also lost big and drafted high by design.
Now, according to GM Jeff Lunhow, the Astros have entered phase 2. Phase 2 included signing free agent pitcher Scott Feldman and some bullpen arms, along with trading for veteran outfielder Dexter Fowler.
The Astros raised some eyebrows, as some weren't sure what a seller dwelling team was doing making those acquisitions, including myself. However, Lunhow knew he would be bringing up young talent like George Springer this spring and wanted to start sprinkling in some veterans around them.
Since our post yesterday morning regarding the Cubs intention to spend this off-season, GM Jed Hoyer pretty much confirmed they would be doing so when speaking to David Kaplan yesterday morning.
"I think that's probably likely. I think that's a strong possibility," Hoyer said.
The Astros comparison was not lost on Hoyer.
"I guess I look at the Astros as a model against us. Their prospects they called up were sort of a year ahead of us in that regard. I definitely look forward to next year and the year after when we're going to have a lot of young talent on the field," he said.
It's kinda crazy for me to admit that I'm excited about that comparison. Yet, the Astros rebuilding project seems to be coming on strong here of late. Houston has won 13 of its last 17 games and is 19-11 since May 11, with a run differential of 133-107.
The Astros are becoming a fun watch with call ups like Springer and Jonathan Singleton now on your television.
So next year about this time you could see Kris Bryant, Javy Baez, and maybe a Fowler-type and a free agent arm helping the Cubs make their own push and turning the corner.
For now, maybe check out the Astros exciting developments and live vicariously a little.
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