Cubs Roster Construction Well Under Way

Cubs Roster Construction Well Under Way

The Cubs are currently constructing an organization; one being built with an infrastructure that is arguably the best system in the game.

That said system boasts three of the top-10 ranked prospects.

This Cubs front office has also gone about making shrewd sign-and-flip pitching acquisitions to help bolster that organizational depth.

What the Cubs do not get enough credit for, in my opinion, is they have also been able to acquire some very useful players, as they now shift towards some roster building.

Look around the Cubs roster. You may only see two bona fide everyday players in Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro. However, what you may also see, if you are looking carefully enough, are solid role players that any winning team needs to have.

Luis Valbuena, Justin Ruggiano, Chris Coghlan, and possibly even Arismendy Alcantara can all be role players that can help you win games. Even if they aren't stars the that Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, and Jorge Soler may turn out to be.

And it doesn't even stop with just positional players. Kyle Hendricks, Travis Wood, and Dallas Beeler are all pitchers that can potentially fill the fourth and fifth starter roles in the rotation from within.

With the way this organization is currently structured, the Cubs will likely have the luxury to allocate their available spending funds on quality starting pitching. 

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer rebuffed deadline overtures towards useful players such as Ruggiano and Coghlan. Rightfully so, it costs money to find those guys.

This is a step in the right direction. The Cubs are now in a position to sit back and see which prospects fill out the everyday lineup.

Meanwhile, the rest of the roster is filling out quite nicely.


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  • Tom, thoughts on possibility of trading for Hamels this offseason? Instead of committing 6+yrs to a FA SP like Lester or Scherzer, you could get Cole for ~4/$90. I'm not sure what type of package that Ruben or his successor would be looking for. Hamels' velocity remains strong; medical due diligence would loom large.

  • In reply to Carl9730:

    I like the idea. Meds and package would be interesting to find out.

  • The name of the game is "Pitching".....if you don't have that.....then you will not get to play in the Big Game.

  • Do not acquire any pitcher over 30 for more than a 3 yr contract.
    Do not trade any of the top prospects untill July 2015. We need
    more time to see who the SS of the future is

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