The Chicago Cubs are the most active team in MLB trade rumors right now with the deadline approaching thanks to a variety of reports stating the team is looking to deal Matt Garza, Marlon Byrd and more.
However, Cubs president Theo Epstein is in shock that the team is acting as sellers rather than buyers at the deadline. MLB.com’s Chad Thornburg has the quote:
“With a few breaks, this year, we could’ve been in a much different situation. Some one-run games early change, and different bullpen situations [we'd have different results]. The goal every year is to be in position where you’re looking to add and have a strong pennant push.”
Really? Look, if the talent and manger presence is there, it’s there. The writing has been on the wall for a little while in Chicago now—all the aforementioned traits just are not there.
Of course every team enters the season with the hopes of being buyers at the deadline, which means the team is preparing for a serious stretch in the second half as contenders.
That’s just not what the Cubs are at this point.
Epstein is saying the right thing, but it’s getting lost in the overall mediocrity once more.
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