3. Cubs should give every young player they can a chance to play
This move can pair with a Simmons farewell. The Cubs need to see what they have with all of their young players. This includes the starting lineup and the pitching staff. Skip a veteran’s start if you have to. Sit another guy in favor of a younger bat. This club could benefit greatly from having better picture of who can and cannot be relied upon for next season.
That’s not to say the Cubs should rush anyone to the major leagues. Starting the MLB clock on someone too soon isn’t a good strategy in this type of season. It would be one thing if the Cubs were in contention and could use a bat or an arm. This year, it’s those guys who already have major league experience they might want to explore a little bit more.
Christopher Morel is one guy we should see play every day. The young Cubs outfielder is playing pretty well and looks like a solid starting center field candidate for them next season. A bit like Happ because of his ability to play multiple position, it could be useful to discover which position is right for him.
The Cubs do have some decent young arms we need to see often, too. Justin Steele and Keegan Thompson have been two of their better arms. In the bullpen, with so many veterans now gone, it might not be a bad idea to promote a variety of guys just to get a sample of what they can offer next year.