You wouldn’t think the Chicago Cubs would be in on MLB Rumors this offseason, but I’m here to say that they very well could be. I don’t know what the Cubs are going to do, but I have very good information that the Cubs will kick the tires on all quality free agents on the market. Whether they sign anyone? That’s a different story. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are going to do everything they can to build a consistent winner, and that includes spending some money.
The Cubs lack quality arms in their farm system, and will have trouble building a rotation internally. If they want to win anytime soon, this is the area where they’ll have to spend some money- or add via trade. Which begs the question- Should the Cubs go after Zack Greinke?
My answer to this question? A very simple yes. Yes they should. The NL Central is winnable every year. The Cubs are in the middle of rebuilding their farm system ,which is something they’ll be able to do with or without a payroll. We all know that’s what the Cubs are trying to do, but not many really understand you can do both at one time. Why can’t the Cubs go after Zack Greinke and continue building through the draft and international scouting? The Cubs are NOT the Kansas City Royals. The Cubs have an owner with deep pockets so yes- the Cubs CAN sign Zack Greinke and produce a ton of quality young talent in 2- 3 years.
Would Zack Greinke sign in Chicago? Your guess is as good as mine. I would assume if the money is good, he’d sign anywhere- but who knows. That’s really not my concern right now. If the stars align- sure he would.
Zack Greinke would give the Cubs an upper rotational arm that the Cubs have lacked for a long time. A rotation of Greinke, Garza, and Samardzjia is immediately a major upgrade in the pitching department and you need pitching to win a title. It’s insanely important the Cubs go out and immediately improve this part of the team, and yes- I do think the Cubs should make a run at Zack Greinke.
We’ll see what happens, but this could be one heck of a steal for the Cubs. Why not try and be great next year?