The Chicago Cubs are still running around trying to convince anyone that will listen that they’re trying to win. Well, not only do I not believe that, there’s no way that’s true.
There’s one thing that can change my mind – the Cubs going out and signing Michael Bourn. The speedy center fielder is still on the open market as no team is A) willing to pay him what he wants and B) no team wants to lose their early draft picks. The Cubs wouldn’t lose their first round pick over signing Bourn, and it makes sense to go out and get him. Why? Simple. The Cubs would be able to flip him near the deadline for prospects.
The Cubs are going down the prospect route, so it makes sense for them to want to trade all the veterans they have. Michael Bourn would be a hot commodity for any team near the deadline because of what he can do on the bases. He’s also one of the best lead off hitters in baseball, and would be a more than adequate defender. Wouldn’t he be the perfect guy to flip at the deadline for 3 prospects opposed to losing 1 draft pick that isn’t your first rounder?
Look- I’m obviously not a fan of just relying on 18-19-year old kids that may or may not be good major leaguers and hope to win in 3 years. I fully understand the need of having those minor leaguers come up and be impact players, but at the same time- the Cubs are a big market team and there’s nothing anyone can say to change that fact. There’s no reason why you can’t try and win now. The Ricketts family is looking to put 300 million into Wrigley Field so it’s clear they have the cash to make an impact.
We’ll see where Bourn falls, but the Cubs would be stupid to pass up this golden opportunity.