Monday, January 25, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, January 25, 2021 -- "The Core, and the Cubs"


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"The Cubs have placed themselves into a no-man’s land: halfway into a rebuild, not bad enough to really be tanking, not good enough to be considered a contender in all but a technical, “the NL Central is awful and anything can happen in October” sense. You can probably throw a blanket over the Cubs, Cards, Reds, and Brewers at this point, four .500ish teams that have taken the winter off. If any of these teams just puts another $20 million into the roster right now, they can probably buy seven or eight wins and vault into position as the favorite."