When assessing the 2021 Chicago Cubs season, one can definitely come to the conclusion that this was bound to happen.
What exactly was inevitable? This implosion — that’s what. The Cubs began the season significantly overachieving, at one point holding a few game lead in the NL Central. However, the tires quickly fell off and the Cubs reverted back to the type of team we thought we were going to see at the beginning of the year.
A team doesn’t just sell their top pitcher for marbles during the offseason and allow another savvy vet like Jon Lester walk away. Dealing Yu Darvish was the wrong move, but it was a move that signaled the Ricketts do not care about winning.
The Cubs aren’t going to spend money anytime soon, if things continue the way they have gone over the past couple of years. They are closer to a retool, or even a rebuild, than ever sniffing a title run. The New York Yankees, on the other hand, don’t have that type of humility — or should we say, stupidity.
The Chicago Cubs will be selling at the 2021 MLB trade deadline, and the New York Yankees just might buy.
While the Yankees are dancing around .500 at the moment, general manager Brian Cashman may not be ready to give in just yet. Yankees fans probably want the team to sell, but the Yankees aren’t exactly they type of team to put their pride aside.
If New York wanted to add a couple of big time pieces before the deadline and try to make a push, the Cubs would be a perfect team to do business with. For a little while now, the question of whether to break up this core has tormented fans. It hasn’t been a question of whether they’ll do it, but rather when.
Will the Cubs break up the core this year with one of these types of trades involving the Yankees?