With the star-free of charge agent signing with the San Diego Padres, do the Chicago Cubs bat an eye? How significantly does competition transform in the National League?
To the shock of quite a few, the San Diego Padres have been the staff that won the Manny Machado sweepstakes. The staff with the variety one particular farm system lands the 26-year outdated infielder on a 10-year, $300 million offer which certainly puts them back again on the baseball map. The Padres have not experienced a successful period considering that 2010 and have not been to the postseason considering that 2006.
Need to the Chicago Cubs search at the Padres as a further threat to their pennant possibilities with this signing? They presently experienced a quietly promising foreseeable future with their rebuild which includes prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. but incorporating Machado gives them an founded center-piece transferring ahead.
There is no query this Padres squad will be far better right after incorporating a participant who has experienced 6.+ fWAR in 3 of his final four seasons. Introducing veteran Ian Kinsler into the blend and hoping to have a bounce-back again year of Eric Hosmer will help as effectively. The Cubs presently have to offer with their have division, which might be the finest in baseball, and they search at a further approaching staff into the blend.
The Chicago Cubs should choose the Padres for what they are
One particular factor would seem specified when Cubs enthusiasts search at San Diego on their fridge magnet schedules they will not be circling them as “easy wins” likely ahead.
Since the Cubs acquired superior in 2015-2018, the Padres averaged 92 losses a period. These times are over. There will be good reasons to want to see them when they appear to Wrigley Discipline for quite a few who do not get to see Machado engage in typically.
As for pennant possibilities, the Cubs players are possible not sitting down all around imagining, “Uh oh, [Manny] Machado to the Padres puts us in massive issues!” The point of the make any difference is the Padres nevertheless have some way to go by means of their rebuild.
Most of their potential customers are nevertheless getting groomed, and they absence a starting rotation. They will be significantly far better, but it is tricky to visualize them and the Cubs clashing in the postseason in 2019.
Now in the foreseeable future, that may possibly transform when the Padres entire their rebuild, assuming the Cubs window of contention is nevertheless open up. That will be a bridge to cross when/if they get to it. Absolutely sure, him likely to the crosstown White Sox would have technically been finest to continue to keep Machado out of the league, having said that, it is nevertheless far better than a division rival finding him. In the conclusion, it has small result on the Cubs for the time getting.
In the meantime, the division rivals, Los Angeles Dodgers and potentially Philadelphia Phillies (especially if they land Bryce Harper) will be the largest pennant threats to the Chicago Cubs.