We’re just starting the offseason and already, Bryce Harper is the story. And, despite what many expected, there are no Cubs rumors tying him to Chicago.
It’s that time of year. Where you scour the Internet looking for the latest hint of Cubs rumors and rumblings. And, already this offseason, there has been no shortage of news.
First, the team kicked Chili Davis to the curb after just one season, handing the reins of the offense to former John Mallee mentee Anthony Iapoce. In short, it seems like the Cubs will be looking to focus more on launch angle as they had prior to Davis’ arrival.
Then, the club decided to pick up the $20 million team option on left-hander Cole Hamels‘ contract, simultaneously dealing Drew Smyly to the Rangers, saving $7 million in the process. The move solidified the rotation, giving the Cubs added insurance and stability when it comes to the staff.
Since then, Chicago has been in the news for all kinds of other reasons. First, Theo Epstein said they would not talk to Joe Maddon about a new contract this winter. Then, doubts surfaced about the job security of pitching coach Jim Hickey. While they haven’t made any big moves yet, this team has certainly been in the news more than anticipated.
All this without any clear links to free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, who headlines this year’s offseason class. Here’s the latest on the former Washington Nationals outfielder and National League MVP.