I've been putting a lot of things together today and I'm starting to see this teams drastic turn around as early as next season. FA won't really do it. I see two trades (that won't happen), one signing that might and one or prospects coming up strong making this team good now.
The prospect is Bryant being ready to go by June and being the real deal. This is possible. I hope he sticks at third and is the bat everyone thinks he could be. The other possible prospect is Olt. He could be the starting third baseman and I'm rooting for him. Bryant could slide to RF and the team would only be better. If not Bryant stays at third (I hope).
The signing is Tanaka. Anyone disagree that he's a good pick up? No? Good.
Trade 1: I mentioned the other day, Cargo for essentially Alcatara, Vogs and couple change of scenery guys (look here http://www.bleachern...bly-bad-trade/)
Trade 2: Price for a package with Baez as the headliner. He's K% just bothers me and I'm not sure where he plays. I still think Castro is the better defender and people are turned off by this year but I expect him to bounce back.
So here's the line up
E Jax (Who I don't like but what are ya gonna do)
You have four potential Gold Glovers to help the D. A solid mix of Lefty's and Right's in the line-up. A second Lefty in the pen. You have some roster spots open to avoid Rule 5 losses. Most importantly nobody is blocking Soler and Almora when they're ready. If Wendy Thurm is right and the Cubs have 40M to spend and still cut the 10M in salary the could do this and probably be under that 40M threshold. They would still need a backup catcher filling the bench question mark.
Maybe I'm way off but I think that team could win