In isolation, these moves are fine. The Kyle Hendricks for Adbert Alzolay swap makes perfect sense, given that Alzolay may have a particular issue that he needs to sort out before he makes another start, and this allows the Cubs to retain an extra reliever. And swapping out Rowan Wick, who just pitched a couple innings, for a fresh Randy Rosario is fine. That’s what the back-end of the roster is for.
But I’ll admit, I was certainly hoping for a considerably more potent move (or two) today, like adding powerful, switch-hitting Iowa Cub Robel Garcia to the roster, and seeing what he’s got before you get too close to the Trade Deadline. Or maybe even a surprise trade for a useful bat. Something to reshape the offense a little bit. It’s necessary at this point.
Since yesterday was heavy on bullpen usage, and since it’s not as if Rosario (or several other relieves) absolutely HAS to stay up through the break now, it’s possible there will be additional maneuvering on the positional side tomorrow. Or the next day. Or the next day.
Or maybe never. And maybe we’ll all die a fiery heat death from the sun, gasping with our final breaths, “Maybe today is the day Descalso finally turns it around.”
Eat at Arby’s.