So now that the dust has settled and the holiday season just got better with the “official” announcement that Jon Lester is a Chicago Cub, what will the team do next? They’ve signed Jason Hammel and Miguel Montero and increased the Vegas odds to 12-1 but does this really make them instant contenders?
What about the Sports Illustrated cover with a focused Jon Lester? Will it be another curse or can the Cubs pull off the impossible and collect their first World Series win since the Model T rolled off the assembly line.
Travis Wood could and Welington Castillo could wind up in a Phillies uniform and Cole Hamels might land on the North Side. Of course, I’m a firm believer of sticking to the game plan. The Cubs have a good thing going right now and if people have put their expectations on high because of all these exciting things that have taken place, then it’s their own fault. Just like Christmas morning when Ralphie wanted that Red Ryder BB Gun in A Christmas Story , it’s not the end of the world if the Cubs don’t wind up wearing a World Series ring.
Before the Cubs sign any other player, they have to decide what they’re going to do with Mr. Edwin Jackson. If there’s an achilles heel on the team, it’s him. Sorry Edwin, there’s no other way but to be blunt. There’s still some good stuff left in your arm, but you just don’t fit in a rotation that has the talents like, Lester, Hendricks, Arietta, Wada and Hammel.
It’s impossible and probably those same folks who put the Vegas odds at 12-1 knew it too. You’ll do well elsewhere, I know it.
The best thing the Cubs can do is lay low and build that game plan with the players they have now. Will they win the World Series? Perhaps. There’s even rumblings of Colby Rasmus joining the team and folks, that would be interesting.
Nothing’s guaranteed except the 2015 edition of the Chicago Cubs is going to turn some heads and be one exciting team.