That’s fair. It was an overstatement of my frustration of not getting to more than 1 WS with what they had and not making the right moves to get there again.How is winning the division and going to the playoffs a wasted year?
Even after letting Lester, Kipnis, Chatwood, and Jeffress all walk in free agency, the Cubs were favorites to win the division again before they dumped Schwarber, Darvish and Caratini and only got back Zack Davies and a bunch of teenagers.
A tear down requires repopulating the system with younger talent. They haven't acquired anything that will be seeing Wrigley Field any time in the next five or six years if ever.
They have, however, cut about $50 million from their payroll, and all indications are that is what's really motivating the team.
The Cubs are currently projected at 12th in MLB in payroll, and they're still reportedly shopping Contreras and Bryant.
Ship out Bryant and the Cubs will have a smaller payroll than the Cincinnati Reds. Awesome!
This isn't Theo 2012 redux or the Houston Astros. This is a Marlins-style sell off.