31 Dec 2019 14:21:29
Cubs offseason

CHC- Wilson Ramos, Brandon Nimmo, Jed Lowrie, David Peterson
NYM- Wilson Contreres

CHC- Luke Farrell
TEX- Kyle Schwarber

C- Wilson Ramos
1B- Anthony Rizzo
2B- Jed Lowrie
3B- Kris Bryant
SS- Javier Baez
LF- Brandon Nimmo
CF- Albert Almora Jr
RF- Jason Hayward

C- Victor Caratini
IF- David Bote
IF- Nico Hoerner
IF/OF- Ian Happ
OF- Tony Kemp

SP- Kyle Hendricks
SP- Jon Lester
SP- Yu Darvish
SP- Jose Quintana
SP- Adbert Azolay

7th- Kyle Ryan
SU- Luke Farrell
CL- Craig Kimbrel

1.) 31 Dec 2019
31 Dec 2019 16:09:10
Cubs intend on shedding payroll. The above trade has them adding over 20M in salary, and it's also a pretty bad trade for Contreras.

2.) 31 Dec 2019
31 Dec 2019 16:30:33
Their issue isn't shedding payroll for 2020. It is being able to pay Bryant, Rizzo, Heyward, Baez and Contreres beyond next year. They cannot afford those guys plus the pitching staff. They will need to move at least one of the big names and my bet would be Contreres since they have Amaya and Caratini. Ramos and Lowrie are FA's at the end of the year and give the Cubs more money to spend on their young players.

3.) 31 Dec 2019
31 Dec 2019 18:17:57
Why would they trade Kyle Schwarber for a guy they gave up on in 2018?

4.) 31 Dec 2019
31 Dec 2019 20:02:16
The Cubs spent over 230M last year, and will likely have to spend even more, as they hav higher salaries for guys like Bryant (7M raise), Rizzo (9M raise), Hendricks plus smaller raises to Contreras, Quintana, Baez and other arb-eligible players. And now, in this trade, an additional 20M.

The Cubs are taking on over 15M, once all the salaries balance out, just to get rid of Contreras. I'm unaware of how that helps them pay for the players.

5.) 02 Jan 2020
02 Jan 2020 15:25:33
Theses trades don’t make any sense for the Cubs.