The Cubs made baseball’s first big trade of July, acquiring starting pitcher Jose Quintana from the White Sox at the All-Star break.
The reigning World Series champs pretty clearly aren’t done, though. Remember, unlike many teams considered Series contenders looking for trade upgrades (hi, Astros!), the Cubs aren’t locked into a playoff spot. They still have to make the postseason, though it’s worth noting that they were 5.5 games behind the Brewers in the NL Central when they made the trade with the White Sox, and now they’re only 1.5 back in the division.
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The Cubs have been connected to most other names on the trade market, including big-ticket items like the A’s Sonny Gray — like Quintana, an outstanding young starter with years of club control remaining.
They might not get Gray (OK, they probably won’t get him, not with other very motivated teams in that chase), but the Cubs still have needs. Let’s take a look at their options.
Any time there’s work to improve baseball parks and facilities, I’m a big fan of that, Sandberg said. I’m pretty proud of that.
If I was a Little Leaguer in that area, I’d be pretty ecstatic.
Authentic Mens Kyle Fuller Jersey Sandberg probably never thought he’d be glad-handing fans at Wrigley after the team passed him over for the managerial job in 2010. Sandberg had been managing in the Cubs’ farm system and was the 2010 Pacific Coast League manager of the year after leading the Triple-A Iowa Cubs to an 82-62 record.
When Cubs manager Lou Piniella stepped down midway through the 2010 season and recommended Sandberg for the position, the team instead named Mike Quade the interim manager. Quade got the full-time job for the 2011 season, but was fired after the Cubs went 71-91. The Cubs hired Dale Sveum as the next manager, but he lasted just two seasons before the Cubs hired Rick Renteria, who went 73-89 in his only season as the manager.