Yu Darvish? Kris Bryant? Exploring options from the Cubs’ impending blow-up

The winds of change are blowing in the Windy City.

On Tuesday morning, the Chicago Cubs announced that Theo Epstein was stepping down from his role as the organization’s President of Baseball Operations.
Epstein, who led the Cubs to their first World Series in roughly one billion years back in 2016, was expected to finish off the remaining year of his contract, which was set to expire after the 2021 season, but he ultimately decided to move on early.
It seems as though Epstein’s departure has something to do with the Cubs staring down the barrel of either a retool or a full-on blow-up and rebuild process. According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Cubs have told other teams that “significant turnover” is coming, and have signalled a “willingness to move almost any veteran” on their roster.
While our focus this off-season has been on trading for Francisco Lindor, the Cubs feature plenty of options for the Blue Jays to flex their financial muscle and make a big, creative splash.
Last winter, the biggest trade that went down was the one that sent Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Red Sox were looking to shed a lot of …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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