The Chicago Cubs have had a quiet off-season. That alone, may be an understatement.
Officially, the Cubs made only four acquisitions to the Major League roster. Catcher George Kottaras, outfielder Justin Ruggiano, and relief pitchers Wesley Wright and Jose Veras were the four Major League acquisitions the Cubs completed this winter. The team remains on the hunt for a starting pitcher, though, whoever they sign will be a far cry from Masahiro Tanaka.
Unofficially, the Cubs future is bright. The Cubs farm system has received praise from nearly every prospect expert this winter and the expectation is that top prospects Javier Baez and Kris Bryant could reach the Major League level this season.
Until Baez and Bryant make their way to the Major League level, the Cubs could be a tough watch this season.
Stats expert Clay Davenport released his first projections for the 2014 MLB season and the forecast is gloom for the Cubs. Davenport projects the Cubs to be the worst team in the Majors this upcoming season with a record of 67-95. Furthermore, Davenport has the Cubs offense scoring the least amount of runs with a league-low of 598 runs scored.
There certainly are pros and cons to the Cubs potentially being the worst team in Major League Baseball next season. The pro being that the team would have secured the first overall selection in the 2015 MLB Draft. The con being that the scrutiny over the Cubs plan would certainly grow louder than it already has.
Or at least, louder than the silence that was the Cubs transaction wire this off-season.