Don’t count on a Kris Bryant or Anthony Rizzo Cubs reunion

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After 99 days of a lockout, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association are at labor peace. We will have baseball at the MLB level in 2022. This is outstanding news for all 30 teams, including the Chicago Cubs.

There is a lot of work to be done for the Cubs. 2021 was an extremely interesting year because of the fact that they traded away a lot of their core. It wasn’t just any core, it was a core that ended their 108 year World Series drought.

They traded Javier Baez to the New York Mets, Anthony Rizzo to the New York Yankees, and Kris Bryant to the San Francisco Giants. It was an insane time to be a Cubs fan and not for the right reasons. They also dismantled their bullpen in the process which is why they didn’t have a good second half at all.

Now, they are looking to pick up the pieces without going through a full-blown rebuild. There is still a chance that they rebuild but it hasn’t started yet. In fact, they added pitchers like Wade Miley and Marcus Stroman which suggests that they want to try and continue competing.

The Chicago Cubs are not bringing Anthony Rizzo or Kris Bryant back.

We do know that a lot of Cubs fans want those core guys back. Well, don’t count on it. Javier Baez is already a Detroit Tiger now and will be for the foreseeable future. He is not going to ever come back, nor should he.

Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant are still out there but don’t bank on their return either. They are going to sign contracts shortly but neither of them is coming back to the Chicago Cubs. As fun as it would be, it is just not happening.

Yes, it would be cool. However, it isn’t the right move. Since 2016, the team couldn’t hit. It was extra apparent in the playoffs so the team needs to move in a different direction. It is time to see them go out there and change things up. They are already on their way to doing that.

The first thing that this team needs to do is figure out what Willson Contreras going to do. He is in the same boat as those three were in last year. If he stays, they can put together a winner soon enough.

2022 probably isn’t the year that they bypass the St. Louis Cardinals or Milwaukee Brewers but you never know beyond that. Just don’t expect them to go backways with their old players in any way.

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