The Chicago Cubs have gotten off to a brutal start in 2022. They are 9-15 after being swept by the Chicago White Sox earlier this week. They didn’t play on Friday due to some bad weather in the Chicagoland area. They are in big trouble for a variety of reasons.
One of the reasons is that they don’t manage their assets right anymore. They didn’t get max value for Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo, or Kris Bryant in 2021 which was just a shame to see. Now, they are in danger of more lost assets because of bad decision-making.
There is still some time to do okay in the trade market but they should have acted faster during the offseason before and after the lockout. Hindsight is 20/20 but these are the three players they should have traded over the winter:
The Chicago Cubs should have traded Patrick Wisdom over the winter.
Patrick Wisdom was a great story in 2021. He was a rookie that made it later in his career. He was also an impact player that increased his team’s chance to win on a nightly basis. He also broke Kris Bryant’s record for most home runs by a rookie which was really cool to see for him.
The big problem was that he wasn’t your traditional rookie. He was pushing 30 years old which means that he took all this time to become an MLB regular with the Cubs. There is usually a reason for that. You don’t get much better once you are on the wrong side of 30.
For Wisdom, he is off to a decent start here in 2022 which can’t be said for a lot of his teammates. However, this team is going nowhere. His value was never higher than it was over this last offseason and they should have traded him then. It is not too late to consider it as they might be able to get something good for him.