NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Cubs officials were portraying this as their quiet offseason. They had the twin contentment of a relatively set roster plus – most importantly – their first championship since 1908.
But under Theo Epstein, the Cubs’ version of quiet is like the concept of a small elephant. By comparison, one might not be as big, but none are really small.
And here in their “quiet” version of an offseason, the Cubs were on the verge of obtaining Wade Davis, one of the game’s best relievers.
The Cubs and Royals were on the doorstep of an agreement that would send outfielder Jorge Soler to Kansas City. If completed, this trade will address the Cubs’ most important immediate need: replacing Aroldis Chapman.
The price for Chapman and now Davis would be steep. But it reflects the superb job Epstein and his staff have done in assembling talent that Gleyber…