It’s been a difficult season for the Chicago Cubs.
This was a team that was expected to make drastic improvements after a busy offseason in which they had signed Trey Mancini, Cody Bellinger, Dansby Swanson, and Jameson Taillon.
However, the North Siders currently own a record of 43-50 and will likely end up being sellers at the trade deadline.
The most concerning part for the Cubs is the fact that some of the position players they’ve been trying to build around have not panned out.
On Twitter, Cubs writer Sahadev Sharma, who covers the team for The Athletic, posted a screenshot featuring a snippet from an article in which he talks about the failures of the Cubs position players.
The Cubs look like sellers once again, but even more concerning than that is the fact that the trio position players they're supposedly building around have floundered when it matters most. https://t.co/Se5HMJVS9r pic.twitter.com/a4jdWWYpSX
— Sahadev Sharma (@sahadevsharma) July 18, 2023
Sharma revealed that the Cubs do in fact intend to sell at this year’s trade deadline.
He pointed out players such as Seiya Suzuki, Nico Hoerner, and Ian Happ, all three of whom have proved to be disappointments this season.
After posting a 116 wRC+ in 2022, Suzuki now has a mark of just 98.
Hoerner has struggled in the month of July and has a wRC+ of 90.
Happ was originally set to become a free agent until the Cubs signed him to a contract extension.
Sharma noted that the switch-hitting slugger and outfielder has been struggling to find his stroke from the left side of the plate, which is an area where he usually thrives.
Instead, the Cubs’ core of position players has struggled quite a bit and it stands to reason why the team is in such a tough position now.NEXT: 2 Former Cubs Teammates Enjoyed A Special Reunion