He will be Willson Contreras‘ replacement: he is obviously not in the same league as a hitter, but he is a very capable defensive backstop.
The Cubs prioritized defense at the catcher position to put themselves in a position to spend in other areas.
As a result, their entire lineup and rotation look overhauled, in a good way.
The reinforcements have given the Cubs and their fans something they lacked in the last couple of seasons: hope.
Barnhart himself is very, very confident in what this group can achieve.
.@Tucker_Barnhart is confident in the Cubs vision.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) January 4, 2023
While it’s true that the St. Louis Cardinals are the favorites to win the NL Central, Barnhart is right in that it is “winnable”.
Lots of things would need to happen before thinking about the Cubs taking over first place, though.
It’s not impossible, but perhaps the Cubs should set their sights on a Wild Card spot.
In any case, and judging by the moves they have made in the last two offseason, the Cubs are going for it.
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