Sports Illustrated grades Cubs' offseason

Sports Illustrated grades Cubs' offseason
February 11, 2014, 2:45 pm
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Tony Andracki

How would you rate the Cubs' offseason?

Sports Illustrated gave final winter report cards for National League teams Monday, and the Cubs finished right in the middle of the pack — 10th of 15 teams.

SI gave the Cubs a "C," mainly for a quiet offseason in which the only big move was hiring new manager Rick Renteria.

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SI feels the Cubs needed to address their starting pitching more (though the team's pursit of Japaense starter Masahiro Tanaka was referenced), but they like the moves the Cubs made, no matter how small. The trade with the Marlins for Justin Ruggiano and the improvements to the bullpen — Jose Veras and Wesley Wright — were among the minor moves heralded by Cliff Corcoran.

By comparison, the St. Louis Cardinals took the cake as the most productive winter among NL teams, with an "A+" grade. The class of the NL Central didn't break the bank with major acquisitions, but they didn't need to, instead acquiring role players like Jhonny Peralta, Mark Ellis and Peter Bourjos.

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Among the rest of the division rivals, the Milwaukee Brewers earned a "C-," the Cincinnati Reds a "D-" and the Pittsburgh Pirates an "F."