Three years into The Plan, the Cubs have used three top-six draft picks on hitters while trading away 40 percent of their rotation each summer.
Theo Epstein has already called his shot. The Cubs are going to overpay for a No. 1 starter.
The Cubs are going to be really good in the future. Just ask them. It might be next season. It could be the year after that. And just wait until the new TV deal finally kicks in.
Another disappointing season will end with Edwin Jackson in the bullpen.
As the Cubs work to finalize their starting rotation for the final week of the regular season, they will trot rookie Kyle Hendricks out two more times.