When Javier Baez walked into Joe Maddon's office before his reintroduction to the big leagues in 2015, the Cubs manager had some simple advice for the young player:
"Try not to suck."
Plan A would be the best way to describe this offseason, the Cubs getting exactly what they felt they needed to augment a 97-win team in John Lackey, Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward.
The Cubs are absolutely banking on the cable bubble not bursting before they can cash in with a new TV megadeal.
If this rivalry really does heat up again, Cubs board member Todd Ricketts just created some classic bulletin-board material for Mets Twitter and the New York tabloids.
Imagine a world where Kyle Schwarber's bat is in the Cubs' lineup every single day, yet there's no concern about what position he's playing.