Heading into a pivotal offseason, there might not be a Cubs player surrounded by as much uncertainty as Javier Baez.
Near the end of spring training, Theo Epstein stood in the middle of the team’s Mesa complex, surveying the back fields and watching anonymous Cubs prospects play in the Arizona sunshine.
The Cubs can’t come out and say: We have no idea what we’ll get out of Starlin Castro from one year to the next.
When the Jordan Zimmermann trade rumors surfaced last offseason, there was a thought that he would set the meter at whatever Jon Lester got and leave it running.
The Cubs essentially viewed Addison Russell as untouchable heading into this season, and winning two playoff rounds with him as their shortstop only reinforced that idea.