There is no team in Major League Baseball trending upward more exponentially than the Chicago Cubs. An 85-win year in 2015 would have been greeted with great celebration in the Windy City. Instead, Joe Maddon‘s first year managing the Cubs turned into a 97-win year with a trip to the NLCS. The Cubs clinched a postseason series at home for the first time in franchise history. Kyle Schwarber, Kris Bryant, and Jorge Soler combined to hit more home runs in the postseason (10) than the former MAJOR LEAGUE record for rookie homers in a single postseason (9). Then there was Jake Arrieta posting an ERA below 0.50 for nearly half a season’s worth of starts.
When a team registers the third-highest win total in the league way ahead of schedule, there is not a lot of work that needs to be done in the offseason. The Cubs have the highest concentration of young, under-30 talent in the league. The team is only going to get better with time, but there are a few things the Cubs can do to get better this winter, setting themselves up to vault over the St. Louis Cardinals, avoid the Wild Card game, and become an even stronger World Series contender in 2016.
Here is the offseason wish list for the Chicago Cubs.