The Chicago Cubs kicked off the 2018 MLB campaign amid high expectations after a busy offseason that featured a flurry of signings, such as pitchers Yu Darvish, Brandon Morrow, and Steve Cishek.
However a year that opened with guarantee for the Cubs turned to a battle for their postseason lives after harms to Morrow, Darvish, and third baseman Kris Bryant. Chicago’s dire situation was further complicated by late-season accidents to shortstop Addison Russell and outfielder Jason Heyward, and the team seemed to have little left in the tank as they stumbled through a 7-7 stretch run on home gardening, surrounded by a 2-1 extra innings Wild Card loss to the Rockies at Wrigley Field to close out this season.
Though the Cubs remained largely silent throughout the offseason, with the departure of pitcher Jesse Chavez, and the addition of utility infielder Daniel Descalsco and hired army Daniel Murphy indicating their most significant moves, the club ought to enjoy an immediate advantage from improved health.
Darvish is reportedly set to make his return prior to seeing his 2018 year ended Jose Quintana, rejoining Jon Lester, Cole Hamels, Kyle Hendricks, and by knee operation in what’s arguably the spinning in the Majors, after making eight appearances.
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