On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki discuss what the coaching staff might look like under David Ross, who is most likely to sign an extension this offseason and if the team will have money to make moves this offseason.
02:30 Theo looking to remake the roster this offseason
04:00 Darvish decides not to opt out of contract
05:30 Possible changes to the coaching staff under Ross
07:30 Is John Farrell the leading candidate to be the bench coach?
11:00 Will the Cubs get younger in 2020?
13:00 How do the Cubs upgrade the starting rotation?
15:00 Who is most likely to sign an extension with the Cubs?
17:00 Will Theo have the money to make moves this offseason?
21:00 The front office has been too stubborn the last couple seasons
23:00 Ross and the need to hold players accountable
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Cubs Talk Podcast
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The leadoff spot has been in flux for the Cubs since Dexter Fowler left after the 2016 season. A new chapter in that role could soon be coming.
According to multiple reports, Kris Bryant talked about leading off for the Cubs in a meeting with new manager David Ross and it sounds like he will get a chance to do just that.
The Cubs have been creative with the leadoff spot without the lack of a traditional leadoff hitter on the roster. Anthony Rizzo even has 57 games in the leadoff spot in his career.
Bryant has had seven starts at the top of the order. He hit .321/.387/.464 in those games.
What this would do to the rest of the Cubs' lineup is going to be interesting. Bryant primarily batted second or third last year. Putting him at leadoff could separate him from Rizzo and Javy Baez in the middle of the lineup. Ross could also continue to change things up and put Baez or Rizzo second to keep the team's best three hitters back-to-back-to-back in the order.
Ross hasn't even managed a spring training game yet, but this could be his first big change. With the first spring training game coming up on Saturday, we should get a clue as to how Ross plans to send the team out. Suddenly the batting order is something to keep an eye on.
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Somehow things are still getting worse for Rob Manfred?
After admitting that the Astros' cheating apology was "not successful" while describing the World Series trophy as a "piece of metal," Manfred spoke again at Cactus League media day, if only because he happens to be in the middle his sport's largest scandal in decades.
He quickly apologized for the comments, and admitted it was just about the sloppiest way he could have phrased a larger rhetorical point. The comments made a lot of players very angry, and it doesn't sound like Manfred's apology did much to move the needle:
This has been the longest week of Rob Manfred's life and it's Wednesday morning.