Cubs owner Tom Ricketts makes a bold statement at yesterday’s presser announcing the renovations to Wrigley Field:
“This is going to improve the fan experience all the way around,” he said. “If this plan is approved, we will win the World Series.”
The thinking on this, apparently, is that the renovations will lead to more money which will lead to the Cubs being able to put a better team together. Of course, the Cubs have never lacked for money. They’ve lacked for good decisions. I suppose you can recover better from bad decisions if you have more money, but I’ve never really felt like the Cubs’ biggest issue was revenue.
Last night Cubs catcher Willson Contreras was placed on the injured list with a strained muscle in his right foot. That injury inspired the Cubs to go out and get another catcher. They acquired Martín Maldonado in a trade with Kansas City in exchange for lefty Mike Montgomery, in a deal that was announced after the Cubs loss to the Reds.
Maldonado, 32, was a Gold Glove winner in 2017 with the Angels. At the moment he’s hitting .227 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 74 games. Obviously, though, defense is his calling card, as he’s a .220 career hitter with 57 homers and 210 RBIs in 686 games.
Montgomery, 30, is 1-2 with a 5.67 ERA in 20 relief appearances for the Cubs this year. He’s heading back to where his pro career began. He was drafted by Kanas City in 2008, though he was traded away in the James Shields/Wade David/Wil Myers deal in 2012. He made his big league debut for Seattle in 2015. Dayton Moore said last night that the Royals plan to use Montgomery in the rotation as a replacement for Homer Bailey, who was dealt to Oakland on Sunday.