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Jameson Taillon is optimistic about the Cubs’ future thanks to Dansby Swanson, Anthony Rizzo

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Jameson Tellona lead drafted in the middle Bryce Harper And the Manny Machadovividly remembering one of his first wild rides as a junior with the hackers In 2016. It was 72 degrees and sunny in a friendly game on June 17 when National League winner Cy Young threw his first pitch — a 95-mile-per-hour fastball — and began carving through the Pittsburgh lineup. The crowd of 41,547 roared in approving name Cubs Putting together the kind of complete game that defined their first championship season in over a century: a controlling start, patient and balanced offense, zero faults on defense and three relievers combine for the Final Nine in a 6-0 win.

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“Friday’s game with (Jake) Arrieta was on the mound when he was untouchable,” Taillon recalled. “I remember just like kicking back and feeling the environment. There’s nothing better than a day game at Wrigley in the summer. I remember thinking at the time, ‘These are the big leagues here. This is the show. “

That’s the perfect insight the Cubs provide in their personal free agent recruiting videos and in their nostalgic ticket selling marketing campaigns. The truth is, their major league roster lately has looked more like Triple-A Iowa than a third-place wild card contender. Clark and Addison’s game-day positive vibes looked more like spring training than October training for the Electrics. But the players know the energy will return once the Cubs give their fans some hope.

Taillon sensed it after conferring with former teammates/ex-cubs eg Anthony RizzoAnd the Scott Efros And the Trevor Williams For insights before making his free agent decision: “All the feedback I got was like, ‘Dude, if you get the chance to play there, you should really take it.'” “

in closing a four-year, $68 million deal with Taillon through the Winter Meetings—and then finalizing it Seven-year contract worth $177 million With a gold glove shortstop Dansby Swanson Over the weekend – the Cubs are taking measured steps toward building a fundamentally healthy team with a better sense of professionalism and increased odds of staying relevant over the summer.

Taillon didn’t know if Jed Hoyer’s front office was going to sign an All-Star shortstop when he reached a deal with the Cubs – it happened in between breaking news about Tria Turner (11 years old, $300 million from Veles) And the Xander Bogaerts (11 years old, $280 million from parents) – but Taillon has been told the team has more money to spend and ways to improve this off-season. A cancer survivor who recovered from two Tommy John surgeries, Taillon is known as a leader who works closely with other pitchers and sets a good example in his preparations. Swanson developed a similar reputation in Atlanta, showing drive and stamina to play 162 games in what turned out to be a podium-breaking season rather than a World Series hangover year.

“From everything I’ve heard, off the field, in the clubhouse, in the dressing room, he’s going to make people better,” Tilone said of Swanson. “I hear he holds people accountable. I hear he really wants to win. I don’t think he would have picked Chicago if he wasn’t convinced we could build a winner and get back to that level. I’m really excited to see what he’s about. I’ve heard great things. I’ve heard he’s very competitive. He has An edge and a desire to win. So, yeah, playing (at Wrigley) in ’16, ’17, ’18, ’19 — there’s no better place when it’s rock.”

Taillon – The #2 pick in the 2010 draft who made 61 starts Yankees Over the past two seasons – I’ve seen both ends of the baseball spectrum in Pittsburgh and New York. Taillon, like Swanson, is represented by Excel Sports Management, which has several 2016 Cubs clients, including Kyle Schwarberand Dexter Fowler and Jason Hayward. Kyle Hendricks He is the only active player left from a World Series team, and the Cubs were willing to make a big investment in a middle-rotational pitcher like Taillon, in part, because they didn’t know how many starts Hendricks would make next season. During a video conference Monday with Chicago reporters, it was interesting to hear Taillon say Rizzo gave him a heads up that the Cubs were interested in him as a free agent.

“I think he heard from some Cubs sources,” Taeyeon said. “He said I would love it there, and if I had any questions, run it through him. He had great things to say.”

Rizzo’s trade to the Yankees the day before the 2021 deadline showed Hoyer wasn’t going to go halfway. Rizzo faced a lot of mixed feelings about how it ended, excitement about going to New York, gratitude for his time in Chicago, frustration at the lack of another contract extension and confusion about the direction of the franchise.

Almost six years after Taillon felt that sense of awe at Wrigley Field — the atmosphere Rizzo helped create as another face of the rebuild — the Cubs visited Yankee Stadium last season and were outscored 28-5 during a three-game sweep (June 10-12) show How far does the team still need to go?

“The roster has changed,” Taeyeon said, referring to the appearance of younger shooters Justin Steele And the Keegan ThompsonAmal Hendrix W Marcus Strowman To stay healthy next season, add a Gold Glove fielder Cody Bellinger To play behind Swanson’s new dual play combination, W.J Nico Horner. “From a Cubs standpoint, I think it’s a division if you pour (resources) on the right people and make the right roster, it should be a division—I don’t want to say what’s going to happen—we have to go out there and prove it, but it’s a division that can be obtained. So I’m happy. Because they added to it, and I think it’s a group that can make some noise.”

(Photo: Franklin II/The Associated Press)

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