St. Louis Cardinals: How the Rest of the Central Is Doing

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CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman and just about every other baseball writer on the planet has painted a worse-case-scenario picture for St. Louis Cardinals fans. The Chicago Cubs will be big spenders this offseason, improving what is already a very strong club in 2016.

Really, the only player of note they’ve lost is starting center fielder Dexter Fowler. But the Cubs have already been linked to Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, who Boston drafted while Cubs GM Jed Hoyer and team president Theo Epstein were there.

But the big-ticket items for Chicago are expected to be pitchers. They obviously have ties to free agent righthander Jeff Samardzija. David Price and Jordan Zimmerman have also been linked to the Cubs by multiple reporters speculating on the matter.

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No one knows for sure who the Cubs’ big additions will be, but the prevailing opinion is that they will be big. And that the St. Louis Cardinals will have their hands full in 2016 and beyond.