I like the idea of drafting a defensive linemen at 13 if the QB they want is off the board. However, if Kinlaw and Brown are both gone by our pick then I would pass on an offensive lineman. I do think Kinlaw will be there.
This team has two offensive linemen in the pro bowl. This is a top 7 offensive line in the league. We need more playmakers on both sides of the ball.
When a website like WalterFootball learns from "league sources" rather than from "team sources" that the team "is expected" to make a run because "they have a ton of salary cap space", it cannot be taken as evidence that the team really is interested in the player at all. Far too often, especially at this time of year, that kind of reporting from league sources being misinterpreted as actual team interest is rampant. I'll wait until someone reports that "according to team sources", they are interested.
As I said, I was and still am less than enthused. I never go so far as to blame Ballard (but I think some here read it that way). No GM can control how a draft falls, so having good BPAs with high positional value not be available when you pick, its not easy to do much about it.
As I said in another thread, I'm not sure I'd ever value any positional player as worthy of a top 5 pick, (so I think all teams this year will look to trade back) so trading out of #3 made a lot of sense. We lost the DE in Chubb, but I don't think he was worth it over all of the players we got back.
After last season, the Cubs have to prove it to me now whether or not they can be the team they were from 2015-2018. I do not expect 103 wins and a WS win like in 2016 lol but 90 wins should be the goal with the lineup we have. Without an ACE pitcher I don't see it though, I see us around .500 without an ACE. Darvish may be good but he isn't an ACE, Lester and Hendricks are in the same boat IMO. Lester was an ACE 3 years ago. The Cubs bullpen is inconsistent as hell too. Maybe David Ross will be a breath of fresh air as manager, that by itself may help the team. Maddon was great but wore out his welcome.
The Reds have been the most active over the winter. I live in Louisville, home of the AAA affiliate of the Reds, so there's always been a lot of Reds fans in this area. We're just 100 miles from Cincinnati.
Hope they can improve...very loyal fans and they haven't had much to cheer for in a long time.
Whichever team can avoid major injuries and have a player or two perform above their usual level may be the one to win the division.