(670 The Score) The Cubs have already endured an offseason of transition, and it's just beginning.
When Theo Epstein stepped down as Cubs president of baseball operations and Jed Hoyer was elevated into that position in November, it became clear that more change was coming. Since then, the Cubs have non-tendered outfielder Kyle Schwarber and outfielder Albert Almora Jr. while 2016 NL MVP Kris Bryant has had his name mentioned in trade speculation.
Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward isn't surprised by the new direction for his organization, something he felt was clear when Epstein stepped down.
"That says right away, things will change," Heyward said on the Laurence Holmes Show on Tuesday. "With every organization, there's windows, there's time periods. There's the business side in every sport, but especially baseball. Right now, it's where we're at.
"With the hiring of Jed, that's kind of the same mindset. We're not trying to move on, tear something down and completely start over. But change needs to happen."
The Cubs went 34-26 and won the NL Central crown in the shortened 2020 season before being swept by the Marlins in the wild-card round. It marked the third straight season that the Cubs didn't advance past the wild-card round.
In addition to shedding payroll by letting Schwarber go, the Cubs have had widespread layoffs in the baseball operations and business departments amid a difficult financial landscape in MLB amid the pandemic.