Tom Ricketts on expectations after overhaul: Cubs can contend for NL Central crown in 2022

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(670 The Score) While Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer has admitted he’s unsure of when the team will contend at a high level again after its sell-off of veteran stars last week, chairman Tom Ricketts has a more specific date in mind.

He envisions the Cubs competing for the NL Central crown in 2022.

“I don’t think you want to put an exact date on any World Series,” Ricketts said on the Marquee Sports Network on Tuesday evening before the Cubs’ 13-6 loss to the Rockies. “I don’t think that’s like a great project. But the fact is, in order to win the World Series, you got to win your division. And we look at next year as a year that we can be competitive and we can get back into the mix in our division. And that’s where it starts. And like I said, this is not like the kind of situation we were in 10 years ago when we built this championship team. But that said, we are building a new championship team, and the fact is everything that happened last week really has accelerated that process.”

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The Cubs traded nine players in July who were on their Opening Day roster, including icons of their 2016 championship team in first baseman Anthony Rizzo, shortstop Javier Baez and infielder/outfielder Kris Bryant. The Cubs also sent All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel to the White Sox. In return from all their trades, the Cubs received 10 prospects and two MLB-ready players in second baseman Nick Madrigal and reliever Codi Heuer.

“What I would say is for the future and what we’ve done, we’ve really been able to kind of lay the foundation for the next great team,” Ricketts said. “I think they’ve done a great job doing that last week.”

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