Tom Ricketts: 'This is not the type of baseball Cubs fans deserve'

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(670 The Score) Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts knows the product that he and his front office have put on the field in 2022 isn’t up to par.

Ricketts admitted that in a statement to ESPN for an in-depth article on the state of the Cubs’ rebuild.

“I’ll be the first to acknowledge this is not the type of baseball Cubs fans deserve,” Ricketts told ESPN. “Our decision last year to move away from Cubs players who brought us a World Series title was tough, but we have a plan to return to championship contention by building the next great Cubs team around a young core of players augmented by free-agent signings – and we’re making progress.”

Ricketts added the Cubs intend to “be very active again this offseason competing in the free-agent market.” The Cubs made a pair of notable additions last offseason, signing outfielder Seiya Suzuki to a five-year, $85-million deal and right-hander Marcus Stroman to a three-year, $71-million contract.

Still, that wasn’t nearly enough to fortify a team that sits at 45-65 entering play Thursday, when the Cubs will face the Reds in the Field of Dreams game in front of a national television audience. The Cubs are 16 games back of first place in the NL Central. Chicago went 71-91 in 2021, when it dealt core players like first baseman Anthony Rizzo, third baseman Kris Bryant and shortstop Javier Baez at the trade deadline to begin an overhaul of the organization.

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