Cubs Need Championship-Caliber Pitching, Not Just Pitching

Today’s column from CBS Chicago

(CBS) Perception can be a funny thing.

Last week, for example, after a Twitter storm about free agent pitcher Anibal Sanchez’s supposed imminent signing with the Cubs failed to blow anything but rumors into the Windy City, Chicago Tribune beat writer Paul Sullivan offered his take on the saga in a story the next day.

The Cubs, Sullivan wrote, “wound up with the losing hand in a stare-down with the Tigers, but proved they will spend some money if they find the right fit.”

From my vantage point, however, the Sanchez story looked quite differently for the Cubs. First off, I would hope it’s never been a question of whether one of the wealthiest teams in baseball would spend money at some point.

Rather, the problem with Sanchez was that he didn’t really want the Cubs’ cash, and his rejection of Chicago was instead a stark sign of the challenges that Theo Epstein & Co. will face when attempting to lure A-list free agent pitchers to play for the D-list team at Wrigley Field.

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