Well. That sure was fun. Although the Theo & Jed may not be done swinging deals yet (rumors include trading for a cost controlled, young starter and/or a CF), we can take a look at how the New-Look-Cubs project for next season with the additions of Jason Heyward, John Lackey, Ben Zobrist, and Adam Warren.
First, a fun look at the top ten position players in fWAR according to Steamer:
|Josh Donaldson||Blue Jays||23.9||10.1||5.9|
That's three Cubs position players that are projected to be in the top 10 in 2016 fWAR. Quite impressive. Jake Arrieta also comes in at #5 for pitcher WAR projections.
Now let's take a look at the projections for the all the Cubs currently rostered.
|Tommy La Stella||156||-0.4||-2.4||0.2|
The projected "true talent level" of the 2016 Chicago Cubs is 49.9 wins above replacement. A replacement level team is 47.7 wins. Put those numbers together and Steamer projects the currently-as-built Cubs to win 97.6 games.
They will be a popular pick by most baseball pundits to win the NL Central and 2016 World Series. A lot can still go wrong, but it looks like 2016 will be a very competitive year on the North Side. By pretty much all our reactions to the Jason Heyward signing, it was a huge get for the Cubs not only by addition, but subtraction from the Cardinals. I'm sure many of your agree with me, but on paper the 2016 Cubs will be the best Cubs team of my lifetime. I'm just glad that we finally have an owner and leadership that didn't cave into the pressure (and poorly written essays) of fans and instead followed their process. Get excited ladies and gentlemen.