The Chicago Cubs are going to the World Series. The fans below are probably not.
(H/t Busted Coverage)
There was craziness all around Wrigley Field on Saturday night, but none more bizarre than the video above. Also, gotta give a quick shout out to this guy for straight throwing beer after the final out.
The Chicago Cubs have a huge game tonight, but Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon dropped a bomb before game six of the NLCS.
This is great news for the Cubs. Who would of thought Kyle Schwarber would return sometime in the 2016 season?
In April, Schwarber collided with Dexter Fowler and suffered a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee. Now, he may be playing for the Cubs in the World Series.
It would be huge for the Cubs to have Schwarber in World Series. Remember, NL teams aren't accustomed to having a designated hitter. However, if Schwarber is able to return the Cubs will add some depth to their line up.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Toronto Blue Jays were eliminated from the postseason by the Cleveland Indians. It was the end of the Blue Jays' season and also may have been an end of a era.
Both Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion will be free agents this offseason. Both players are set to test the open the market and the Chicago White Sox are one of the teams that will be interested in both players.
One of the things that ultimately led to the demise of the 2016 White Sox was the team's lack of depth. They really never were able to recover from injury to Austin Jackson and lack of production out of the designated hitter spot in the line up. Sure, Justin Morneau was solid, but can the White Sox really rely on him going forward? Maybe, maybe not.
The White Sox could use either Bautista or Encarnacion. CBS Sports also seems to agree:
Again, Morneau did do a nice job, but adding depth is something the White Sox need to do if they want to contend in 2016.
Bautista is going to be 36 when next season rolls around, but he could play some outfield and spend time as a DH. He also has playoff experience and knows how to be a leader in the clubhouse. You gotta think he would fit in nicely with Todd Frazier, Chris Sale, and new manager Rick Renteria.
In 2016, Bautista hit .234 with 22 homers and 69 RBIs. He only had a WAR (wins above replacement) of 1.0, but in the two seasons prior he was at 5.1 and 6.1 respectfully. Clearly, Bautista had a down year in 2016. In 2017, on the south side, he could add some much needed depth not only in the outfield, but at the DH as well.
Encarnacion, who will be 33 at the start of next season, is also an interesting option.
I sound like a broken record, but the White Sox need depth and adding Encarnacion would help that need. He would spend most of his time as the DH. He could also help Jose Abreu stay fresh at first base.
In 2016, Encarnacion hit .263 with 42 home runs and 127 RBIs. Those are very impressive numbers. He also had a WAR of 3.7, which is very good.
We don't know if the White Sox are going to be buyers or sellers this offseason. If they are buyers, they should take a very long look at both of these players.