After more than a century of pain and heartbreak, the 2010s finally brought the Chicago Cubs and their fans a long-awaited World Series Championship in 2016. The emergence of Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo, and others rewarded the patience and perseverance of Cubs fans everywhere who had been longing for a World Series title for so very long.
The Cubs made the most of their championship window that general manager Theo Epstein built. It now appears that the window may be closing, as they will face several difficult roster decisions going forward. The deals that Epstein and the Cubs have made over the last decade, for better or worse, did result in the ultimate prize. The question is will one World Series title make those deals worth it?
Over the next several weeks Baseball Essential will be doing a series on the best and worst trade every team in Major League Baseball has made over the last decade. Here is the best and worst trade the Chicago Cubs have made since 2010.
The Best Trade the Chicago Cubs Have Made Since 2010: Chicago Acquires Anthony Rizzo and Zach Cates From the San Diego Padres for Andrew Cashner and Kyung-Min Na (January 6, 2012)
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