The Cubs don't have to be bad with this rebuild.
Right now the trade market is quite slim, so what Hoyer can do, is what he did in the Darvish trade. Instead of getting top 100 prospects he got guys that were too young to be ranked that high, but could develop into top 100's. WE can continue to load up on those guys and give us that wave of talent in 5 years from now.
So say we trade guys that can bring a return: Bryant, Baez, Rizzo, Kimbrel
That still leaves us with a division contender if we fill their departures with some midlevel contact hitting free agents next year. I don't see them spending big but getting guys on 1-2 year deals as placeholders for the farm
1b - Wisdom
2b - Hoerner
SS - Semian, Simmons
3b - Bote
OF - Heyward, Happ, Peterson, MArisnick, FA's
C - COntreras
Obviously this lineup above won't scare anyone, but the idea isn't to win a WS in the next year or two, but to stay close to the top of the division, so that when we can compete again we can spend big in 1-2 years and still have a decent team to watch. And in 1-2 years those guys that we picked up in trades can be off loaded for other holes to fill.
I was thinking.
SS Baez (Q offer taken)
3B Duffy (give him a deal)
C Contreras (extend)
Trade everything else or DFA if need be.
AAA they would have Davis, Amaya and Marquez.
Hernandez I'm not sure if he shoots up the system. I wouldn't rule it out at this point if his tools are A-Rod level. That makes change happen.
So I could see 2022 just a transition to get some kids MLB ready then 2023 get back in it with a fresh take.