Theo Epstein says 'change is warranted and necessary' for Cubs
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Theo Epstein says 'change is warranted and necessary' for Cubs

For the third consecutive season, the Chicago Cubs failed to advance past the Wild Card Round of the playoffs after losing to the Miami Marlins on Friday. After winning the World Series in 2016, the Cubs haven't been able to produce similar results.  

With that lack of success weighing on the club, Theo Epstein has indicated significant changes could be in store for his organization. 

If Epstein is looking to part ways with members of his core group in order to prepare for the future, he could look at Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant, who struggled greatly against the Marlins. The trio went 1-for-24 combined in two games against Miami after they all struggled at the plate throughout the regular season. 

Baez and Bryant are eligible for arbitration this offseason and set to become unrestricted free agents after the 2021 campaign. Rizzo also is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2021 season but is currently under contract.  

With those three players not having much time left on their current deals, Epstein could be looking to move them in exchange for some assets. However, he acknowledged that he has faith in the core group, recognizing both their successes and struggles. 

If the Cubs make changes this offseason, Epstein likely will supervise them as he expects to return for the final year of his contract. 

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University and currently is in pursuit of her Master's Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90.

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