What will the rest of the NL Central Division rivals do in the offseason?
It was nice to see the St. Louis Cardinals finish dead last after ruling the division for most of this century.
It would be a shock to see them down for long.
The Cubs surprised some by contending for the NL Central title and a Wild Card spot until mid-September.
They have the money and prospects to trade to improve their roster.
The Cincinnati Reds came out of nowhere to contend for most of the season. They are young and talented.
The only team you do not have to worry about is the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Milwaukee Brewers do have to worry about three other division rivals trying to knock them off their perch.
Attanasio and Arnold could choose to go the prudent route and trade away Burnes, Woodruff, and Adames. That could drop them down to fourth place, making it hard to climb back up.
Especially if the Cubs decide to act like they operate in the third-largest media market.
The Cubs have the spending power to stay on top of the division for years to come. The Reds have the same youth as the Brewers do; all they need is some pitching.
Did I mention the Cardinals will probably not be down for long?
That is why getting eliminated this postseason was so frustrating. The Crew had everything lined up to win the division. It might not be the case next season.