Cincinnati Reds host the Chicago Cubs in a division showdown

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 22: (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

Perennial MVP candidates highlight a deep Cubs lineup

You know the names. Rizzo. Bryant. Baez. Over the last several years these players have dominated the National League Central and have become the most dangerous trio within the division. However, it could be the final go-around for this bunch.

Third baseman Kris Bryant will hit free agency following the season. Due to the sometimes acrimonious relationship between the former MVP and the Cubs front office, it’s a very real possibility Bryant will be wearing a different uniform next year. A trade later this season may not be off the table entirely.

As far as 2020 is concerned, the biggest splash the Cubs made in the offseason was in the dugout with David Ross. As incomprehensible as it seems, the Cubs front office has been crying poor the past couple of years and have made modest, at best, additions to the club, while allowing excellent talent to leave the club.

Following the 2019 campaign, the Cubs saw both outfielder Nick Castellanos and pitcher Cole Hamels depart via free agency. The North Siders have added former Cleveland All-Star Jason Kipnis and Milwaukee bullpen arm, Jeremy Jeffress, for depth.

However, don’t sleep on the Cubs. This is still a lineup that features former All-Stars at five different positions. There’s no doubt they will have a say in who captures the division the crown. The Cubs enter Great American Ball Park 2-1 following their season-opening series against the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field.

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