Cubs earn 2016 Organization of the Year honors by Baseball America – Chicago Tribune
The Cubs, who overhauled their baseball operations department after the 2011 season through trades, shrewd draft picks and free-agent signings under the supervision of President Theo Epstein, earned the honor for the first time since the publication started the award in 1982.
The Cubs were praised by Baseball America for bolstering their scouting and player development departments that allowed them to identify talents like 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta, Addison Russell and Kyle Hendricks, select top-notch talents like 2016 NL Most Valuable Player Kris Bryant, Albert Almora Jr. and Kyle Schwarber in the amateur draft and sign free agents Jon Lester, Ben Zobrist and John Lackey.
Those players helped lead the Cubs to their treasured World Series title.
The Cubs’ front office is scheduled to be honored at a reception at next week’s Winter Meetings in National Harbor, Md.
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