Happy Monday, everyone.

After a week off due to Labor Day last Monday, we are back with another set of Monday morning thoughts. Because the Cubs are 24 games under .500 with 22 games remaining, there’s not a whole lot of game-level stuff to worry about outside of seeing the continued development of a lot of the youngsters on the team.

Today’s thoughts, then, are going to focus mostly on this offseason and the storylines for the Cubs in 2023. That’s a year when they hope to be much more competitive than they’ve been this season. That’s a year when offseason additions and jumps from the young guys might actually push them to being much more competitive than they’ve been this season.

So as we get closer to a very important offseason in this rebuild, that’s what we should be talking about. And that’s where these thoughts from yours truly are centered on.

Let’s get into it. Here are some Cubs thoughts for Monday morning.

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Chicago Cubs beat reporter and podcaster for CHGO. I've previously covered MLB for MLB.com and a bunch of other sports for a bunch of other outlets. Follow me on Twitter @ryan_a_herrera