Shortly after the Cubs were swept by the Mets in the National League Championship Series, Tom Ricketts met with Theo Epstein to go over the team's offseason wish list.
At the end, Epstein added the obligatory word of caution, warning the team's owner that it was unlikely the market would behave the way they hoped it would. Then he ran the table, landing Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist and John Lackey while re-signing Trevor Cahill, who had revived his career in 2015.
Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.