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They were on pace for 10.
But my point is who are the MLB players who are going to be average or better regulars on the mythical 90-win 2016 Cubs?
You've got Rizzo and Castro. Maybe Travis Wood is an averagish SP.
Who else? Jackson is looking toasty. None of the RPs have any track record. Maybe Arrieta, but 65 great IP doesn't outweigh 400 terrible one; he's still an enigma.
Even if Arrieta is decent, you need to find 6 regulars, 4 SPs, and likely a whole bull-pen and bench in 1.5 years. That's hard to do. Especially when your owners show no inclination to spend money.
I think before we get into a debate about you better tell me how many wins you think they'll win next year.
The effort of handicapping the win total for the 2015 Cubs strikes me as only slightly more worthwhile than trying to predict the next Powerball numbers.
TB went from 66 wins to 97 wins. Detroit went from 71 wins to 95 wins. Baltimore went from 69 wins to 93 wins. Cleveland from 68 wins to 90 wins. Arizona went from 65 to 94 wins. The Cubs themselves went from 67 wins to 88 wins. The Padres went from 4 wins to 87 wins.
You don't know what's bothering me because I'm not bothered by the trade.
Man, ESPN et al have to be pissed as all hell right now. World Cup going on, 4th of July weekend, and the whole trade deadline frenzy was supposed to be weeks away.
Jeff Samardzija is not a mediocre pitcher.
The A's have no 5th starter right now. Samardzija is going to take 100 IP that wouldn't have been thrown by $1 Brad Mills, or some other assortment of AAA talent. That's a big upgrade. Next year Samardzija will likely take 200 IP that would have gone to their 6th-8th SP, another big upgrade.
I would say definitely, regardless of what this does for the A's. You're not going to get much better than a top 5 position-player prospect for any rental-ish kind of package, and it's not like they shipped out two irreplaceable studs. Cubs fans should be jumping up and down over this
But I wouldn't be surprised if I'm annoyed in August or September when Arismendy, Bryant and Russell are still in the minors when they should be getting major league PAs. It'd be hard not to distrust management's motivation for keeping those guys down.
The Cubs play in the 3rd largest market in America. Start acting like it.
I don't see a real pressing need to bring up the uber prospects this year. I think Hendricks should be up and that is about it. Possibly bring some up in September but if they continue to do well this year they should start the season in the majors next year.
Bryant’s defense has also been a revelation. There was some thought that Bryant would be able to stick at third base, at least in the short term, but might need to move to the outfield before too long. The reviews of his defense this season are much better than that. He looks to be a solid long-term presence at third base with excellent agility with some scouts saying he may have gold glove ability there. He’s committed more errors than one would like this year (14 in 62 games in Double-A), but scouts see no long-term problems and he’s been flawless since his promotion to Triple-A.
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