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Monday, September 21, 2020

The Cubs finished their worst offensive season ever at Wrigley Field. Can they just blame it on 2020?

But one glaring deficiency they’ve battled from the outset is a consistent inability to hit — particularly at Wrigley Field. The Cubs’ overall .226 batting average heading into Sunday night’s home finale against the Minnesota Twins was fourth-worst in the majors, and their .218 home average was better only than the Seattle Mariners’ .212 average at Safeco Field.

It’s an ongoing mystery that no one, including manager David Ross and President Theo Epstein, can explain.

This year’s group will finish with by far the lowest average in the ballpark’s 106-year history, a head-scratching problem that could doom the Cubs if it carries into the wild-card round.

For fans watching on TV, it’s almost incomprehensible. Even some of the worst teams in Cubs history have put up decent offensive seasons at Wrigley, making them tolerable in lean years. What makes it even more puzzling: Some of the worst offenders are Kris Bryant (.197, one home run, two RBIs), Anthony Rizzo (.189, four homers, 11 RBIs), Javier Baez (.172, two homers, seven RBIs) and Kyle Schwarber (.176, five homers, 11 RBIs).

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 21, 2020 at 09:09 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Chicago Cubs’ Alec Mills tosses no-hitter against Brewers

Chicago Cubs righty Alec Mills threw the league’s second no-hitter of the season on Sunday, shutting down the Milwaukee Brewers in a 12-0 victory.

Mills, 28, struck out five while walking three.

Asked in the postgame interview on the Marquee Sports Network how he felt, Mills responded: “I have no idea. It hasn’t really hit me yet. I didn’t really know how to celebrate. Just something that came together today.”

The Brewers never got close to a hit in the final innings as Mills threw a career-high 114 pitches in just his 15th career big league start. He induced a popup by Jacob Nottingham and then struck out Tyrone Taylor for the first two outs of the ninth inning before getting Jace Peterson to ground out to short.

Mills said that his curveball was his best pitch on the day. He often set up hitters with a first-pitch curve for a strike.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 13, 2020 at 06:31 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: alec mills, cubs, no-hitters

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Cubs reunite with Pedro Strop, add speedster Billy Hamilton for postseason run

On Monday, the Chicago Cubs made two roster additions in preparation for a potential postseason run. The Cubs announced they have reunited with veteran righty reliever Pedro Strop, signing him to a minor-league contract. They also claimed speedster Billy Hamilton off waivers from the New York Mets.

Strop, 35, signed a one-year deal with the NL Central rival Reds this past offseason, but was released late last month after allowing three runs (one earned) in 2 1/3 innings. Strop has missed most of the season with a groin strain and the Cubs say he has been assigned to their alternate site, where he’ll work to get game ready….

Hamilton, 29, was designated for assignment by the Mets last week, following a base-running blunder against the Yankees. The Cubs will be his third team of the season—Hamilton started the season with the Giants before being traded to the Mets on Aug. 2. He is 1 for 22 (.045) with one walk (.083) this season, and is a career .241/.295/.324 hitter.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 08, 2020 at 11:53 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: billy hamilton, cubs, pedro strop

Chicago Cubs Payroll Decisions Could Cause Their Window To Close

The Cubs roster includes players deep in their careers and at the upper end of MLB salaries. For many of them, unrestricted free agency lies ahead. Beginning this offsesaon, the Cubs have serious payroll obligations and decisions that could impact their future for years.

For example, outfielder Jason Hayward’s salary has an average annual value (AAV) of $23M until he reaches free agency in 2024.

Pitcher Yu Darvish will take home an average of $21M until 2024.

First baseman Anthony Rizzo signed an eight-year contract that offers a club option for $16.M in 2021, the same salary he was paid this year.

Money was an issue for the future of the Chicago Cubs before COVID-19 sent the world into shock waves. Now it is of paramount significance and importance.

Extensive financial losses due to the lack of fans in the stands, reduced souvenir and concession sales and a shortened MLB season will have a serious impact on player salaries as soon as this offseason. Perhaps few teams will be as cost conscious as the Cubs.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 08, 2020 at 10:58 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Cubs acquire DH Jose Martinez from Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays have traded designated hitter Jose Martinez to the Chicago Cubs.

Two players to be named later or cash considerations are headed back to Tampa Bay. To make room on the 40-man roster the Cubs designated catcher Josh Phegley for assignment.

The Cubs get a right-handed hitter who mashes lefties in Martinez. Chicago ranks 27th in batting average against lefties this year and was 30th last season. Martinez is a career .319 hitter against left-handers.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 30, 2020 at 02:03 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jose martinez, rays

Managers tossed as ‘chirping,’ errant pitches lead benches to clear in Cubs-Reds

In a first for the 2020 season, both managers in an MLB game were ejected, as the benches cleared in Game 2 of a doubleheader between the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night.

First, Cubs manager David Ross was tossed after Reds pitcher Tejay Antone threw a fastball over the head of Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo in the top of the fourth inning. Rizzo had homered twice in the Cubs’ 3-0 win in Game 1.

“That’s not a slip,” Ross said after the Reds won Game 2, 6-5. “That’s not a miss. That’s not a grab-some-rosin slip. That was intentional. There is no doubt in my mind about that.”

Antone disagreed, saying the pitch just got away.

“A lot of people are saying it was intentional,” Antone said. “It wasn’t. I was trying to execute a fastball up and in to him.”

Rizzo was less aggressive in his comments than his manager. He called the pitch “scary” but was willing to give Antone the benefit of the doubt.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 30, 2020 at 09:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, reds

Thursday, August 27, 2020

The Cubs are cutting their player development and scouting staff

Baseball teams have suffered significant losses this year without fans in the stands. Teams began to cut back earlier this year with pay cuts and furloughs. This included Cubs full-time employees.

Sahadev Sharma at The Athletic reported Wednesday that there are now going to be quite a number of full-time jobs eliminated on the baseball side of the Cubs operation:

Cubs employees had been bracing for the bad news that came with Wednesday’s internal communications. The impacted group within Theo Epstein’s baseball operations department includes scouts on the amateur and professional sides as well as double-digit staffers in player development, according to early estimates.

There’s no word yet on how many employees are going to be let go or in which departments, but this is not good news for the baseball side for the Cubs. They aren’t alone, per Sharma:

Last week, the Yankees instituted “a wave of layoffs and furloughs,” reported The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler, with sources describing the cuts to their player development personnel as furloughs for nearly all coaches and support staff at their minor-league affiliates.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 27, 2020 at 02:11 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Monday, August 17, 2020

Marquee viewers treated to a rambling Mark Grace calling his ex-wife a “dingbat”

Today, though, the Diamondbacks studio analyst and longtime Cubs first baseman picked a key moment in Chicago’s game against Milwaukee to launch into a story about his ex-wife parking in Bud Selig’s parking space, in which Grace referred to her as a “dingbat” multiple times. It was bad!

Grace also made a “joke” about how he’d go “Archie Bunker” on her.

You’d have to think that the people at Marquee view this as a feature, not a bug. (And considering both Cubs ownership and who they partnered with for the network, it’s not hard to believe.) Why else would they invite Grace on? This is what he is. It’s especially ironic given the decision to put Kasper and DeShaies in suits and ties regardless of the weather.

It obviously didn’t go over well with a lot of viewers, despite Grace’s longtime history as a fan-favorite.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 17, 2020 at 09:41 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, mark grace, marquee sports

Friday, July 24, 2020

Cubs expect deal between Marquee Sports Network and Comcast in time for home opener

In the negotiating equivalent of the bottom of the ninth inning, Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney predicted Thursday he would nail down a deal with Comcast in time to allow Cubs fans to watch the home opener Friday night against the Brewers on Marquee Sports Network.

Kenney said he’s determined to finalize carriage agreement with the Chicago area’s largest cable provider, even if he has to work through the night and up until the last minute.

When the Cubs launched their own network, Kenney said there were two groups of distributors: Those who jumped on the bandwagon early, such as AT&T and DirectTV, to assure their customers they would carry Cubs games, and those who chose to hold out in hopes of negotiating better terms.

“This has been a pattern — not just with our station, but with stations all over the country,” Kenney told the Chicago Sun-Times. “Unfortunately for our fans, it has been something that, from Day 1, was gonna be the m.o. for Comcast to hold out until the very last moment.”

“I expect the games to be on Comcast … in time for opening day. Our conversations — the pace of those — picked up right after we received an agreement with the players to come back and start playing this year. … Issues that remain unresolved will be resolved in time …This has been the case back to my days at WGN. … The Cubs opener has been the catalyst for a lot of deals to get done in my lifetime. And I believe it will be the catalyst to get our deal with Comcast done.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 24, 2020 at 12:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, marquee network

Sunday, May 03, 2020

Ex-Mlb Star Andre Dawson is now a mortician

Dawson, 65, has owned and operated the Paradise Memorial Funeral Home in his hometown of Miami, since 2008. Having retired as a baseball player in 1996, he joined a group of investors his brother organized a few years later to buy a different funeral home, then took an even bigger step into the business.

Dawson did not expect to actually run Paradise Memorial, but “that role sort of fell into my lap,” he told AARP last year. With the same dedication to his craft that enabled a 21-year major league career, Dawson “threw myself into it, body and soul,” despite the unlikely nature of his new line of work.

“Growing up I could have never envisioned this,” he told the AP. “I was actually afraid of the dead when I was a kid.

“When it came to funeral homes and seeing someone in a casket, it would remind me of being young and going to see a real scary horror movie and not being able to sleep at night. That’s where I was. But you grow and change with the times.”

Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: May 03, 2020 at 03:21 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, expos, life after baseball

Friday, April 24, 2020

Cubs foursome sharing house, experiences awaiting baseball

CHICAGO (AP) — When the coronavirus pandemic stopped spring training last month, Ian Happ offered Nico Hoerner, Zack Short and Dakota Mekkes a place to stay if they wanted to remain in Arizona.

That’s how “The Compound” was born.

Happ, Hoerner, Short and Mekkes — four players from the Cubs’ organization — are living together while they await word on the baseball season. In addition to their workouts and tennis matches, they also are doing a podcast and posting videos of their day-to-day life at the house.

“I think it just helps to have camaraderie in this time,” Happ said. “A lot of guys are at home, away from the team and kind of missing that element. So for us, just to be around teammates, around guys that understand the uncertainty, understand what each other are going through, yeah, it’s definitely nice.”

If all else fails, they could give up on baseball and become experts at contract bridge.

 

QLE Posted: April 24, 2020 at 12:52 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dakota mekkes, ian happ, nico hoerner, zack short

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Today in Baseball History: The White Sox trade Sammy Sosa to the Cubs

In July of 1985 the Texas Rangers signed Sammy Sosa out of the Dominican Republic. He was just one of many rising young talents that rebuilding Rangers team would develop in the mid-to-late 80s. By the dawn of the 1989 season he, along with an about-to-truly-break-out Ruben Sierra, the recently-acquired Rafael Palmerio, and young pitchers Kenny Rogers, Kevin Brown, and Wilson Alvarez were all poised to be a part of the next good Rangers club.

And that 1989 club — which also featured veteran pitchers Nolan Ryan and Charlie Hough, veteran hitter Julio Franco and a powerful young slugger named Pete Incaviglia — was good, at least for a little while. The powerful Oakland A’s owned the AL West at the time, but Texas broke out pretty quickly, fell back a bit, but by late June had climbed to within two games of the Bash Brothers. That inspired General Manager Tom Grieve to add a bat. He found a trading partner in Larry Himes, GM for the Chicago White Sox.

The bat he added: Harold Baines, who had been raking for the White Sox in the first 96 games of the season. The price for Baines: young Sammy Sosa, who had gotten his first taste of the big leagues in June and early July. He wasn’t ready for it and was a liability in 88 plate appearances. Years later, President George W. Bush, who was the owner of the Rangers at the time of the trade, would cite his approval of the Baines-Sosa deal as his biggest regret, but it made a good deal of short-term sense at the time. Unfortunately for the Rangers Baines was pretty average in the season’s final couple of months. The Rangers faded badly in the dog days of August and finished the season 16 games back of the eventual World Series champ Athletics.

The White Sox were quite high on their new young, toolsy prospect at first. After the trade in 1989 Sosa put up a decent .273/.351/.414 (118 OPS+), which was certainly promising. In 1990, however, he’d falter, batting .233/.282/.404 with 15 homers in 579 plate appearances in his first full year in the bigs. He flashed some of the speed he had shown in the Rangers’ system — he stole 32 bases — but he was also caught stealing 16 times which was less-than-ideal. The next year he declined sharply, hitting only .203/.240/.335 with 10 homers. That July he’d earn a demotion to Triple-A. It was pretty clear he had played his way out of the White Sox’ future plans, even if he was only 22.

 

 

QLE Posted: March 31, 2020 at 12:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, history, sammy sosa, trades, white sox

Monday, March 30, 2020

2 Cubs Employees Tested Positive for Coronavirus Earlier This Month, Team Says

Two employees of the Chicago Cubs tested positive for the novel coronavirus after attending a training session at Wrigley Field in early March, the team confirmed Sunday.

According to a team spokesman, the two individuals participated in a March 8 training session in the premier seating clubs inside the stadium. The positive tests were not returned until last week, more than two weeks after the workshop.

According to the team, both employees were offered support from the Cubs after the positive tests.

 

QLE Posted: March 30, 2020 at 01:17 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: coronavirus, cubs

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Today in Baseball History: The Cubs get their name

Baseball team names are established, trademarked things. New team names are focus-grouped and then established and trademarked. The key thing is that they are immutable. The Yankees are and always will be the Yankees. The Dodgers are and always will be the Dodgers. It’s something you can bank on.

But it’s also something that was not always the case. Not by a long shot. Indeed, from the advent of the game itself there an element of true nicknaming — names being applied informally — has almost always been involved.

The alleged first recorded game of baseball took place between teams called “New York” and “Knickerbocker,” both of which were from New York City, with the latter assuming a distinctive name, likely to keep it being confused with its rival. Many pre-National League amateur or semi-professional teams had names such as “Atlantic,” “Olympic,” and “Forest City,” but they were not formally named pursuant to the current convention such as “The Brooklyn Atlantics” or the “Philadelphia Olympics.” The legal names were “Atlantic Base Ball Club” and “Olympic Base Ball Club,” etc., with the cities just being additional descriptors.

The Cincinnati “Red Stockings,” acknowledged as the first fully-professional team, were given their name by sportswriters due to the actual clothes they happened to wear — uniforms with red stockings — as opposed to having the name applied to them first, and thus was a nickname in the most literal sense of the term. Soon other professional teams, first in the National Association and then in the National League, assumed their own distinctive colors as well. In 1882 the National League passed a rule requiring specific stocking colors, as follows:

Boston: Red
Buffalo: Gray
Chicago: White
Cleveland: Navy blue
Detroit: Old Gold
Providence: Light Blue
Troy: Green
Worcester: Brown

The story of how the names we apply to teams came to be.

 

QLE Posted: March 28, 2020 at 12:37 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, history, names

Friday, December 11, 2015

IT’S THE CUBS’ WORLD NOW

Not to spoil the ending, but:

But the Cardinals aren’t doomed. They still have a solid lineup, a solid rotation and a solid bullpen, and you’d have to think they’ll add somebody. But for years, some fans have claimed, wrongly, that Cardinals-Cubs isn’t a real rivalry because the Cards have always been so much better than the Cubs. This, not coincidentally, is the same thing Yankees fans used to say about the Red Sox, before Epstein took over there as well. Now, some have said, in the wake of the Cubs’ signing of Heyward, that this ratchets up the rivalry.

But if anything, I believe it dampens it. Even before Friday, the Cubs were a better team than the Cardinals in just about every way. Now that the Cubs took the Cardinals’ best player, the gap between these teams have widened. If anyone needs to prove this is a rivalry, it’s the fading Cardinals.


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Fergie Jenkins still emotionally invested in Cubs, keeping an eye on Epstein

Clumsy.

Ferguson Jenkins takes a wait-and-see attitude towards Theo Epstein’s appointment as president of baseball operations of the Chicago Cubs.

...The Cubs hired Epstein in October. Jenkins is holding off on giving Epstein his full endorsement.

“I really don’t know what to take of him yet,” Jenkins said Thursday in Calgary. “I tried to get a meeting with him and he was really busy.

“He’s young. He’s never put a jockstrap on though. See that’s the thing. I tell people all the time ‘this guy reads about the game and has seen it on TV or in stadiums,’ but he’s a pretty smart individual. He knows talent and that’s what it’s all about.

“People sit back and say ‘you know he never played’ but he watches and recognizes what individuals can do what and where they can play.”

Repoz Posted: January 19, 2012 at 10:20 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, fantasy baseball, hall of fame, sabermetrics

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

RLYW: Salvaging a Sunken cost

Burnett projects to have an RA of 5.03 in CAIRO.  The following possible starting pitchers project better than that.

CC Sabathia (3.57)
Michael Pineda (4.37)
Freddy Garcia (4.55)
Brad Meyers (4.56)
Hiroki Kuroda (4.57)
Phil Hughes (4.63)
Ivan Nova (4.93)
...

If that’s true, then every start that goes to Burnett is a start that should be going to one of the above.

...

Unfortunately, since Burnett is owed $33 million over the next two years, the Yankees probably feel obligated to try and get some value out of him.

I don’t think they can do that by pitching him…. trading Burnett’s bad contract to another team for their bad contract might be a way to recoup some of that value.

Mr Dashwood Posted: January 17, 2012 at 12:21 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, cubs, mets, projections, white sox, yankees

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Cubs installing 70-foot digital scoreboard at Wrigley Field

Pitch count of 3,665?  Dusty is back??

From CSNChicago.com’s Jake Flannigan comes the below mockup of a 70-foot LED scoreboard that will be installed in right field at baseball’s second-oldest stadium. Construction will be completed this spring.

Above the new scoreboard you’ll see something called the “Budweiser Patio.” It will contain 150 all-inclusive seats (not bleachers), and is also going in before the start of the season.

The District Attorney Posted: January 15, 2012 at 01:52 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

MLB Trade Rumors: Bartolo Colon Agrees to Sign With Unknown Team

Bartolo Colon has agreed to a deal with an unknown club reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter). The right-hander wouldn’t divulge the team because he has not yet passed his physical.

Pretty sure it’s either the All-Stars or the Champs.


Friday, January 13, 2012

Cubs Agree To Contract With Kerry Wood

Wood: “I Feel Like Playing”

The Cubs and veteran reliever Kerry Wood have agreed to a one-year contract that also includes an option for 2013.  The contract will pay Wood $3MM next season, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times (via Twitter).

The District Attorney Posted: January 13, 2012 at 08:53 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Thursday, January 12, 2012

MLB: Cubs front office calls on Bloomberg Sports

I knew he’d miss Bill James…

The Cubs are using every potential avenue to improve their club. Chicago announced Thursday that it will partner with Bloomberg Sports—a company already allied with MLB.com for fantasy baseball—to design a new player evaluation system for the team’s baseball operations department.

The player evaluation system is expected to combine video with an extensive database on all professional players, and it will also include customized technology to assist the evaluation process. The Cubs will be able to access their system via laptop and will have mobile capability, and the two sides will begin development and implementation of the program immediately.

“We are excited to partner with Bloomberg Sports and benefit from their world-renowned expertise in analytics and information management,” said Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein. “The management and analysis of data—whether it be scouting reports, statistics, medical information or video—is a critical component of our operation.

“We look forward to developing a customized program that utilizes the most advanced and efficient technology available in the marketplace today to facilitate quicker, easier and more accurate access to all the sources of information we use to make baseball decisions.”

Repoz Posted: January 12, 2012 at 12:50 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, projections, sabermetrics

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Cubs sign Paul Maholm, reports Paul Maholm

It’s otherwise unconfirmed, but it seems like you should only need the one source when it’s actually the guy himself.

Just wanna say thank u to everyone that has cheered for me during my career as a Pirate. I loved my last six plus years in the city.

I hope to get to continue some things when I visit during the year and start some great things as I start my Cubs career.

Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: January 10, 2012 at 07:44 AM | 150 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, pirates

Friday, January 06, 2012

Cubs acquire Rizzo in trade with Padres

Theo: You’re looking good, Riz.
Rizzo: Eat your heart out.
Theo: And sloppy seconds are my style!

The Cubs acquired first baseman Anthony Rizzo and right-hander Zach Cates from the Padres on Friday, sending right-hander Andrew Cashner and outfielder Kyung-Min Na to San Diego.

The 22-year-old Rizzo batted .331 with a 1.056 OPS, 34 doubles, 26 homers and 101 RBIs in 93 games for Triple-A Tucson last year… Rated the top first-base prospect in the league by MLB.com, Rizzo struggled during his brief time in the Majors last season batting .141 with one home run and nine RBIs in 49 games…

Cates, 22… made his professional debut last year, posting a 4-10 record and 4.73 ERA in 118 innings over 25 starts for Class A Fort Wayne. He struck out nearly a batter an inning and allowed only four home runs on the year.

Cashner, 25, went 2-6 with a 4.29 ERA in 60 big league appearances with the Cubs, including one start, over the last two years….he was limited to just seven outings in the Majors last season due to a right shoulder strain.

Na, 20, hit .268 with 10 doubles and 22 RBIs in 83 games between four different teams in the Cubs’ Minor League system last year.

The District Attorney Posted: January 06, 2012 at 03:03 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, padres

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Robothal: Big Z Headed to Miami

What could possibly go wrong?

The Marlins, seeking to make another offseason splash, are close to acquiring Cubs right-hander Carlos Zambrano, according to major-league sources.
...
Zambrano is owed $18 million in the final year of his contract. The Cubs likely will pay most of that sum to purge Big Z, whom they placed on the restricted list in 2010 and disqualified list in ’11 due to issues with his temperament.

Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: January 04, 2012 at 06:52 PM | 116 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, miami

Monday, January 02, 2012

hardball talk: Dodgers’ Ethier high on Theo’s wish list

The Cubs are looking for another outfielder long-term and a guy like Andre Ethier could be a good fit.

Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune says Ethier is high on Theo Epstein’s wish list and the Dodgers may not have enough funds to keep him around when his contract expires after 2012 now that they gave Matt Kemp a huge payday and have a contract extension for Clayton Kershaw looming.

But, the former second round pick is still superb at getting on base, with a career .364 OBP, thanks in part to a .291 career AVG. He won’t turn 30 until the 2012 season’s second week, so there are still several years left of his prime.

If Epstoyer can make a deal for Ethier in 2012, I wouldn’t be surprised if they made that move. But that might be hard to do. What do the Cubs have that the Dodgers want? Not much in the way of young talent to trade.

But if Ethier hits free agency this fall (man, feels weird to say that now that it’s 2012), expect Epstoyer to go hard after him.

The Cubs already have David DeJesus for the next two seasons (with an option for a third year) and Brett Jackson quickly ascending through the system, but if Theo and Jed Hoyer are somehow able to deal Alfonso Soriano and Marlon Byrd, Ethier could be a great fit. He could play right and push DeJesus to left.

A starting outfield of DeJesus, Jackson and Ethier in 2013 would be mighty nice.

Tripon Posted: January 02, 2012 at 05:00 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, rumors

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