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Monday, January 03, 2022

Former Cubs outfielder Larry Biittner has passed away

The Cubs announced the passing of outfielder Larry Biittner on their official Twitter account this afternoon. He was 75 years old.

The Cubs acquired Biittner from the Montreal Expos May 17, 1976, along with pitcher Steve Renko, for Andre Thornton. This wasn’t a good deal for the Cubs, as Thornton went on to a fine career, mostly with Cleveland.

But Biittner did have his moments in a Cubs uniform. In 1977, as the more-or-less regular left fielder (and backup to Bill Buckner at first base), he hit .298/.345/.432 (147-for-493) with 12 home runs in 138 games.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 03, 2022 at 12:01 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, obituaries

Monday, December 13, 2021

Cubs, Padres Discussed Eric Hosmer Trade Last Summer

The Padres and Cubs were in talks last summer about a trade that would have sent first baseman Eric Hosmer “and a highly regarded prospect” to Chicago, The Athletic’s Sahadev Sharma reports.  The return on the Cubs’ end wasn’t mentioned, yet it likely could have been pretty minimal (i.e. a low-level prospect or a player to be named later), since the chief goal of the trade for San Diego would have been to get Hosmer’s contract off the books.  However, since Anthony Rizzo also reportedly on the Padres’ trade radar, it is possible the two teams might have been discussing a swap of first basemen.

Hosmer was known to be available prior to the trade deadline, as the Padres were exploring ways to both lessen their luxury tax burdens in 2021 and in the future, and also create payroll space for some bigger-ticket additions.  As it turned out, San Diego didn’t find a taker for Hosmer, and they also fell short of landing such targets as Rizzo, Max Scherzer and Jose Berrios prior to the deadline.  While the Padres did acquire the likes of Adam Frazier and Daniel Hudson, that wasn’t enough to hold off a late-season collapse, as the Friars plummeted to a 79-83 record.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 13, 2021 at 12:36 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, eric hosmer, padres

Wednesday, December 01, 2021

‘Chicago!’ Stroman says he’s joining Cubs

The Cubs did a lot of subtracting in 2021, but on Wednesday night they were poised to make a notable addition in free agent right-hander Marcus Stroman.

Who was first to report that the sides were beyond the conversation stage? Stroman himself, with a Tweet that simply said, “Chicago!” and tagged the Cubs.

The club didn’t immediately make an announcement about the apparent agreement. Terms of the deal were not known, but Stroman was widely expected to receive a significant multiyear commitment going into the offseason.

“Chicago has always been one of my favorite cities,” Stroman Tweeted. “Culture and passion everywhere. Beyond excited to pitch in front one of the best fan bases in all of sports. Thank you to everyone in the city for the warm welcome. I can feel it. Let’s get to work!”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 01, 2021 at 08:00 PM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, marcus stroman

Clint Frazier nearing deal with Cubs after Yankees release

Clint Frazier is close to finding a new home.

The outfielder, released by the Yankees last week, was finalizing a one-year deal to join the Cubs, The Post confirmed.

The 27-year-old was designated for assignment by the Yankees after a difficult season in which he opened the year as the starting left fielder before he was sidetracked by poor performance and injuries.

Frazier last played for the Yankees on June 30 and had a rehab assignment cut short, as he experienced vision problems and dizziness — though neither the team nor Frazier explained the exact nature of the situation.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 01, 2021 at 09:57 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: clint frazier, cubs

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Sources: Chicago Cubs, catcher Yan Gomes agree to 2-year, $13 million deal

Catcher Yan Gomes and the Chicago Cubs are in agreement on a two-year, $13 million contract, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Gomes, 34, hit a combined .252 with 14 home runs and 52 RBIs between the Washington Nationals and Oakland Athletics last season. Washington traded Gomes to the A’s at the trading deadline.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 30, 2021 at 11:52 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, yan gomes

Friday, November 05, 2021

Chicago Cubs claim LHP Wade Miley off waivers from Cincinnati Reds

The Chicago Cubs picked up left-hander Wade Miley off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds on Friday, the team announced.

Miley, 34, went 12-7 with a 3.37 ERA in 2021, his second season with the Reds. He’s set to make $10 million via a contract option for the 2022 season.

Miley has pitched for seven teams in his 11-year career, including helping the Milwaukee Brewers reach the postseason in 2018, the Houston Astros do so in 2019 and the Reds achieve that feat in 2020.

The Cubs have openings in their rotation after the departure of Jake Arrieta in August and with right-hander Zach Davies a free agent.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 05, 2021 at 03:55 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, reds, wade miley

Thursday, October 21, 2021

It’s time for the city of Chicago to repeal the Wrigley Field night game ordinance

The Los Angeles Times reported essentially the same thing:

But the vote left irate residents of the Wrigleyville area surrounding the ballpark crying “foul.” They say night games will rob residents of scarce on-street parking spaces and turn the peaceful, tree-lined neighborhood into a summertime haven for drunks staggering out of the ballpark and nearby bars.

“Lights will mean total chaos,” moaned Dennis Kowal, who has lived less than a block from the park for 43 years. “We wouldn’t have no rest, no peace.”

Reality: None of that has happened. Zone permit parking for residents has alleviated parking issues and in fact, the Cubs allow residents to park in one of their lots on non-game days. There hasn’t been vandalism; in fact, the neighborhood around the ballpark is probably safer now than it’s ever been. The Cubs help with security and cleanup after both day games and night games. Under both Tribune Co. ownership and that of the Ricketts family, the team has generally been a good neighbor.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 21, 2021 at 11:49 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, wrigley field

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Chicago Cubs hire Cleveland Guardians executive Carter Hawkins as their new general manager

The Indians over the last several years have done a good job at two things—grooming starting pitchers and front office executives for other teams.

The latest example of that is Carter Hawkins, who has been hired as the Chicago Cubs new general manager. Hawkins just finished his 14th season with the Indians, the last five as an assistant general manager to GM Mike Chernoff.

Hawkins, 37, and James Harris, the Indians vice president of player development, were finalists for the Cubs job. Other finalist included Carlos Rodriguez, Tampa Bay’s director of player development and international scouting and Jeremy Zoll, the Twins assistant GM.

Jed Hoyer, Cubs president of baseball operations, has been looking for a GM since he replaced Theo Epstein as Chicago’s top baseball decision maker. Epstein, who delivered the Cubs first World Series title since 1908 at the expense of the Indians in 2016, left the team following the 2020 season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 13, 2021 at 08:39 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, cy slapnicka, guardians

Thursday, October 07, 2021

Cubs’ Jed Hoyer seeks ‘value,’ making top free agents unlikely

“I’m not going to tip our hand as far as what we do in free agency. I’ve said repeatedly that we do have financially flexibility. We have money to spend this winter. But I think it’s really important that we do that in an intelligent way.”

In other words, the mega-revenue team with less than $40 million committed to only three contracts on the books so far for next season will stay away from the deep end of free agency and take more of a volume approach, looking for lesser-cost upside guys or players who might not be on everybody’s radar screen?

“I wouldn’t say that,” Hoyer said. “I think it’s just being opportunistic and striking when you feel like the value’s right.

“We’re going to be active,” he added. “We have a lot of holes to fill on this roster. We have a lot of areas we need to improve, so I think we’ll certainly be active. But I think we need to be active in a way that we feel we’re getting the right value for the dollars we’re spending and we’re also making sure that we’re not hindering ourselves going forward with expenditures for right now.”

Doesn’t exactly sound like a big-market team.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 07, 2021 at 11:43 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Friday, September 24, 2021

Chicago Cubs plan to be ‘really active” in MLB free agency, says team president Jed Hoyer

The Chicago Cubs are committing to the MLB free-agent market this winter after trading away about half their roster this season.

“We plan to be really active in free agency,” team president Jed Hoyer said Friday afternoon. “We plan to spend money intelligently. We’re scouting that market heavily. We’re going to analyze that market heavily. There’s offseasons when free agency is something you do a little bit of, and obviously we have to be a little more active than usual to fill out our roster, because we have a lot more open spots.”

It remains to be seen whether Hoyer is committing to bringing in proven players or simply end-of-the-roster guys. After trading free-agents-to-be like Kris Bryant, Javy Baez, Anthony Rizzo, Joc Pederson and others in July, the team is embarking on building a new-look contender as soon as possible.

The Cubs have had surprise contributions this season from minor league call-ups such as center fielder Rafael Ortega, first baseman Frank Schwindel and third baseman Patrick Wisdom. In fact, the team has compiled a higher OPS since trading its star players, while Wisdom already broke Bryant’s rookie home run record of 26. But all three are over 30 years old.

Hoyer was asked whether any of them are the long-term answers at their respective positions—or even starters for next season.

“Age is a factor, of course,” he responded. “The honest answer is I don’t know. To answer that question now is impossible. ...It’s been fun to watch. I really respect the effort these guys have given.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 24, 2021 at 11:26 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Friday, September 10, 2021

Cubs playing their best baseball in months as rookie sensations provide energy boost

It looked like the Cubs were in for a long final two months after all their roster turnover at the trade deadline. Indeed, things started out rough and headed toward rock bottom — including a 12-game losing streak to go along with an 11-game skid earlier in the season.

But then something happened. A group heavy on unknowns and first-time major-leaguers began to show life and started playing good baseball.

The recent success of players such as first baseman Frank Schwindel, outfielder Rafael Ortega and infielder Patrick Wisdom isn’t just having a positive impact on the Cubs as a whole — it’s also establishing them individually as potential pieces for 2022.

“The best way to press forward is to continue to push guys who are playing really well, and [this is] not their ceiling,” said interim manager Andy Green, who’s filling in for skipper David Ross during his COVID-19 quarantine. “As long as the guys are climbing, they’re not trying to just hold their ground, and there’s a huge psychological advantage in that. So anybody that has accomplished what a few of our guys have accomplished in the last month or last week, there’s always more, and as long as you’re hungry for more and pushing for more, you’re more concerned about your trajectory than you are your legacy.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 10, 2021 at 10:56 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Is Patrick Wisdom a viable building block for the Cubs?

What Wisdom is at this point isn’t a secret. He’s a big power guy with an absolute ton of whiff in his game. That combo first manifested itself in Triple-A back in 2017, when he hit 31 home runs with the Memphis Redbirds and struck out at a rate of nearly 30 percent. He followed that up with another 31 homer campaign in 2017 with the Nashville Sounds. The K% that year? 27.6.

So nothing about his line this year comes as any sort of surprise. Wisdom has slashed .259/.321/.586/.907 for the Cubs, with 25 homers and a .327 ISO through those 275 PAs. His strikeout rate sits at 39.3 percent, which is easily the highest among any Major League hitter with at least 250 plate appearances under his belt. His whiff rate is 19.3, which trails only former Cub Javier Báez among that same group.

It’s definitely a situation where you have to take the good with the bad. On one hand, you have that power bat. When Wisdom is making contact, he’s hitting the ball hard. His Hard% is at 46.9 percent; only Fernando Tatis, Jr. and Aaron Judge have done so at a higher rate. His Barrel% is at 17.6, which puts him 12th among his position playing counterparts. The ISO trails only Shohei Ohtani, Mike Zunino, and Tatis. Not terrible company to keep.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 31, 2021 at 01:37 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, patrick wisdom

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Inaugural Cubs Hall of Fame class set to be revealed at Wrigley Field rededication event

The Chicago Cubs are unveiling a team Hall of Fame at Wrigley Field on Thursday as part of a Wrigley Field rededication event. Also set to be revealed at the stadium are two new plaques, one in honor of the Friendly Confines being designated as a National Historic Landmark and the other in commemoration of the Ricketts family’s commitment to the preservation of the iconic ballpark.

The inaugural Cubs Hall of Fame class will be announced at Thursday’s event, which will feature the premiere of the Cubs-produced documentary “Saving Wrigley Field,” which is about the Wrigley Field 1060 Project renovations. Attendees will be able to watch the documentary on the Wrigley Field videoboard and tour the new Hall of Fame. Those in attendance will be Cubs season ticket holders, and the airing of the documentary is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. local time.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 17, 2021 at 12:28 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Sunday, August 08, 2021

When Will the Cubs Roar Again?

The thing about the Cubs is there’s no indication that they’re suddenly going to start spending like the Pirates. Contreras and Happ are the two key contributors who are arbitration-eligible, and even assuming they combine to make $20 million in 2022, most of the rest of the roster without guaranteed deals is on pre-salary arbitration contracts. The trio of arbitration-eligible relievers (Ryan, Holder, Brothers) isn’t going to be expensive, either. Depending on your assumptions, with player benefits, that 71-win team above has a luxury tax number of somewhere around $90 million.

The Cubs have given little indication that they’re going to scrape against the luxury tax ceiling anytime soon, but they ought to spend more than that figure. I would expect them to add an outfielder, a first baseman, and at least two starting pitchers in free agency, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them add $50 million or so and end up with a luxury tax number around $140–$150 million. It’s unlikely that they’re going to pay $7.5 million for each of those wins either; there are definite signs that outside of bullpens, nobody pays that amount for the first expected win on a contract.

So, what’s my projection of a projection? I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see the Cubs enter 2022 as an 81-win team. The division helps them in this regard; the Brewers are a good team but not likely as good as their 2021 record, and there’s little indication that anybody else has an interest in going on a spending spree. The Cardinals are probably the closest, but like the Phillies last season, they have to make up their free-agent losses before improving on this year’s squad. Entering the season as a .500 team in the NL Central leaves you in the divisional race.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 08, 2021 at 10:20 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Thursday, August 05, 2021

The Cubs move ahead with plans for a Wrigley Field sportsbook

Last September, the Cubs unveiled plans to partner with DraftKings for a sportsbook in the neighborhood around Wrigley Field, and last month it was revealed that the team was moving forward with those plans, which require approval by the Chicago City Council.

Today, Danny Ecker of Crain’s Chicago Business reports that the team will make a presentation to the Council Thursday:

The team is slated to go before the Commission on Chicago Landmarks today to present its plans for a 22,350-square-foot structure that would be developed along the southeast corner of the stadium at Sheffield Avenue and Addison Street, team plans show.

It’s a key step toward building the future DraftKings Sportsbook at Wrigley Field—part of a sponsorship deal the team struck last year with Boston-based DraftKings—and stands to make gambling an integral part of game day at the Friendly Confines.

But there are significant hurdles to clear: In addition to winning approval from the landmarks panel, the team needs the City Council to sign off not only on the development itself but also pass an ordinance that would allow sports betting inside the city’s major stadiums.

Ald. Walter Burnett (27th) introduced such an ordinance last month, but the proposal was sent to the Council’s Rules Committee, which could stall its consideration. The ordinance isn’t without controversy, as some aldermen are concerned that sportsbooks at pro sports venues including Wrigley Field and the United Center could cannibalize spending at a future Chicago casino, something the city is counting on as a vital new revenue source.

In addition, the team would possibly have to get approval from Major League Baseball to have a sportsbook inside the ballpark, per this ESPN article from September 2020:

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 05, 2021 at 11:24 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, wrigley field

Monday, August 02, 2021

Rays, Cubs Discussed Potential Trade Involving Tyler Glasnow And Kris Bryant/Craig Kimbrel

The Rays were known to be in discussions with the Cubs last Friday about swinging a deal to land Kris Bryant and/or Craig Kimbrel. Ken Rosenthal and Dennis Lin of the Athletic shed some light on the talks, noting that the teams kicked around various potential frameworks — including ones worked around Tyler Glasnow or Kevin Kiermaier.

Moving Glasnow would’ve been part of a larger package deal that sent Bryant and Kimbrel to Tampa Bay, Rosenthal writes. It’d have been a fascinating development, since Glasnow’s one of the best pitchers in the league when healthy but facing a prolonged absence. The 27-year-old tossed 88 innings of 2.66 ERA/2.89 SIERA ball before suffering a UCL tear in mid-June. He’s spent the past six weeks attempting to rehab the injury, but reports from over the weekend suggest he’s likely to require Tommy John surgery, which would keep him out of action for most or all of the 2022 season.

The Rays made the Cubs aware of that possibility in discussions, Rosenthal notes; Tampa Bay wasn’t hoping to sneak Glasnow through a trade without the Cubs noticing he would probably need to go under the knife. Indeed, Glasnow’s forthcoming surgery was a significant roadblock in that kind of deal getting done.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 02, 2021 at 05:12 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: craig kimbrel, cubs, rays, tyler glasnow

Chicago Cubs’ Jed Hoyer says inability to sign stars to long-term deals ‘greatest source of frustration’

Cubs President of Baseball Operations Jed Hoyer says his ‘greatest source of frustration’ was the team’s inability to sign any of their stars to long term contracts before trading them last Friday.

Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Javier Baez were the talk of the baseball world last week as all three were moved within a span of 24 hours before MLB’s trade deadline. After years of conversations with the trio—attempting to sign them to long term contracts—Hoyer finally gave up and moved on.

“That will probably be my greatest source of frustration from this era,” Hoyer said on ESPN 1000 radio in Chicago Monday morning. “I put my head on the pillow every night knowing we put our best foot forward. The extensions we offered these guys will hold up exceptionally well…against the open market. I don’t know why guys didn’t want to sign. I don’t know why guys didn’t want to even counteroffer, often times.”

There isn’t a one size fits all answer to why each is no longer a Cub. Baez was negotiating with the team in the spring of 2020 but the pandemic shut those talks down.

“We counteroffered then the pandemic hit,” Baez’ agent Nick Chanock said Monday.

Hoyer never indicated that all three refused to counteroffer, only that some didn’t. After suffering huge financial losses in 2020, the team wasn’t ready to spark up talks again with Baez considering he had a terrible season. The Cubs never made an offer to Baez again as the trade deadline approached, according to sources familiar with the situation.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 02, 2021 at 05:00 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Saturday, July 31, 2021

San Francisco Giants acquire Kris Bryant from Chicago Cubs for two prospects

Kris Bryant was the face of the Chicago Cubs for a long time.

His new bosses in San Francisco were thrilled that joining the Giants meant so much to him, despite the emotions of leaving the only major league team he’s ever known.

Bryant grew up in Las Vegas and loved to watch Giants slugger Barry Bonds—and now the versatile star will get a chance to play not only in the home run king’s former spot in left field, but all over the diamond.

The first-place Giants made a big splash just before the trade deadline Friday by acquiring Bryant from the Cubs for two minor leaguers….


Chicago received right-hander Caleb Kilian and outfielder Alexander Canario in the deal, with the Giants picking up the rest of Bryant’s hefty contract that is paying him $19.5 million this year.

The 29-year-old Bryant, who can become a free agent after this season, was one of the top position players available on the market as the disappointing Cubs sold off several stars. He is batting .267 with 18 home runs and 51 RBI.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 31, 2021 at 01:02 AM | 62 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, giants, kris bryant

Chicago White Sox acquire closer Craig Kimbrel from Chicago Cubs, give up Nick Madrigal

The Chicago White Sox acquired closer Craig Kimbrel from the crosstown Cubs on Friday, a move that should give the AL Central leaders a fearsome bullpen for their playoff push.

The White Sox already had one of baseball’s best closers in All-Star Liam Hendriks. Now the South Siders add Kimbrel, who has a 0.49 ERA and 23 saves in 25 opportunities for the Cubs this season and leads NL relievers in strikeout rate and opponents’ batting average. Kimbrel ranks ninth with 371 career saves during his 12 years in the majors.

White Sox manager Tony La Russa said he had a plan for how to use both closers, but was not ready to divulge specifics.

“On any given day, one may be available, the other one may not be,” general manager Rick Hahn said. “It puts us in a position where we have a very dynamic and impactful bullpen regardless of the situation that arises in each game.”

The White Sox paid quite a price to get Kimbrel: They sent second baseman Nick Madrigal, a budding star who is out for the season with a torn right hamstring, to the Cubs along with right-handed reliever Codi Heuer.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 31, 2021 at 12:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: craig kimbrel, cubs, nick madrigal, white sox

New York Mets acquire star SS Javier Baez from Chicago Cubs for OF prospect

Javier Baez got his wish: He’s headed to New York to play with longtime pal Francisco Lindor.

But first, the Mets are counting on their big-name newcomer to hold down the fort at shortstop for a while.

With the trade deadline fast approaching Friday, the Mets acquired Baez and pitcher Trevor Williams from the Chicago Cubs for outfield prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong.

Baez, a two-time All-Star and 2020 Gold Glove winner, gives New York an immediate fill-in for Lindor. The star shortstop, obtained from Cleveland in a blockbuster deal last winter, is sidelined with a strained oblique and not expected back until at least mid-to-late August.

“I’m super excited. I couldn’t be happier,” Lindor said. “I can’t wait for him to come out here and put on a show for everybody.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 31, 2021 at 12:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez, mets

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Yankees To Acquire Anthony Rizzo | MLBTR

5:47 pm: In exchange, Chicago will pick up two prospects — outfielder Kevin Alcantara and right-hander Alexander Vizcaino –– Curry reports. He adds that the Cubs will retain the entirety of Rizzo’s remaining salary.

Hombre Brotani Posted: July 29, 2021 at 07:01 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: alexander vizcaino, anthony rizzo, cubs, kevin alcantara, trade, yankees

Ryan Tepera heads to White Sox from Cubs as Chicago rivals make deal

The Chicago White Sox have agreed to acquire veteran right-handed reliever Ryan Tepera from the crosstown Cubs in exchange for lefty prospect Bailey Horn. Both teams announced the deal on Thursday, a day before the 2021 MLB trade deadline.

Tepera, 33, has pitched to a 2.91 ERA and a career-best 4.71 K/BB ratio in 43 1/3 innings for the Cubs this season. Across parts of seven major-league seasons, Tepera owns an ERA+ of 122 in 279 relief appearances and one start. He’s owed the balance of an $800,000 salary for 2021 and is eligible for free agency this coming offseason. On the South Side, Tepera figures to fortify a right-handed setup and middle relief corps that has some impressive arms but has been light on depth and consistency.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 29, 2021 at 04:35 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, ryan tepera, white sox

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

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