Free Agent Frenzy Update

Here's an update on the Free Agent Frenzy contest.

Current Standings

  1. Real Neal - 66
  2. CincyKid - 56
  3. Jackie T - 53
  4. Tito - 51
  5.  John Beasley - 49
  6. Andrew - 47
  7. Eric - 46
  8. JD- 44
  9. Dejon R. - 42
  10. Carlos  - 41
  11. RW - 41
  12. Rob G. - 39
  13. Tom R. - 35
  14. Ruz - 32
  15. Big Lowitzki - 31
  16. jacos - 31
  17. allinginge - 30
  18. twcoffee - 29
  19. Brian H. - 8

Unfortunately reader "Charlie" had to be disqualified as he doubled up on some confidence levels. Neal with a commanding lead at the moment with 6 correct picks.


didn't realize it was a minor-league deal, would have been a nice backup to Soto. :)

Rich Hill should love Toronto.

Or Toledo.

Luck is better than skill, as they say. If the current rumors hold true, I am not going to get any more points, though.

if Manny goes back to the Dodgers, it gets very interesting...

if he doesn't retire.



bwhahahahahha. yeah.

Speaking of Dodger outfielders, they're apparently trying to move Andruw Jones to the Mets.

I'd love it if Manny gets to be Manny for something like $5 million next year.

the last true "i will have MY way" ballplayer i can remember big pants, mr. big mouth, mr. operation shutdown...and currently mr. broke and in/out of jail derek bell.

Too bad he isnt left handed. Lou would never go for Manny's right handedness in our outfield.

I still don't get the Angels, I figured my logic on that one was pretty infallible.

Teixiera was going to the East Coast
Rodriguez was going to the Mets
Anderson was going out to pasture
So they should have the money.

Manny wants to play on the Leftist coast and it's a big 'nah nah' to the Dodgers, and it gives them the big bat to protect Vlad.

Instead they re-sign their 5th outfielder and call it an off-season. Maybe it is that Manny has really killed his value with the pouting in Boston. Coming off that second half, you would think that some team would think, "well, we will just keep him happy".

Best player to never win an MVP?

Angels are pretty big on the team concept, they simply just don't like his attitude.

Although Scioscia said he's okay with it, their GM flat out said he'll never be an Angel.

anything beyond a 1-yr deal for him is too risky, he's just as likely to pull the same shit again. 

but yeah, probably is the best player to never win an MVP....can't think of anyone else.

Mel Ott I would say would be better right now and never won one. Maybe Al Simmons, guys like Eddie Mathews, Billy Williams, and Al Kaline never won one either. Buy yeah, Manny is right up there, and easily the best current player (over guys like Sheffield and Thome who have high count stats).

they still got a solid 120m team, imo...and their league is pretty weak. no one from the AL West has stepped up this offseason so far.

they could use a 1st baseman...maybe another reliever.

they got enough power to not add a top notch 1st, but it'd be the easiest point of upgrade. dunno what their $$ situation is, but they lose a LOT of important parts after next year they're gonna have to spend $$ on to replace. they got a good amount of cheap contracts...and that matthews jr. dog of a contract.

Angels are fine, actually need a 3b upgrade more than 1b imo. I think Morales can handle it...offensively at least. Figgins though at 3b is sketchy...should just give the job to Brandon Wood.

Unless Adam Dunn is dead-set on not being a DH, there's they guy they need to bring in. I don't see Boston complaining that Ortiz doesn't play the field much.

it probably would be woods' if he wasn't stuck in the "AAAA zone."

he's still young enough that being in that zone is no biggie, but while he looks like he belongs on the field with his glove it seems he swings a bat like jason dubois. he's still got a lot of time, though. dunno what his swing hole(s) is/are...he just has steady lopsided minor/major K/bb totals.

even if he "only" gets his game in that 150-180K area (which would be pretty bad) he'd still be valuable with his glove/arm at SS/3rd if he can hit 25+ homers.

Babe Ruth was better.

If Andruw Jones goes to the Mets, he'll play RF.

Which would make Ryan Church, a left-handed hitter Hendry has sought before, available.


If I were the Mets, I would rather have Ryan Church. He is a better bet to produce right now than Andruw.

starts January 1st...

anyone know the DirecTV Channel?

Channel 213

"Unfortunately reader "Charlie" had to be disqualified as he doubled up on some confidence levels."

Someday I will actually read directions. Or only get involved in games I understand.

Oh, to be above Rob G.

Johan's mom?

Rob, do you have a relative who's an acupuncturist in Chicago?

Rob G, any relation to Ali G?


no, although I do have plenty of relatives in Chicago, but it's a very common Polish last name




Any relation to Kenny G ?

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  • Maybe Theo will sign Shark just so he can call Billy Beane and say: "Let's see...Russell? Check. McKinney? Check. Hammel? Check. Ninja? Check. Any other deals?"

  • To be fair to Emery and Trestman the foreshadowing of last year started happening well before them with the failure or mismanaging of multiple draft classes forcing the team to overspend in a free agency market that is even worse than baseball. Kyle Long seems like a good pick but they traded away another good one in Olson because of Martz's stupidity and inability to change his offense to fit the team talent.

  • HAGSAG: I think Domonic Brown does fit the criteria of a reclamation project, but unless he is willing to accept a minor league contract with an NRI to Spring Training, I don't think the Cubs would be interested given where the Cubs are right now. A couple of years ago? Yes. But probably not now.

    Brown would be better-off going to a club that is rebuilding and re-establish his value there, like Chris Coghlan did with the Cubs. And if he can re-establish his value, he could get traded to a contender at the trade deadline and take it from there.  

  • "they just fade away"

    (Except in the cases of no-fade lefties like Moyer, Orosco and Rich Hill.)

  • Amazing to me how quickly it fell apart under Trestman. Year 1, they were a Chris Conte brain fart away from making the playoffs. Year 2 -- coach, staff and GM all fired.

  • I am sure Jonathon Mota will be signed next.

  • AZ Phil, what is your thoughts on Domonic Brown as a reclamation project?

  • He also played LF in deference to Curtis Granderson.

    Meh... other moves to make...hope to see a move or two soon.

  • I haven't seen much Bears football this year - difficult to watch the games out here, but the game I saw the week before I was watching in shock as I saw them actually make tackles. And Cutler has looked really good, too.

    I guess people can quibble about play calling, but the team I saw is way more than 50% better coached (my only very minor disagreement with your comment).

    Under Trestman, the team didn't do anything right. This team played like a well coached team when I saw them play the Rams.

  • "What is sometimes overlooked about Vogelbach because of his "bad body" and because he has struggled so much defensively is that he is a hard worker, has a great attitude, loves to play the game, and is very well-liked by his teammates, and while that may not seem important, teams do actually value stuff like that. "

    As well they should. Replace a word here and there and you are describing any worker someone would hire.

  • Hak-Ju Lee signs a minor league contract with SF Giants.

    Some closure on the 6 degrees of Separation for Matt Garza/Chris Archer

  • Hahahahaha

  • -0.3 WAR in 7.1ip last year...

    -3 WAR projected over the course of a season.

    the cubs just added an all-star reliever's worth of work by losing b.schlitter.


  • Rockies sign Brian Schlitter to a minor league contract. Good luck in Coors Field. Enough said.

  • i'll take him over frandy since it's unlikely he'll progress as a SS (and 2nd isn't looking much better).

    i hope patton's delivery deception skills play well in the bigs over time. cubs need pitching options that are MLB-ready and dude fits the bill for a MLB/AAA mix...both needed.

  • I'm not saying he's great, but can we agree on the word "decent"? Became a pro at 23, called up at 26; nothing wrong with that trajectory, he hasn't been knocking around. Even in the majors his SO9 is 9.7. In the minors it's 12.2, so he's always missed bats, and without being a wild man: his walks are low. He cost the Cubs an unheralded A-ball middle infielder and a roster spot.