Last updated 12-4-2013
38 players on 40-MAN ROSTER (two slots open)
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Brooks Raley
* Zac Rosscup
* Chris Rusin
* James Russell
* Travis Wood
* Wesley Wright
* George Kottaras
# Arismendy Alcantara
* Anthony Rizzo
* Luis Valbuena
* Logan Watkins
* Brian Bogusevic
* Brett Jackson
* Nate Schierholtz
* Ryan Sweeney
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"gotta spend the money on something"
Ugh. Really? First, just throwing money at free agents because you have it is a stupid idea. Second, even if they did that all you would do is complain about who they got, how much they overspent, how these guys can't be traded when they are old and terrible, etc.
Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols worked out so well for the Angels last year. The Blue Jays really took with their big spending spree last year. And so on.
that's a lot of money to spend to lose to the a's. ridiculous deal of course, Yankee Stadium is heaven for left-handed power hitters and they have a lot of offensive holes to fill in my opinion.
Makes Franklin or Miller available on a trade which certainly has some value. They'll probably do something even more stupid now and trade Walker and Hultzenn for David Price.
much like assuming all the cubs kids in A/AA are going to contribute in the bigs in a meaningful manner...you can't count on trout/harper making it to being FA's.
this is a team that could easily spend $130-$150m and still bring a profit.
If they are going to go in on like a Cano deal, it better be for Trout or Harper when they are 27.
gotta spend the money on something.
if you're waiting around for a great deal on a FA contract you're only gonna get support guys except for those rare exceptions...which doesn't happen much.
FAs cost loot...it's not about getting a great deal, it's about adding a piece to your team. there are very few great deals on the FA market that are high end impact players.
plus, this is the f'n cubs...in chicago...3rd largest TV market in the nation with nation-wide fan appeal.
Feldman 3/30 from Astros
Granderson is 4/60
Really? Haven't we covered this? Are they gonna sign a 2nd baseman to a 10 year deal in the national league (where he can't play DH in his later years) when the middle infield is potentially stacked with some of our best prospects? Also let's remember that pretty much ALL the long overpaid contracts are going to the American League (ellsbury, cano, fielder, hamilton, pujols) because of the DH on these 7-10 year deals. The Cubs would be idiots to sign these players.
a billion dollars in personal wealth doesn't go as far as it used to.
mets sign granderson....4yr
also, Cubs not getting burned again giving a 10 year contract.
I think Cano is a great player, but let's see how this looks years 5-10.
Hiya Albert Pujols!
Nintendo money tops Ameritrade money.
Cubs too cheap and don't care about fans
How is it that a team in the Seattle metro region (population 3.5m) can afford huge signings and the Cubs (metro pop ~10mil) can only afford Wesley Wright?
Are they going to break the bank on Tanaka too?
cano 10/240 M's...
CARLITO: I think the MLB clubs that like to spend big internationally (like Texas, Toronto, Tampa Bay, and Boston) will be beating down the Cubs door for their SBV slots. It will be a seller's market, because the Cubs will be one of the few teams that won't be able to use their 2014-15 SBV slots to the fullest.
The Cubs will need to keep at least one slot to cover whatever prospects they do sign (albeit no player for more than a $250K bonus), but the others should be available to be traded.