2009 Cubs Draft Ticker Tracker - Day One

ROUND 1 (31): Brett Jackson, OF (Cal)
L/R, 6'2, 210, 20 years old
COMMENT: College junior was named 1st team All-PAC-10 in 2009... Also was a pre-season All-American... Above-average defender with enough arm to play CF or LF, but not RF.... Above-average speed... Aggressive baserunner... Outstanding bat speed, but he strikes out a lot... Hit 321/407/564, with 8 HR & 41 RBI, 17 2B, 6 3B, 29/61 BB/K in 253 PA, and 11 SB (5 CS) for the Golden Bears in 2009... A similar type player as Cubs OF prospects Cliff Andersen and Drew Rundle...


ROUND 2 (79): D. J. LeMahieu, INF (LSU)
R/R, 6'4, 190, 20 years old
COMMENT: Draft-eligible sophomore... Played SS as Freshman at LSU, then was shifted to 2B as Soph... Has power potential, but so far has been intent on hitting ball to opposite field... Will probably have to learn to pull the ball if he wants to progress... Has average speed... Below-average arm for SS, and struggles with footwork at 2B... Might have to be moved to a corner IF-OF spot at some point... Hit 340/408/462 for Tigers in 2009, with 4 HR & 39 RBI, 12 2B, 3 3B, 27/38 BB/K in 286 PA, with 10 SB (3 CS), and nine errors... Played HS ball in Michigan... Follows in the footsteps of LSU Cubbies Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot...


ROUND 3 (109): Austin Kirk, LHP (Owasso HS - Owasso, OK)
L/L, 6'1, 205, 19 years old
COMMENT: Went 9-1 with a 0.45 ERA and 21/111 BB/K in 62 IP for the Rams in 2009... Showed an overpowering fastball that was clocked at 95 MPH in state semi-finals, as well as a sharp breaking ball and solid change-up... Has signed NLI with University of Oklahoma... Played OF & 1B when he wasn't pitching, and hit .400+ with 5 HR in 2009...

The draft will resume tomorrow, starting with Round #4.   


Will Jackson be the Cubs CF in 2012-13?

Only if you're referring to the Daytona Cubs.

I didn't love Jackson, but I preferred him to say, AJ Pollock, and overall, I'm okay with this pick. I think I liked Wheeler's upside better than Jackson's, but it's a slim difference. There were a lot of arms that I really liked, though. Understandably, we weren't going to spend too much, so a guy like Scheppers was unrealistic, but some of those lefty arms intrigued me. Here's hoping someone lasts to the late 2nd.

BA's summary of pick:

Brett Jackson goes to the Cubs, who has five-tool ability and might be the best hitting prospect in the system after Josh Vitters as soon as he signs. Of course, he also could be another Tyler Colvin. But at No. 31, the Cubs get solid value, considering the fact that Jackson was projected to go top-half of the first round earlier this season.

BA's review


Jackson is most frequently compared with J.D. Drew, at least physically. But while critics often question Drew's passion, the same accusation could never be directed at Jackson. Strong and muscular, Jackson is a wonderful athlete who is a perpetual motion machine on the field and plays with flair. He is an enthusiastic, upbeat and supportive teammate, and he's an aggressive baserunner who challenges outfielders and takes the extra base, often diving in headfirst while doing so. He uses his above-average speed to chase down drives in the gaps in center field, and he has the range to flag down balls hit in front of him or over his head. His arm can be inconsistent, but he has enough arm strength for both left and center. Most criticism surrounding Jackson centers on his hitting, where he's not nearly as polished as Drew. He utilizes an inward-turning, hand-pumping, leg-kicking, load-up-and-let-it-fly swing. He has excellent bat speed and shows the ability to rifle the ball around the diamond, with acceptable home run power, particularly for a leadoff man. His high strikeout totals hurt his draft chances, though, and he had 58 whiffs in 206 at-bats this season.


scouting profile with video that I posted earlier of Jackson...

Any chance someone will draft Milton Bradley?


So MARK DEROSA hit his 10th home run tonight -- a grand slam.

1) Maybe we need another check-in on Stevens, Archer, and Gaub. Last we saw, they were all three tearing it up. I mean, it's not like we need good pitching or anything. Yeah, it sucks we don't have Dero anymore. Those three pitchers may be of significantly greater value.

2) We'd be Ok with a weak hitting 2nd baseman if Milton and Soto were hitting and Rammy were healthy. I still think Bradley will turn it around this season. In his worst season since 2003 he hit 267/362/424 and that was all the way back in 2004. I'm not convinced yet that all of a sudden he's going to hit 100-150 points lower OPS than in the previous 6 years.

Archer is 2-1 over 11 starts with a 1.76 ERA 53K's, 26 BB's no HR's allowed in 41 innings at Peoria. He needs to be stretched out so he's averaging 6 innings a start, then promoted.

Gaub pitched a perfect inning with 2 K's for his 3rd save with the Smokies. He's got a 3.18 ERA and 34K's, 14 BB's and 3 HR's allowed in 22.2 innings. He needs to quit walking guys.

Stevens is 0-2 with a 1.55 ERA and 26K's, 16BB's, no HR's in 29 innings for the I-Cubs. Also needs to quit walking guys.

In a totally unrelated question-directed to Az Phil: How close is Darwin Barney?

round 2 pick #79: is another LSU infielder, but he's 6'4 so it's double fonty...

David LeMahiew SS, sophmore 6'4" 193 lbs R/R

Summary: As a shortstop from a major college program, LeMahieu is going to get plenty of looks. Like most LSU products, he plays the game the right way and makes the most of his average tools. He's got a solid approach at the plate, but doesn't have a ton of raw power. That wouldn't matter, except for the fact he might have to move to third as he matures. Still, as a real "baseball player" who's excelled in a major program, he's bound to be drafted well.


Here is BA:
eMahieu looked like a first-round pick last summer when he starred in the Cape Cod League. Scouts saw enough athleticism in his lanky 6-foot-4, 193-pound frame to think he could play shortstop, and they liked his power potential. But he hasn't played up to that level this spring. Though LeMahieu led Louisiana State, which has been in the top 10 most of the season, with a .356 average heading into the final week of the regular season, scouts expected him to deliver more than four home runs. He employs an inside-out, opposite-field approach, so he should have more power if he turns on more pitches. Scouts also have noted that his swing seems slower and longer this spring. They also think LeMahieu now has no chance at playing shortstop, as he has looked more methodical and less explosive. The Tigers concurred, moving him to second base at midseason after they had trouble turning double plays. His arm has regressed, too, and at shortstop he would need a full windup to make longer throws. A fringe-average runner, LeMahieu may not have the quick feet for second base, either, and he'd have to produce a lot more power if he shifted to third base or the outfield. Further complicating matters is the extra leverage he possesses as a draft-eligible sophomore. Enough scouting directors saw LeMahieu play well on the Cape that he still should get picked in the second or third round, and he may be signable if he goes that high.

Thank God there's no copyright laws that apply to the internet.

Milton Bradley is a $10MM schlepp, my gawd. O fer 6 with 10 men LOB! We're one week away from being able to trade this turd. Any conceivable takers?

Angels would like to be rid of GMJ. Jose Guillen is unliked and unwanted in KC. Those are the two bad contracts that immediately come to mind. Any others?

Round 3 pick:

Austin Kirk, L/L, 19 yr old 6' 1" Oklahoma highschool pitcher


BA's report on Kirk not as high on fastball (high 80s-low 90s), but reports are that he stepped up the fastball in the playoffs to touch 95.

He is also seemingly a great kid and student. 3.8 GPA (from baseball recruiting website), but just an all around friendly and mature kid if this story is any indicator:


stuff like that happens...people went on and on about andrew brackmam throwing 99mph...he did it once, in winter league, on 1 pitch. for the most part he worked 94-96mph (not like that's junk).

Don't most guys add a couple MPH to their fastballs after HS anyway, or is what they have at 18 all they're going to have? I honestly don't know.

There was a discussion on this in that Baseball Prospectus chat. Sometimes pitchers do, but it's pretty rare. Nevertheless scouting directors think that anyone who is 6'4" and throws 90 will be able to throw 94 by the time they're 22, and continue to use that as a reason to draft them. If the kid we took in the third round was 4 inches taller he would have been drafted in the first round. But since he isn't 6'4" he can't add any imaginary MPH's to his fastball so he was a 4th or 5th round pick.

When the comments given by AZ Phil on the 3rd round pick are better than the comments on the 1st and 2nd round picks it seems on paper that we had a bad 1st day of the draft. Of course drafts take atleast 3 years to evaluate though.

It's a weak draft this year and the Cubs picks aren't high, so this is a good year to have a so-so draft. That said, Wilken continues to disappoint.


Why is the concept of 'baseball player first, athlete second' so hard for this guy to grasp? Congrats, you hit on Vernon Wells... one player shouldn't pervert your entire professional experience.

Overall I certainly agree -- would have loved to grab three pitchers. Not sure that I wanted the Sac St. kid at 31, but if we were drafting a athlete project, I would have gone with Everett Williams.

It seems like the Cubs fell in love with Pollock and Jackson (or CF in general) and would take them no matter what. I thought when Williams fell they might grab him. But if they weren't going to overspend for Scheppers, Jackson seems like someone who was slotted for about that spot. He appears to have a weird swing and perhaps he can be taught more control so that he makes more contact. Not sure, however, where I am getting any faith that the Cubs have hitting expertise such that the swing correction will make a difference.

Am very hopeful for Kirk -- from the report, it sounds like there is potential he develops into a very good starter.

Not at all sure about LeMahieu. He was considered a mid first round pick after the Cape Cod League last summer, but was not impressive this year. Again perhaps the Cubs found something they thought they could fix, but your Flaherty comparison seems apt; I am not sure Flaherty will develop much further as it seemed like he was quite developed already (coach's son, worked hard at the game). Likewise, LeMahieu seemed to have hit a high point and then did not develop further. He is young though, so we can hope.

How so? I am fairly pleased with last year's pitching heavy draft. On paper, it looks pretty solid right now. I don't fault him for his first draft - we didn't have many picks. The 2nd draft was a bit debatable after the early goings - the only reasoning I could attach was that they wanted some guys that could perhaps move fast and fill in the thin upper levels. Even then, Vitters looks good, Donaldson looks good, and some useful guys were picked later on.

We knew what we would get with Wilken - a tools oriented guy. According to some, Hendry has influenced him more towards collegians, although that seems debatable based on Wilken's history. As I said last week, and as many are apt to disagree, I'm not against taking gambles this year with the way the organization is right now. The organization is lacking in high level talent. We've got plenty of cup of tea guys.

In saying that, I don't really love the first 3 picks, but I don't hate it. Kirk is the one that intrigues me the most. I was okay with Jackson, didn't like him, preferred several guys that were still on the board, but it was okay. I somewhat expect LeMahieu, though I don't really care for it, as he seems like a raw Ryan Flaherty, and Flaherty's going through his own adjustment period (along with the fact that LeMahieu is likely going to cost). Also, LeMahieu, as of now, is either a below average defensive 2nd baseman with a decent bat, or a 3rd baseman with below average power. Eh ... obviously he's young, so there's growth potential, but eh.

A little tough on Flaherty. I like a skinny shortstop who has 7 HRs on June 10th. Obviously he swings for the fences, so his BA suffers. He's 22.

Totally off topic but an Indian friend (yes, really) sent me this and since it has 12 fucking million hits, all probably in India, I thought I would share it with you idjyiots.


He looks like an Indian George Michael.

I don't understand. Everyone in the world said this year's draft is rich in pitching and bare in hitting. So what do we do? Select hitters in the first two rounds, one of whom struck out in more than a quarter of his PA's last year. The other is a 6'4" infielder who can't hit, at least not for power. Sure, both of these guys could become major leaguers if everything works out, but you don't draft project guys in the first two rounds.

Wilken's strategy, if he has one, just doesn't make sense to me. Colvin was a waste, and while I liked Cashner, there were better prospects on the board. Last year was when you draft a hitter in the first round. It's like he's trying to be contrarian for contrarian's sake.

P.S. Does AZ Phil or anyone else know if the Cubs have started having their scouts videotape the prospects they watch themselves, rather than relying on just stock video and the scouts' eye analysis. Keith Law was on ESPN radio yesterday talking about how three of the better drafting organizations of late, TB, SF, and Boston, have all made their scouts videotape their players themselves so that there is more video evidence to use (e.g. break down a swing again back in the hotel, etc.). Law said more teams are starting to use this and I was wondering if the Cubs do.

Unfortunately it does not appear that Jackson or LeMahieu will be able to develop into good relief pitchers either :)

meh...it was a weak draft class for the cubs...esp. when their 1st pick was 31st.

that said, the cubs did go out and draft the 1 guy i hoped they wouldn't in the 1st round...dunno crap about the other 2 guys aside from what i learned here tonight.

Empty take is that Brett Jackson strikes out too much, LeMahieu is a limited offensive player, and Kirk is a raw arm that probably was overdrafted. All of that has valid backing to it.

Taking a look at the other side, though ... if they pan out

Brett Jackson is a CF with elite ability. He might have the ability to hit for average and power if they can shake out the swing a bit. Gotta get him to be a bit more patient, but the potential is there. CF was certainly a hole in the system.

DJ LeMahieu certainly has the potential to hit for power. Say he develops - then you have a plus power 2nd baseman or an average power 3rd baseman. The depth charts in the system could use either - 2nd base this year has seen Nate Spears struggle, Tony Thomas collapse, leaving Junior Lake and Ryan Flaherty as the most intriguing options.

Austin Kirk is a power lefty, and those are rare.

Not trying to sugercoat the first three picks (I'd give it a C+ right now), but there is some potential to the picks. One befuddling thing is that the LeMahieu pick suggests that they have some money to spend - I would've rather gambled on one of the arms in the first and paid more.

Tony Thomas @ AA 2009:

.284/.369/.471, 8 HR, 12 2B, 20 RBI.

Looks pretty decent so far this season doesn't it?

Look at the overall season - he was ridiculously red hot to start this year and has really cooled off tremendously. That said, the reason I used collapse was in regards to his strike zone judgment. After a solid K/BB to start the year (15/8), and he was battling, his K/BB is now at 53/24, striking out 25.4% of the time, on par with his K rate last year. It's hard, for me, to imagine Thomas succeeding as a starting caliber 2nd baseman in the big leagues while striking out that much. Not writing him off, but if I had to pick who I thought had the best chance to be our starting 2nd baseman in, say, 3 years, I'd go with Flaherty or Lake (not that those two are exactly standing out right now). I was really intrigued with Thomas when we drafted him, so I'm disappointed.


Trying to find some hitting comps for Jackson:

In 2000 Joe Borchard hit .333 .433 .624 with 44 BB's,57 K's in 255 at bats for Stanford. Being a White Sock he made it to the majors and 'hit' .205 .284 .352 with 222 K's in 716 at bats.

Jason Grove hit .314 .436 .505 with 25/29 Bb/K ratio against 105 at bats the same year for Washington State. Never made it out of AA.

In 2004 a guy named Don Lucy hit .313 .381 .534 for Stanford and had a 17/47 BB/K ratio over 208 at bats. He went 3/16 with 6 K's in his cup of coffee in 2007 and has hit .256 .328 .347 in the minors.

Those guys are the closest I could find looking in the top three rounds of the 2000 to 2005 draft. None of them K'd as much and walked as seldom as Jackson and none of them is worth paying the ML minimum.

Wow -- great work in finding those comparisons. Let's hope these players turn out not to be good comparisons.

Interestingly though Borchard was considered a top prospect until he failed at the majors. If Jackson reaches that level, hopefully we can trade him before any such disappointment :)

We are in a three way tie for second in the central. How did that happen.

Lou sprinkled some holy water on home base.

How can anyone "grade" a baseball draft when many players do not even make it to the Show for 4 or more years?!

It is absurd.

The same way you grade drafts in any sport, by speculating on how good the players will be, and how good they will be in relation to the other players that were available when they were selected.

That is kind of true, but you have to admit that there is a big difference between how ready players are in the NFL/NBA drafts than in the MLB (and often NHL) drafts. It is also much more difficult to get good and accurate scouting reports on many of the amateur baseball players

It is much more difficult to grade a draft immediately in MLB, as the players are so far away from being ready to play in the majors.

Isn't that like saying you cannot judge an investment in the stock market or any other instrument until you know the actual returns? That certainly is not true -- there are investments that are considered wiser than others based on future projections of value. Afterward, parties can reassess and determine whether the judgments were correct and the projections accurate, but that doesn't mean you do not make decisions based on value at the time of the investment.

While there will be a different (and more precise) judgment on these draft picks when we know their performance, we can still judge them based on relative and projected value right now.

no, what yoj are referring to may be an ipo back in the .bomb era. which, with no earnings. has been proven to be a poor investment strategy.

Lowitzki's point is what i was getting at.

Sorry -- I meant my response above to go to E-Man. I agree that it is relatively easier to judge NFL/NBA drafts compared to MLB.

Okay ... here's a question for folks - where do you think these guys rank in our system? Granted, rankings are more for discussion value than anything ... I think, as much as I've said I'm okay with the Jackson pick, I'm very borderline on if he's top 10. After all, in some ways, he profiles like Tyler Colvin, and I'm not sure Colvin is top 10. LeMahieu, I'd roughly have him in that 15-20 area I think, and Kirk a bit below. Anyone have any thoughts?

I also expect that we'll take several overslots in the next few rounds that will probably make the draft look a bit better. Here's to hoping that I find out good news when I check in later this evening.

Until Jackson's performance shows otherwise (which I hope it does not), though, his ranking will be based on possible value and upside. I think Jackson is going to be ranked in the top 6-8.

LeMahieu is a 2B with lots of uncertainty. He likely is rated lower than Tony Thomas was coming into this season, so high teens to 20 sounds about right.

If Kirk throws consistently in the 90s with a good curve, I think he will be in the low teens. I might be overly optimistic (which is my Cub fan survival mechanism) but he could be a steal if reports are correct.

I can see 8.

Right now, I think our top 4 is Vitters, Jay Jackson, Samardzija, Cashner.

After that, there's a whole mix (say, Dan McDaniel, although he's struggled of late, Ryan Flaherty, Starlin Castro, Hak-ju Lee, Larry Suarez, and a few others), and I can see Brett in there.

Long way to go with the season. Be curious what others think, considering how many didn't want Brett Jackson.

I just don't see how Jackson projects as a MLB hitter. I think we've got 30 guys who project as major league players and Jackson isn't one of them. He may be the best athlete in the system once he signs, but that's not a position.

Scoured the BP chat and found these comments on him:

Kevin Goldstein (5:40:14 PM PT): Cubs take Brett Jackson from Cal, who seemed to be in the mix for every team in the 20s. He's either a star or the next Tyler Colvin. That's really the range here as a risk/upside college guy.

Bryan Smith (5:40:59 PM PT): Brett Jackson is sort of like how KG described Wheeler -- he gets a lot of power-speed credit, but in two years, he hasn't hit more than eight home runs or stolen more than 12 bases in a season. Plus, I've heard a lot of question marks about his ability to stay in center. I think there's a pretty decent chance the Cubs just drafted a fourth outfielder.

KG: Perfectly fine pick there that fits in well with his talent. I love the commentators telling us he's a hitter when that's actually his big issue. "It can be corrected" I'm told, which is always funny.

Joe Hamrahi (5:43:27 PM PT): I agree Bryan. I watched his numbers quite closely this year, and his lack of power, combined with a low contact rate and limited ability against LHP, makes me think the Cubs could have done better at this spot.


I think that last comment is the most telling. The Cubs must expect to totally re-work what sounds like a ridiculous swing, but when have the Cubs ever been able to do that successfully?

Just from looking briefly at the little bit of video on Cubs.com, it didn't look a ridiculous swing. Just long. He seems to have good balance though and seems as if he'd make solid contact when he makes contact. I don't think it's Pie/Patterson bad, but it definitely could be a lot quicker.

Yeah, I don't see it either from the 5 swings, but I was going on BA's "He utilizes an inward-turning, hand-pumping, leg-kicking, load-up-and-let-it-fly swing" comment.

That's not a terrible swing from what I can tell, but I'm not an expert. It's easy to see why he swings and misses, but it's not near the circus act that Pie's swing is. It's almost like he has a built-in hitch that he uses for timing or something. DeRosa did that too and I always wondered about it.

The swing itself seems alright to me, from those angles, but I am much more use to watching hitters from behind the pitcher's mound. The results, really, speak for themselves. This guy won't be able to hit in Peoria with what he's doing now, so something has to be corrected.

Do you mean from behind the catcher?

The Cubs philosophy being a big market team should be to go for upside, not "safe" picks that will be average ML's. I think Jackson fits the upside category, so it's a decent pick and at the appropriate slot at 31.

The LSU guy must be something they saw that others didn't.

I love the Kirk pick given left handed power pitchers are a rare commodity. He's worth picking even if it was a bit of a reach.

Wilken seems to have done better at finding value in late rounds than necessarily getting the first 2 rounds right in the past (Vitters excluded), so let's see how he does today.

I don't think having more resources should make you naturally select boom or bust type players. Your should treat your players like you do a stock portfolio, some boom or bust guys, but more sure contributors. When a Porcello or J.D. Drew falls into your lap because of signability concerns, then you use your resources to grab them, but in the first round you should take a guy who you don't have to 'fix' to get to the big leagues.

Listening to the draft is a little voyeuristic. Neat though. Cards got a woman calling their players. So do the Brewers.

Listening to the draft is a little voyeuristic. Neat though.

Very true.

Cubs select Christopher Rusin, LHP, from University of Kentucky. A re-draft.

Here's a write-up on him from February: http://macksmets.blogspot.com/2009/06/possible-met...

6-4 with a 3.86 ERA, 25BB's,104K's 4 HR's in 86.1 innings. Not too bad. Drafted in the 23rd round by the A's last year.

He's got a funny little wrist wrap he does before he throws a slidery thing or a fastball at home plate. Carries his shoulder sort of high.

I'm just glad we nabbed vitters over weiters when we had the chance. Just so that we have a wilkens pick to hang our hats on.

5th Round, #170

Cubs select Wesley Darvill, SS, Brookswood Secondary School in British Columbia.

Here's the Blue Jays' video on him: http://toronto.bluejays.mlb.com/media/video.jsp?co...

6th round is Brooks Raley 6'3 185 LB LHP who started for Texas A&M.


7-3 3.76 ERA with 95Ks, 26BBs and 8 HR's in 93.1 innings.

Probably this guy wanted to go in the top 3 rounds, and being a sophomore he may be a difficult signing. He was the Friday starter for A&M and as recently as May 7th BA said "(7-1, 1.96) is simply one of the nation's best Friday starters, not to mention a catalyst in the No. 2 hole in the lineup" about him. He hit .304 .420 .424 as an outfielder. Didn't K enough to become a positional prospect for the Cubs, though.

His OBP and SLG are better than LeMahieu, if I am not mistaken.

Goldstein (pro) and Bryan Smith (con) are at odds on this pick. Smith doesn't like the Cubs draft much.

Sounds like they both like the pick, just that Smith doesn't have much faith the Cubs will do anything with it.

Missed this one from my BA, they had him as a Sandwich round talent.

"He's spooking scouts by not giving them an inkling on his asking price or an agent".

"He works mainly with a 87-90 MPH sinker, a slider and a changeup. He also has a four-seam fastball that peaks at 93 MPH and a curveball."

Goes on to say he would also be a center field prospect, and that he's made a case as the best two-way player in college baseball.

7th Round, I think they called him a shortstop. Blair Sprinfield 5'11 R/R from MacArthur HS in Decatur Illinois.


Here he's referred to, preseason, as the #1 hitting prospect in Illinois.


8th Round: "ID3271, Whitenack, Robert Whitenack right handed pitcher from SUNY Old Westbury in New York". Have to see if AZ Phil knows who's speaking.

6'5" junior throws an 88 to 92 MPH fastball.

Also throws knuckle curve, thought by some scouts to be a "plus plus pitch". Dad is a retired NYC police officer.

He was the ECAC Pitcher of the year.


5-2 with a 2.81 ERA and 79 Ks 25 BB's in 67.1 innings, only 1 HR allowed amongst 11 xbh's.

Maybe another Muldowney.

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  • rizzo #32...ties career high.

    crunch 12 min 5 sec ago view
  • The team, farm and scouting system were barren when they arrive.
    They punted two seasons, third season 73 wins which is what happened about 75% of the time in last 50 years

    jacos 17 min 22 sec ago view

    crunch 1 hour 48 min ago view
  • there was more than one way to get there


    Rob G. 1 hour 52 min ago view
  • supposedly jed "who?" hoyer, too

    crunch 1 hour 56 min ago view
  • same...i just happen to not like sitting through shit sandwich meals for multiple years. baseball is kinda boring when you're punting on 1st down for a slew of years in a row.

    i fully understand why it was done, but i didn't enjoy it. there was more than one way to get competitive and this was the chosen way.

    crunch 1 hour 57 min ago view
  • fwiw, apparently McLeod signed extension as well after he didn't get Twins gig.

    Rob G. 1 hour 57 min ago view
  • I am once again reminded why I am happy that Theo is running the organization.

    Rob Richardson 2 hours 2 min ago view
  • if not they can just intentionally tank the team for 3-4 years and rebuild.




    crunch 2 hours 5 min ago view
  • Hopefully after the Cubs complete their sevenpeat :)

    Rob Richardson 2 hours 16 min ago view
  • They're the best in the business and have been for 12 years running now. The only question is when they'll get bored of it.

    Rob G. 2 hours 20 min ago view
  • I was right here. I don't require my GM's to be perfect, but I would like them to understand what wins baseball games (IMO controlling the strike zone and creating/avoiding outs), and knowing where the organization is in the success cycle.

    Theo and company have made and will make plenty of mistakes, but they seem to understand those two items pretty well.

    Rob Richardson 2 hours 23 min ago view
  • Now we're all Theo-believers, where were you when he signed Edwin Jackson? Or how about trading away DJ Lemehaiu? And not signing Samardzija to an extension? Or not pursuing Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols? Or signing Lester? Or trading away Cashner, Dempster, Feldman, etc?...I think I'm losing the narrative here.

    So his deal runs through 2021? Which pretty much coincides when all these guys are due to hit free agency.

    Rob G. 2 hours 33 min ago view
  • Great news.

    "Terms of the deal were not disclosed."


    Rob Richardson 3 hours 11 sec ago view
  • Theo inks five year extension

    PC tonite at PNC

    jacos 3 hours 22 min ago view
  • Not as a major factor, but could be a tie-breaker. But, yeah, on performance and experience, it's Coghlan.

    billybucks 4 hours 9 min ago view