TCR Afternoon Notes

Alright, here's my half-ass plan for the next few weeks...try to get one of those offseason target posts up sometime in the morning and then some type of quick notes/news of the moment update in the afternoon or early evening if there's enough news out there and if Phil doesn't have an update from Arizona. I will inevitably fail at keeping up that pace...

- Naples, Florida is making their run at the Cubs to be their new home for spring training.

The Cubs’ 25-year lease with the city of Mesa expires in 2016. However,
the team has an escape clause, allowing them to pay $4.2 million to the
city next spring in order to leave Mesa in 2012.

That's a pretty well-done and detailed article at the link, so I encourage everyone to check it out. I will say while it's probably better for many Chicago residents, who I know would prefer the shorter trip to Florida, it would likely mean the demise of Arizona Phil here at TCR, so suck it up and write a letter to Ricketts that you want the Cubs to stay in Arizona. 

- Things are going well for Jeff Samardzija in Winter Ball....

gave up four runs, five hits, and four walks over five innings in Mexicali's 9-4 win over Navojoa on Sunday

- Tony LaRussa and Dave Duncan will be back next year for the Cardinals and LaRussa is dragging Mark McGwire back with him as their new hitting coach. It's the holy coaching trinity of cheaters...

- Speaking of managers, Manny Acta will helm the Cleveland Indians for the next three years, but only because the Astros have some odd policy of not going past two years on a manager contract. Rob Neyer rightfully takes the Astros to task for their odd line in the sand. David Clark, Phil Garner or Red Sox bench coach Brad Mills seem to be the final candidates now.

- Neyer is on fire today, taking on a Mike Celizic article that goes after Joe Giradi for overmanaging...

...For the most part, at this time of the year all a manager
can do is wind up his players and send them off to battle like little
tin soldiers. Maybe Girardi really has been guilty of overmanaging; if
so, he's overmanaged his team to the World Series and lost only two
games along the way. I suspect that a lot of teams would love to be
overmanaged so well.

and then Matthew Pouliot over at NBC Sports who went after Mike Scioscia for not dropping Chone Figgins down in the order...

Similarly, it would make no more sense to move Chone Figgins down this month than for Larry Dierker to have moved Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell down, amid all their October struggles. Or to have moved Willie Mays down, or Joe Morgan. All of these brilliant players struggled in October, and their managers did what you have to do with struggling superstars: leave them alone and hope for the best.

Well not sure about Chone Figgins being a superstar, but you get the point. 

-  After failing miserably on my NLDS choices, I did better when I re-picked at the LCS games (sorry, can't find the link but I had Phillies in 6 and Yankees in 7) and I did pick the Yankees from the beginning. I know, that's a helluva a limb a climbed out on. Of course, it was a sad evening in the G family household last night as the Angel Fan Wife was visibly distraught after the Angels case of the yips last night in the 8th inning. I'll stick with the Yankees of course for the World Series, I say 6 games.

- Be sure to check out the right sidebar for payroll, minor league free agent and Rule 5 info courtesy of the aforementioned Arizona Phil.

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Carrie Muskat has an article up about Kyler Burke's "rewarding" season.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20091026&c...

For all the talk about the $30MM wasted on Bradley, how about the $16MM Jim Hendry foolishly threw at Samninja? This guy would have a better future with the Bears than with the Cubs. He stink long time.

And now for the TEN WORST FIELDERS IN 2009 based on TOTALZONE ratings.

1. Michael Cuddyer, RF, -26
2. Bobby Abreu, RF, -25
3. Vernon Wells, CF, -19
4. Gary Matthews Jr., CF, -17
5. Alberto Callaspo, 2B, -16
6. Orlando Cabrera, SS, -16
7. Lastings Milledge, LF, -16
8. David Wright, 3B, -15
9. Carlos Lee, LF, -14
10. Miguel Tejada, SS, -14

http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/blog_article/wor...

Comment: No Cubs on this list!

yet

i think if i were them i'd try to hide my data coming to those results rather than publishing them.

How about a Luke Scott profile?

Also, we should probably discuss the potential costs-in terms of players of each trade.

I agree that we should discuss potential costs of each trade. BTW, seems to me that Detroit is a logical trade partner. Willis, Bonderman, Maggs, Granderson could all be targets involving Bradley et al.

Other than Granderson I wouldnt want any of those other guys, unless we converted the D-Train to an OF. To get Granderson we likely have to give up a prospect that I dont want to give up for Curtis Granderson.

If Ricketts wants to start a Cubs version of NESN or YES than I feel they will move Spring traing to Florida, because Cubs V. Red Sox, Cubs V. Yankees, Cubs V. Cards and Cubs V. Mets would be better for Ad money than Cubs V. any other Catcus league team not the White Sox. Also with the exodus of the Astros, Reds and Dodgers in recent or future years getting the Cubs back would net 70-80% of the lost revenue which sense FL is funded by Tourodollars will be that the state will help out the Naples bid.

Follow up link on the Cubs to Southwest Florida possiblity:

http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2009/oct/26/tourism...

I hate the entire state of Florida.

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  • Unfortunately, a pretty good summary. It looks like next year Heyward will be getting yet another batting stance adjustment.

    The recent good news has been Baez. I'm afraid about the next league adjustment on him, though, which is probably right around the corner.

    Bryant I don't worry about too much. Just not seeing the ball well right now. He'll turn it around. Russell's been good with men in scoring position all year and he's 22ish. He'll be fine but next year is likely to be his breakout year.

    Old and Blue 1 hour 10 min ago view
  • If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.

    billybucks 10 hours 12 min ago view
  • Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."

    billybucks 10 hours 55 min ago view
  • This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.

    Charlie 11 hours 6 min ago view
  • I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.

    They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.

    However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.

    The E-Man 11 hours 13 min ago view
  • I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
    - They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
    - Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.

    billybucks 11 hours 16 min ago view
  • new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup

    crunch 11 hours 27 min ago view
  • Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.

    .500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.

    blockhead25 11 hours 33 min ago view
  • ...i hate espn.

    nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.

    oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.

    crunch 11 hours 48 min ago view
  • I'm liking this rookie Nathan.

    CTSteve 11 hours 49 min ago view
  • Richard DFA'd. Meh...

    The E-Man 14 hours 40 min ago view
  • Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.

    Charlie 17 hours 13 min ago view
  • The next 2 games are nationally televised. I think we dominate tonight, hitting 3 HRs off Shields. Great night for KB to end HR drought facing HR prone pitcher in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.

    chitownmvp01 17 hours 45 min ago view
  • If the ball didn't deflect off the pitcher's mound, the game wouldn't have ended. Montgomery did miss his location though, but if that same contact was made and went in any of direction, good chance of ground out if it doesn't get through.

    If it was 1 night later, Chapman would be out there and we probably would be going to extras.

    Also, If KB wasn't robbed of a HR, perhaps we would have won. We will never know. Nice play by Melky though.

    chitownmvp01 17 hours 47 min ago view
  • The comparison isn't Chapman replacing Rondon. It's Chapman replacing Richard (hopefully) in the pen. Chapman's better.

    billybucks 19 hours 44 min ago view
  • I'm with you, Rob. You pretty much summed up how I feel about it.

    JoePepitone 22 hours 4 min ago view