Cubs offseason

When You Had a Bad Day...

You've heard the news by now, that Theo's white whale got away, snatched up from the open sea by his old nemesis the S.S. Yankees. The contract numbers are absurd (7 years/$155M, opt out after 4 years), but we knew that eyeball popping was going to be required once the dust settled. There's been no confirmation that the Cubs were willing to be as absurd, although the whispers from Peter Gammons and Jeff Passan seem to indicate that no one was all that close to the Yankees offer. That being said, we're not sure how much back and forth there were in these negotiations either or what the final push was for Tanaka to pick New York over the other clubs. It may have been simply the money, maybe the glory of Yankee pinstripes, maybe the city of New York, maybe a combination of all three. What we do know is that the consolation prize (most likely) is either Paul Maholm or Jason Hammel and you kind of hope that the Cubs just don't even bother going back to pick either one up.

Addition by Subtraction; The Sequel

After the Cubs disappointed in 2004, the offseason motto was addition by subtraction as the Cubs let Moises Alou and Matt Clement leave and desperately tried to move clubhouse cancer Sammy Sosa.

As we recall, the Cubs just got worse in 2005 and now baseball's worst organizational strategy is about to be revisited.

...Instead, the Cubs' biggest splash leading up to the 2009 season was signing switch-hitting outfielder Milton Bradley to a three-year, $30 million contract in January.

On Monday, when baseball executives gather in Indianapolis for the Winter Meetings, there will be much less neon. The Cubs' goals have changed, too. Now, it's addition by subtraction, as Hendry tries to
move Bradley.

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    Arizona Phil 2 hours 31 min ago view
  • soler + hammel for mike trout is pretty much a sure thing. *nods*

    crunch 7 hours 49 min ago view
  • Not an inspired outing by Rondon. Seemingly got ahead of every hitter but had no swing and miss pitch today, slider had no bite.

    Somebody give Soler some smelling salts - yeesh

    Eric S 7 hours 50 min ago view
  • And...now that runner scores on a single...

    The E-Man 8 hours 1 min ago view
  • So where do you think Soler will be traded to this off season?

    jacos 8 hours 3 min ago view
  • And right on cue he throws to third with no chance to get runner on 2nd so the batter takes 2nd easily. How long has he been playing baseball??

    The E-Man 8 hours 3 min ago view
  • Man you cannot put Soler out there late in games for Playoffs. Yuch...

    The E-Man 8 hours 10 min ago view
  • Such is the life of a fatted calf...

    JoePepitone 8 hours 24 min ago view
  • fowler with a triple in the 4th...he's a HR away from a "natural" cycle

    crunch 8 hours 57 min ago view
  • ...and contreras takes one off the hand and he's in obvious pain. sigh.

    he's staying in the game, though he's wringing his hand out during breaks in the action. aside from that he seems to have no issue giving signs or tossing back to the pitcher.

    ...and he's batting in the cubs half of the following inning. sweet.

    crunch 9 hours 1 min ago view
  • his collapse started on august 21st this season...so it's a slight improvement.

    but wow, what a collapse since then...only 2 out of 7 can be considered good/decent.

    crunch 9 hours 13 min ago view
  • I'm really going to enjoy watching Hammel watch the playoffs.

    Jackstraw 9 hours 31 min ago view
  • The always combustible Jason Hammel

    jacos 9 hours 52 min ago view
  • Hammel :(

    Charlie 9 hours 53 min ago view
  • That was fun.

    Charlie 12 hours 53 min ago view
  • "home field advantage through the playoffs?"

    Except for the away games.

    VirginiaPhil 13 hours 5 min ago view