ELIGIBLE FOR SELECTION IN DECEMBER 2014 RULE 5 DRAFT Gilberto Abreu, RHP Daniel Adrian, RHP Gioskar Amaya, INF John Andreoli, OF Delbis Arcila, OF Jose Arias, RHP Jeffrey Baez, OF Frank Batista, RHP Yaniel Cabezas, C Enger Cabreja, RHP Javier Castro, RHP Zach Cates, RHP Hunter Cervenka, LHP Pin-Chieh Chen, OF Gerardo Concepcion, LHP Willson Contreras, C Wes Darvill, INF Taylor Davis, C Frank del Valle, LHP Zeke DeVoss, OF Alberto Diaz, LHP Jose Dore, IF-OF Taiwan Easterling, OF C. J. Edwards, RHP Antonio Encarnacion, RHP Kevin Encarnacion, OF P. J. Francescon, RHP Victor Garcia, LHP Dustin Geiger, INF Anthony Giansanti, OF Reggie Golden, OF Enyel Gonzalez, RHP Jae-Hoon Ha, OF Kyle Hendricks, RHP Marco Hernandez, INF Michael Jensen, RHP Eric Jokisch, LHP Jin-Young Kim, RHP Austin Kirk, LHP Matt Loosen, RHP Rafael Lopez, C Jeff Lorick, LHP Dillon Maples, RHP Eric Martinez, RHP Sheldon McDonald, LHP Andrew McKirahan, LHP Trey McNutt, RHP Alberto Mineo, C Carlos Montero, INF Yoanner Negrin, RHP Chad Noble, C Loiger Padron, RHP Amaury Paulino, RHP Carlos Penalver, INF Felix Pena, RHP Wilfredo Petit, C Ivan Pineyro, RHP James Pugliese, RHP Austin Reed, RHP Greg Rohan, IF-OF Victor Salazar, RHP Francisco Sanchez, INF Tayler Scott, RHP Rock Shoulders, 1B Rubi Silva, OF Brian Smith, LHP Kenny Socorro, INF Elliot Soto, INF Nick Struck, RHP Antonio Valerio, C Yao-Lin Wang, RHP Ben Wells, RHP Oliver Zapata, OF Brad Zapenas, INF Tony Zych, RHP
Trey Martin doubled twice, the second one a laser-shot off the RF fence that drove-in the go-ahead run and capped a four-run 7th, as the AZL Cubs rallied to edge the AZL Indians 6-5 in Arizona League action this evening at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, AZ.
the jump to conclusions game ignores that i wasn't making a comment on the uselessness of sabermetics.
there's more than 1 element in play...such as an extremely big payroll...
it's not an either/or game. contrary to the beliefs of some, it co-exists. it even exists in the middle of the road with teams like STL.
imagine TB + OAK with $125-$175m of payroll every year and how that might impact BOS's (or anyone's) WS victories...or BOS's own chances if they had 1/2 - 2/3rd the payroll in the years they won...or whatever.
“It is pretty easy to demonstrate that [the notion that sabermetrics doesn’t work] is untrue,” [Bill] James said. “Our boys have kind of taken care of that for me. We have three World Series rings. We don’t have to explain nothin’.”
The Cubs are a team that is big on IFs, but if Strop has the year he had last year and Veres does as well as he should, the Cubs could be one of those 7 inning teams. Those teams are always dangerous. IF Shark and IF Rizzo have good years, and IF Castro rebounds, they may even break even. IF the Cubs get Tanaka... Oh, never mind.
True on both comments - but my hunch is if he's beaten food, which in a way can be even trickier, he's pretty dedicated. Once he actually BECOMES a millionaire, then he's gonna be slammed with more temptations, so that's a different story.
more commentary from Transaction analysis regarding Veres from BP...
The Cubs didn’t find a trade match for lame duck closer Kevin Gregg last summer, but Veras has the potential to be a bit more than that. Indeed, the difference between Veras and Balfour has been, to FIP’s eye at least, quite small: