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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Who said we're enjoying it?
I kid, it's my only source for Cubs news, pretty much.
At the Cubs current stage it's too much but there may be a time in the future where they need to get a player like that. I don't think the Ricketts have the financial chops to do it.
We covered it. But the Cubs playing like a mid market team isn't going to cut it long term. Cano isn't the point here.
My thoughts about it are conflicted: http://www.thecubreporter.com/comment/218570#comme...
But at the end of the day I do get the sense that the Ricketts are in way over their heads and have no business trying to play this game.
Ha. Thanks for letting us all vent and postulate here. Thanks for turning us on to AZ PHIL. And Tim. And CUBSTER. But not for The Real Neal, or Silent Towel.
Damn right you will. And a smile wouldn't hurt, either.
Seriously, though, the work's appreciated.
the tale of Fernando Tatis
poor guy said the Granderson to Mets deal was as good as done, then had a meltdown last night because it hadn't happened yet and felt terrible for mentioning it, then turned out to be right.
I will certainly up the production on this free service you're enjoying.
Yes ROB G. Just needling you as the topic has been up all week. All good. I know you were tring to resolve the posting error that I appreciate!
Jerome Holtzman drive-by...
some John Axford/Cubs rumors per Patrick Mooney
seattle has 3 players, counting the cano contract, making more than $3m next year...and one of those guys is iwakuma making $7m.
they've got some more moves in their future.
This pretty much sums up my opinion on signing big name free agents.
'"If the only priority is to get paid, there's always a sucker -- and Seattle was the sucker," an agent said. "Does this deal make them better? Yes. Does it make them formidable? No.'
Unless the deal makes you "formidable" don't be a sucker.
It wouldn't be difficult to replace the results he's produced so far. But I'm still anticipating him turning a corner in terms of consistency. If he doesn't do that, and if Tanaka's arm falls off, I'll of course be complaining that the Cubs spent money stupidly and didn't get blue-chip prospects when they had the chance. But my commitment to the rebuild is waning after having all but lost interest in the games.
extending Samadzija is fine at a reasonable price, arm is still a lot better than his results, might be best for a change of scenery for him and get pieces to replace him with.
Don't think it would be all that hard to replace Samardzija in the open market for the next 2 seasons and still feign competitiveness, 107 and 91 ERA+ the last 2 years.
I'd prefer that they get Tanaka and extend Samardzija, because that would suggest they might be competitive soon. Foregoing Tanaka and trading Samardzija might be aiming for an even higher level of farm system, but it puts competition in 2016 at the earliest. And I don't know if I can take 2 more years of completely irrelevant baseball.
there's some sort of sarcastic humor in that question that's not translating, right?
if not, check the title of the post...