Cubs Arbitration Figures
UPDATE: L. Valbuena signs for $4.1M according to Bruce Levine.
The Cubs had 7 players that could head to arbitration cases, they've settled with 5 of them today. Today happened to be the deadline when teams and players had to file their arbitation numbers if they were going to go to a hearing, thus the influx of news on completed deals.
F. Doubront got $1.925M (1st time arb eligible)
Chris Coghlan got $2.505M (1st time arb eligible)
W. Castillo got $2.1M (1st time arb eligible)
J. Arrieta got $3.63M (1st time arb eligible)
T. Wood got $5.685M (2nd time arb eligible)
That leaves L. Valbuena (2nd time arb eligible) and Pedro Strop (1st time) as the two that have yet to reach a settlement, although I highly doubt either will head to an arbitration hearing even if the deal isn't finished today.
In other Cubs news, Cubs Convention begins today, your annual opportunity to get cramped into a hotel lobby and hear absolutely nothing new. I guess you can snap a picture with your favorite player, coach or suit? Honestly, I'm not sure of the appeal, but yet it sells out just about every year. Regardless, CBS seems to be webcasting some of the events for tomorrow if you're so inclined.
And finally, the Bears have settled on their head coach and it indeed will be John Fox on a 4-year deal. Early rumors are that Kyle Shanahan will be his offensive coordinator and Dennis Allen will be his defensive coordinator. Ultimately I think all non-terrible head coaches and football teams are gonna hover around .500 for the most part unless they have a real good quarterback or can coach up really good defenses. You take a look at Fox's career record and he's 81-79 without Peyton Manning. Does that mean I think it's a bad deal? Hardly, I just think that's the NFL right now. Parity reigns and few teams can dominate that don't have a big time quarterback. Honestly the only team I can think of that has been pretty good without a great QB is the Baltimore Ravens under John Harbaugh and I do think Flacco is a good QB, much like I think Jay Cutler could have been a good QB. And the Ravens almost always have a good defense...and the year they won the Super Bowl under Harbaugh, their regular season D wasn't good, but they also lost Ray Lewis up until the playoffs. What I do think is that players truly want to play for Fox and he'll have teams prepared week in and week out. I'm not sure I can say that of Trestman and Tucker.
As for the coordinators, Dennis Allen did pretty awful as the Raiders head coach, but that's a pretty awful situation. He was Fox's DC his first year in Denver and they ranked just 20th in yards allowed that season (jumping to 2nd the following season after Allen left). Well geez, none of that looks promising. Allen was also a secondary and assistant defensive line coach with the Saints while new GM Ryan Pace was there, so the connection is strong. Whether the results will be remains to be seen, but I'm a bit skeptical already.
In regards to Kyle Shanahan, son of Mike, he's been an OC with the Texans, Redskins and Browns since 2008. Things didn't go too well in Cleveland last year, but terrible QB's and no Josh Gordon for 3/4 of the season doesn't give you the ingredients you need to cook up a winner. In 4 of his 6 previous seasons, his offenses were in the top 10 in yards gained (this with QB's like Matt Schaub and Robert Griffin) so you have to like that. He seems to be pretty flexible about his style, tailoring to the personnel he has and that will certainly be key for next year if they do hire him, as he'll likely be stuck with Cutler and Co. for at least one season.
crunch 7 hours 50 min ago (view)
i can't believe this kind of stuff is what we're talking about 2 months into the 2020 season...i can't believe a lot of stuff about 2020 outside of the game, too.
crunch 12 hours 8 min ago (view)
contract rights are retained by the team.
in normal times this keeps labor relations between employer and player not too volitile with only a handful of player/owner issues. in times like this you see a system that was not designed for an event like this.
some owners are being responsible over the players who's contracts they control while other owners make us realize why the guillotine was occsasionally popular during revoltutions/revolts.
Jackstraw 12 hours 35 min ago (view)
So they are all free agents? Or still under contract and not getting paid? I'm sure AZ Phil or someone else has covered this but I haven't been keeping up with all the fine points of baseball's problems recently.
Dolorous Jon Lester 15 hours 8 min ago (view)
Manfred is such a dreadful commissioner. It's his job to walk a fine line and maintain peace in labor relations. Instead he lets the owners do whatever they want.
Cannot wait for a long, bitter strike after 2021. And for the owners to ultimately turn plenty of fan sentiment against players.
crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
"The A's told their minor leaguers Tuesday that they will not continue to pay them their current salary of $400 per week beyond May 31."
classy. absolute class act stuff right there.
crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
Evan Drellich @EvanDrellich
The MLBPA is very disappointed with MLB’s economic proposal today, source tells me and @Ken_Rosenthal, calling additional cuts proposed “massive." League offered to share more playoff revenue, but on balance, those dollars are small compared to what players give up, PA believes.
crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)
A's are furloughing nearly all of their staff through the entire organization...including scouts, which make a shockingly low amount of money.
the A's are owned by a multi-billionaire who inherited his loot from dad (founder of The Gap)...and him + family spent $10m trying to keep Obama from getting a 2nd term, which i assume is their idea of a good investment in their community...whereas paying loyal employees for years/decades for a few months is...well...*shrug*
Ryno 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
Depends on who you are.
Ryno 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
Sorry--Just needed to experience a little normalcy.
Ryno 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
That was the dumbest lineup I've ever seen.
Hagsag 1 day 21 hours ago (view)
Cubster 2 days 15 hours ago (view)
speaking of Trump's trained rats...
Hagsag 2 days 21 hours ago (view)
Cubster, your comments about President Bone Spurs could not be more accurate. Thanks for posting!
BobbyD 3 days 8 hours ago (view)
Cubster: I agree with your comments, save one. That the president is "leading" America. He couldn't lead a pack of rats to a NYC dumpster on an August afternoon. The "man" is a f'ing disgrace.
crunch 3 days 11 hours ago (view)
though the team cheaped out on this offseason (still an overall top-tier payroll), i was at least looking forward to seeing the beginning of the david ross era...and who was going to win the 2nd base job...
nothing about 2020 baseball feels legit anymore. just hearing the players talk about it, you'd think they were organizing a casual pickup game for charity at an inconvient time and place...doesn't seem like they're really stoked about it.
Cubster 3 days 12 hours ago (view)
June 1st is a week from tomorrow. Given 5 weeks of spring training before starting (July 4th?), the season is on the brink of going bye-bye. It's bad enough in 2020 to be losing prime career years for Javy Baez and Kris Bryant, let alone Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber, Kyle Hendricks, and Willson Contreras. If one of them gets coronavirus, loses lung capacity, and alters their career arc, Cub fans will for a long time have a bitter taste in their mouths. All for, at best, a bizarre half-season without fans watching in the ballparks.