Theo Was Chatty Today

I guess Theo had a press conference today, lots of stuff is said at press conferences, some of it actually has merit, some of it is bullshit. Only time will tell us which is which, but here's an aggregation of quotes from twitter. I won't attribute each one indivudually, but mostly coming from Jesse Rogers, Bruce Levine, Jordan Bernfield, Jon Greenberg, Bruce Miles and Paul Sullivan.

In no particular order...

Theo on the Cardinals: "How do you balance admiration and contempt?"

The long term Local TV deal is essential . We believe it will change are revenue picture and payroll . -Theo

Epstein: Our goal is to win NL Central next year. We're going to compete while developing young talent.

Theo likes job Renteria did. Blames the roster they handed him, which made it "hard to be a brilliant tactician."

On Manager - He fulfilled our expectations for having right atmosphere For our players to grow - Theo

We never list untouchables . There are certain players that would be difficult to move to stay true -Theo

No plan or anything to move Castro off short Theo says. Russell will move around in spring like others will.

We are making our plans for 2015 with Starlin Castro as our Shortstop.

Theo says Addison Russell will work at 2B and 3B in spring training next year. Coming to ST as a short stop, though.

Theo: says he doesn't believe in "untouchables" but don't read into that as players will be traded. Doesn't sound likely.

Epstein says the plan is to keep Ramirez and Grimm in the bullpen.

Theo: "What motivates us is how patient our fans have been... They've trusted us and we don't want to let them down."

Theo: looking to add veteran leadership. Not "essential", but it is something he wants to add to the bench, or in the right spot, a starter.

We need some help in leadership to help Rizzo and Castro -Truly seasoned guys are something we would like to add .

Theo: "Pirates done phen. job acquiring young talent...that young OF, that's not going anywhere, young pitching, that's not going anywhere."

Theo: can compete in 2015 but won't sell out or abandon Long term plan to do so.

Theo didn't call Manny a candidate for Cubs assistant hitting coach job yet but also wouldn't rule him out. Manny wants to play winter ball.

Theo: It's right time to add impact talent and have tremendous payroll flexibility.

I'll add anything else in the comments if I come across it.


all coaches coming back except assistant hitting coach Mike Brumley

guess this was obvious, but "Cubs project Javier Baez will be their Opening Day 2B in 2015."

from Patrick Mooney

I wouldn't complain if he started in AAA, he was fucking awful at the plate.

"We're going to compete while developing young talent." thank gawd...been waiting to hear this for years. i'm not expecting $40m of free agents to flood in or anything like that, but some investment in talent that's expected to stick around past the trade deadline would be nice...something to help fans forget ejax anyway...

Playoff predictions?

I'm going Tigers vs Dodgers and taking the Tigers.

I'm rooting for Angels of course, although A's winning it after that horrific second half would satisfy my inner contrarian. Otherwise Pirates or Royals would be fun to watch win.

I'm going Dodgers over Angels.

It probably won't happen and it would probably be a ratings disaster, but I'd love to see a Pirates/A's series.

Cubster predicts Cardinals vs A's (kiss of death prediction, of course and Adam Dunn as Series MVP)

A's and Nats says I. Or at least that's the World Series I'd rather see. (The gambler in me is saying I shouldn't bet on a team that could be eliminated with a loss today, of course.)

Dodgers vs Os

Rob G and I both have Dodgers v Tigers, but I've got the Dodgers this year.

"We're going to be very involved," Epstein said. "We will add talent from outside the organization. I hope we add impact talent, but it has to make sense. We can't completely sell out for 2015. It's starting to be the right time to add impact talent.

"We try to look at these things in stages. Between this offseason, next year's trade deadline and next offseason, we will add impact talent from outside the organization.


"I hope we add impact talent, but it has to make sense." This is the take-away quote regarding free agency for me. I'd paraphrase that as "We'll pay, but we won't overpay". Not sure how that gets impact talent here since one or some owners are almost always willing to overpay. Get Lester in this winter on a fair but not absurd deal because of previous connection to Theo, and then Price (or other TOR starter) next winter and plan to overpay since he will be key/final piece of regular playoff runs.

I can't fathom a world where Max Scherzer isn't a Yankee or a Red Sox.

I think Shields is a bit long in the tooth for Cubs to make a run, plus the draft pick comp.

They'll certainly get well on down the road with Lester, but a lot of teams will. We'll see where the Cubs cutoff for risk aversion is, because pretty sure will be offered get 6-7 years, some sort of NTC and around 20-25M per year.

Free agency and overpaying go hand in hand, when it comes to impact talent. There isn't a workaround here.

Damn you and your clear-headed analysis.

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  • Hagsag 12 hours 48 min ago (view)

    Chase Strumpf and Andy Weber invited to the ML camp.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 18 hours 12 min ago (view)

    Ryan Tepera returns. Major League deal


  • crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    spring training TV is usually fluid...adding and subtracting broadcast games...

    first cubs TV (as of now) is March 3 (wednesday) on ESPN at 3pm EST.

    radio broadcasts available for almost every game that's not televised.  the cubs get going on monday and some other teams will start the day before.


  • crunch 2 days 12 hours ago (view)

    dj snelton's left elbow is screwed up...6 weeks rest then re-evaluate.

    looks like he's going to try to avoid having surgery.


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 4 hours ago (view)

    AAA leagues really need to play through the month of September, because with September rosters being limited to 28 instead of 40, players will need to be moved back & forth between MLB and AAA throughout the month of September instead of just through the month of August. 


  • Mike Wellman 4 days 12 hours ago (view)

    I get you, SW. Here in Des Moines, Cardinal fans flocked to I-Cub games when Memphis Redbirds were in town. That won't happen in '21 and even if it does in '22 & beyond it won't be as frequent as when they were in the same division. Not that I'll miss seeing Cardinal gear @ our ballpark...


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 4 days 13 hours ago (view)

    Ervin claimed by Braves. So we lose a potential future (and also current) asset in exchange for one year of a very mediocre Jake Marisnick.

    This team has no direction at the moment.


  • Sonicwind75 4 days 13 hours ago (view)

    As a midwest kid now living in Texas, new scheduling is a bummer.  Only get a chance to drive and see Cubs once every 3 years with interleague.  Really looked forward to those games in Round Rock and the one season in San Antonio.  I understand it makes more sense in the big picture, just selfishly disappointed.


  • Cubster 5 days 15 hours ago (view)

    Barry Foote bobble day! Cool!


  • Mornington Crescent 5 days 17 hours ago (view)

    They also gave away Larry Craig bobblefoot dolls as a promotion.


  • crunch 6 days 9 hours ago (view)

    alcantara passes through waivers and is assigned to AAA.

    marisnick contract final, phllip ervin (OF) DFA'd


  • Hagsag 6 days 11 hours ago (view)

    Yes they did.


  • crunch 6 days 12 hours ago (view)

    welcome to the "big time" st paul saints...they built a nice park, the fans showed up, and they go from indies to AAA (with a bit of $ help from the twins for part ownership).

    billy murray is a part owner of the group that owns the saints, btw.


  • Mike Wellman 6 days 12 hours ago (view)

    Hagsag, the River Bandits made the cut tho, right?


  • Craig A. 6 days 13 hours ago (view)

    Could have an option year remaining.  Bleacher Nation walked it back, per the link above.


  • Hagsag 6 days 14 hours ago (view)

    Living in the Quad Cities area, I look forward to hopefully coming to Des Moines to see the I Cubs a few times this summer.