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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  • Arizona Phil 9 hours 21 min ago (view)

    BTW, if you haven't read my Roster Rules section lately, it has been updated for 2021 

    One of the most significant changes is that minor league affiliates no longer have individual reserve lists.

    It used to be that the AAA reserve list limit was 38 players, AA was 37, and each single-A affiliate and short-season affiliate was 35 for the entire year including the off-season.  

    Now, there are two reserve lists, one called the "Domestic Reserve List," and the other called the "International Reserve List."


  • Arizona Phil 15 hours 41 min ago (view)

    I know I posted the Kelley and Polanco releases during Minor League Camp and the Kellogg, Katz, and Krzeminski signings about a  week or two ago, but I probably did not post the Snelten release. 


  • videographer 16 hours 54 min ago (view)

    Per Baseball America:  players signed and released over the last two weeks.


  • crunch 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    turned into a combined no-hitter.



  • crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    MRI for marisnick on d/l yet, but it seems likely

    also heyward has a hand issue and that's why he was removed in the 9th for a pinch hitter.  no word on if that's going to be a thing going forward or just a "sleep it off" thing.


  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    sad thing is you can't even count on heyward slotting over to CF.  his D is getting subpar, average on a good day, and he can barely handle RF as steady as he used to at this point.

    2y/44m left on that deal...


  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    may 9th and hendricks puts in 5 innings (88 pitches) to bring the team lead in SP innings pitched to 34.2ip

    if arrieta didn't get injured (missing his last game) and pitched a hell of a game he wouldn't have hit 40ip+ unless he threw a complete game.

    might not have a single starter going 200ip this year even if they stay healthy.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Dominating three innings for Shelby Miller in his rehab start for AAA Iowa today.  


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Jake Marisnick has had several DL/IL stints due to hamstring injuries over the years, so this is nothing new.

    I would think Cameron Maybin will probably get the call-up if Marisnick goes on the IL, although adding Maybin to the 40 would require a corresponding 40-man roster deletion (60-day IL or DFA). 


  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    j.marisnick right hamstring strain...may or may not hit the DL.


  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    PIT has 3 runs on on a walk and a slew of hits with an exit velocity comparable to the arm speed of a 5 year old throwing a dry sponge.

    also, marisnick is injured and done.  he's walking off the field before being checked on.


  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    crazy quiet at the park today in the 1st.

    hendricks loading the f'n bases with 0 outs isn't helping.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    Shelby Miller on a rehab assignment. Hope he stays there


  • crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    javy got a back ouchie and sitting today (sunday)


  • crunch 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    both him and his sister (who's since left twitter) have some interesting opinions on what civility and real americans are and are not.

    it may run in the family, but they're grown ass adults responsible for what things they put out in the world for public consumption.


  • Hagsag 2 days 9 hours ago (view)

    Piece of gabage.