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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    bryce harper ruined that bat dragging thing for everyone after his ejection years ago at the junior college world series.

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  • JustSayin' 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    College ball started Saturday.  Umpire egos in D1 baseball are not that much smaller than in the pros, so of course there was a controversy.  In the late innings of a game in the weekend's biggest series (Michigan vs.


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