What an Incredibly Exciting ex-Cub weekend
We didn't get much in the way of Cubs news over the Thanksgiving break besides the cautionary tale that the bleacher renovations may not be ready in time for Opening Day. But we got plenty of exciting ex-Cubs news.
The A's traded former 2nd round pick of the Cubs Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Brett Lawrie, pitchers Sean Nolin and Kendall Graveman and shortstop Franklin Barreto. The A's get 4 years younger between Donaldson and Lawrie, pick up 2 decent mid-range potential pitchers and potential high-end shortstop. It's classic Billy Beane selling high and re-tooling and it doesn't mean they all work out or this one will, but it's kind of what you need to do to survive on their budgets. Take chances on when guys will catch their peak (as they did with Donaldson 2-3 years ago and will now with Lawrie) and rebuild the waves of prospects, many of whom went to other teams during deadline deals. The Blue Jays of course get a player with a 6+ fWAR the last 2 seasons and only a few of those around. Donaldson did have some knee problems last year and the Toronto turf isn't going to help that at all, but at just age 29, he still has a real good shot at being a top 10 player in the AL.
The other ex-Cub rumor dealt with Jeff Samardzija. There were strong hints he was being sent to the White Sox this weekend (and the weekend isn't over yet), either for Alexei Ramirez or prospect Tim Anderson. There were also rumors he'd be going to Atlanta in a deal involving Justin Upton and/or Evan Gattis, although that one was squashed last time I looked. But with just a year before hitting free agency, undoubtedly he'll get moved as Beane and the A's certainly don't want to take the risk of getting nothing for him.
There was the Pedro Strop news....involved in pretty nasty car accident, but seems the only damage to him required a few stitches on his non-throwing arm and he should be fine for next season.
JustSayin' 4 hours 23 min ago (view)
I think what your saying applies to all franchises in all big-time team sports. The virus is asymptomatic in many carriers. The national positive test % rate is mid/high single digits. If your pro sports franchise does 3-4 x better than that, it still means some players and coaches will test positive and things will grind to a partial or complete halt. At least baseball didn't try to "bubble" in AZ and FL, which are looking like two of the worst (and worst-led) states in which to be located at the currrent stage of the pandemic.
crunch 5 hours 24 min ago (view)
rizzo took BP and did some field work today. also, almora is good to go...he ran into a wall on friday and got a little banged up.
Cubster 12 hours 42 min ago (view)
Aroldis Chapman is now Covid positive with mild symptoms
crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)
the COVID-Division should be fun.
teams from TX, AZ, CA, WA, and CO exclusively playing each other... CO is all "wtf, really?"
Cubster 1 day 2 hours ago (view)
...and so it goes (per Roto): Astros general manager James Click wrote in a statement that a member of the staff "was potentially exposed to a COVID-positive individual outside the organization.” The team is working with MLB and team doctors on testing protocol and cleaning before resuming workouts.
Does the visiting team bring a Covid positive bio-weapon to the player's parking lot?
Charlie 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
I've been wondering how this would proceed. Since teams will have to figure out how existing contracts will be paid, I thought there was a *chance* they would proceed with free agency as usual and plan for payment under potential shortened seasons would just be figured out in negotiations with the MLBPA. But that was probably an overly optimistic thought.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 12 hours ago (view)
Meanwhile Theo shoots down any potential of extension talks. I get that it's a crazy time financially in baseball, but it's really gonna suck when all these players leave after 21 and 22.
Cubster 1 day 22 hours ago (view)
WSox Michael Kopech has opted out of 2020. I didn't see a disclosed reason yet but he is recovering from TJ S
crunch 2 days 9 hours ago (view)
buster posey (SF) opting out of 2020...recently adopted twin daughters who were born premature.
Cubster 3 days 13 hours ago (view)
per Tribune: Kimbrel's OK, just working on his changeup (formerly his fastball).
Arizona Phil 4 days 1 hour ago (view)
The Cubs have released RHRP (and their erstwhile closer) Brandon Morrow. There is no indication that they plan to re-sign him to another (different) 2020 minor league contract without the Article XX-B $100K retention bonus provision (as happened with Jason Kipnis last week).
crunch 4 days 5 hours ago (view)
rizzo takes another day off (lower back). ross says the club is "exercising caution."
klye ryan is expected to join the team tomorrow after some mysterious holdup.
Ryno 4 days 5 hours ago (view)
Has anyone seen Darvish's pitch "The Supreme"? Isn't it just a sinker?
Ryno 4 days 5 hours ago (view)
In other words: This lineup sucks.
Arizona Phil 4 days 6 hours ago (view)
Jason Kipnis was released on June 29th and then he was re-signed to a new (different) 2020 minor league contract that does not require a $100K retention bonus if he is not added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 2020 MLB Opening Day (7/23).
Brandon Morrow remains on his original 2020 minor league contract which pays him a $100K retention bonus if he is not released by 7/18 or added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 7/23.
Eric S 4 days 6 hours ago (view)
There is that re Kimbrel - at worst, just another year on the books.
July 1st is Bobby Bonilla Day - the day that check is cut and paid annually.