It Might Be, It Could Be, It Is...A Deadline to Bid on the Cubs
Crain's Chicago Business reports Tuesday that prospective purchasers of the Chicago National League Ballclub have been given a deadline of July 18th to submit their initial bids.
Crain's says 10 parties are currently in the running; those ten received the team's financial books last month. The paper's source expects the field to be culled down to four or five finalists following this first round of bids, with the winning bidder being "identified at or near the end of the baseball season (and) a deal closing by year end or very early next year."
Tribune Company has announced it plans to retain 5% ownership of the team, which should be more than enough to ensure that Sam Zell will be able to get a decent seat and a cold Old Style whenever he damn well pleases.
crunch 1 hour 46 min ago (view)
"Chicago Cubs @Cubs
Our Aug. 7-9 series at St. Louis has been rescheduled as three 7-inning doubleheaders at Wrigley Field.
#Cubs will be home team for Game 1. Cardinals home team for Game 2."
Eric S 1 hour 56 min ago (view)
It's been fantastic how little use the pen has had (relatively) thanks to the starters going for six-seven innings. Hopefully Chatwood keeps the line moving tonight.
Dolorous Jon Lester 4 hours 40 min ago (view)
I agree with all of this except maybe Tepera. I'd put him firmly in ??? territory. I feel like he's looked better than his results but it's hard to say given small sample size.
Dolorous Jon Lester 15 hours 37 min ago (view)
Managerial change making a difference I think. Hopefully the changes to the amateur scouting department also bears fruit
Cubster 17 hours 25 min ago (view)
David Ross might be worthy of a little credit, especially sorting out the bullpen issues.
crunch 17 hours 30 min ago (view)
this team is amazing. i want more than 60 games of this. darvish since mid-season last year has been great stuff.
also, wick got to close. kimbrel hasn't worked in quite a while.
Eric S 18 hours 11 min ago (view)
39 pitch inning by Burnes.
crunch 18 hours 46 min ago (view)
...well, it is true that's the plan...but...umm..."allegedly"
QuietMan 18 hours 57 min ago (view)
Cubs to play double headers Monday and Wednesday against the Cardinals.
Eric S 19 hours 48 min ago (view)
Ha! Hope Nico goes on a heater!
Cubster 19 hours 54 min ago (view)
"Not thrilled"...as if on cue, Nico leads off with a double and a later Schwarbsbomb.
Eric S 21 hours 47 min ago (view)
Updated Bullpen tiers:
Tier 1 (Closer/Firemen)
Wick and Jeffress (interchangeable)
Tier 2 (Preferred Setup roles)
Tepera, Sadler, Rea (!)
Tier 3 (Face lefties exclusively if possible)
Ryan (has to get that fastball out of mid-80s or head to South Bend)
Tier 4 (Long man innings eater)
Tier 10 (reserved for use when either up or down by 10+ runs)
I think that covers it?
Jackstraw 23 hours 16 min ago (view)
Wait. The bullpen can get worse? That's unpossible.
Eric S 23 hours 35 min ago (view)
Here we go again: Nico, Rizzo, Javy, Willson, Schwarber (LF), Happ, Bote, Souza, Caratini
Not thrilled with Nico leading off when the greatest leadoff hitter in baseball history was available but whatever
crunch 23 hours 52 min ago (view)
bryant was supposedly gonna be in the lineup but he has left ring finger and wrist hurties.
Charlie 1 day 8 min ago (view)
I really think they could play .500 from here and would take the division.
But leave room for at least a week long slump due to bullpen implosion.