Free Agent Frenzy Update

Here's an update on the.

Current Standings

  1. Real Neal - 66
  2. CincyKid - 56
  3. Jackie T - 53
  4. Tito - 51
  5.  John Beasley - 49
  6. Andrew - 47
  7. Eric - 46
  8. JD- 44
  9. Dejon R. - 42
  10. Carlos  - 41
  11. RW - 41
  12. Rob G. - 39
  13. Tom R. - 35
  14. Ruz - 32
  15. Big Lowitzki - 31
  16. jacos - 31
  17. allinginge - 30
  18. twcoffee - 29
  19. Brian H. - 8

Unfortunately reader "Charlie" had to be disqualified as he doubled up on some confidence levels. Neal with a commanding lead at the moment with 6 correct picks.

Comments

didn't realize it was a minor-league deal, would have been a nice backup to Soto. :)

Rich Hill should love Toronto. Or Toledo.

Luck is better than skill, as they say. If the current rumors hold true, I am not going to get any more points, though.

if Manny goes back to the Dodgers, it gets very interesting...

if he doesn't retire. ... ... bwhahahahahha. yeah.

Speaking of Dodger outfielders, they're apparently trying to move Andruw Jones to the Mets. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3... I'd love it if Manny gets to be Manny for something like $5 million next year.

the last true "i will have MY way" ballplayer i can remember ...mr. big pants, mr. big mouth, mr. operation shutdown...and currently mr. broke and in/out of jail crackhead...mr. derek bell.

Too bad he isnt left handed. Lou would never go for Manny's right handedness in our outfield.

I still don't get the Angels, I figured my logic on that one was pretty infallible. Teixiera was going to the East Coast Rodriguez was going to the Mets Anderson was going out to pasture So they should have the money. Manny wants to play on the Leftist coast and it's a big 'nah nah' to the Dodgers, and it gives them the big bat to protect Vlad. Instead they re-sign their 5th outfielder and call it an off-season. Maybe it is that Manny has really killed his value with the pouting in Boston. Coming off that second half, you would think that some team would think, "well, we will just keep him happy". Best player to never win an MVP?

Angels are pretty big on the team concept, they simply just don't like his attitude.

Although Scioscia said he's okay with it, their GM flat out said he'll never be an Angel.

anything beyond a 1-yr deal for him is too risky, he's just as likely to pull the same shit again. 

but yeah, probably is the best player to never win an MVP....can't think of anyone else.

Mel Ott I would say would be better right now and never won one. Maybe Al Simmons, guys like Eddie Mathews, Billy Williams, and Al Kaline never won one either. Buy yeah, Manny is right up there, and easily the best current player (over guys like Sheffield and Thome who have high count stats).

they still got a solid 120m team, imo...and their league is pretty weak. no one from the AL West has stepped up this offseason so far. they could use a 1st baseman...maybe another reliever. they got enough power to not add a top notch 1st, but it'd be the easiest point of upgrade. dunno what their $$ situation is, but they lose a LOT of important parts after next year they're gonna have to spend $$ on to replace. they got a good amount of cheap contracts...and that matthews jr. dog of a contract.

Angels are fine, actually need a 3b upgrade more than 1b imo. I think Morales can handle it...offensively at least. Figgins though at 3b is sketchy...should just give the job to Brandon Wood.

Unless Adam Dunn is dead-set on not being a DH, there's they guy they need to bring in. I don't see Boston complaining that Ortiz doesn't play the field much.

it probably would be woods' if he wasn't stuck in the "AAAA zone." he's still young enough that being in that zone is no biggie, but while he looks like he belongs on the field with his glove it seems he swings a bat like jason dubois. he's still got a lot of time, though. dunno what his swing hole(s) is/are...he just has steady lopsided minor/major K/bb totals. even if he "only" gets his game in that 150-180K area (which would be pretty bad) he'd still be valuable with his glove/arm at SS/3rd if he can hit 25+ homers.

Babe Ruth was better.

If Andruw Jones goes to the Mets, he'll play RF. Which would make Ryan Church, a left-handed hitter Hendry has sought before, available. Hmmmm....

If I were the Mets, I would rather have Ryan Church. He is a better bet to produce right now than Andruw.

starts January 1st... anyone know the DirecTV Channel? http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2008/12/ml...

Channel 213

"Unfortunately reader "Charlie" had to be disqualified as he doubled up on some confidence levels." Someday I will actually read directions. Or only get involved in games I understand.

Oh, to be above Rob G.

Johan's mom?

Rob, do you have a relative who's an acupuncturist in Chicago?

Rob G, any relation to Ali G?

no

no, although I do have plenty of relatives in Chicago, but it's a very common Polish last name

G?

Gski

Rob, Any relation to Kenny G ?

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  • bradsbeard 1 hour 17 min ago (view)

    I hope all is well with AZ Phil. Hasn't posted in a few weeks and typically would expect him to have a post up tracking IFA signings. Maybe he's waiting for something official from the Cubs (who don't seem to have announced any of the signings officially)? 

     

  • Cubster 3 hours 57 min ago (view)

    Les Grobstein dies at age 69. Encyclopedic Chicago historian and longtime sports talk overnight radio host, plus a controversial listen. https://www.robertfeder.com/2022/01/17/les-grobstein-1952-2022/

     

  • Cubster 4 hours 11 min ago (view)

    Hernandez ranks 18th on MLB's International prospect list. Sanchez ranks at #43.
    Tribune article today on the Cub https://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/cubs/ct-chicago-cubs-alexis-hernan...

     

  • CubsCentral08 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    List is up to 12 now

    Adan Sanchez, C/3B, Panama
    Alexis Hernandez, SS, Dominican Republic
    Jefferson Rojas, SS, Dominican Republic
    Josefrailyn Alcantata, OF, Dominican Republic
    Carlos Altuve, C, Venezuela
    Josias Ramirez, OF, Dominican Republic
    Moises Febrillet, SS, Dominican Republic
    Albertina Belliard, OF, Dominican Republic
    Yidel Diaz, C, Dominican Republic
    Freylin Silverio, RHP, Dominican Republic
    Sandy Sanchez, SS, Dominican Republic
    Darlin de Leon, SS, Dominican Republic

     

  • Wrigley Rat 2 days 52 min ago (view)

    In addition to those signed today, it's worth noting that seven players were signed to future-service contracts during the last international free agent signing period, and are expected to make their system-debut this coming season (most likely in the Dominican Republic). Those players are:

    • RHP - Luis Angel Reyes
    • LHP - Kevin Valdez
    • RHP - Jensi Ramirez
    • RHP - Yafrerlyn Vasquez
    • RHP - Eligio Paredes
    • RHP - Jair Jimenez
    • OF - Edward Vargas

     

     

  • Wrigley Rat 2 days 52 min ago (view)

    The Cubs added four more International Free Agents so far today:

    • Josias Ramirez, OF, Dominican Republic
    • Moises Febrillet, SS, Dominican Republic
    • Albertina Belliard, OF, Dominican Republic
    • Yidel Diaz, C, Dominican Republic

     

     

  • Wrigley Rat 2 days 54 min ago (view)

    Sneak peak into the International Free Agent Signings that officially start tomorrow (Saturday):

    Chicago Cubs ($5,179,700 total bonus pool) - 5 Signings (so far):

    • Adan Sanchez, C/3B, Panama ($1,500,000 bonus)
    • Alexis Hernandez, SS, Dominican Republic ($1,300,000 bonus)
    • Jefferson Rojas, SS, Dominican Republic ($1,000,000 bonus)
    • Josefrailyn Alcantata, OF, Dominican Republic
    • Carlos Altuve, C, Venezuela

     

     

  • crunch 2 days 11 hours ago (view)

    wsox snagging cuban oscar colas...23 year old high end power prospect that could slot into the majors quickly.

    they're building a hell of a batting core on the south side of town.

     

  • Cubster 5 days 8 hours ago (view)

    Jon Lester retires. Definitely one of the key people in their Theo era run. 

     

  • crunch 5 days 21 hours ago (view)

    meeting on thursday.  hopefully this stuff can get done before going too deep into february.

     

  • crunch 1 week 21 hours ago (view)

    yanks low-A naming rachel balkovec as manager.  first female manager in the minors.

    she was also the first female strength/conditioning coach and hitting coach in rookie leagues for the yanks.

     

  • crunch 1 week 2 days ago (view)

    "Evan Drellich of The Athletic reports that Major League Baseball is preparing new economic proposals to present to the MLBPA, "likely this month.""

     

  • tim815 1 week 4 days ago (view)

    As best as I understand, there are the 4 full-season levels with only one affiliate per organization at each level, and the compound league. Toss in the DSL, and that's it. If a team wants and can accommodate a second (or third) Compound League team, that's a decision for "later than January".

     

  • Wrigley Rat 1 week 6 days ago (view)

    AZ Phil or others - Are major league teams allowed to announce new minor league affiliates for 2022 during this lockout? I ask because there was some discussion about possibly adding a short season league team for next year. Are clubs even allowed to have a 5th non-rookie league team? With all the players jammed up at the A level, it seems like it would be smart to add an additional team for them and this year's incoming draft picks. Of course, they could always just keep two Arizona teams going and it would probably be just fine. Just wondering - thanks and Happy New Year!

     

  • crunch 1 week 6 days ago (view)

    cameron maybin is retiring, which saves the cubs from once again obtaining or attempting to obtain cameron maybin.

    2022 looking good so far.

     

  • Cubster 2 weeks 2 days ago (view)

    Welcome to 2022. 
    First news of the year: The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks have reached a deal with Tyler Chatwalk! Hope they have a bigger strike zone there.