Edit: 2021 Opening Series Thread + Goodbye Darvish, belated Goodbye Theo / "Hot" Stove Thread
I'm taking a roundabout approach on this one, editing an old thread since I am currently unable to add a new story to the site. Here is your belated post for the 2021 opening series.
The Cubs lost a battle of the bullpens in game 1, with each team's starting pitcher going only 3 innings. The Pirates bullpen essentially shut down the Cubs' offense for the remaining 6 innings and the Cubs collected only 2 hits in the game. Meanwhile, Cubs pitchers allowed 11 walks and a HBP.
The cold temperatures we saw in game 1 have given way to unseasonably not horrible weather for the remainder of the series. Highs in the 60s and the wind blowing out to RF greet ballplayers and fans for game 2. Jake Arrieta makes his season debut in his return to the Cubs, going up against briefly-a-Cub lefty Brett Anderson. The heavily used bullpens both got a day of rest between games 1 and 2, so presumably everyone is available.
Game 3 will be a Sunday matinee between hard-throwing Pirates righty Mitch Keller and the new addition and Kyle Hendricks impersonator, Zach Davies.
The Cubs will continue their homestand with a series against the Brewers beginning on Monday, April 5, at 6:40 pm central, the first night game of the season.
[END GAMEDAY POST! OLD POST BELOW.]
If the departure of Theo Epstein in mid November was not a clear sign of things to come, today's trade of Yu Darvish certainly heralds the arrival of a rebuilding phase for the Chicago Cubs. It has been widely reported that the Cubs and Padres agreed on a deal sending Darvish and Caratini to sunny San Diego, former Brewer Zach Davies to the Cubs rotation, and two pairs of young shortstops and outfielders to Cubs' minor league facilities for years to come.
Davies is coming off of a promising year and the 4 young prospects have some upside. However, as of now many regard this deal as a salary dump for the Ricketts family. Darvish is owed just under $60 million for the 3 years remaining on his contract. That is a significant chunk of payroll, but an absolute bargain at his most recent level of performance. For approximately two years, fans and writers have speculated that a partial or full rebuild would begin with the trade of a Cubs star position player: Bryant, Contreras, or Baez. Bryant's health and performance seems to have hampered his trade market, however, and the Cubs have instead tread water the past two seasons. Now, Jed Hoyer's first big move as man at the helm has the team dealing from an area of weakness (the starting rotation) for a package of prospects far from the majors. It is unlikely that this will be the first domino to fall.
So, here's a thread for us all to discuss the so-called "hot" stove--more tepid than ever with the 2021 outlook uncertain for all of MLB. Who will go next? Is Hoyer looking at a full rebuild or some hybrid option? Did David Ross get the rug yanked out from under him? Will the Ricketts family cling to any of the remaining good will from 2016? How many Kyle Hendricks-lites does it take to fill out a starting rotation? Discuss amongst ourselves.
Wrigley Rat 49 min 21 sec ago (view)
Cubs sign Johneshwy Fargas (CF) off waivers after being DFA'd by the Mets. Optioned to AAA.
crunch 1 hour 14 min ago (view)
rich hill (aka, dick mountain) takes his 70mph slider to NYM.
crunch 1 hour 18 min ago (view)
sogard DFA'd...duffy up.
sogard got 180 PA, putting up .249/.283/.314
Hagsag 2 hours 14 min ago (view)
I agree crunch.
crunch 3 hours 24 min ago (view)
check out this box score from DSL M's/Yanks yesterday
43 runs, 28 hits, 31 walks, 14 errors (only 1 HR)
crunch 5 hours 3 min ago (view)
the "cleveland indians" are now the "cleveland gaurdians"
they totally blew this. the "cleveland spiders" was the right call.
cubbies.4ever 16 hours 43 min ago (view)
Triandos $2.1 MIL is the 2nd highest non 1st rd pick signing bonuses by Cubs, only Dillon Maples 14th rd $2.5 MIL (no pool limits in 2011) is more. Maples $2.5 MIL is a MLB record (and likely always will be) for anyone drafted below the 3rd rd.
cubbies.4ever 16 hours 56 min ago (view)
2nd Rd - James Triandos signs for $2.1 MIL overslot of $823,600. Leaves the Cubs $5,070 left in bonus pool with 19th and 20th rd unsigned
crunch 17 hours 34 min ago (view)
cards take 3 of 4.
cubs 47-50 and firmly in 4th place.
cubs take on arizona next. they're on a 4 game winning streak, bringing them to 30 wins on the season.
crunch 18 hours 20 min ago (view)
d.maples hits e.sosa in the skull (helmet) with a 95mph fb. he's up and walking, but he got smacked hard. if this was boxing he would have been down for a few 10-counts.
i can't believe they're letting him stay in the game. boog really can't believe it.
crunch 19 hours 33 min ago (view)
...and righty arenado gives him #20
crunch 20 hours 16 min ago (view)
6 pitches in...alzolay gives up a homer.
19 homers, 16 to lefties (#19 was to a lefty, too).
crunch 21 hours 21 min ago (view)
s.alcantara down, t.megill up
Arizona Phil 22 hours 11 min ago (view)
At the halfway point of the 2021 minor league season, here are the Top 10 post-2021 Rule 5 Draft eligibles and Top 3 players eligible to be post-2021 Rule 9 minor league 6YFA who are most-likely to be added to Cubs MLB Reserve List (40-man roster):
RULE 9 MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENTS:
Arizona Phil 1 day 39 min ago (view)
Although the MLB Trade Deadline means players on MLB Reseve Lists (and MLB 60-day IL) and players who were outrighted off MLB reserve lists after signing a 2021 contract can't be traded after 4 PM (Eastern) on 7/30, players can be claimed off Outright Assignment Waivers through the balance of the MLB season.
Arizona Phil 1 day 2 hours ago (view)
DJL: They are not Signed for Future Service.