Monday Funnies: What's more fun than watching the Bears?

A tad off topic, but whatever. 
Happy Monday!


john baker new PIT minor league farm director...hell of a job upgrade.

cubs need a new "mental skills coach"...they should get nick castellanos to write down a couple dozen random phrases on note cards to replace that hole in the organization.

Good stuff CubbyBlue. I'm a long time Dolphins fan and that basically sums up two decades of Brady/Belichick running that lawn mower over the AFC East ad naseum. 

Thanks Eric. Friends with a Dolphin fan, and he's also pretty miserable all the time.

mattingly wins MOY (not a shocker)...ross finished 3rd

k.glausman is the only dude to accept the 18.9m QO...not exactly shocking...

Stroman accepted the QO too

i am not having a good offseason on slow-leaking news.  i'm gonna get DFA'd to a f'n pirates fan board.  :(

You're still the best, Crunch.  Don't let anyone tell you any different.

We don't need to lose anymore of our best people to the Pirates.

cubs have sent long time farmhand "cash considerations" to TB to complete the pointless jose martinez trade.

...odd that they would consider the Rays manager.  (ducks...)

Looks like Jason McLeod or Jared Porter are not rejoining Joe Maddon

MLBTR: The Angels have narrowed their search for a new GM. They’ll choose between Braves assistant GM Perry Minasian and Mariners AGM Justin Hollander, according to Ken Rosenthal and Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic

Other serious candidates included Jason McLeod of the Cubs and Jared Porter of the Diamondbacks. Both were among the finalists recently removed from consideration, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). Another Arizona exec, Amiel Sawdaye, was also among the finalists, Rosenthal adds.

it's been a loooooong time predicted she would eventually get a chance, and kim ng is finally going to get a chance to GM a team (marlins).

first female and first asian-american GM in MLB history.

ha-soeng kim to be posted.  cubs could use a 3rd baseman (maybe).

it would require actually spending money, that might be a problem. (stats)

so far it seems this is another off-season where the cubs are linked to no one worth mentioning.

on the bright side, there's only 1 more year left on that kimbrel contract.  let's not give $16m a year to a guy that's gonna throw 60-70 innings a year anymore...

Rather telling when MLBTR lists the Cubs as only signing one of their top 50. And it's number 50.

add on a heaping helping of "someone please trade for any of our established MLB-ready talent" to the off-season outlook.

chances are rather high we're going into 2021 with a couple less "stars" gone via trade and who knows if any of that loot will be used to obtain a high-end replacement.

still...should be a competitive nice to get well over the top in expectations, though.

theo walks away with 1 year left on his contract...hoyer to be president of baseball operations.

he's supposedly taking a year off, but...well...the mets.

Viva 2016!

2015 and 2016 were magical, thank you Theo. 

Hope they bring in some senior management from outside the organization, feels like this group has gotten a bit insular.

there's a high ranking government official with years of top office managment experience that could use a new job in january.

like tony la russa on the south side, he might have to spend part of the season in jail, though.

will venable new rsox bench coach...there goes the 3rd base coach.

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  • Charlie 1 hour 17 min ago (view)

    I would be happy to see the Cubs no longer spend DH time on Victor Caratini. Provided there's a Kyle Schwarber or better alternative, of course.


  • Arizona Phil 9 hours 20 min ago (view)

    DJL: I don't think Ildemaro Vargas being out of minor league options is much of a concern to the Cubs because as things stand right now he projects as the team's primary utility infielder in 2021. He can play all four INF positions (1B, 2B, 3B, and SS, plus corner OF, too), and he is switch hitter with some pop, especially from the right side (remember the 9th inning HR he hit off Josh Hader in September?). 


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 10 hours 3 min ago (view)

    I'm a little surprised Ildemaro Vargas was tendered, given that he's out of options. He has value and isn't expensive as he is pre-arb this year, but still a bit surprised. Have to think he's got an inside track to an Opening Day spot at this point


  • waveland 18 hours 49 min ago (view)

    really appreciate the years and years of your updates


  • Arizona Phil 20 hours 43 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Strumpf was wearing a cast on his hand in Minor League Camp before everything got shut-down in March so his not being at South Bend might have had something to do with that. I don't know why Rivas wasn't at the ATS. 


  • bradsbeard 21 hours 27 min ago (view)

    Do you have any idea why Rivas and Strumpf weren't at the alternate site in South Bend? I thought Rivas especially showed enough in ST games to be viewed as a legitimate depth option, especially with the DH. 


  • Arizona Phil 22 hours 2 min ago (view)

    Alfonso Rivas reminds me a bit of Rafael Palmeiro when Palmeiro first came up to the big leagues and was a "doubles machine" (before he started hitting home runs).   

    Rivas played D-1 baseball at the University of Arizona, so (just like Nico Hoerner, who also played in the PAC-12) I don't think he needs a lot of additional time at AAA before he's ready for MLB. He's a very advanced hitter, as long as you are OK with lots of doubles & lots of walks but not many HR.   


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 23 hours 4 min ago (view)

    I hadn't thought of that but I really like that option


  • bradsbeard 23 hours 9 min ago (view)

    I really hope Rivas has a chance at the LF job. Would ease some of the sting of Schwarber being cut loose. 


  • Arizona Phil 23 hours 10 min ago (view)

    CRUNCH: I got the impression that Ross had seen enough of Schwarber in LF, so implementing the universal DH may be necessary before Schwarber returns to the Cubs in 2021. I think the Cubs would be fine with Schwarber as their main DH going forward. 

    BTW, I strongly suspect that the universal DH will be included in the next CBA, but whether there will be a DH in the National League in 2021 is still TBA (which is really stupid, since clubs need to know right now for sure one way or the other whether or not there will be a DH in the N. L. in 2021). 


  • Arizona Phil 23 hours 21 min ago (view)

    Besides the guys on the 40, Cubs 2021 NRI relievers with a legit chance to win a bullpen slot in Spring Training include LHRPs Josh Osich and Rex Brothers, and RHRPs Jake Jewell, Trevor Megill, Dakota Mekkes, Michael Rucker, and Joe Wieland (presuming they are not taken in the Rule 5 Draft). 

    Brothers and Wieland are out of minor league options, however, so if added to the 40 they could not ride the "Chicago - Des Moines Shuttle" like the others could. 


  • crunch 23 hours 27 min ago (view)

    i am rooting for the cubs to retain schwarber.

    even though he's average on the best of days in LF (except his above average arm), i would like to see him and his work ethic remain in the cubs system...the homers from the left side of the plate are nice, too.


  • Arizona Phil 23 hours 50 min ago (view)

    At least as things stand right now, Kris Bryant is your Cubs de facto 2021 Opening Day LF! (Of course we know he will be traded before then...). 

    Otherwise, minor league NRI outfielders Ian Miller, Michael Hermosillo, and Rafael Ortega will be competing for Opening Day OF slots, with a legit shot to win a job.

    Even Alfonso Rivas (who was hitting rockets from foul line to foul line at AZ Instructs) and/or Eddy Julio Martinez (who has had a very good winter in the Mexican Pacific League) might have a shot.  


  • Arizona Phil 23 hours 52 min ago (view)

    I would think that both Colin Rea and Kyle Ryan must have signed contracts with minor league split salaries, otherwise I doubt very much that they would have been tendered. 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 4 min ago (view)

    With Tepera non-tendered and Winkler, Ryan, and Rea signed, the Cubs 2021 Opening Day bullpen (right now) would appear to be Kimbrel (clearly not tradeable), Wick (virtual lock), Winkler (can't be optioned without his consent), Underwood (out of minor league options), and Maples (out of minor league options), and then three from amongst Adam, Norwood, Rea, Ryan, Stock, and Wieck (each of whom can be optioned back & forth to AAA as needed).


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 23 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed RHSP Colin Rea, LHRP Kyle Ryan, and RHRP Dan Winkler to 2021 MLB contracts (terms TBD) and tendered 2021 MLB contracts to all other unsigned players on their MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) except OF Albert Almora, OF-1B Jose Martinez, OF Kyle Schwarber, and RHRP Ryan Tepera.

    So Almora, J. Martinez, Schwarber, and Tepera are now unrestricted free-agents, free to sign an MLB or minor league contract with any club (including the Cubs) without any salary restrictions.   

    The Cubs MLB Reserve List now stands at 34 (six slots are open).