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i lost it at the yadi/chest protector/ball thing.  10/10.  A+.

Me too...

for those who may have missed it:

https://youtu.be/cAWvKOCjfP0

Thanks Crunch!
And thanks for posting this link. I forgot how incredible that was when I first saw it. Good GOD!

i like how both teams and the umps universally laughed it off because everybody doctors the ball with pinetar/resin/etc and everyone knows it...the umps just don't like it when you make it too obvious.

michael pineda was out there trying to ruin it for everyone, though...and trevor "i have a phd from trevor bauer's mind university" bauer, too.

cards GM stating publically they're attempting to sign goldschmidt to a longterm extension...also molina won't start playing spring games until mid-march (knee) and will probably miss the start of the season..

"Brandon Morrow (elbow) is aiming to begin playing catch around February 6.

Morrow told Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic that he typically begins throwing around January 6, so it figures that the 34-year-old right-hander will miss at least one month of regular-season action following his early-November elbow debridement surgery. "Every game counts, but you’d rather miss the first month than the last however many months," Morrow said Tuesday"

I really think Morrow missing the start of the season can be a good thing. Strop/Cishek/Edwards can cover the late innings for a month. Hopefully a shortened season helps Morrow stay on the field in September-October. 

Am I the only one that has problems posting?

no, many threads are locked for comment 

Can I ask why?

no idea, myself

cubs b.brach 1/3m

not bad

I like it. Now if they can unload Kintzler or Duensing maybe they can get someting else done.

What will that cost as far as prospects? I'd prefer to keep them both, and hope they are useful.

Emily Litella says Brach gets traded for Ernie Broglio before the trade deadline

if brach is so jaded, he shouldn't have signed the contract.  i can't blame the cubs brass for this.

besides, all the rumors of excessive violins in chicago is vastly overblown and some people like them if that's his concern.

a.alzolay threw his first bullpen today and supposedly feels great.

that's good.

3 weeks til pitchers/catchers...

"Cubs signed RHP George Kontos to a minor league contract."

unless some spring cuts happen the average age of iowa's team this year is gonna be around 28-30 years old (kidding/not kidding).

AZ Phil, has the ban on signing Mexican youngsters ever been resolved? Thanks.

HAGSAG: The ban is still in effect, but it only applies to players under contractual control of a Mexican League club.

In common practice, most all Mexican baseball players sign "development contracts" with their local Mexican League club when they are 15 years old, binding the player to the Mexican League club, and (up until last June) allowing the club to negotiate a contract with an MLB club and receive 75% of the signing bonus.  

The MLB Commissioner banning MLB clubs from signing players out of Mexico last year was as the result of the signing bonus being paid directly to the Mexican League club and then the Mexican League club paying the player 25% of the bonus and keeping the rest.

Meanwhile, the MLB club signing the Mexican player only had the percentage of the signing bonus that was actually paid by the Mexican League club to the player (25%) applied to its International Signing Bonus Pool (ISBP) limit, but since the system was unregulated, sometimes (as was the case with RHP Florencio Serrano Jr, signed by the Cubs in July 2017) the bonus percentage paid by the Mexican League club to the player "under the table" was actually more than 25%, even though the MLB club was only dinged for 25% of the signing bonus toward its ISBP. (Although Serrano's contract was voided by the MLB Commissioner, there was no evidence that the Cubs knew about the arrangement between Serrano and los Toros de Tijuana).    

So MLB and the MLBPA want the Mexican League and its clubs to agree to a standard "release fee" system similar to what MLB has with the NPB (Japan), the KBO (Korea), and the CPBL (Taiwan), and what MLB now has with the Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB).  

Last December, MLB, the MLBPA, and the FCB agreed to a system whereby any Cuban player age 25 or older with at least six years of professional experience who is under contract to a FCB club can be signed by an MLB club after the MLB club pays a "release fee" to the FCB club (the fee is pre-determined by the same formula used in calculating release fees paid to NPB, KBO, and CPBL clubs), and Cuban players under age 25 and/or with less than six years of pro experience who are under contract to a FCB club can be signed by an MLB club (with the FCB club receiving the standard release fee) only with consent of the FCB club.  

So far, the Mexican League has not agreed to implement this type of system, and until it does, the ban will likely remain in effect. 

The Mexian League is going to have to give-in eventually, however, because Mexican League clubs are not making any money from signing bonuses while the ban is in effect. A standard release fee would be a lot less than 75% of the bonus, but it would still be better than nothing.  

BTW, while there is a ban on MLB clubs signing players who are under control of  Mexican League clubs, there is no prohibition on signing a player from Mexico who is an unrestricted free-agent, and MLB clubs are still permitted to loan minor league players to Mexican League clubs during the regular season (as happened with Cubs minor leaguers RHRP Mario Meza and C Ali Solis last season). 

MLB.com/MLB Network is doing their top-100 live show...

they're in the 20s now, but it looks rather strongly that the only cubs top-100s are going to be

94. Miguel Amaya, C, Cubs
100. Nico Hoerner, SS, Cubs

if hoerner demonstrates even a bit more power this season he should shoot up everyone's lists next off-season as long as his quality contact holds up.

O's will not hire a bench coach for b.hyde this upcoming season.  interesting...

various other coaches will assume the role collectively.

Why is it so difficult to post on this site?

I dont know about posting, but I am unable to see any new comments without going to the "recent comments" section at the bottom of the page and clcking "view"

not sure why....   government shutdown?

it would be nice to at least have a "general discussion" thread outside of the locked threads.

having to go down 2-4-6+ posts to find the open discussion thread is a bit weird.

Agreed crunch.

"The Cubs are expected to watch right-hander Zack Jones throw on Tuesday in Arizona, per Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune."

he was in the twins AA program before being released last year.  he's 28.

i'm currently cooling down a 6pack on the cubs hot stove.

Speaking of cooling down, stay safe out there, Midwesterners.

*laughs in hawaiian*

...at least for another week, anyway.

Sounds like they are checking out Drew Storen also. He used to be good. (from Gonzo in the Trib)

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 hour 1 min ago (view)

    No argument there. Plays an excellent violin though.

     

  • crunch 12 hours 20 min ago (view)

    https://images.spot.im/v1/production/gsqady7hf53k5duw7hhf

     

  • tim815 12 hours 48 min ago (view)

    He's better than Taylor Davis.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 13 hours 31 min ago (view)

    He's at a career juncture where I think he is a toss up of he is who he is or there's a little more left for him to achieve. Playing this as his age 27 season he is either in or damn close to his peak. I personally think he doesn't need the everyday playing time, just based on the fact that he's not a top prospect, is older, and doesn't project to be a starter at any spot for a first division team.

     

  • Charlie 14 hours 28 min ago (view)

    This is the take if you see him as a legit prospect. Which, maybe? I know little about him, and his numbers in limited AAA exposure last season were really nice. Maybe a lively ball helps his career.

     

  • bradsbeard 14 hours 46 min ago (view)

    Sounds like a long shot to get a trade done then. Thanks for clarifying!

     

  • Arizona Phil 15 hours 6 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Before making a trade with the Rule 5 Draft pick's former club, the drafting club must first place the player on Outright Assignment Waivers and any of the other MLB clubs can claim the player for the $50,000 waiver price and assume the Rule 5 Draft obligations (actually it's Rule 6 Selected Player obligations, but you know what I mean). 

     

  • bradsbeard 16 hours 21 min ago (view)

    AZ Phil, the "work out a trade" part of Rule 5 is still a mystery to me. Do the Cubs have to put Megill through waivers and (if he clears) offer him back to SD before they can trade for him?

     

  • Arizona Phil 16 hours 21 min ago (view)

    For those of you who didn't see the game, here are the pitch-velo readings from Wednsdays Cubs - Royals game: 

    Kyle Hendricks: 
    FB: 84-87 
    CH: 77-80 
    CV: 78-80
    NOTES: An amazing pitcher... he's probably in mid-season form right now...  just needs to gradually increase innings...   

    Alec Mills: 
    FB: 89-92 
    SL: 80-82 
    CH: 77-80 
    CV: 66-70 
    NOTES: A legit candidate to be the 5th starter 

     

  • Craig A. 17 hours 21 min ago (view)

    he

     

  • Craig A. 17 hours 21 min ago (view)

    He'll be 27 in May and he's played in 36 games at AAA. Seems like he should be playing regularly. 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 18 hours 5 min ago (view)

    I really like this idea. They've talked of a 3rd catcher as 26th meaning Phegley, who seems a waste of roster space, good spring notwithstanding. Higgins is far more interesting 

     

  • tim815 21 hours 11 min ago (view)

    Is Brailyn Marquez getting any time in big league camp? Having him around the veterans would seem a solid use of resources.

    Thanks, as always.

     

  • Charlie 21 hours 32 min ago (view)

    Hot take: The Cubs should be considering PJ Higgins as the potential 26th man. 3rd catcher / infield sub who can put the bat on the ball.

    I think I'm just stealing an AZ Phil projection from a while ago, actually. But it makes sense!

     

  • Charlie 22 hours 34 min ago (view)

    Zagunis's stock has dropped a lot since his first exposure to MLB pitching. His 2019 at AAA is particularly alarming given the power spike in that league.

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 4 hours ago (view)

    I see that Dillon Maples hasn't pitched yet. Is he injured or spending time in the lab?