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by TomtheBombadil
Sat Jan 16, 2016 10:57 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: 2016 Cubs Convention Info
Replies: 71
Views: 4477

Re: 2016 Cubs Convention Info

http://m.mlb.com/video/v539077483/cubs-seminar-with-front-office-staff/?query=cubs Hoyer basically comments that the 2015 team kind of bullshitted and magicked their way to 97 wins, and that this roster is more complete and more capable of dominating. Its just fun to hear that dominance is in mind a...
by TomtheBombadil
Sat Jan 16, 2016 5:42 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Ian Kennedy to the Royals - 5 years $70M
Replies: 13
Views: 1013

Re: Ian Kennedy to the Royals - 5 years $70M

I wasn't a fan of Zimmerman, either. And I liked Kennedy as a stealth candidate on a short deal for him to improve his results and re-enter FA. I wouldn't go near 5/$70 for him, though. I wouldn't either - not the right time for the Cubs to give out that kind of contract to that kind of pitcher, sh...
by TomtheBombadil
Sat Jan 16, 2016 10:53 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Ian Kennedy to the Royals - 5 years $70M
Replies: 13
Views: 1013

Re: Ian Kennedy to the Royals - 5 years $70M

I did miss that part, but still like what the Royals did. Not a big FA Zimmermann fan.
by TomtheBombadil
Sat Jan 16, 2016 9:52 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Chris Davis back to Baltimore - 7 years $161M
Replies: 15
Views: 1123

Re: Chris Davis back to Baltimore - 7 years $161M

I thought they should have focused on the Machado long term deal in turn the off season. G'luck with that. He's possibly this generation' Scott Rolen on track to hit FA at 26 or so, and is a Boras client. He's one of the least likely young superstars in the league to extend. There were rumors aroun...
by TomtheBombadil
Sat Jan 16, 2016 9:30 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Ian Kennedy to the Royals - 5 years $70M
Replies: 13
Views: 1013

Re: Ian Kennedy to the Royals - 5 years $70M

https://twitter.com/jazayerli/status/688374477126676484 How does that one work? How much does a trip to Imaginationland cost and is it included? If you use bWAR, it's *almost* true. I'm lost on this. Zimmerman signed for 22 million a year and Kennedy signed for 14 a year. I like this deal better th...
by TomtheBombadil
Sat Jan 16, 2016 9:18 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Ian Kennedy to the Royals - 5 years $70M
Replies: 13
Views: 1013

Re: Ian Kennedy to the Royals - 5 years $70M

David wrote:https://twitter.com/jazayerli/status/688374477126676484


How does that one work? How much does a trip to Imaginationland cost and is it included?
by TomtheBombadil
Sat Jan 16, 2016 9:17 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Chris Davis back to Baltimore - 7 years $161M
Replies: 15
Views: 1123

Re: Chris Davis back to Baltimore - 7 years $161M

toonsterwu wrote:I thought they should have focused on the Machado long term deal in turn the off season.


G'luck with that. He's possibly this generation' Scott Rolen on track to hit FA at 26 or so, and is a Boras client. He's one of the least likely young superstars in the league to extend.
by TomtheBombadil
Sat Jan 16, 2016 8:38 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Ian Kennedy to the Royals - 5 years $70M
Replies: 13
Views: 1013

Re: Ian Kennedy to the Royals - 5 years $70M

Things I like about this deal for the Royals: - He gained a MPH on his four seam. Career average is 91.3 MPH, 2015 average was 92.3. Hurray for a healthy arm! - His curveball and cutter both made giant leaps as far as drawing swings and misses. Like 3-4% a piece.... - No major surgeries! Health is s...
by TomtheBombadil
Sat Jan 16, 2016 8:14 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Chris Davis back to Baltimore - 7 years $161M
Replies: 15
Views: 1123

Re: Chris Davis back to Baltimore - 7 years $161M

Good for them

I like Davis, a lot actually, and don't see this as a bad deal - especially for an AL club. The O's needed to do this too - they're probably not resigning Machado so makes sense to try to win ASAP.
by TomtheBombadil
Sat Jan 16, 2016 7:58 am
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: Random Baseball Musings
Replies: 7362
Views: 185183

Re: Random Baseball Musings

A couple interesting thoughts and opinions on the reliever to starter conversion and pitcher utility*: http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/162057408/craig-breslow-starter-free-agent-rich-hill "I think it's something that suits me pretty well," Breslow said. "I got into a better rhyth...
by TomtheBombadil
Thu Jan 14, 2016 12:41 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings
Replies: 100
Views: 6892

Re: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings

Watkins was simply being used as an example of a struggle-then-finish-stronger guy. That profile also applied to Caratini, who needed a stronger finish to get his OPS up, but still only to a still-meager .714, with a still light-hitting 4 HR, and a still light-hitting .372 slugging. (Heh heh, this ...
by TomtheBombadil
Wed Jan 13, 2016 8:55 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2015-16 International Free Agency Thread
Replies: 497
Views: 37919

Re: 2015-16 International Free Agency Thread

He was an OF, just started pitching in 2014. I think theres a good chance he'd have more hype if there had been more looks at him. I'm starting to wonder if he winds up getting the most money of any of the pitchers. Didn't know he was a recent convert, that makes him a little more impressive and pu...
by TomtheBombadil
Wed Jan 13, 2016 8:35 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2015-16 International Free Agency Thread
Replies: 497
Views: 37919

Re: 2015-16 International Free Agency Thread

Yeeeeees on Bolanos, but that is probably a duh statement since the Cubs should sign them all. He had you at 6'3" Whoa, I'm not some cheap floozy hoowah. Maybe if he was 240 with crazy arm speed like Jose Fernandez or left handed. The length of the yes over sells my enthusiasm, I assume there'...
by TomtheBombadil
Wed Jan 13, 2016 7:24 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings
Replies: 100
Views: 6892

Re: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings

Caratini is his own prospect, every guy is. I think a Watkins analogy is that he was a 2nd-level prospect who would struggle at a level; show 2nd-half production; get some post-season interest; then struggle again the following season before a 2nd-half bounce back. The routine was start slow, finis...
by TomtheBombadil
Wed Jan 13, 2016 6:00 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The Pitchers we can trade for....
Replies: 461
Views: 20203

Re: The Pitchers we can trade for....

I'd take option one for sure, and am not really turned off by two. That's probably as far as I go right now, prefer a couple other vaguely available SPs over Archer tbh and wouldn't love the timing.
by TomtheBombadil
Wed Jan 13, 2016 1:03 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2015-16 International Free Agency Thread
Replies: 497
Views: 37919

Re: 2015-16 International Free Agency Thread

Yeeeeees on Bolanos, but that is probably a duh statement since the Cubs should sign them all.
by TomtheBombadil
Wed Jan 13, 2016 11:33 am
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: Schilling and Kruk not on Sunday Night Baseball in 2016
Replies: 14
Views: 1046

Re: Schilling and Kruk not on Sunday Night Baseball in 2016

Does Doug Glanville for ESPN? He should be doing games.
by TomtheBombadil
Tue Jan 12, 2016 9:44 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The Pitchers we can trade for....
Replies: 461
Views: 20203

Re: The Pitchers we can trade for....

I'm happy with just plucking McGee and Jennings from them. I'd even "settle" for just McGee. I wish we knew the name of whoever the closer they were going after in November/December was. Also believe it's fair to earmark one of those guys to the Cubs, who have as much to trade as any franc...
by TomtheBombadil
Tue Jan 12, 2016 8:14 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The Pitchers we can trade for....
Replies: 461
Views: 20203

Re: The Pitchers we can trade for....

davell wrote:I don't have much interest in Odorizzi honestly.


Same, especially in a world where Fernandez and Gray might be available this year.

PCP, Jennings can play CF or LF and hits very well against LHP.
by TomtheBombadil
Tue Jan 12, 2016 4:20 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Today's wish list...
Replies: 152
Views: 8729

Re: Today's wish list...

Catching is definitely a position I expect some movement at this year, though likely not until after the season when trading Montero makes more sense. The Padres potentially have three - including two with options in Bethancourt (IIRC) and Hedges, the Mets have Plawecki pushing the awesome but oft-i...
by TomtheBombadil
Tue Jan 12, 2016 3:02 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings
Replies: 100
Views: 6892

Re: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings

I'm not talking about Watkins "falling off". I'm simply talking about his offensive performance coming up through the system. For a couple years, he would get off to these terribly slow starts, then take off offensively around mid-season, leading to conversation amongst fans during the wi...
by TomtheBombadil
Sun Jan 10, 2016 3:44 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Today's wish list...
Replies: 152
Views: 8729

Re: Today's wish list...

Silverman confirmed that the Rays have talked frequently with the Cubs (tweet). “We know we line up really well with them given our depth and strengths.” Earlier this winter, we heard rumors of Chicago interest in starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi. The Rays were said to be interested in infielder Javi...
by TomtheBombadil
Sat Jan 09, 2016 1:04 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings
Replies: 100
Views: 6892

Re: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings

Watkins fell off because he could only play 2B and stopped hitting after 2012. He was doing alright through AA at 22, but his bat fell off a small cliff once he hit AAA.
by TomtheBombadil
Sat Jan 09, 2016 1:32 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings
Replies: 100
Views: 6892

Re: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings

Don't want to make it seem like I'm gushing over the players on that list. Of course things will sort itself out. Just don't recall a year, since the new rules were put in place and AzPhil was publishing his lists to save time from thinking, where it seemed like we started off with so many semi-int...
by TomtheBombadil
Fri Jan 08, 2016 10:45 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings
Replies: 100
Views: 6892

Re: 2016 Cubs Farm and Prospect Musings

Total side note, but finally got around to seeing AzPhil's 2016 Rule 5 Watch List. Dang, that's a lot of semi-intriguing guys right now that could end up being available. Never know what's going to happen over the season, as guys will rise and fall, but sure seems like we should end up losing a guy...

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