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2015/16 offseason

Postby jersey cubs fan » Thu Oct 22, 2015 8:02 am

Your time to shine Theo and Jed. Make this team better please.
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Re: 2015/16 offseason

Postby Old Style » Thu Oct 22, 2015 8:54 am

Maybe we should get some more starting pitching. Just a thought.
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Re: 2015/16 offseason

Postby minnesotacubsfan » Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:01 am

What we need is big time power bat screw pitchers


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Re: 2015/16 offseason

Postby KingCubsFan » Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:12 am

There's nobody left on the farm I particularly care about trading. Hopefully Theo and Jed feel the same way.

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Re: 2015/16 offseason

Postby Rondon Fan » Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:14 am

My thoughts by position:

C: I'd really like to groom Schwarber here since I don't think we can live with him in LF (especially evident in the Mets series) and the N.L. isn't adopting the DH anytime soon. Despite Montero's god-awful postseason, we can't really just kick him to the curb. I'm sure Ross is back so I doubt much changes here.

1B: Rizzo

2B: I think it's Starlin's job to lose. Javy is probably still trade bait after his less than spectacular NLCS performance. Do we risk his value plummeting? It might be as high as it's going to be.

SS: Rusell

3B: Bryant... I know a lot of people are going to suggest putting him in the OF but I like him as the long term third baseman.

LF: FREE AGENT. Sure, bring Coghlan back if he wants to, but he'll probably see if he can get a starting job somewhere else. This is the most obvious positional upgrade.

CF: Fowler - I want him back. Someone might out-bid us but perhaps he'll take a hometown discount? He seems to like playing here.

RF: Soler - Breakout year in 2016? I think it's trending that way. Defense has to improve.

Bench: anyone's guess + Ross?

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Arrieta
Lester
FREE AGENT
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Hendricks

Can't rely on Hammel. Wood might have earned another shot - be we need either a top of the line guy or 2 really solid ones.

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Rondon
Strop
Grimm
Edwards
Ramirez?
Wood?
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Re: 2015/16 offseason

Postby BigSlick » Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:21 am

Get me 2 starting pitchers and a good defensive centerfielder that can hit (easier said then done)
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Re: 2015/16 offseason

Postby jersey cubs fan » Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:39 am

Rondon Fan wrote:C: I'd really like to groom Schwarber here since I don't think we can live with him in LF (especially evident in the Mets series) and the N.L. isn't adopting the DH anytime soon. Despite Montero's god-awful postseason, we can't really just kick him to the curb. I'm sure Ross is back so I doubt much changes here.


Ross had a couple brain bruises this year and I could easily see him walking away. I think Montero/Schwarber has real potential.
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Postby Bunts Lick Butts » Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:44 am

Yeah I have to imagine Ross is gone.
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Re: 2015/16 offseason

Postby minnesotacubsfan » Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:51 am

Schwarber at C scares me, I'd prefer to keep teaching him OF
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Postby minnesotacubsfan » Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:53 am

To clarify: he's a big guy and not that great a C, his knees will wear out by the time he gets it figured out.
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Re: 2015/16 offseason

Postby biittner77 » Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:55 am

minnesotacubsfan wrote:Schwarber at C scares me, I'd prefer to keep teaching him OF


More to the point, guys like Schwarber usually get moved away from Catcher to get their bat in the lineup at a less demanding position. Why not just fast forward to the part where he plays LF and hopefully out hits his mistakes?
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Re: 2015/16 offseason

Postby minnesotacubsfan » Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:58 am

Would switching Soler to LG and Schwarbs RF make any sense?
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Postby minnesotacubsfan » Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:00 am

It seems like a lot of Schwarbs issues in the field are judgement mistakes. Get someone in to teach him how to read a fly ball, stay in front of line drives and grounders and you may end up with an average defender with Babe Ruth's bat
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Re: 2015/16 offseason

Postby jersey cubs fan » Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:01 am

minnesotacubsfan wrote:Would switching Soler to LG and Schwarbs RF make any sense?

I can't see those two in the same outfield. You'd have to get some sort of superhero in center.
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Re: 2015/16 offseason

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Re: 2015/16 offseason

Postby CubinNY » Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:17 am

minnesotacubsfan wrote:Would switching Soler to LG and Schwarbs RF make any sense?

If they switch Soler to left gurad, Schwarbs has to slide into the center postion.

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Re: 2015/16 offseason

Postby CubinNY » Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:20 am

One of Javy/Castro is dealt for someone some on NSBB will really like and some will really hate.

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Re: 2015/16 offseason

Postby Backtobanks » Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:21 am

biittner77 wrote:
minnesotacubsfan wrote:Schwarber at C scares me, I'd prefer to keep teaching him OF


More to the point, guys like Schwarber usually get moved away from Catcher to get their bat in the lineup at a less demanding position. Why not just fast forward to the part where he plays LF and hopefully out hits his mistakes?


As long as he drives in 2-3 runs a game to balance out the 1-2 runs he gives up on defense.

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Re: 2015/16 offseason

Postby yanrslatr » Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:35 am

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minnesotacubsfan wrote:Would switching Soler to LG and Schwarbs RF make any sense?

I can't see those two in the same outfield. You'd have to get some sort of superhero in center.


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Re: 2015/16 offseason

Postby Bryant's Disco Ball » Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:49 am

Rondon Fan wrote:LF: FREE AGENT. Sure, bring Coghlan back if he wants to, but he'll probably see if he can get a starting job somewhere else. This is the most obvious positional upgrade.


Just a heads up, Coghlan is controlled for one more season.

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Re: 2015/16 offseason

Postby UMFan83 » Thu Oct 22, 2015 11:02 am

Bryant's Disco Ball wrote:
Rondon Fan wrote:LF: FREE AGENT. Sure, bring Coghlan back if he wants to, but he'll probably see if he can get a starting job somewhere else. This is the most obvious positional upgrade.


Just a heads up, Coghlan is controlled for one more season.


I'd think he could be trade bait maybe. How much does a 2.5 win player go for in his final arb year? Probably too much for someone who will be a bat off the bench. Not saying we'd get a ton for him but financially it makes sense.

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Re: 2015/16 offseason

Postby Gilby » Thu Oct 22, 2015 11:04 am

He kind of embarrassed himself in the nlcs, but I didn't think Schwarber was that bad in the outfield this season.

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Re: 2015/16 offseason

Postby Cubswin11 » Thu Oct 22, 2015 11:06 am

Gilby wrote:He kind of embarrassed himself in the nlcs, but I didn't think Schwarber was that bad in the outfield this season.

I would agree, NLCS aside, he looked okay out there most of the year for a guy essentially learning on the job and seemed to look decent enough that with practice he won't be a complete liability out there in the future.
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Re: 2015/16 offseason

Postby BigSlick » Thu Oct 22, 2015 11:07 am

For the record: It's mostly a myth that playing Catcher hurts a player's bat and accelerates their aging on offense

I'm totally on board with having Schwarber play part-time catcher next year filling in for Montero and see how he handles it
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