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by champaignchris
Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:30 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Potential Kris Bryant trade thread
Replies: 471
Views: 32223

Re: Potential Kris Bryant trade thread

There's defense but there's also Coors. I'll take the over on 1.000 OPS for KB as a Rockie. i hate how Nolan starts to make me feel ok about losing Bryant. Then I think about Bryant providing many many bombs in CO, and I hate it even more I think the whole point for Colorado is to flip Bryant for p...
by champaignchris
Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Potential Kris Bryant trade thread
Replies: 471
Views: 32223

Re: Potential Kris Bryant trade thread

So apparently the 'hope the Rockies get brain poisoning' plan for the offseason is still alive? https://www.bleachernation.com/cubs/2020/02/13/cubs-reportedly-are-absolutely-motivated-to-try-to-acquire-nolan-arenado/ I was on the phone with somebody in Colorado last night who covers the Rockies, an...
by champaignchris
Sun Feb 09, 2020 2:21 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Mookie Betts and David Price Traded to the Dodgers
Replies: 154
Views: 8180

Re: Mookie Betts and David Price Traded to the Dodgers

Backtobanks wrote:I know the only trade the Cubs seem to be interested in is Bryant and we're broke, but any (or all) of those guys from the Dodgers (Pederson, Stripling, Maeda, and Verdugo) certainly would make nice additions to our roster.


Verdugo and Maeda for Bryant and Heyward?
by champaignchris
Tue Jan 28, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Cubs to sign Jeremy Jeffress
Replies: 29
Views: 1525

Re: Cubs to sign Jeremy Jeffress

I know what I hate and I don’t hate this.
by champaignchris
Mon Jan 27, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: NL DH by 2021?
Replies: 65
Views: 2347

Re: NL DH by 2021?

I don’t like the DH. I don’t like that the two leagues play by different rules even less. It was easier to ignore before inter-league play. I think a designated pinch hitter hybrid approach would be more fun and interesting, but I don’t think baseball’s top people are creative enough to make that wo...
by champaignchris
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1408
Views: 82241

Re: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat

Brian wrote:


What’s he going to say? “My boss ambushed me?”

But then, if the financial handcuffs were a surprise, I don’t see why Theo wouldn’t just walk.
by champaignchris
Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: It’s not me, it’s Yu
Replies: 541
Views: 85171

Re: It’s not me, it’s Yu

CubinNY wrote:
TomtheBombadil wrote:The Astros owe Yu say $40 million

Turns out he wasn't actually tipping his pitches.


He was tipping his pitches in that he was nodding when he agreed with the catcher’s signal.
by champaignchris
Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1408
Views: 82241

Re: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat

nothing seems more inevitable than him to the Cardinals for a couple of, to quote Blake Snell, slapdick prospects Hopefully their tight assness keeps them from adding him. They’re paying $103MM to six players all over 31 years old this year. I don’t think it’s their tight-assedness that is going to...
by champaignchris
Tue Jan 07, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Cubs sign Carlos Asuaje
Replies: 18
Views: 1644

Re: Cubs sign Carlos Asuaje

The_Achiever wrote:
Old Style wrote:Jesus, the state of Chicago sports is depressing right now.


The Cubs are doing a solid impression of the Hawks trajectory, minus two championships.

The highlight of my sports year was the 6-7 Illini Football team.


The basketball is 10-5 and has a solid chance of making the NIT.
by champaignchris
Fri Dec 20, 2019 7:16 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1408
Views: 82241

Re: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat

A little more foresight by ownership/Theo would've been nice, specifically before inking those Chatwood and Kimbrel deals. Like if this isn't just about Marquee being a flop, how was this not handled better before ending up with the plan of trading Bryant. Exactly, the CBA has been in place for 3 y...
by champaignchris
Thu Dec 19, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Potential Kris Bryant trade thread
Replies: 471
Views: 32223

Re: Potential Kris Bryant trade thread

Wait, are we trading Bryant to some non-MLB entity? Is there an agreement to have no one offer him a contract in two years when his team control is up? Trading him now so that they don't have to look cheap for not paying him in 2 years. Also some nonsense about how they tried really hard to get him...
by champaignchris
Fri Dec 13, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Potential Kris Bryant trade thread
Replies: 471
Views: 32223

Re: Potential Kris Bryant trade thread

there's really no reason to believe they're going to create a giant hole at one position to address another, i'm very confident in saying Robles simply isn't available here idk...the heyman tweet makes it seem like the door might at least be somewhat open (he mentioned him for a reason) if the nati...
by champaignchris
Thu Dec 12, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Potential Kris Bryant trade thread
Replies: 471
Views: 32223

Re: Potential Kris Bryant trade thread

A Robles centric package skews towards an acceptable deal to me vs some of the more pitching/prospect ones that have been thrown around. https://twitter.com/jonheyman/status/1205228326392086529?s=21 You can almost squint and see a way in which a Robles-centered deal makes some sort of baseball sense.
by champaignchris
Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Potential Kris Bryant trade thread
Replies: 471
Views: 32223

Re: Potential Kris Bryant trade thread

Maddux was coming off 3 seasons of 5.1, 5.8, and 7 fWAR when he hit free agency at age 26. And, since he wasn't a high strikeout guy, I'll throw in that his bWAR in 92 was a Trout-ian 9.1. What really made letting him walk after 92 extra egregious, though, was the fact that he came back to the Cubs...
by champaignchris
Tue Dec 10, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Potential Kris Bryant trade thread
Replies: 471
Views: 32223

Re: Potential Kris Bryant trade thread

Maddon was shocked to discover Albert Almora wasn't the answer for leadoff......or much else of use, really. Was it Maddon making the best roster he could? Or was it Maddon making a “You put this crap on my roster” type of statement by leading off the position player with the worst OBP on the team?...
by champaignchris
Mon Dec 09, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 roster
Replies: 947
Views: 61590

Re: 2020 roster

I love that the owners are able to create an artificial spending ceiling, but that's capitalism... Uhm... That's not capitalism. That's the opposite of capitalism. That's why baseball needs the Federal anti-trust exemption in order to get away with it. When Tech companies - Apple, Google, Intel and...
by champaignchris
Mon Dec 09, 2019 1:48 am
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: General Baseball Chit-Chat Thread
Replies: 5350
Views: 480136

Re: General Baseball Chit-Chat Thread

stitchface wrote:"I'm more just upset that we gave away a huge piece of our team," Snell said. "He was the swag of our team. He lifted a lot of our position players up with just his presence and made other guys more swaggy."


Do the statheads on this site prefer fSWAG or bSWAG?
by champaignchris
Sat Dec 07, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Cubs sign Winkler
Replies: 29
Views: 2088

Re: Cubs sign Winkler

Effingham is rough but it does have a big ass cross on the highway to remind you you're horsefeathers. Effingham also has a fantastic record store called America’s Groove. It’s in the middle of an otherwise abandoned shopping mall. It’s surreal it’s like you’re in the middle of a post-apocalyptic z...
by champaignchris
Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Cubs sign Winkler
Replies: 29
Views: 2088

Re: Cubs sign Winkler

Went to Parkland College. A Champaign kid!!!
by champaignchris
Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Phillies Sign Wheeler
Replies: 8
Views: 692

Re: Phillies Sign Wheeler

I would much rather have Yu at his remaining 4 year $81MM contract than Wheeler at 5 and $118MM.
by champaignchris
Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:29 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1408
Views: 82241

Re: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat

Bertz wrote:https://twitter.com/BleacherNation/statuses/1201984347097763840

I really liked Nick, though I question the dominoes that would need to fall for his fit on the team to not be very awkward


It would be adding a CF and trading Schwarber (or somehow Heyward) that would do it.
by champaignchris
Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Addison Russell
Replies: 1813
Views: 161186

Re: Addison Russell

Cubs fans still tripping over themselves to defend this guy, even as he’s shown the door The Venn diagram of fans who defend Russell but hate Kaepernick must be close to a single circle I'm on a University of Illinois message board - cleverly disguising myself by using the exact same user name - an...
by champaignchris
Fri Nov 15, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1408
Views: 82241

Re: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat

Abreu and Odorizzi accepted their QO’s. I believe everyone else declined theirs or will. I was a little surprised the Twins QO’d Odorizzi. He’s smart to take it. He’ll make more this year than he would have during the first year of any multi-year, and then he’ll be able to get more as a free agent ...
by champaignchris
Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: It’s not me, it’s Yu
Replies: 541
Views: 85171

Re: It’s not me, it’s Yu

Quirky, swaggy Yu is the best Yu.

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