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by TomtheBombadil
Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The Mock Off Season Thread
Replies: 150
Views: 4606

Re: The Mock Off Season Thread

It wouldn't surprise me, if Archer (or Stroman, or another young, cost-controlled arm was on the market) if a) Washington Nationals put up Victor Robles or Trea Turner in a package. I don't expect the Nationals to want to move either Robles or Turner, but Mike Rizzo might be one of the few GM's out...
by TomtheBombadil
Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:04 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The Mock Off Season Thread
Replies: 150
Views: 4606

Re: The Mock Off Season Thread

Well, yes, no team is going to prioritize pitching prospects in any trade with the Cubs right now, but I'd imagine, due to how their system stacks right now, that they might prefer an upper level pitching prospect. Perhaps Alzolay is that guy and I'm just remarkably wary on him. Russell would trump...
by TomtheBombadil
Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:03 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The Mock Off Season Thread
Replies: 150
Views: 4606

Re: The Mock Off Season Thread

I think it's unlikely that they'll turn down a trade for Russell because of Adames being there. You make it work someway, somehow. If they don't want Russell, it'll be because of concerns about Russell, not because of Adames being there, if that makes sense. I'm not convinced that they'll go for Ja...
by TomtheBombadil
Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:07 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The Mock Off Season Thread
Replies: 150
Views: 4606

Re: The Mock Off Season Thread

For toonsterwu or anyone else who follows other teams' systems, do you think the presence of Adames would affect how the Rays view Russell, or would they fit well together up the middle? Also I know Archer will make more than Russell the next few years but is it possible Addison would catch or surp...
by TomtheBombadil
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The Mock Off Season Thread
Replies: 150
Views: 4606

Re: The Mock Off Season Thread

I am the walrus: Agree or not? The Cubs will likely sign a lower FA pitcher (Cobb), sign a lower end closer (Reed), sign a middle rp (Mcgee) or two, send a regular (Happ) for a fairly high ceiling young pitcher and spend around $30M of there $70 salary they have to spend. 12:56 Dave Cameron: I thin...
by TomtheBombadil
Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:47 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The Mock Off Season Thread
Replies: 150
Views: 4606

Re: The Mock Off Season Thread

Maybe this? Trades: Cubs get: Stroman and Osuna Blue Jays get: Schwarber, Happ, La Stella, Alzolay, De la Cruz, and Hatch Cubs get: Yelich, Deitrich, Volquez Marlins get: Baez, Almora FAs: Cobb (4 years) Maybin (2 years) JJ Hardy (1 year) Granderson (1 year) Morrow (2 years) McGee (3 years?) Oh (1 y...
by TomtheBombadil
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:44 am
Forum: Social
Topic: Movie Thread 2: The Sequel
Replies: 2328
Views: 77929

Re: Movie Thread 2: The Sequel

Mayhem was fun
by TomtheBombadil
Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:48 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Cubs Offseason Rumors
Replies: 78
Views: 2328

Re: Cubs Offseason Rumors

Britton to go with Morrow and McGee is plan A for me as far as the bullpen. There are multiple Britton alternatives - Iglesias and Osuna come to mind. If you get Britton, I think I'd be off McGee. You'd have Wilson and Monty as lefties, with Britton too. Grab Morrow and another Righty at that stage...
by TomtheBombadil
Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:52 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Offseason Transactions
Replies: 94
Views: 4371

Re: Offseason Transactions

CaliforniaRaisin wrote: Cubs fans underrate Russell's SS defense and overestimate Javy's.


For sure
by TomtheBombadil
Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:35 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Cubs Offseason Rumors
Replies: 78
Views: 2328

Re: Cubs Offseason Rumors

Britton to go with Morrow and McGee is plan A for me as far as the bullpen. There are multiple Britton alternatives - Iglesias and Osuna come to mind.
by TomtheBombadil
Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: General Cubs Chit-Chat
Replies: 3913
Views: 180164

Re: General Cubs Chit-Chat

Carlos Beltran officially retired today. The Cubs can finally stop not signing him in FA.
by TomtheBombadil
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Offseason Transactions
Replies: 94
Views: 4371

Re: Offseason Transactions

Russell’s a solid starting ML SS with an elite pedigree entering peak prime power years. That’s...even if you don’t buy him becoming a superstar that is a wildly valuable player. It would be devastating to go from him to Baez in 2018.
by TomtheBombadil
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:04 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: BA's Top 10 Cubs Prospects
Replies: 19
Views: 482

Re: BA's Top 10 Cubs Prospects

Did scouts just not turn up for Rucker's starts? I continue to be confused why he can't get any love while someone like Hatch is cracking Top 10s. Maybe he’s getting knocked for his age? 23 in the A ball levels isn’t going to draw much national attention unless he was spectacular, and he was more v...
by TomtheBombadil
Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:20 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Offseason Transactions
Replies: 94
Views: 4371

Re: Offseason Transactions

A few general thoughts, from articles heading into the GM meetings, from Gordo, Mooney, and Levine.... We were mentioned on Morrow and McGee again. We supposedly have between 65-75 mill to spend. (Assuming arb guys included there) Seems like less spending this year, to open up next years checkbook ...
by TomtheBombadil
Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:01 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: BA's Top 10 Cubs Prospects
Replies: 19
Views: 482

Re: BA's Top 10 Cubs Prospects

Pleasant surprise to see Ademan get the top spot. His season was excellent, showed a ton of skills at a very young age. Throw in some weak competition for the system’s top spot....I’d have Albertos, Hatch, and Lange higher, and am not a huge believer in Alzolay’s perceived ceiling if the thinking is...
by TomtheBombadil
Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The Mock Off Season Thread
Replies: 150
Views: 4606

Re: The Mock Off Season Thread

Yeah I’m a big Stephenson fan and as a SP. Reed is more an impact reliever with his power fastball and slider.
by TomtheBombadil
Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The Mock Off Season Thread
Replies: 150
Views: 4606

Re: The Mock Off Season Thread

What about Happ for Raisel Iglesias and Michael Lorenzen. I just want to say Iglesias is excellent and would make a good Cub. He is the reliever version of Stroman for me in that they’re top of the list trade targets during this pre-media rights window. Make that second arm Cody Reed or Stephenson ...
by TomtheBombadil
Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The Mock Off Season Thread
Replies: 150
Views: 4606

Re: The Mock Off Season Thread

toonsterwu wrote:As a side note, still think the Diamondbacks pulled the Archie Bradley as a starter option too quickly. Granted, not like they needed it ... but still think he could make a solid starter if a team is patient.


I don’t believe that was ever meant to be a permanent move.
by TomtheBombadil
Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:56 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The Mock Off Season Thread
Replies: 150
Views: 4606

Re: The Mock Off Season Thread

No interest in Salazar for Schwarber. No thanks to pre-injured arms in a deal for one of the young, cheap hitting!

Who says no first to:

Blue Jays get: Schwarber, Happ, La Stella, de la Cruz, and Alzolay

Cubs get: Stroman, Happ, and Osuna

?
by TomtheBombadil
Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: International Free Agency Thread 2018-2019
Replies: 18
Views: 962

Re: International Free Agency Thread 2018-2019

Wow, what a fast arm
by TomtheBombadil
Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: ITT: Raisin & Tom/King Kong Obsess Over Shohei Otani
Replies: 358
Views: 21490

Re: ITT: Raisin & Tom/King Kong Obsess Over Shohei Otani

How fast/slow will this process go? Once he's officially posted, there's a set time for teams to decide to bid up to $20 mil, I don't remember how long that is(maybe a week?). Once that's done and Otani can negotiate, I think it'll happen relatively quickly. He can't play teams against each other f...
by TomtheBombadil
Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: ITT: Raisin & Tom/King Kong Obsess Over Shohei Otani
Replies: 358
Views: 21490

Re: ITT: Raisin & Tom/King Kong Obsess Over Shohei Otani

I’m a complete non-believer with this angle that Japanese teammates or population sizes will be a factor. He just left Japan for pennies because he thinks the world of himself and no matter where he goes there will be plenty of Japanese people following close behind. I also believe that Chicago and...
by TomtheBombadil
Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:31 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: ITT: Raisin & Tom/King Kong Obsess Over Shohei Otani
Replies: 358
Views: 21490

Re: ITT: Raisin & Tom/King Kong Obsess Over Shohei Otani

The path to Otani preferring the Cubs is centered around him wanting to compete for championships and be part of a core with similarly aged players, while also being 'the guy' in terms of the rotation. The direction we've seen from him so far at least makes you think that's a decent part of his mot...
by TomtheBombadil
Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: ITT: Raisin & Tom/King Kong Obsess Over Shohei Otani
Replies: 358
Views: 21490

Re: ITT: Raisin & Tom/King Kong Obsess Over Shohei Otani

ConstableRabbit wrote:We can just spend $50m on private jet flights and bribes to Japanese citizens to move here.


Probably won’t even have to bribe anyone. There will be plenty of people flocking over to see him and no doubt any team that lands him is finding a way to bring over any non-player he truly wants with him.
by TomtheBombadil
Fri Nov 10, 2017 4:14 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: ITT: Raisin & Tom/King Kong Obsess Over Shohei Otani
Replies: 358
Views: 21490

Re: ITT: Raisin & Tom/King Kong Obsess Over Shohei Otani

are you delusional or what No? Are we really conceding this guy because the team can’t offer him a whopping $3.5 million or whatever? Sorry - a couple million bucks and not enough Japanese people in the area or something? The money being the same where ever he goes makes LA being more attractive fo...

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