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by Bertz
Fri Dec 06, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Cubs sign Winkler
Replies: 19
Views: 488

Re: Cubs sign Winkler

Looks like he's got options, so he'll be part of the Iowa shuttle crew
by Bertz
Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 322
Views: 16816

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



Catching market continues to move along, but we're down to only ~3 guys who could adequately backfill Willson.
by Bertz
Fri Dec 06, 2019 4:07 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 roster
Replies: 830
Views: 48147

Re: 2020 roster

IMO the Contreras trade is more about how solid Vic is and the prospect of getting some ML ready young pitching than it is about any deficiency of Willson's. Here are the Steamer projected WAR/450 values for each guy assuming neutral defense: Willson - 2.6 Vic - 2.0 Castro - 1.7 Because catchers ha...
by Bertz
Fri Dec 06, 2019 1:49 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 roster
Replies: 830
Views: 48147

Re: 2020 roster

IMO the Contreras trade is more about how solid Vic is and the prospect of getting some ML ready young pitching than it is about any deficiency of Willson's. Here are the Steamer projected WAR/450 values for each guy assuming neutral defense: Willson - 2.6 Vic - 2.0 Castro - 1.7 Because catchers ha...
by Bertz
Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 roster
Replies: 830
Views: 48147

Re: 2020 roster

IMO the Contreras trade is more about how solid Vic is and the prospect of getting some ML ready young pitching than it is about any deficiency of Willson's. Here are the Steamer projected WAR/450 values for each guy assuming neutral defense: Willson - 2.6 Vic - 2.0 Castro - 1.7 Because catchers hav...
by Bertz
Thu Dec 05, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Brewers trade for a catcher
Replies: 7
Views: 381

Re: RE: Re: Brewers trade for a catcher

Going from one end of the defensive spectrum to the other. Narvaez makes Contreras look like a wizard with the glove. And had 10 HR in his first 2000 pro PA. I really feel a lot of his offensive value is baked mostly in the juiced ball. The OBP is nice but I dont believe the power is real. Yeah Sta...
by Bertz
Thu Dec 05, 2019 2:35 am
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Addison Russell
Replies: 1811
Views: 151066

Re: Addison Russell

team-friendly extensions for productive young players are almost always a no-brainer i mean fans didn't know he was a wife-beater and his shoulder would fall apart Nah, they're incredibly overrated. On average, fans especially but even teams fall victim to optimism bias when projecting out young pl...
by Bertz
Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 322
Views: 16816

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

A 4 for 1 for Bundy seems like a lot, even if they’re just organizational filler types. Bundy is damaged goods. https://twitter.com/feinsand/status/1202335503909040134?s=21 Yeah, Brett's having a mini meltdown on Twitter over this and I don't get it. Bundy when he threw 95 had promise and untapped ...
by Bertz
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 322
Views: 16816

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

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 For all the talk of how bad his defense is, can anyone remember games/moments where the Cubs were really hurt by...
by Bertz
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 322
Views: 16816

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



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
by Bertz
Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 322
Views: 16816

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

TIL Souza bats right handed, if you had given me 3 guesses my first 2 would’ve been that he was a lefty. Speaking of RH OF, the more I look around at the options, the more I really want them to pry Margot away from SD. Upside, defense, fits well with LH OF already here, and paves the way to punt Al...
by Bertz
Tue Dec 03, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 322
Views: 16816

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

Passan's last line is interesting too: The Cubs know they need to be creative. They also know the first move they make is perhaps the most important and will set the tone for their winter. I think it has always made sense logically, but also good to know that the big trade is going to kick off the w...
by Bertz
Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:19 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 322
Views: 16816

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

The team could probably do: - Willson traded for a few young live ML arms - Willson backfilled via FA (Castro/Avila) - Didi at 2B - A RH bench OF (Souza/Pillar) - A FA reliever (Treinen/Harris) For less than $30M. I could get behind that offseason, especially if they managed a Javy extension in ther...
by Bertz
Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Cubs Tender Deadline Moves
Replies: 7
Views: 622

Cubs Tender Deadline Moves



Our Addison Russell nightmare is over, and the Cubs are going to try and sneak Danny Hultzen down to Iowa. Everything else is as expected.
by Bertz
Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 322
Views: 16816

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



Perfect bat-first type for the bench with the new extra roster spot
by Bertz
Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Cubs get another rehabbing A
Replies: 14
Views: 1194

Re: Cubs get another rehabbing A

by Bertz
Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 322
Views: 16816

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

There are enough 2B candidates that we can be REALLY picky. Like just quickly perusing the FA list I see Solid 2B Options: - Cesar Hernandez - Jonathan Villar - Howie Kendrick - Brock Holt - Scooter Gennett Less Solid 2B Options - Eric Sogard - Brian Dozier - Jonathan Schoop - Yolmer Sanchez - Jose ...
by Bertz
Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Offseason Top Prospect Lists
Replies: 11
Views: 759

Re: Offseason Top Prospect Lists

The Future Lineup thing has always been a just-for-fun don't think too hard about it sort of thing. That being said given that my complaint about them the past few years has been sloppiness, it's not super reassuring that they have a bunch of guys who will have long-since been FAs on there.
by Bertz
Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 322
Views: 16816

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



I don't think he was anyone's Plan A or even Plan B, but still relevant
by Bertz
Mon Dec 02, 2019 3:40 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 322
Views: 16816

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

According to Rosenthal, the Phillies are very likely to non-tender Cesar Hernandez tomorrow
by Bertz
Mon Dec 02, 2019 3:10 am
Forum: Social
Topic: TV thread
Replies: 3885
Views: 318141

Re: TV thread

Holy horsefeathers was Watchmen great tonight. This is me from now until next Sunday night:

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by Bertz
Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Willson's Framing
Replies: 10
Views: 655

Re: Wllson's Framing

I think he's clearly bad, but I think how well that predicts how bad he'll be going forward is the question. We've seen guys like JT Realmuto, Alex Avila, and Jason Castro go from very bad to very good in a single offseason over the past several years. We've also seen the opposite happen with guys l...
by Bertz
Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 322
Views: 16816

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

https://twitter.com/BleacherNation/statuses/1200455344906031106 Say what you will about each of these guys in a vacuum, I think they're extremely poor fits on the current roster. Get a real SP you can trust to slide into the rotation, or get a someone with minor league options who can be stashed at ...
by Bertz
Thu Nov 28, 2019 4:16 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 322
Views: 16816

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



Catchers are flying fast, if a Willson trade is going to happen it's likely going to be soon.

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