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by CubsWin
Sat Mar 14, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Offseason Top Prospect Lists
Replies: 131
Views: 13465

Re: Offseason Top Prospect Lists

By MLB.com, I think you're referring to MLB Pipeline , which is run by Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Mike Rosenbaum. Those 3 are the ones in charge and come up with the lists. Is there another top prospect list put out by MLB.com? Well, MLB.com is very large and employs many writers, like Jesse San...
by CubsWin
Fri Mar 13, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Offseason Top Prospect Lists
Replies: 131
Views: 13465

Re: Offseason Top Prospect Lists

Finally, an MLB.com list that makes sense to me. And I like the new format, too. Of course, by "makes sense to me" I mostly mean that I agree with. I'm no expert, but we always think a list makes sense when it basically lines up with our thinking, heh. But MLB's lists have had some odd in...
by CubsWin
Wed Mar 11, 2020 2:33 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Offseason Top Prospect Lists
Replies: 131
Views: 13465

Re: Offseason Top Prospect Lists

Finally, an MLB.com list that makes sense to me. And I like the new format, too. Of course, by "makes sense to me" I mostly mean that I agree with. I'm no expert, but we always think a list makes sense when it basically lines up with our thinking, heh. But MLB's lists have had some odd inc...
by CubsWin
Sat Mar 07, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: International Free Agency, 2019-2020
Replies: 66
Views: 14707

Re: International Free Agency, 2019-2020

Contrary to reports, 2019-20 IFA J-2 C Brayan Altuve was -NOT - signed by the Cubs in July. The Cubs did not have enough ISBP room initially to fit in his $1M bonus, so instead he was "officially" signed after the conclusion of the 2019 season, which means the Cubs will get an extra year ...
by CubsWin
Fri Feb 28, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: International Free Agency Thread 2020-2021
Replies: 27
Views: 4403

Re: International Free Agency Thread 2020-2021

https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/2020-mlb-international-prospects-preview-catchers-to-watch/ On top of potentially the top IFA in next year's class, Dominican SS Christian Hernandez, the Cubs are also linked to Venezuelan catcher Moises Ballesteros. Ballesteros bats lefty, produces hard cont...
by CubsWin
Sat Feb 22, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: International Free Agency Thread 2020-2021
Replies: 27
Views: 4403

Re: International Free Agency Thread 2020-2021

Yeah I really like this idea of stockpiling young offensively gifted catchers. Attrition is really bad behind the plate, but between Hearn, Quintero, and Ballasteros the odds of netting an impact guy are actually pretty solid. I also think some of the the systemic changes coming to MLB in the next ...
by CubsWin
Sat Feb 22, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: International Free Agency Thread 2020-2021
Replies: 27
Views: 4403

Re: International Free Agency Thread 2020-2021

Ed Howard or Cristian Hernandez among signable amateur HS aged SSs this year? Eric A Longenhagen: oooh, good one. man, that’s close. I’ll say Hernandez, more body projection. Howard is the better glove, though. McDaniel leaned Howard so these two prospects might start a war Take Howard with the 16t...
by CubsWin
Thu Dec 19, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1425
Views: 90614

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

Remember when we were excusing inexplicable moves because the Cubs were obviously positioning themselves to sign Bryce Harper? Yeah, they might not get him. They could outbid everybody and still not get him. They could then go after Springer if they wanted and outbid everybody and not get him eithe...
by CubsWin
Thu Dec 19, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1425
Views: 90614

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

Remember when we were excusing inexplicable moves because the Cubs were obviously positioning themselves to sign Bryce Harper? Yeah, they might not get him. They could outbid everybody and still not get him. They could then go after Springer if they wanted and outbid everybody and not get him eithe...
by CubsWin
Thu Dec 19, 2019 12:20 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1425
Views: 90614

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

I guess the reason for flipping or pivoting would be the lack of ANY development of pitching to date. I’m sure it was in the plan that by this point they’d have a real internal option or two for a SP role and some bullpen roles. The lack of that may have changed the equation a bit with needing so m...
by CubsWin
Thu Dec 19, 2019 12:18 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1425
Views: 90614

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

I think the part no one wants to really focus on is that, given the current roster and farm system, there's really nothing you can do now where you could confidently point to 2021 and beyond and say that we'd be contenders. I hope otherwise, but I think it's looking like an inevitability after what...
by CubsWin
Thu Dec 19, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1425
Views: 90614

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

While I have my own issues with the post, I appreciate the time you put into it. The issue from a Cubs perspective is that the idea seems to go against Theo's main strategy since he got here, which is that young hitting prospects give you a ton of surplus value, whereas pitching prospects are a cra...
by CubsWin
Thu Dec 19, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1425
Views: 90614

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

While I have my own issues with the post, I appreciate the time you put into it. The issue from a Cubs perspective is that the idea seems to go against Theo's main strategy since he got here, which is that young hitting prospects give you a ton of surplus value, whereas pitching prospects are a cra...
by CubsWin
Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1425
Views: 90614

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

I started reading and slammed into the first wall: Trade Bryant to the Braves for good, young, controllable pitching (something along the lines of Sean Newcomb, Ian Anderson and Bryce Wilson). The specific names don’t matter. The Braves have so many options, you can build a trade however you like. ...
by CubsWin
Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1425
Views: 90614

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

In response to posters saying there’s no conceivable reason to trade Kris Bryant, I wrote that they were lacking imagination, and that I see some possibilities. I was asked to “show my work”, so here goes. Have at it. Tear it apart. This post is really, really long, so here are the Cliff’s Notes: Th...
by CubsWin
Wed Dec 18, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1425
Views: 90614

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

He doesn't have to do that, only accuse everyone else of thinking they are smarter than Theo and also sucking each others dicks because we cannot think for ourselves. Lol. You're not defensive at all, are you... I just want to point out that during this debate over whether to trade KB we've kept th...
by CubsWin
Wed Dec 18, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1425
Views: 90614

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

In general, if you don't like knee-jerk reactions, then this place prob isn't your jam. I think most of us read, however...or am I giving a knee-jerk reaction to the implication that we aren't reading your posts? Lol. It's all good. I've been here since the beginning. Just spend most of my time han...
by CubsWin
Wed Dec 18, 2019 9:23 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1425
Views: 90614

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

No mine are actually realistic and take in to account the big picture of where the entire roster and payroll are headed in the next year or two. I don't look at a Bryant trade (or any other trade) in a vacuum because it doesn't exist in a vacuum. In fact, for me, the main reason to trade Bryant, if...
by CubsWin
Wed Dec 18, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1425
Views: 90614

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

You're misreading what I wrote. I never accused anyone of thinking Theo was an idiot. I don't think anyone here thinks Theo and Jed are idiots. I simply pointed out that it seems clear to all of us that Theo and company are open to trading Bryant if not actively seeking it. At the same time, the pr...
by CubsWin
Wed Dec 18, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1425
Views: 90614

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

You're misreading what I wrote. I never accused anyone of thinking Theo was an idiot. I don't think anyone here thinks Theo and Jed are idiots. I simply pointed out that it seems clear to all of us that Theo and company are open to trading Bryant if not actively seeking it. At the same time, the pr...
by CubsWin
Mon Dec 16, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1425
Views: 90614

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

So is your argument here that this thread, 553 posts deep at the moment, along with the 2020 roster thread, 934 posts deep, just a bunch of group think morons chanting "No good Bryant trades"? Nope. I'm only referring to this thread and used qualifiers like "largely", "for ...
by CubsWin
Mon Dec 16, 2019 5:08 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1425
Views: 90614

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

What strikes me in all these diatribes preemptively condemning a Bryant trade is the lack of an alternative plan. Staying with a failing core that will bail en masse in two years doesn’t sound like a winner to me. Contrary to Theo’s shilling, status quo is a very, very bad option. Come on, there ar...
by CubsWin
Mon Dec 16, 2019 5:06 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1425
Views: 90614

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

Is it possible to imagine a combination of players from a single organization in return for Bryant that would make the team better? Of course, that's true for every player in the league save for maybe Trout. But when you layer in the constraint of what teams are willing to pay for 2 years of Bryant...
by CubsWin
Mon Dec 16, 2019 2:44 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1425
Views: 90614

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

You guys really can't see why a trade of Bryant could realistically work out helping the Cubs? It's not that hard. It doesn't take much imagination. Might have to just make this my signature: https://www.northsidebaseball.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=384016#p384016 Bryant trades that: Make the Cubs be...
by CubsWin
Sun Dec 15, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2019-20 Offseason Rumors/General Chit-Chat
Replies: 1425
Views: 90614

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

It could be groupthink, or it could be that a lot of people are independently coming to the same conclusion. Considering how often conversations happen in which people that generally agree with each other devolve into multi-paragraph, multi-page, neverending back-and-forth arguments over minutia, I...

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