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by champaignchris
Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: MLBTR Free Agency Predictions
Replies: 42
Views: 5692

Re: MLBTR Free Agency Predictions

And looking at that list... I have a really hard time seeing the Cubs paying Darvish for 6 years at $160 and then trading an MLB player for another starter, if instead they can sign Cobb for 4 years at $48 AND get Chatwood for 3 years at $20 or Jaime Garcia for 2 years at $16 or Chacin for 2 years a...
by champaignchris
Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:28 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: MLBTR Free Agency Predictions
Replies: 42
Views: 5692

Re: MLBTR Free Agency Predictions

If Arrieta is only gonna get 4 years $100m like they predict in that article, I think the Cubs might be in on that. Yeah. The Cubs should be all over four more years of Jake. Hell, 4 years and a couple team options with reasonable buy outs wouldn't be bad. They just need to make sure they're not pa...
by champaignchris
Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Trading Heyward
Replies: 171
Views: 16422

Re: Trading Heyward

I hate when fans get mad at the player and not the team when a contract doesn't work out. Sure. When a player gets way overpaid and then keeps doing what he’s always done or has a fairly reasonable rate of decline due to age, getting pissed at the player doesn’t make much sense. Alfonso Soriano, fo...
by champaignchris
Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:54 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Starting Pitching candidates
Replies: 1268
Views: 109268

Re: The Starting Pitching Trade Candidates

I’m not enthralled with Shark. At this point we know what to expect with him. 200 innings, league average ERA/FIP, 2 WAR. He’s a younger, less charming old John Lackey without the playoff clutch thing. (To the extent such a thing exists.) Trading Almora or Happ for him at 3 years/$59 million versus ...
by champaignchris
Tue Oct 31, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: Other Sports
Topic: NFL Week 9
Replies: 40
Views: 4146

Re: NFL Week 9

Jimmy Garrapalo and Jay Ajayi with new homes ahead of the trade deadline (3pm Chicago time today). Jay should just walk away from the Dolphins if Landry gets traded today, also. That takes SF out of the QB hunt cone draft-time. He’s a FA after the end of this year. I’m sure the plan is to extend or...
by champaignchris
Fri Oct 27, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Trading Heyward
Replies: 171
Views: 16422

Re: Trading Heyward

As part of the package that brings Stanton to the Cubs?
by champaignchris
Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Chris Bosio Fired
Replies: 109
Views: 12096

Re: Chris Bosio Fired

Sammy Sofa wrote:DICK POLE, COME ON DOWN.


[Michael Scott gif]"That's what she said!"[/Michael Scott gif]
by champaignchris
Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Starting Pitching candidates
Replies: 1268
Views: 109268

Re: Starting Pitching Options FA 2018

Is Mike Minor a viable candidate for a swing type of pick up? Become the Mike Montgomery if Montgomery starts full time.
by champaignchris
Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:49 am
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: How many teams in each league should make the playoffs?
Replies: 94
Views: 7369

Re: How many teams in each league should make the playoffs?

As nerve-racking as this must be to the D-Backs and Rocks fans, I can’t imagine any neutral observer complaining about the format while watching tonight’s game. Just some fantastic baseball going on tonight.
by champaignchris
Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: How many teams in each league should make the playoffs?
Replies: 94
Views: 7369

Re: How many teams in each league should make the playoffs?

Someone might be able to convince me that the divisional series should be 7 games instead of 5.

Otherwise, I think the playoff format as it exists now is perfect.
by champaignchris
Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: International shenanigans in Atlanta?
Replies: 63
Views: 8516

Re: International shenanigans in Atlanta?

Cardinal’s GM kept his job after one of his employees hacked into a competing team’s scouting database.

What could be so much worse than that, that the Brave’s GM resigned?
by champaignchris
Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: The Cardinals
Replies: 2857
Views: 326997

Re: The Cardinals

The Cardinals should sign/trade for as many 32+ year old sluggers as they can find. Over-the-hill power bats are clearly the new market inefficiency. Donaldson has 5 WAR in only 111 games. yeah he's really good. But they will likely have to pay a hefty sum for 1 year and then feel obligated to sign...
by champaignchris
Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: General Cubs Chit-Chat
Replies: 7680
Views: 767334

Re: General Cubs Chit-Chat

We Got The Whole 9 wrote:Thank Tom we'll never have to experience this


Hosmer and Moustakas are only 27 and 28 years old. That sucks for Royals fans.
by champaignchris
Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: The Cardinals
Replies: 2857
Views: 326997

Re: The Cardinals

The Cardinals should sign/trade for as many 32+ year old sluggers as they can find. Over-the-hill power bats are clearly the new market inefficiency.
by champaignchris
Tue Sep 26, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: General Cubs Chit-Chat
Replies: 7680
Views: 767334

Re: General Cubs Chit-Chat

Cubs MLB rank since the ASB (pre ASB rank in parenthesis)

#1 in runs (20)
#3 in hits (28)
#3 in total bases (23)
#1 in batting average (28)
#1 in on base percentage (18)
#1 in slugging (19)
#2 in walks (3)
by champaignchris
Mon Sep 25, 2017 2:25 am
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Is this 1969 All Over Again?
Replies: 35
Views: 4620

Re: Is this 1969 All Over Again?

Lost in the discussion about the '69 Cubs is the fact that Mets went on an incredible run to end that season. They were 10 games back of the Cubs and finished 8 ahead by going 38-6 over their last 44 games. '04 was similar. The Astros went 36-10 to pass the Cubs who went a perfectly respectable 26-...
by champaignchris
Fri Sep 22, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Starting Pitching candidates
Replies: 1268
Views: 109268

Re: The Starting Pitching Trade Candidates

I don’t feel like the Cubs are going to make any trades in the offseason that will substantially change the make up of their core position players. Maybe heading into 2019 and that monster free agent class, but I feel this year they’ll keep the position core intact and use free agency to fill in the...
by champaignchris
Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Despite Schwarber's Low BA do You Bring Him Back Next Year?
Replies: 46
Views: 5576

Re: Despite Schwarber's Low BA do You Bring Him Back Next Year?

It amazes me the number of people who want to focus on a 35-ish game stretch in April and May while ignoring the entire rest of his career when evaluating Schwarber's bat.
by champaignchris
Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:40 am
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: The Cubs stink
Replies: 75
Views: 7962

Re: The Cubs stink

I dimly remember my dad yelling at those Bruce Sutter, Rick Reuschel, Dave Kingman teams from the late 70s. I think "June swoon" may have been my first words. I grew up in central Illinois. The White Sox weren't on tv or the radio where I grew up. They may as well have been playing on the...
by champaignchris
Fri Sep 15, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: The Cubs stink
Replies: 75
Views: 7962

Re: The Cubs stink

I dimly remember my dad yelling at those Bruce Sutter, Rick Reuschel, Dave Kingman teams from the late 70s. I think "June swoon" may have been my first words. I grew up in central Illinois. The White Sox weren't on tv or the radio where I grew up. They may as well have been playing on the ...
by champaignchris
Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Is this 1969 All Over Again?
Replies: 35
Views: 4620

Re: Is this 1969 All Over Again?

Man, if it's 1969 all over again, forget this baseball thing and let's go catch Led Zeppelin at the arena. I hear James Gang is opening for them.
by champaignchris
Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:44 am
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: General Cubs Chit-Chat
Replies: 7680
Views: 767334

Re: General Cubs Chit-Chat

Weren't they trying to adjust his delivery to alleviate the back problems that had plagued him his whole career?

Is that what he's complaining about?
by champaignchris
Mon Sep 04, 2017 2:41 am
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: What do the Cubs do with Zobrist Next Year?
Replies: 13
Views: 2167

Re: What do the Cubs do with Zobrist Next Year?

I believe he has a NTC through 2018. No NTC for the final year of his contract in 2019.

I assume at some point they are going to pay someone to take him off their hands. I also assume that will be after the 2018 season.
by champaignchris
Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Random In-season Musings and Rumors
Replies: 374
Views: 36265

Re: Random In-season Musings and Rumors

A weird trade. Even if Weaver and Reyes are lights out next year, they'll still probably have to sign a Leake-ish player to fill out their starting rotation. Cardinals are very deep in SP options in the upper minors. Weaver, Reyes and Flaherty could all be studs, but none have ever pitched more tha...
by champaignchris
Wed Aug 30, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Random In-season Musings and Rumors
Replies: 374
Views: 36265

Re: Random In-season Musings and Rumors

A weird trade. Even if Weaver and Reyes are lights out next year, they'll still probably have to sign a Leake-ish player to fill out their starting rotation.

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