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by TomtheBombadil
Sat Oct 05, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings
Replies: 1836
Views: 202081

Re: Minor League Musings

Americaan's the first real pleasant surprise to hit one of these lists. They stuffed a bunch of positives in there - defensive flexibility including a shot at CF, burgeoning power, decent approach, natural strength and quickness. The Cubs have had a pretty solid run of JC and smaller program college...
by TomtheBombadil
Fri Oct 04, 2019 2:57 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 roster
Replies: 363
Views: 15474

Re: 2020 roster

If we’re spending money/resources on the rotation I’d hope it’s for more than an adequate 5th starter who probably has little upside left and has a $12 million salary. Just run with internal options over him or spend $4 mil or whatever on a FA if we are dumpster diving. Do my idea of trading for Jo...
by TomtheBombadil
Fri Oct 04, 2019 2:41 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 roster
Replies: 363
Views: 15474

Re: 2020 roster

What about Eaton in the OF if the Nats let hm go? He's got two team options for '20-'21 at $9.5 and 10.5 million
by TomtheBombadil
Fri Oct 04, 2019 2:36 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 roster
Replies: 363
Views: 15474

Re: 2020 roster

Tehran horsefeathering sucks Don't get me wrong, he's no Adbert Alzolay or Alec Mills , but a healthy 29 YO on a one year deal who can fairly reliably deliver a couple WAR and ~180 innings is pretty practical if unspectacular Steamer Projected ERA, right now: Teheran - 5.19 Mills - 4.66 Alzolay - 4...
by TomtheBombadil
Fri Oct 04, 2019 2:17 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 roster
Replies: 363
Views: 15474

Re: 2020 roster

Tehran horsefeathering sucks Don't get me wrong, he's no Adbert Alzolay or Alec Mills, but a healthy 29 YO on a one year deal who can fairly reliably deliver a couple WAR and ~180 innings is pretty practical if unspectacular I’d rather roll the dice on Adbert, Mills, Chatwood, cheap 1 year FA than ...
by TomtheBombadil
Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:59 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 roster
Replies: 363
Views: 15474

Re: 2020 roster

Thoughts on Julio Teheran for 2020 5th starter? Braves left him off the NLDS roster. One year deal at 29 if they pick up his option, could maybe probably get him for some full season pitching combo like Tyson Miller and Riley Thompson Tehran horsefeathering sucks Don't get me wrong, he's no Adbert ...
by TomtheBombadil
Fri Oct 04, 2019 1:25 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 roster
Replies: 363
Views: 15474

Re: 2020 roster

Thoughts on Julio Teheran for 2020 5th starter? Braves left him off the NLDS roster. One year deal at 29 if they pick up his option, could maybe probably get him for some full season pitching combo like Tyson Miller and Riley Thompson
by TomtheBombadil
Thu Oct 03, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: Minor League Musings
Replies: 1836
Views: 202081

Re: Minor League Musings

I like that number much better, although I'm sure he's not averaging that. For reference, Contreras averaged 1.91 this year and was third in all of baseball (Realmuto led the majors with 1.88 average). Honestly, not sure either matters so much beyond not being bad. The arm isn't the most valuable d...
by TomtheBombadil
Thu Oct 03, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: General Cubs Chit-Chat
Replies: 6686
Views: 540297

Re: General Cubs Chit-Chat

muntjack wrote:Ugh. Schwarber went from a neutral defender in 17 to a very good defender in 18 to a terrible defender in 19. But not really.


So he's basically been an average defensive LF overall? That works fine
by TomtheBombadil
Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 roster
Replies: 363
Views: 15474

Re: 2020 roster

Hot take: The whole thing about wanting to trade guys last offseason but holding off still sounds like Contreras to me. They weren't trading Bryant at his absolute lowest, and Contreras walked away from last season the least harmed in reputation despite his .647 OPS in the second half plus the usual...
by TomtheBombadil
Thu Oct 03, 2019 3:31 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2019 AFL
Replies: 48
Views: 4140

Re: 2019 AFL

Thompson got blowed up but Amaya went 1/3 with a K, drove in a couple
by TomtheBombadil
Wed Oct 02, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2019 AFL
Replies: 48
Views: 4140

Re: 2019 AFL

Uelmen's thrown a good 6 innings over 3 outtings, including 2 shutout with 3 Ks tonigt
by TomtheBombadil
Wed Oct 02, 2019 2:51 am
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: Reds Hire Kyle Boddy
Replies: 36
Views: 1630

Re: Reds Hire Kyle Boddy

So you think everything has just been luck good or bad and we should just keep the status quo? You don’t think things need fixing on the development side? I've said luck zero times and you've mentioned it twice so nope. Outside of maybe the horrendous 2018 of Darvish, there's not a whole lot of thi...
by TomtheBombadil
Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:55 am
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: Reds Hire Kyle Boddy
Replies: 36
Views: 1630

Re: Reds Hire Kyle Boddy

This was the first year it seemed we’ve done anything on the development front since 2015-16 . I’m not entirely uncertain it was just dumb and random luck. Theo admitted they still are way behind in this development stuff the last few years. Even if this is true, and we've been ballwashing Alzolay ...
by TomtheBombadil
Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:37 am
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: Reds Hire Kyle Boddy
Replies: 36
Views: 1630

Re: Reds Hire Kyle Boddy

We either got outbid or outsold with a better pitch. The pitching development infrastructure is non existent, I can’t imagine we weren’t willing to give him whatever role he wanted in pitcher development. Who actually believes this? I'm not even sure you believe this. Pitching's weird and they didn...
by TomtheBombadil
Wed Oct 02, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: Social
Topic: TV thread
Replies: 3765
Views: 294956

Re: TV thread

I rewatched some random Brooklyn99 episode the other day and Holt had a line, "...He was homophobic but not racist, that was pretty good for the day" that still has me rolling
by TomtheBombadil
Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: Reds Hire Kyle Boddy
Replies: 36
Views: 1630

Re: Reds Hire Kyle Boddy

OTOH I love the Reds' earnestness, hope they finish second in the division next year. OTOOH they keep hiring guys who worked for the Cubs or the Cubs are interviewing to handle their pitching and with results so far. Why not look at their 2019 ML pitching storyline - they hire the Cubs' former minor...
by TomtheBombadil
Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: Reds Hire Kyle Boddy
Replies: 36
Views: 1630

Re: Reds Hire Kyle Boddy

Maybe as the day to day major league guy Callaway is better. But the pitching development role we’re talking here, the in the lab stuff using technology, techniques and methodology he basically created, Boddy is leaps and bounds better. And we offered him a job and he picked the Reds, we got out pi...
by TomtheBombadil
Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: Reds Hire Kyle Boddy
Replies: 36
Views: 1630

Re: Reds Hire Kyle Boddy

He has a tough personality which yeah maybe that was part of it but he’s the best at what he does . He’s only consulted with teams and players as far as I recall. Callaway and Farrell are fossils compared to what he’s doing. We badly needed Boddy and now need to find someone like him to take on thi...
by TomtheBombadil
Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: Reds Hire Kyle Boddy
Replies: 36
Views: 1630

Re: Reds Hire Kyle Boddy

Damn yo, they just bodied us

OTOH Boddy's got a weird reputation as a loudmouth so maybe it just wasn't a personality fit. Also also not sure he's ever been with a ML org officially? I don't have much issue pursuing a Callaway or Farrell for a more ML oriented pitching guru role
by TomtheBombadil
Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Cubs Manager Search
Replies: 253
Views: 13460

Re: Cubs Manager Search

Venable's yet another interesting one....Son of a MLer, graduated from Princeton as a two sport athlete, pretty good player with a wide skillset and good fundamentals, lived in Japan and the DR growing up because his dad, played for orgs with close ties to these Cubs (Doyers, Padres, Rangers) as rec...
by TomtheBombadil
Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 roster
Replies: 363
Views: 15474

Re: 2020 roster

^^ The idea of sending Contreras for prospects, including a SP candidate, is one I'm into and specifically because of what you wrote. I think breaking in someone with way more potential than a 5 but no track record is the ideal, and obviously you need a good prospect for that (not sure either Alzola...
by TomtheBombadil
Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 roster
Replies: 363
Views: 15474

Re: 2020 roster

]How shortsighted/dumb would it be to let Mills and Alzolay battle it out for the 5th spot? I like what they both bring to the table. Or should we allow them to do the same for the long-relief nv nrole. I honestly thing they'd be better options for 5 than Chatwood, who seems to thrive in a LR role....
by TomtheBombadil
Mon Sep 30, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Cubs Manager Search
Replies: 253
Views: 13460

Re: Cubs Manager Search

Second year in a row they've shown serious interest in Ibanez:



I like hiring a Hispanic manager alot, fits the upcoming talent on the farm
by TomtheBombadil
Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Theo Speak
Replies: 327
Views: 43941

Re: Theo Speak

I mean they started building the WS winner some 4-5 years before it happened, they all mostly arrived together towards the end, and that worked out fine. This time the media's not walking us through it and telling us it will be special and awesome when everyone arrives, but things went about as wel...

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