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by Transmogrified Tiger
Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:02 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Cubs Picking Up Hamels Option, Trading Smyly to Rangers
Replies: 52
Views: 2412

Re: Cubs Picking Up Hamels Option, Trading Smyly to Rangers

The logic I can come up with for why it's Smyly is that as a starter, with Hamels he's currently what, 8th on the depth chart? 9th if you're a big Alzolay fan? He threw one competitive inning last year. It's not certain he's ready to start games in April, and he's not going to be a guy you can plug ...
by Transmogrified Tiger
Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Cubs Picking Up Hamels Option, Trading Smyly to Rangers
Replies: 52
Views: 2412

Re: Cubs Picking Up Hamels Option, Trading Smyly to Rangers?

I think it’s $7m Smyly makes 5 million. for luxury tax purposes, 7 million in actual payroll for 2019 2 years/$10M (2018-19) signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 12/12/17 18:$3M, 19:$7M 2019 performance bonuses: may earn up to $6M as a starter and up to $1M as a reliever That's my bad, I had it i...
by Transmogrified Tiger
Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."
Replies: 734
Views: 37142

Re: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."

treebird wrote:I’m a little scared of a scenario in which the Cubs miss on Harper/Machado and then Ricketts doesn’t approve the same budget if we aren’t adding a star.


If they don't get Harper or Machado, the path to a similar type of improvement is probably far less correlated with spending.
by Transmogrified Tiger
Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."
Replies: 734
Views: 37142

Re: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."

Your home runs uber alles campaign is going to some strange places. Wherever will an offense with Bryant, Rizzo, Baez, Schwarber, and Contreras find power? They were 11th in the NL in home runs last year with all those boys on the roster. And one home run off of first the year before that with the ...
by Transmogrified Tiger
Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Cubs Picking Up Hamels Option, Trading Smyly to Rangers
Replies: 52
Views: 2412

Re: Cubs Picking Up Hamels Option, Trading Smyly to Rangers?

ConstableRabbit wrote:
UMFan83 wrote:So basically we save $6m on salary like we would have but have to give up a pretty nice trade chip to do it.

I think it’s $7m


Smyly makes 5 million.
by Transmogrified Tiger
Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."
Replies: 734
Views: 37142

Re: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."

My read is that the Cubs are restricted on spending inasmuch in that they're planning on dropping hundreds of millions on Bryce Harper despite having a perfectly good offense without him https://media1.tenor.com/images/dd0ac1f8830cff8d3d28b8cdf6788472/tenor.gif?itemid=5043510 NEVER SETTLE FOR THESE...
by Transmogrified Tiger
Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."
Replies: 734
Views: 37142

Re: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."

Also, Buster's admitted source here is other teams' executives, which is like a half step more accurate than whatever fever dreams inform Nightengale's reporting.
by Transmogrified Tiger
Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."
Replies: 734
Views: 37142

Re: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."

My read is that the Cubs are restricted on spending inasmuch in that they're planning on dropping hundreds of millions on Bryce Harper despite having a perfectly good offense without him, so they'll have to do more work on the margins to fit in the relievers or an additional SP they want to do on to...
by Transmogrified Tiger
Fri Nov 02, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."
Replies: 734
Views: 37142

Re: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."

I don't know why they traded for Kintzler if they were expecting a payroll crunch after this season. I mean they couldn't expected more than a marginal upgrade at best with him in the pen right? At that point they were likely expecting Morrow back, Strop was healthy, Edwards hadn't imploded yet and...
by Transmogrified Tiger
Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:25 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."
Replies: 734
Views: 37142

Re: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."

davell wrote:Honestly, I suspect any team other than Philly to give Bryce enough years to where he's under 30 for the tax.


I was wrong about this last year, but I would be very surprised if the luxury tax number went that low. I think it's a fair bit more likely it exceeds 40 than fails to reach 30.
by Transmogrified Tiger
Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:15 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."
Replies: 734
Views: 37142

Re: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."

yeah, 275 that's 300 in penalties is functionally a 100 million jump year over year. They have been waiting to go higher than last year and we'll have to see if we get any TV deal specifics soon, but I've been of the mind that 250 is probably on the high end.
by Transmogrified Tiger
Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:00 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."
Replies: 734
Views: 37142

Re: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."

I'm curious how high folks expected the payroll to jump. Before adding anyone at all they had a full roster that was right at the luxury tax, and getting Harper adds probably 35 million to that on the low end. Hamels is either 14 or 20 million more, and that still hasn't done anything to address the...
by Transmogrified Tiger
Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."
Replies: 734
Views: 37142

Re: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."

Iglesias seems fine to me, but he’s only 28 and has been an average SS for 5 years, surely someone is gonna be more desperate to pay him than the Cubs are with Baez in tow.
by Transmogrified Tiger
Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."
Replies: 734
Views: 37142

Re: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."

Pat is already licking his chops at spending a whole half inning talking about this guy's name if he ever gets into a game.
by Transmogrified Tiger
Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Kintzler Team Option Declined, Exercises Player Option
Replies: 17
Views: 1076

Re: Kintzler Team Option Declined, Exercises Player Option

I don't think he'll necessarily be the train wreck that he was for the Cubs again next year. For cripes sakes he was an all star in 2017! Lol. Maybe they can trade him this offseason. He was a garbage pitcher in 2017 (he had a K/9 under 5) and he’s been a garbage pitcher his whole career who has to...
by Transmogrified Tiger
Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."
Replies: 734
Views: 37142

Re: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."

Find someone who loves you as much as Theo Epstein loves picking up left handed relievers off waivers
by Transmogrified Tiger
Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: Kintzler Team Option Declined, Exercises Player Option
Replies: 17
Views: 1076

Re: Kintzler Team Option Declined

I fully expect he'll pick up the option, but if you want to give yourself hope, Kintzler is 34 and every season could be his last where he's employable. If he thinks he can even get the Duensing contract(2/7) from somebody, that might technically be in his best interest. That said he'll likely take ...
by Transmogrified Tiger
Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:25 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."
Replies: 734
Views: 37142

Re: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."

Even if we pretend Hamels’ August never existed(which is silly even if we don’t expect him to repeat that stretch) his September was 4 quality starts, another where he was one out short of a QS, and the one outing he had as a Cub where he got rocked. September Cole Hamels gets a decent amount of coi...
by Transmogrified Tiger
Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Minor Leagues
Topic: 2018 AFL
Replies: 183
Views: 12404

Re: 2018 AFL

N. Hoerner. I'm hearing great things about this kid. Is it too soon to get hyped? He's good, although in terms of overall value, good in the way that Happ or Almora can be good, compared to say, Bryant or Baez or Contreras. I mentioned it on draft night, but a good outcome would be the type of valu...
by Transmogrified Tiger
Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."
Replies: 734
Views: 37142

Re: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."

Kintzler didn’t immediately exercise his option so hopefully he’s actually considering hitting free agency. At least that’s my hope for him not doing it as soon as he could today. Wouldn't the Cubs have to decline their end first? Yeah, the odds of that getting announced out of order are pretty low...
by Transmogrified Tiger
Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."
Replies: 734
Views: 37142

Re: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."

If you're sending Chatwood, my guess is you'd need to send them Alzolay and maybe even Bote too, just to get them to absorb Chatwood. Might be able to include Russell, instead of Bote, dependent upon whether or not they think he'll straighten himself out. The one thing I'd say to this is that part ...
by Transmogrified Tiger
Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The Multi Inning Reliever Thread
Replies: 24
Views: 1404

Re: The Multi Inning Reliever Thread

No one is talking about making Edwards a starter, the thought is that since he was a starter through most of his minor league career and he wasn't converted because he failed at it, that he might be a good fit to be a multi-inning fireman. As far as injuries go, Edwards missed time with a shoulder i...
by Transmogrified Tiger
Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."
Replies: 734
Views: 37142

Re: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."

Does anyone have much of an idea of what Texas's opinion of Andrus is right now? I was looking for shortstops with a big enough contract and low enough production that we might be able to get a new SS with no gain in payroll or better by having that be a dumping ground. Andrus is only a year remove...
by Transmogrified Tiger
Mon Oct 29, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."
Replies: 734
Views: 37142

Re: The 2018-2019 Cubs Offseason Rumors & Discussion Thread - "On wrongs swift vengeance waits..."

Does anyone have much of an idea of what Texas's opinion of Andrus is right now? I was looking for shortstops with a big enough contract and low enough production that we might be able to get a new SS with no gain in payroll or better by having that be a dumping ground. Andrus is only a year removed...

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