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by Backtobanks
Sun Nov 22, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 Offseason Thread
Replies: 909
Views: 51553

Re: 2020 Offseason Thread

At least Theo had a track record of building a team and had an owner willing to spend when it was necessary. Hoyer has always been in the mix, but was never the guy to build a team. Also, who knows what financial commitment PTR will make in a few years. Hoyer was the GM of what I guess I have to ca...
by Backtobanks
Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 Offseason Thread
Replies: 909
Views: 51553

Re: 2020 Offseason Thread

^^ Yeah, if this team sucks next year then NSBB will be crickets Honestly, the rebuilding years were probably the most invested I had ever been in the Cubs in my whole life. Theo had a lot to do with that, but if they blow it up and pull in some big prospects/youngsters I actually think I might be ...
by Backtobanks
Sat Nov 21, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 Offseason Thread
Replies: 909
Views: 51553

Re: 2020 Offseason Thread

Sustained success was always dependent on keeping a top farm system. That obviously hasn’t happened. So now you’re faced with heading off the cliff in 2021 or waiting until everybody leaves in 2022. I don’t think we’re getting much for anybody outside of Contreras, so I wouldn’t blame the Cubs if t...
by Backtobanks
Fri Nov 20, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 Offseason Thread
Replies: 909
Views: 51553

Re: 2020 Offseason Thread

I still don't think the Cubs will start over. Trading KB, Schwarber, and Contreras makes the team the epitome of mediocrity, but that might be enough in the NL Central. It wouldn't surprise me if the NL Central winner wins 82-85 games. Of course that's assuming Baez and Rizzo return to form and Hend...
by Backtobanks
Fri Nov 20, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Wrigley to be declared Federal Landmark
Replies: 10
Views: 717

Re: Wrigley to be declared Federal Landmark

TomtheBombadil wrote:
CubinNY wrote:More money for payroll, right PTR?


Jeebus, have a heart man! First and foremost, this gives the Ricketts family a chance to at least try and pick up the pieces


You can pick up a lot of pieces for $150 million in tax breaks.
by Backtobanks
Thu Nov 19, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 Offseason Thread
Replies: 909
Views: 51553

Re: 2020 Offseason Thread

In other words, for those who TL;DR -ed my post the other day: The Cubs had a 500m construction budget but spent 1b on construction prior to covid, and now on top of that HALF A BILLION DOLLARS IN OVERAGES, they have covid losses PTR has described as “biblical”... ...as well as economic uncertainti...
by Backtobanks
Thu Nov 19, 2020 12:54 am
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: David Ross sucks and GR was always right to hate him
Replies: 25
Views: 1727

Re: David Ross sucks and GR was always right to hate him

CubinNY wrote:It’s going to hard to judge Ross if the Cubs go into tank mode.


If we tank, we can hire Renteria until we get good again.
by Backtobanks
Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 Offseason Thread
Replies: 909
Views: 51553

Re: 2020 Offseason Thread

The Mets were already going to be the me off the big spenders/buyers but with Cano busted for PEDs that opens up another $24 mil. If we blow it up for whatever reasons seems like they’re a fit for a lot of our guys. KB, Willy, Yu, Javy and maybe even Kimbrel. Not totally blowing it up, but how abou...
by Backtobanks
Tue Nov 17, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 Offseason Thread
Replies: 909
Views: 51553

Re: 2020 Offseason Thread

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/11/2020-non-tender-candidates.html Bring on Goodrum IF/OF, Matt Barnes RHRP, Bryant, Schwarber, Carlos Estevez RHRP, Jose Urena RHP, Stephenson RHRP, Matz LHSP?, Vince Velazquez RHSP?, Robert Gsellman RHP?, and Wandy Peralta LHRP unless Th....Hoyer...doesn't brin...
by Backtobanks
Tue Nov 17, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Theo stepping down
Replies: 94
Views: 5409

Re: Theo stepping down

Cubswin11 wrote:horsefeathers the Ricketts and Crane for being such incompetent horsefeathers



Now Hoyer can trade KB & Schwarber and PTR will allow him to sign 1 FA @ less than $3 million.
by Backtobanks
Tue Nov 17, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: Cubs Discussions
Topic: Theo stepping down
Replies: 94
Views: 5409

Re: Theo stepping down

I'm not surprised. Why should he try to weave through this off season while dealing with financial restrictions when he has lots of other options out there.
by Backtobanks
Tue Nov 17, 2020 12:55 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 Offseason Thread
Replies: 909
Views: 51553

Re: 2020 Offseason Thread

We could solve the problem If only we could turn back time (when money was flowing) and KB would get us 2-3 good young players/prospects that could step right in and contribute to the ML roster. Unfortunately, those days aren't happening this off season.
by Backtobanks
Mon Nov 16, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 Offseason Thread
Replies: 909
Views: 51553

Re: 2020 Offseason Thread

I still do not get the thinking, BN's writers like to do this too, that the Cubs will dump their current starters because budgetz to then go pay more money in FA for older starters. How does that work? Are they looking to be competitive in 2021 by signing those guys? The budget is keeping them from...
by Backtobanks
Mon Nov 16, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 Offseason Thread
Replies: 909
Views: 51553

Re: 2020 Offseason Thread

Being me some chaos and trades. Somewhat encouraging it mentions turnover and not pure selling off. Meaning outgoing talent could be replaced with equal/different talent and they’ll still try and compete. https://twitter.com/realcubsinsider/status/1328182032611074048?s=21 I have trouble believing t...
by Backtobanks
Wed Nov 11, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 Offseason Thread
Replies: 909
Views: 51553

Re: 2020 Offseason Thread

https://twitter.com/MLBastian/status/1326613451117121537 From MLBTR: "As for the Rays, they picked up the younger, 19-year-old Martinez who now ranks as their No. 21 prospect at MLB.com and Baseball America as well as their No. 31 prospect at FanGraphs. The lack of a minor league season makes ...
by Backtobanks
Fri Nov 06, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: Theo, your table is ready
Replies: 9
Views: 768

Re: Theo, your table is ready

When PTR and Theo confirmed he was coming back, they couched all of their statements in language like "We expect...." or "The plan is for..." Theo's so careful with his words, there was clearly an "unless" involved and this makes by far the most sense. As I've posted b...
by Backtobanks
Thu Nov 05, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 Offseason Thread
Replies: 909
Views: 51553

Re: 2020 Offseason Thread

Going back to your post about Cohen and the Mets, if he's going to spend crazily to make an impression, we ought to try to take advantage of that. How? I don't get why this guy having money and being willing to spend money on FAs when no one else is opens the door to him spending prospects, especia...
by Backtobanks
Thu Nov 05, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 Offseason Thread
Replies: 909
Views: 51553

Re: 2020 Offseason Thread

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/11/offseason-outlook-chicago-cubs-11.html I think we know the drill by now...Super scary, payroll, budget, future, unrealistic suggestions (cutting Bryant, cut Schwarber crying poor to then go pay Michael Brantley, trading Darvish), more same interpretations of E...
by Backtobanks
Wed Nov 04, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 Offseason Thread
Replies: 909
Views: 51553

Re: 2020 Offseason Thread

Whoever called modern baseball trash (everyone?) may have been onto something. The insanity of this rumor is flabbergasting: https://www.mlb.com/news/mets-rumors-latest-trades-and-signings If Cohen is willing to take on Darvish’s deal as well as the $17 million still owed to Craig Kimbrel while sen...
by Backtobanks
Tue Nov 03, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 Offseason Thread
Replies: 909
Views: 51553

Re: 2020 Offseason Thread

Bryant isn’t going to return horsefeathers with 1 year and ~$25 mil left during the offseason. We’re better off keeping him or NT’ing him if they feel they can spend the money better. So we have Bryant, Kimbrel, and Schwarber with having little or no trade value and PTR tightening the purse strings...
by Backtobanks
Tue Nov 03, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 Offseason Thread
Replies: 909
Views: 51553

Re: 2020 Offseason Thread

Necessary hot takes: - If the Cubs can't be picky then nothing's happening, article! The Chicago Cubs aren't salary dumping Kris Bryant coming off a division win just because his pandemic slash didn't please the Ancient Ones these reptiles serve - That the Nationals are Carter Kieboom are in the fi...
by Backtobanks
Mon Nov 02, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 Offseason Thread
Replies: 909
Views: 51553

Re: 2020 Offseason Thread

MLBTR has their top FAs and predictions. Some players of note and interest: Quintana to the Red Sox $18m/2 yrs. Taijuan Walker to the Nationals $16m/2yrs Cesar Hernandez to the Diamondbacks $6m/1yr. Lester to the Braves $5m/1yr Chris Archer to the Cubs $4m/1yr. With all the talk of trading Bryant, C...
by Backtobanks
Mon Nov 02, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 Offseason Thread
Replies: 909
Views: 51553

Re: 2020 Offseason Thread

TomtheBombadil wrote:https://twitter.com/Feinsand/status/1323018906378899457?s=20

Didi Gregorius without a QO is interesting. I wonder how into 2B he and his agents would be? 2B posted a 91 wRC+ in 2020, 94 and 93 in 2019 and 2018


Did you forget that we're broke?
by Backtobanks
Fri Oct 30, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: General Baseball Discussion
Topic: White Sox parts ways with Renteria and hire...Tony La Russa? Seriously? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Replies: 100
Views: 5792

Re: White Sox parts ways with Renteria and hire...Tony La Russa? Seriously? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Who wants to take bets that they have a worse winning % next year? I definitely can see it. Keuchel, Grandal and Abreu are all a year older, still a ton of young and unproven/unknown pitching (which can go a lot of ways but has kinda busted so far). Then a guy like Anderson probably regresses since...
by Backtobanks
Thu Oct 29, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: Transactions
Topic: 2020 Offseason Thread
Replies: 909
Views: 51553

Re: 2020 Offseason Thread

I thought I'd hold out until NTs too but this magic came to me in a vision, couldn't not share: Pre-NT deadline trade Phillies get: Albert Almora CF, Ryan Tepera RHRP Cubs get: Damon Jones LHP NTs: Martinez, Winkler, Rea, Ryan Guarantees for 2021: $84 million + Rizzo option: $98.5 Trades Rays get: ...

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