Gmoney08 wrote:I still dont think the game has caught up to Theo. He has evolved before. I think there is ebbs and flows to building a franchise and all FO will make some mistakes. If we have a few year spiral where Theo and company add on with even more mistakee then Ill agree that maybe be lost it.
Only time.will tell.
Yeah, I was in the "clearly everyone caught up to Theo" camp for a while but then all the big teams passed on the 2018 offseason. Turns out the owners are at least as disgusting and sinister as their daddies and granddaddies, not that those guys aren't mostly alive, while still being able to hide in plain sight.
I make fun of the dual fronts thing but it's not a coincidence that their farm fell as the ML club peaked and is climbing as that Bryant/Rizzo/Baez led wave hits their late 20s and get closer to FA. The 2015 IFA class, who missed all the fanfare of 2013-2015 Cubs bat prospects by like ten minutes, are turning out to be a clinic as they collectively climb through the minors. I'm a huge fan of how they've marketed the farm (suddenly we love pitchers and you should love our pitchers, the first five years with all the bats were the ruse) as they restock on bats and maybe even find a pitcher or two. His early Cubs drafts basically changed the way the top ten and first round of the draft goes (buzz off college pitchers, they get like one a year in the top 10 lately). They bought the right player for the right price at the deadline and shopped like a team who knows no one has any feel for their farm system except the Tigers for some reason. No one seems to care but Cubs pitchers stay pretty damn healthy for pitchers and they're super progressive on finding alternates to surgery (one of those right-side-of-history things probably) while being slow to send guys under the knife. Ian Happ apparently came back from AAA a man. Darvish is evolving into Old Man RH Power Pitcher with the splitter coming into play more and more....There'd be so much to love if everything wasn't framed by the full court press owners are putting on players, the union, and increasingly non-MLB talent/employees because it's best to go after their money even earlier