Cubswin11 wrote:Sammy Sofa wrote:Cubswin11 wrote:If teams hear actual valuable guys like Schwarber, Happ, etc are guys we are open to moving I’m guessing they’re going to call sooner than they normally would if it wasn’t out there and the assumption was we had no interest to move them (one of those are the two likely guys gone if Bryce comes and maybe they want to move one now before Bryce instead of after they have him???)
I guess I just don't see much of a difference if the Cubs drop word that guys are available whether or not they're pursuing FA. Things like the Cubs' OF being...iffy and them likely wanting to move on from Russell and needed pitching aren't exactly secrets. The value Schwarber and Happ have is largely unchanged, IMO, regardless of who they bring in.
I don’t disagree, maybe they just want to jump the market on trades and get these guys moved now vs in a month+. You’re right on their value not changing much but maybe they feel they can get more now vs after FA starts moving (for whatever reasons). If they feel good about getting Bryce maybe moving Happ/Schwarber now they think they have more leverage vs when they have Bryce they think teams could hold back value knowing we are more motivated to move one with Bryce than without him.
Right, I agree with all that...but pretending to be poor doesn't fit into that. At all.