Gmoney23 wrote:Cubswin11 wrote:TomtheBombadil wrote:My blow it up the budget is coming offseason:
Baez to the Angels for Jo Adell
Bryant to the Braves for Fried, Anderson, Waters, Wilson, and Wright
Contreras to the Mets for Ronny Mauricio
Schwarber to the Indians for Triston McKenzie and Bradley Zimmer
Quintana to the Marlins for low minors prospects
FAs: Russell Martin (C), Cesar Hernandez (2B), Jose Peraza (SS), various MiL deals to pitchers
C: Martin/Caratini (~$4-5 million tops)
1B: Rizzo (still cheap, but getting suspiciously older should have been looking for outs two years ago)
2B: Hernandez/Hoerner/Happ ($4-5 million tops)
SS: Peraza/Hoerner ($3 million tops)
3B: Bote ($3 million)
RF: Heyward (most of the cap space)/Zagunis/Happ
CF: Happ/Hoerner (~$2 million?)
There's quite a bit of money and assets spent on these 5 + Kimbrel and Chatwood, can't say the Cubs aren't trying. The great thing is that if this team isn't competing at the deadline it shouldn't be hard to trade Kimbrel, Hendricks, or even Chatwood. Maybe even Morrow can nab a top 100 guy if healthy. Unfortunately Darvish's contract might have the Cubs stuck, definitely same with Lester
Give this team a couple years and they'll be just as loaded as the 2015 team was if not a little more. For the time being the org regains it's famed flexibility, replenishes a farm that is now among the best in baseball with room to get better through a deadline clean, might gain even more cap space if they ask politely for Lester to voluntarily retire, and yeah basically be one of the best teams in baseball again by 2022 or so
This is a pretty good let the MF’er burn the hell down for a few years plan. Certainly no half measures, which probably is a good thing. Pick a lane go full measures instead of being stuck in the middle.
I dont get the blow it up plans. The whole tanking till 2015 was to build a core (supposedly save $ during the tank) then use that saved $ to pay that badass core. So when this team thats averaged 94 wins.per season cost controlled core comes to FA finally then its time.for Ricketts to payup..
The point of tanking to build a core was that Epstein was bored in Boston and wanted to tank somewhere and build a core.