I believe that there will be a competition for the Cubs’ 2B job come the spring.
Barney is perhaps the definition of a one dimensional player as his defensive is the only facet of the game he contributes to. He doesn’t strike out all that often considering the offensive context we are in but even if he hits .250 his contributions with the bat are empty and it likely mitigates his defensive gains.
Emilio Bonifacio has signed a Minor League deal with the Cubs. He had a down year last year overall but using selective endpoints (dangerous thought process) he did hit .285/.352/.348 with 16 steals in 18 attempts over 179 PA’s with Kansas City. He’s posted an 8% walk rater over his career and he knows how to steal bases. Bonifacio, if he makes the team, would solve the Cubs’ leadoff issues.
Look, it’s not going to chance the fortunes of the 2014 season, but Bonifacio is a solid addition to a roster that needs more offense. He can provide that and it will be interesting to see how the spring shakes out.
- Emilio Bonifacio is a Cub
- This has a few longer reaching repercussions and it could spell an interesting discussion between who should start, Bonifacio or Darwin Barney. Full write up is incoming.
- Shark pretty much knows what the deal is heading into the 2014 season. If the Cubs manage to contend in the early part of 2014 there will be an increased chance that he is not dealt. Odds on that one are kind of long however, and it's a sure bet that he's going to be shopped heavily around the deadline. I suppose the most pressing question to me is what will Samardzija be in 2015?
- I understand the age gap, but Julio Teheran signed a six year extension for 32.4 million. I think that's about half what Shark would want (considering it's the last big contract he'll likely sign) and to be honest…I would prefer Teheran over Samardzija at this point.
- Arrieta is experiencing Shoulder Tightness in his pitching arm. Hoyer: "No time table yet but he is throwing and feeling good right now, but that was something in the back of our minds as far as we went through this and added some pitching depth". The last part of that sentence is something to keep in mind, particularly when it comes to trading Samardzija. In any deal expect the Cubs to ask for a guy like maybe, Sean Nolin in return.
- Jake Arrieta as a reliever might be an attractive option in the near future. Fels has espoused these thoughts in the past only to be shouted down but let's just take a step back and think about this. Arrieta is a player who is an inconsistent starter with good stuff and a hard slider. That sounds like basically every single useful bullpen pitcher out there. I would prefer he stick as a starter but the bullpen is a real possibility as well.
- This better explains the James McDonald and Jason Hammel signings. I understand the thought process but I'm still not in love with the McDonald move. Even if he steps in I am not confident in his ability to perform well. Hammel also has limited upside so I'm just kind of meh on both these moves.
Derek Jeter retires
- I think it's hard to properly evaluate Jeter because of all the widely oscillating opinions people have about his career. Yeah, he was a tremendous hitter (.312/.381/.446 at short with 3316 hits and a career 8.7 BB%) and yeah he couldn't field to his left and all of the defensive metrics hated him but what was he? I think the answer is tremendously simple, a first ballot Hall of Fame player.
- Which brings me to Alan Trammell, who hit .285/.352/.415 in a much tougher offensive context while playing tremendous defense and supplying a bit of speed to boot. Trammell's offensive peak compares quite nicely to Jeter's offensive peak and the glove is much, much better. So tell me again, why is Trammell having such a hard time getting into the hall? This isn't meant to devalue what Jeter has done over his career, but c'mon guys. C'mon.
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