So the first pressing need is to work out a package deal of Darwin Barney and Nate Schierholtz to the Tigers. But if the Tigers sign Stephen Drew then that's off but we could probably still trade Schierholtz and then send Barney to the Yankees or possibly the Mets or Marlins. Hammel is clearly this year's rehab and trade candidate, but others are hoping Edwin jackson can rebound enough so that Theo and Jed can "unload" him and get out of what really isn't all that burdensome of a contract. Carlos "The Moose-tache" Villanueva is going to get the 5th starter's job over Rusin so he can be showcased and all of this is just the opening act until we trade Jeff Samardzija to…..who is it these days? The Rangers? Really? The Rangers again?!!!!? Aren't they getting tired of Cubs pitchers? I would be.
Well anyway, the big Koo-deh-gras will be trading Jeff Samardzija for 40 cents on the dollar. I heard Luke Jackson mentioned the other day. I hadn't heard of him either. Anyway, we've gone from "Archie Bradley AND Boz Skaggs" to "possibly Luke Jackson" Nice downward trajectory you have there Theo…. No talk of resigning him. Well except from the GM, but nobody believes him and instead we hear things from people on the Radio and in Blogs and now we're pencilling in "possibly Luke Jackson" for our 2016 rotation….Which is good. Possibly Luke Jackson is a long name, gonna take quite awhile to stitch.
Please, please, please tell me this is the last year we have to go through this trade rigamarole?
This isn't Felzzy not understanding or rallying against the big plan. All for the big plan. But the Big plan involves turning a corner. The Plan involves liking what you have and looking for ways to add to it. To "Accelerating the build" if you will. And I understand that now that Javy Baez has been sent down (More on him later…) that interest in Cubs baseball has plummeted through the floor. That there's a belief that what we see on the field is actually starting to work. And we want to encourage that by supplementing it with players that aren't on the floor after fallen out of the bargain bin, but people that are actually quite good at baseball.
Nobody remembers Corey Black. Nobody knows who he is. Cub fans tried for years to trade Alfonso Soriano, screamed for it, demanded it, held their breath and turned blue about it. Then he finally gets traded, And even though Corey Black, It is Corey Black right?!!??, even though Black would go on and pitch great for Daytona, he's not on anyone's radar. What was all that trading fuss about then? If and when Black does make it, it will be considered a bonus right. Better yet, if Black washes out, it's not like we're gonna debate who the Cubs SHOULD have gotten.
I understand the Cubs are STILL in the position where they should move present day pieces for pieces that will help down the road, but shouldn't that piss you off? Shouldn't that piss the GM and the president off…..?
And I love trades. I really really do. But these trades above just sound like a team that's given up. Justin Hammel is supposedly a rebuild and trade at the deadline guy right? Here's a better candidate…..Mike Olt. If you were to start Mike Olt everyday, get 25 HR out of him you could get back a significant pitcher or two Possibly Luke Jackson. The Cubs are stacked at 3B prospects- Bryant, Olt, Villanueva, Candaleirio, they can't all play, there's a trade that's worth discussing. Not what Darwin Barney is going to get you.
Heck, most people say not every member of the core four aren't gonna make it. Could you speculate on what Jorge Soler might fetch…. Now that will get the blood humming.
Instead we fall into this woe is us where we don't see winning present, we may as well put on the Red wig and think about tomorrow, trade Shark, trade Schierholtz. The tide is already turning on Starlin Castro they'll soon want to trade him to make room for Baez and when Baez stumbles out of the gate…because he's a rookie and that's what most rookies do, and Baez might be surrounded by a bunch of Valbuenas and we see how Rizzo and Castro did with that….people will say "Well Baez wasn't a Theo draft pick…." and want to trade him too……and the vicious circle will keep going and going….
I don't hold out much hope for Samardzija staying. I'd love to watch this season unencumbered just to see how he adjusts, and can he trust his other pitches more, get ahead more, economize his pitches better. There are so many stories with Jeff Samardzija that I'd love to see talked about or made the focal point. But it won't happen. After every start the damn trade meter is gonna go up. "Maybe now Stronman is in play….." Who?!!?!??! Whatever.
Please, Please, please let this be the last year of this.
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IF ONE MORE PERSON FEELS THEY HAVE TO GET ON THEIR SOAP BOX AND TELL ME WHY THE CUBS ARE SENDING DOWN JAVY BAEZ I'M GONNA DRINK GASOLINE ALL DAY THEN SET MY PEE ON FIRE!!!!!! Most Cub fans understand why he's going to Iowa. To develop and to save service time. There. Yet anytime someone shows disappointment at having an uninteresting Cubs season till he gets here, they're immediately considered stupid and lectured by the "know-it-alls" who have baseball prospectus memberships and a gripe about almost everything except craft beer and Arcade Fire.
Oh and by the way, Arcade Fire is insufferable.
I understand why Javy Baez is going down. I still wish he was with the Cubs because the Cubs would be more interesting. I'm allowed to house both thoughts. So shut up already.
Here's an over-analasys of Masahiro Tanaka in Spring training. Only 7 more years of this….
Rusin seems to be having a very good spring.
Conversely, Justin Grimm's fastball seems to be straighter than a Bud Abbot "Who's on first"…..
If you have an hour or three, check out this Rany Jazayerli piece on the Cubs. All faith will be restored if you do.
Van Morrison's "Astrial Weeks" is my Sunday music. Sometimes I think "Into the Mystic" is the greatest song ever written anywhere by anyone at any time in any universe.
So Hawk Beat writers sit there like sheep as Joel Quenville compares Teuvo Terravainen's skills to Patrick mane's, Stan Bowman hypes the kid for weeks (since the trading deadline at the beginning of the month) and Blackhawk management decides to webcast his first practice in a Hawk uniform, and then turns around and tells fans they're getting too excited and putting unreal expectations on the kid………OHHHHHHHHHHHH Kay!!!!!!!
For a revamped bullpen……seeing a lot of blown leads this Spring. Coincidence I'm sure.