Cubs Sign Daniel Descalso

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After rumors last week, the Cubs have signed utility infielder Daniel Descalso to a two-year contract. The contract was reported to be for $5 million with an option for a third year. According to Ken Rosenthal the contract could be worth as much as $8.25 million with incentives.

Descalso had his first above average offensive season in 2018 slashing .238/.353/.436 with a career-high 13 home runs. While he can play most infield positions and some left field, he isn't particularly good at any of them. He also pitched several times in blowout games, so look for that this season. The former Diamondback and Cardinal is likely to be filling the role of the departed Tommy La Stella. He is less of a contact hitter, but will provide more power than La Stella.

It's unclear what, if any, impact this move will have on the Cubs pending decision on Addison Russell. Some speculated the move makes it more likely he will stay, arguing Descalso would fill in at second with the troubled shortstop on suspension. Others have posited, it means they have added insurance to make jettisoning Russell easier. Time will tell which thought process is correct, but no one can say for sure now.

As far as the rest of the Cubs off-season spending plans, a $2.5 million AAV should have a very small effect on the budget. Of course, not knowing just how tight the Ricketts are holding the purse strings means it's hard to know just how big said effect will be.

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  • Yuck!!!!!!!!

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Ditto. I’ve read all the pros & cons. Looked at regular season & postseason stats, etc., etc... & I’ve got nothing... Maybe (hopefully) he proves me wrong.

  • Bit of a head scratcher. He's gonna come off the bench most days, right? Zobrist will start at 2nd against righties. He hasn't played SS recently. Doesn't pinch hit as well as 3am, but costs a lot more.

  • In reply to Oneear:

    Of course he will come off the bench. He is mostly a filler until Russell comes back.

  • In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    WHAT ! Bump Wills wasn't available ? I'm very disappointed the Cubs didn't sign Michael Brantly.

  • I like it. Descalso has attitude, veteran leadership, is a tough out, and gets dirty on defense. I wish he played short, but is an upgrade for our infield reserve. He will become a fan favorite.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Could be that Theo & Jed had the same opinion. Descalso won't star at any position, but could prove to be valuable as a reserve.

  • I hope we can find a better role player then this. Possible option for a 3rd year??

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    This is your role player. They aren't getting another infielder with Russell coming back.

  • In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    People sure love to steal your username wait until next year and agreed I think they like descalso and think he's starting to improve as a hitter as he gets older. I look at him more as a clubhouse culture influencer then an impact pickup. I'm good with it theogenerally has a good feel for guys that make this a stronger clubhouse. Agreed though that this is likely it when it comes to infield acquisitions I think they have bigger plans for Russell then some of us would like. And with how thin this middle IF class is besides machado honestly Russell us by far our most superior option from a baseball perspective although I'm sure a lot of members of our fanbase won't be happy

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    He isn’t gonna play short stop tho. We have 3 guys who are better at 2nd/3b then Descalso is. Just seemed like a unnecessary/wasted move. But if Happ gets moved he can have his at bats.

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Agree with your observation. Descalso is sort of a mature fire breather if you will. Intense player, but he's been around. Theo stated in a recent article that many times leaders (like Jon Jay) are content with their role later in their careers but want to win badly and lead in the club house and provide spark when the every day guys may be dragging a bit..Descalso personifies that.

  • In reply to refugee:

    That's a great way to put it refugee and I think Theo was thinking along the same lines. I think this group of guys is somewhat too laid back at times as are millennialist in general. This guy brings a little attitude and fire to our relaxed clubhouse that I think we miss since lackey and Ross left

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    In reply to kkhiavi:

    I agree with what you say about his improved hitting. I looked at fangraphs and he has slowly improved the past 2.5 yrs. He's never going to put up monster #'s but his approach at the plate has greatly improved. Plus his FB rate has steadily risen while his GB rate has went down. Basically he did a good job at changing his launch angle.

  • In reply to Wrigley0923:

    Exactly wrigley I don't have big expectations with his offense there's a reason we got him dirt cheap but I do like that he's embracing launch angle concepts and he's not so ground ball happy like his Cardinal days. You never know maybe the Cubs think he has another gear he can reach as a hitter he definitely has made huge changes to his swing since his Cardinal days something to keep in mind. I'm good with the signing doesn't cost us much and the athletics saying he was a well respected leader in the dbacks clubhouse and I think that last factor is obviously a huge factor in this signing

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    KC just signed Terrance Gore to a split contract, $350K in the minors and $650K for the majors. Why couldn't we have done that. He is definitely a difference maker and for only $1M. They also signed Billy Hamilton. We sign Descalso who I know plays different positions but another slow not very effective hitter who is versatile but I don't know how effective he is defensively. Last year his OBP was very good, but give me Gore or Hamilton.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Gore can't do anything but run fast, so he doesn't belong on a MLB roster, especially one (Cubs) that is supposed to be a contender. If they can get him again in September when rosters go to 40 and all he has to do is pinch run, that is fine. But you can't have him on your roster when you only have 25 guys.

  • In reply to Cubpack:

    Agree

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    In reply to Cubpack:

    Since he signed a 2 way contract I would have him in the minors until the playoffs--and I know the Cubs could have afforded this contract.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I don’t disagree Jonathan and the Cubs May have offered that, but if you’re Gore, you take the KC offer every day. He has a much better chance of getting on the MLB roster for more time than he would with the Cubs

  • Hmmmm....

  • TLS with a lower BA but more power,... interesting choice. Would be a less interesting choice if he could play a passable defense at SS.

  • In reply to drkazmd65:

    Descalso hasn't played much shortstop lately, but it's odd that the boys would sign a utility infielder, that they were not figuring to use as a backup for Javy, at least until Addi gets back from suspension and his late spring training.

  • There is room on the 40 man roster. How about
    a low cost trade for a good fairly young player or two
    Harper is a big wish ( a high cost player would
    have to go)

  • His clubhouse presence. A gritty leader. Think...David Ross.

  • Why not just hire a really gritty guy off a construction crew and let him stalk around the clubhouse and yell at guys.

  • In reply to wastrel:

    Now that's funny!

  • In reply to wastrel:

    What's his OPS?

  • I wonder if the Cubs are working hard to get rid of Heyward. There are some teams out there that need OFers (Braves, Indians, Phils) and the Cubs might be willing to eat some of his contract.

    Hits 270, dents on base and has a bit of pop and plays elite level defense in RF. If he were a FA, he might sign for $10MM per. So do the Cubs make a deal, say for a RP or minor leaguer, pay half of his salary and then open up a spot for someone else? Wouldn’t mind seeing this happen.

  • In reply to IrwinFletcher:

    If he hit .270, gets on base and plays a elite rf why do we want to trade that?????

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    I don't think he is playing elite defense anymore and of course you would love to trade him and his contract.

  • The cubs reportedly have their tv network it will be called marquee and will be broadcast on Sinclair

  • In reply to bolla:

    Correction Sinclair are the front runners. I swear to god I never heard of this channel a day in my life

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    In reply to bolla:

    Sinclair owns a bunch of stations nationwide. They were in the process of buying WGN Chicago before it fell through. Very politically conservative, like the Ricketts.

  • In reply to bolla:

    *** I know this is a baseball blog with no room for politics so I am carefully trying to toe the line as to not have this comment deleted but there is very relevant information here that potentially will tie our beloved Cubbies to the harsh political divide.

    The Sinclair group is not just a conservative network, their self proclaimed goal is to land right of Fox News. They received harsh criticism last April when they REQUIRED all of the anchors at every member station to read a statement written by the top executives regarding the state of news media under the guise that it was an organic editorial piece. Deadspin did a mashup and many covered it (John Oliver’s is a standout) drawing the similarities of this forced single narrative to state sponsored media.

    ***Please do not delete this comment as I have done my best not to include any of my own political views. But I do strongly feel that tying our beloved Cubbies to a media company that is highly biased, whether left or right, is a terrible idea that will only serve to pull us further apart. I think we would all agree that we prefer our sports teams free of politics just like the Cubs Den.

  • In reply to good4you:

    Don't care what their political slant is.
    Do care if the Cubs are getting the highest dollar contract they can use for baseball operations and all fans will have access.

  • In reply to good4you:

    Agree, ESPN has lost tons of viewers.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    They have lost tons of viewers because people are cutting the cord and getting away from cable

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    In reply to good4you:

    I agree with you 100%.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Ditto here. I don't mind them with the broadcast rights,... but sure hope Sindlair keeps their political bent away from my baseball team's broadcasts.

  • In reply to drkazmd65:

    It still rubs me the wrong way. How often on WGN did you stay tuned after the game for the news broadcast? It seems really manipulative of the Ricketts, of whom I have been a fan of up until this.

  • Do you think the Cubs have tried putting Heyward through waivers? I know a lot of teams do that towards the end of each year, even with players they're going to keep; if someone were to put a claim in on him, we could just include cash considerations with Heyward in return for a couple of (reasonable) pitching prospects.......

  • In reply to Treebeard:

    That’s not the way it works in the offseason. Revokable waivers are only for Aug and Sep. This time of year, it’s either keep or release.

  • I still want DJ LeMahieu to play second base. DeScalso was signed for sass not singles. I would have loved Gore or Hamilton for speed but Joe Maddon’s use of his bullpen precludes him from the 5 month roster. There may be other guys in the Cubs system who could be specifically groomed for speed specialist for September.
    The move that I have been advocating is trading for Michael Lorenzen of the Reds. You get a pinch hitter with big POP and a 96 Mph relief pitcher with starter potential. I call Lorenzen a “poor man’s Ohtani”. Cincinnati could use a Montgomery or backup catcher in a trade.

  • In reply to Swarf:

    No thanks on Michael Lorenzen for Montgomery. Maybe Lorenzen for a bucket of balls, but not a full bucketof balls. Lorenzen actually makes more than Ohtani.

  • Yes! the cubs should sign a guy with a career .311 on base%,362 slugging and .673 ops away from coors field to play 2b. Lemhieu sucks I wish people would stop mentioning him

  • In reply to bolla:

    I wouldn’t say he sucks.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    I would

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    You would be wrong. I am not saying I'd want him as our 2nd basemen but he is a very solid mlb 2nd baseman. He has lots of positive attributes to add to a big league club.

  • In reply to WaitTilNextYear:

    He's a great fielder. He's a below-average hitter. He barely walks, and he cannot slug. Even in a park notorious for helping players to slug. Lemahiue is the prototype for "empty batting average" players. He is Ryan Theriot with a better glove.

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    He has a lifetime 350 OBP. He is much better than Theriot

  • In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    Away from Coors that OBP is .311 though, and Theriot had a .340 OBP. I would agree, however, that he's a better player than Theriot was that's just not the stat to illustrate it. The main thing to consider is the Coors factor. Some guys just thrive there and you have to look at the splits. Arenado's gap in his splits indicate that he is going to do fine with whoever he signs with even if the numbers do go down some, but guys like Le Mahieu and Blackmon are Coors products.

  • In reply to TC154:

    The thing about Lemahieu is that he isn't even a good hitter in Coors. His batting average is high because everyone's batting average there is high, because of the enormous outfield. Lemahieu cannot slug, despite playing in a field where the entire league slugs.

    And,
    Theriot lifetime wRC: 86
    Lemahieu: 90

    If Ryan Theriot had played his home games in Coors Field, he'd look a lot like DJ Lemahieu.

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    He can’t be a below average hitter if he won a batting title. You can say cause he doesn’t take walks but that is inaccurate. If a guy is good at making contact then he would walk less cause balls are being put into play more. He doesn’t have power. He does not suck.

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    Me too

  • In reply to bolla:

    Gold glove defender and recent batting title winner doesn't exactly equate to suck. :)

  • In reply to bolla:

    He doesn't suck but the Cubs are done with the infield acquisitions unless Russell gets traded.

  • In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    Yesterday's revelations from baby mama #1 might change whether Russell comes back. He is clearly an awful person.

  • In reply to TC154:

    Are you sure she's baby mama #1? I'm not surprised that he (she claims) isn't supporting her child. I wouldn't be surprised if there are others, too.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    You raise a valid point. I just can't stomach much more from this guy.

  • In reply to TC154:

    It's not like he's taking grocery money from his current family to help raise a child from a prior relationship. He could probably comply with the court order without losing sleep.

  • In reply to TC154:

    This is probably the most disgusting comment to read on this board... just a sad pathetic outlook. Sorry for your ability to call things like you see them that you continually praise yourself for.

  • In reply to TC154:

    These aren't new revelations to the Cubs

  • Yes. DJ LeMahieu, three time Gold Glove winner and National League batting champion at .348 in 2016. He is the Cubs logical second baseman for the next three years.

  • In reply to Swarf:

    They will never sign him. Your dreaming big time here !!!!

  • In reply to cubbie forever:

    It's not like there's much to talk about this offseason. "Dreaming" seems to be the topic of the day!

  • In reply to Swarf:

    Here is his career slash away from Coors .264/.311/.362 .673 OPS, .294 wOBA and 81 wRC+. Even with the Coors numbers figured in he's only a .298/.350/.406 .756 OPS .329 wOBA and 90 wRC+ and that includes his monster (and outlier) year of 2016. Yes, he's a great defensive player but overall his numbers are fairly comparable to Jason Heyward and that's with Coors figured in. On the road LeMahieu is a far worse offensive player than Heyward. Or to put it another way he's basically Addison Russell at a less valuable position. Yikes. No thank you.

  • "And moss grows fat on a rolling stone...".

    I'm alive. I'm sorry for my sudden departure and would like to apologize to the staff here. I took a job over Thanksgiving that took me into the wilderness, building off-grid homesteads, which is what I do. I'm in town to get stuff and checking in on Cubs Den, and I see you survive without me.

    I'm glad the staff has stepped up, I am not surprised. I've let you down and have to head back into nowhere, which is my comfort zone. I'll try to keep up and will check in the next time I can get a signal.

    I don't know what else to say, except Go Cubs!

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    In reply to BarleyPop:

    BP, if you build off-grid homesteads congratulations to you. btw, were you in charge of rebuilding the Cubs in the 70's and 80's? They certainly were off the grid.
    Happy Holiday to you and everyone else.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    While you were out of pocket, BP, the Cubs signed FAs
    Harper, Machado, Kimbrel, Andrew Miller, and Dallas Keuchel .

    Really slow offseason ....

  • I go back and fourth on LeMahieu. Yes, the gold gloves are a plus. But defense doesn't tend to age too well, especially for an unathletic tall 2nd baseman like DJ. Furthermore, that .348 batting average was inflated by coors, and he still hasn't shown he can get on base consistently away from coors. As Bolla mentioned, his splits away from coors are Darwin Barney esque. Do you really want Darwin Barney starting at 2nd for a team supposedly contending to win a world series

  • In reply to CubbieInfantry2327:

    I do

  • In reply to DarBar15:

    Hat was funny

  • In reply to CubbieInfantry2327:

    His splits are terrifying and if you take away his one great year in 2016, which now looks like a clear outlier, so is the rest of his slash line. No thank you.

  • I don't get the angst over Descalso. He's a La Stella replacement with more versatility, better defense and will probably hit six or seven HR as opposed to TLS' two or three. Yes you lose the contact off the bench but the Cubs are clearly thinking they need more power from everywhere. Also his ability to play 1B probably allows them to trade Caratini if they find a suitable defensive catcher behind Willson. It's a minor move with very little impact one way or another. Nothing to get worked up over.

  • In reply to TC154:

    Good point. To me securing a solid vet backstop is more important than signing a rock star OF. People are antsy. Not an excuse but it is fact the Cubs got pushed to the wall by the weather postponements last season. Incremental changes are indicated, not massive ones.

  • In reply to wastrel:

    You have Russell coming back. They have Baez and Russell - no need for a vet backup SS.

  • In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    They DON'T have Russell for the first month and may well be planning to trade him before he actually plays. I'm not sure that a team EVER has "no need for a vet backup SS," but it certainly doesn't hurt to have a versatile player on the bench.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    I don't see a team trade for a player sitting out the first month. Cubs have had the luxury of 2 starting caliber SS on the roster. Most teams will reach into the minors if they need a backup long term.

  • In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    Backstop means catcher

  • In reply to wastrel:

    missed that - no confidence in Caratini?

  • In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    The constant in postseason teams: a veteran catcher. It's the most underrated thing in the game

  • In reply to wastrel:

    not true

  • Bottom line folks Ricketts is not spending money at all. If anyone remembers at all, once he said all renovations at Wrigley we're done
    the Cubs would be on a strict budget. He wants all the money now !!!!!

  • In reply to cubbie forever:

    They have one of the highest payrolls in baseball. They are spending a lot of money.

  • In reply to cubbie forever:

    The Cubs are a business. Like any business, they operate under a budget, which currently allows for one of the top 5 payrolls in MLB. It's not accurate to say he's not spending money at all. As for "wants all the money now!!!" that's a ridiculous thing to say, knowing how much the Ricketts family has spent on the team, the minor league organization, all new facilities in AZ, Wrigley field and other expenditures.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Really then how come the Red Sox and Yankee's are paying a luxury tax. Your clueless at best. Watch and see what happens when
    all these players hit free agency, it will be one excuse after another.

    All our pitchers are over 30 except one. We could have went after Corbin and Evoladi but we do not want to spend the money!!!!

  • In reply to cubbie forever:

    Don’t think yanks are paying luxury tax in 2018. If you want to rant and rave and call people names go to a different site and get your facts accurate.

  • In reply to stix:

    Well, if the Yankees sign Machado they will go past the tax this year which is why they reset last year. That said when you look at Cot's projections for arb awards the Cubs are already over the CBT at $209 mil. All that said it's silly to say the Cubs aren't spending any money, they have and they will. Any rants to the contrary are just wild accusations.

  • In reply to stix:

    Oh sorry, reading is a skill. The Yankees did not go past the CBT in 2018. I keep thinking of "this year" as 2019.

  • In reply to cubbie forever:

    I happen to agree that the Cubs shouldn't worry about paying some luxury tax. What I don't agree with are wild, unsubstantiated rants that the Cubs won't spend money or that big, bad, stingy Tom Ricketts is a Scrooge who won't give Cubs fans another lump of coal for the fire. It smacks of "Mom, Johnny got a new toy and I didn't" and accomplishes nothing. Obsessing over the age of the Cubs pitchers is absolutely pointless. Why in the world would they waste money signing Corbin or Evoladi when they already have a good to great starting rotation in 2019?

  • In reply to cubbie forever:

    All the renovations at Wrigley are NOT done yet. Still another year to go.

  • In reply to IrwinFletcher:

    Wow what a great statement!!!! Ok 1 year left wow!!!

  • Hmmm indeed. Just wondering if the TLS situation was because of exit interviews or maybe just because of a lukewarm hot stove.

  • In reply to 523WSC:

    Descalso is just a better fit than TLS for the needs the club and clubhouse going forward. I don't think that it was personal.

  • Darvish resumed throwing off flat ground today, he posted footage. he’s looking mighty healthy and poised to have a spectacular 2019 season

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    Descalso might be like the Derosa signing--at the time no one really paid too much attention to it but he was very good with the Cubs. There wasn't internet or twitter or Cubs Den where we could all comment on it. So lets hope he does what Derosa did here.

  • Ok you smart people. More allegations have just come out on Russell. This guy has to go now!!!!!! Epstein get your head out and trade him. I said after 2017 he is not worth the money we are paying him. His production on the field is terrible. He has had 1 good year for us 2016

  • Here is Russell stats 2015--242avg 13hrs 54 rbi
    2016- 238avg 21hrs 95 rbi
    2017-239avg 12 hrs 43rbi
    2018-250avg 5 hrs 38rbi

    Cannot hit major league pitching bottom line A 242 batting average
    over 4 seasons and we are KEEPING HIM REALLY??????

  • In reply to cubbie forever:

    How about we let the offseason play out before we have a hissy-fit over it? The new "allegations" don't say a thing about DV, it's a former bed partner who wants more money. It doesn't absolve Russell of his obligations, of course, but it's not like the Cubs have to do something in the next 24 hours.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Not having a hissy fit buddy Time to close the door on this bum.

    Bottom line.

  • In reply to cubbie forever:

    I think the Cubs FO has the same idea. Suitors aren't exactly lined up right now and the Cubs don't have a suitable replacement - yet. I believe it will happen, but it will take a little time.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Could this stuff happening right now be enough for the Cubs front office to tell Tulo he can be our starting 2nd baseman and backup SS? If Tulo looks good enough and they can convince him he'll be the everyday 2nd baseman that'd be a great consolation prize at $555,000 to just release Russell and be free from that mess. Besides one year of Tulowitzki is way better than anything else we could get in trading Addison.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    I have to think that the Cubs will be even more anxious to deal Russell and/or find a replacement. If they liked Tulo before, they really like him now.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Yeah the more I think about it, they should just cut him now, be proactive, send the message to Addison that they are done with his nonsense while also sending a message to the available middle infielders like Tulo and Lowrie that we have an open middle infield position open so you don’t have to question the playing time. Come and get it!!

  • You gotta be kidding me, the red sox went 50 million over the(197 mil threshold) luxury tax in 2018 and have to pay 12 million in taxes and their draft spot drops 10 slots.Man go sign harper or machado.I don't want to hear that payroll constraints crap.the cubs made 457 million in revenue in 2017 and have a tv deal pending.While it may not pay as much annually as the yanks or dodgers get it will give them yet another revenue stream.No excuses after 2019 and 2020 A LOT of money will be coming off the books.Go trade that bum tyler walkwood attach a prospect/schwarber and make it happen

  • In reply to bolla:

    More like $40M over the CBT but who's counting.

  • In reply to bolla:

    I'm sure Theo could get a few players plus enough cash to sign Harper AND Machado in exchange for Chatwood. He just isn't a very good GM if he can't pull that off!

  • In reply to bolla:

    Love it man Glad to see someone on the Cub's Den knows what they are talking about.

  • In reply to bolla:

    Bolla, I agree. Time to Act Our Size as do whatever is needed. I get infuriated over CBT. The penalties are mild. I was shocked to see the Red Sox penalties amount to nearly nothing. And the the Yankees going over for 15 years and giving back over $300 million. There are zero financial restrictions on the Cubs.

    This team is flawed and there are player(s) to fix and address the flaws. All it costs is money. Let’s go. The Cubs make $12 million in beer sales the first weekend of the year.

    And Theo has big salaries coming off each year for the next 3 years.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    THe Cubs are not going to sign either Machado or Harper. They cost too much.

  • I would like to be a fly on the wall to understand why the Cubs did not protect Ronald Torreyes and then signed Daniel Desalsco instead.

    Torreyes has better offensive stats and CAN play SS. And, from what I have read, is a great clubhouse presence.

    ??

  • In reply to DropThePuck:

    Either the Cubs have surprise up their sleeve or Addison isn't going anywhere this year and Daniel is a missing ingredient.

  • Anyone heard anything about Schwarber's off-season regimen this winter? Diet was the key last year but working out and improving his outfield play was also prevalent. Hopefully he will continue to work in the off season and continue to show significant improvement because of it. I would love to be his hitting coach and get him to poke those knee high outside fastballs over the LF wall the way the old Phillies first basemen used to do. Just reached out and poked em and they went into the 2nd/3rd row.

  • In reply to veteran:

    This is the kind of "news" that I wish more sportswriters would focus on, instead of the constant speculation whether Ricketts will let Theo spend any money. There are several Cubs hitters that really need to step it up, and a new hitting coach. I'd really hope Schwarber, Happ, Almora and even Bote are working on improving and that Bryant is working on getting his swing back, too, but we aren't hearing anything. Maybe we'll hear more after the holidays.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Players are always working on improving. Don't worry once spring training starts you will read about player x being in the best shape of their life.

  • In reply to veteran:

    I think Schwarber over did it last winter contributing to his second half swoon. Rest has to also be an important part of the equation. Stress plus rest equals conditioning. Mess with that too much and the result is injury or fatigue. Diminishing returns on the field of play. It's physiology. With a better balance Kyle will keep his edge all year.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Excellent point. That could be part of it. I also think that when his HR totals were down about 2/3 of the way through the season he felt he wasn't helping his team enough and forgot about hitting what they were pitching to him and instead pressing and trying to hit everything out of the park. I think Kyle is extremely sensitive to expectations to the point that those expectations affect how he plays. He needs to get a handle on that to become the player many of us think he can be.

  • In reply to TC154:

    Yes, it's imperative to be motivated, but one needs to be logical as well. Schwarbs will figure it out and wonder why it took him so long to do so. Learning ones limitations is just part of the process and one cannot know without pushing the envelope first.

  • In reply to veteran:

    We’re about due for some: “He’s in the best shape of his life” articles. But my guess is this year those will be written about Darvish and Bryant.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    The only thing that concerns me about Bryant is that he literally has never had to come back from injury before in his life. That's a big deal. We've seen before players that had never been injured before struggle with that aspect of it. I'm pretty certain he'll be fine, but it's something to think about.

  • In reply to TC154:

    This is me agreeing again. I'm taking a wait and see approach too. Live game pitching will tell us.

    On another front, yesterday I read the new info from Addison' s ex. He gets due process, but I'm not sure his career can survive. Her latest accounts are even more devastating.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Do you think his suspension should be increased or mlb already knew this information through their investigation?

  • In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    I don't know, Wait. Melissa's second post was just had more details of specific incidences. Her first was more general and read like a definition of dv. I couldn't speculate on the investigation or when and what the Cubs knew about what was actually going on. Suspicion and evidence are not the same. I don't think the organization has any fault here.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    I believe the organization and mlb knew about these revelations through the investigation. Many fans want Russell dropped now based on these new posts and I think decisions were already made because they had this information already.

  • So after a 2nd place finish and embarrassing and all to quiet exit from the playoffs the Cubs have jettisoned the best pinch hitter in the majors and picked up yet ANOTHER sub .240 hitter. They have certainly cornered the market on poor hitting IF and OF. Between Schwarber, Happ, Bote and now DD, I can see this team breaking THEIR own record in futility. Meanwhile the Cardinals have signed one of the best hitters in baseball and are on the verge of signing Miller.

    I really don't think it's prudent to assume Bryant will hit like he did prior to the injury. I'm not saying for a second that he is done, NOT AT ALL, I'm only saying there is a risk. I also fully expect that Javy will take a small step back this year. If I were a betting man, I would say we just witnessed a career year for him (yes I know he's young), as he simply has way too many holes in his swing and is inconsistent.

    My point isn't to be negative it's to say that I think the Cubs are taking a huge chance by not addressing their obvious offensive issues from last season and just ASSUMING that Bryant will be healthy AND be back to "normal", Javy will once again have an MVP caliber season, Schwarber will finally learn to hit the ball at bat above .240, Contreras will find the magic from his 2017 season. Too many IF's and hopes. When Milwaukee is the clear class of the division from an offensive standpoint and the Cardinals are making a huge push, it's pretty scary to rest on hopes.

  • In reply to INSaluki:

    I am sure no one will take your post as being negative. Who did the Cardinals sign that is one of the best hitters in baseball? Can you share more on the medical reports on Bryant?

    That was not negative at all. LOL

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Goldschmidt.

    I really, really gotta think Theo has something up his sleeve. A Happ/Montgomery package has to get something right?

  • In reply to DarBar15:

    Cards got Goldschmidt in a trade not a signing.

    I hope You are right about a deal coming up. The Card have improved this off season and the Brewers will be good. The Reds and Pirates will be better. Going to be a tough division.

  • In reply to DarBar15:

    Preferably a RH Bat. Grab the best one available and let Joe make the pieces fit.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    If you don't know who the Cards got, then this conversation is over.

  • In reply to INSaluki:

    I agree. If you think the Cardinals signed Goldschmidt, then this conversation is over.

  • In reply to INSaluki:

    The Cubs have plenty of time to address any issues. They are still the best team in the division.

  • Once again there are rumors bringing up the Giants and a possible swap involving Heyward. This has come up several times in the past few weeks and now it's Charles the Cat, a reasonably reliable back channel leaker. Theo isn't done. My guess is he's barely sleeping.

  • In reply to TC154:

    So Melanchon and Wil Smith to the Cubs? Melanchon is owed $14m each of the next two years and is not someone I would rely on. Smith and Watson are likely the Giants best offseason trade prospects, so get ready to say goodbye to a top prospect (if i’m the Giants i’d demand the kid from Stanford or tell Theo to pound sand).

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    Earlier rumors on the same subject have had Amaya and Alzolay going to SF. I could certainly see Hoerner in those talks as well.

  • In reply to TC154:

    The Giants have super stud, Posey replacement, catching prospect Joey Bart, so Amaya would seem like less of a priority.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    I get that, but sometimes you amass talent to trade too. We know nothing at this point and if it means moving for Harper and moving Heyward's deal I'd do any of those things.

  • In reply to TC154:

    I get the talent accumulation. But if i’m the Giants, I’d want the Cubs top prospect or forget it. With Andrew Miller now a Cardinal, I suspect Wil Smith will be in high demand. Bart and Hoerner and whoever they get midseason when they trade Bum could really propel a quick rebuild.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    A lot of people have Amaya as the top prospect. Also I would much rather give up Hoerner than a 55 grade catching prospect but that's just me. The Cubs guide lists him at 6'1" but by most accounts he's 5'10" and I have a bias against little guys. I think he's an MLB player for sure, but I don't see a star.

  • In reply to TC154:

    If the Cubs really want to do it, i’d trade the freaking farm, not take Melanchon, AND dump Chatwood. A massive salary dump. Seems unlikely.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    Just digging around a little more MLB pipeline has Amaya as the Cubs top prospect, the #6 catching prospect and 87th overall. They have Hoerner as the Cubs #6 prospect and he's not in the top 100. Fangraphs has Amaya at #1 and Hoerner at #4.

  • In reply to TC154:

    Are those most recent? I thought I saw an article a couple of weeks ago the BA moved Nico to #1?

  • In reply to TC154:

    MLB Pipeline was recently updated I believe and the Fangraphs list was from September. I don't subscribe to BA so I'm unable to see their lists without some more digging. Regardless they're opinions. I haven't seen much more than a few snippets of Amaya or Hoerner so my own opinion is based more on others scouting than anything else so I'm just talking out of my posterior, but I do like highly graded catching prospects more than unspecified position infileders as a general rule so I'd gladly give up Hoerner if it saved Amaya.

  • In reply to TC154:

    In their most recent rankings, BA has Hoerner-Amaya 1-2 in the system and FG has Amaya-Hoerner 1-2. For what it is worth, I have it Hoerner-Amaya in mine. The two guys are essentially interchangeable. Hoerner is closer to bigs and more of a sure thing, but Amaya provides more positional value.

  • In reply to TC154:

    Merry Christmas, brother. We’ve been wasting time discussing Cubs moves for years, and I hope for years to come!

  • Dodgers are trading matt kemp and puig to the reds.It's over they will get harper

  • In reply to bolla:

    If true, I'm fine with it. Now they can focus on improving the team without him. I'm ready for the pieces to start falling! It's been a real long week at work.

  • In reply to bolla:

    The SKY IS FALLING!!!!

    I guess this just means that the Dodgers are broke and handcuffed by ownership who isn't willing to add more payroll, hence why they just made this trade so they can spend money...

  • In reply to bolla:

    I thought the same thing, but watching MLB network & they are saying Dodgers don’t want to go 8+ years for anyone. Dodgers beat writer just said they are more interested in AJ Pollack & would like a RH bat

  • I don't think this means the Dodgers are definitely getting Harper, as they'd still be over the lux cap with him... but I'd say he's probably going there now. Why make this trade if you aren't sure he's coming?

    What's worse is that the Reds look like a solid team all of a sudden. The NLC is going to be a dog fight. 4 teams are making moves and looking solid, and the Cubs picked up Daniel Descalso. Cool.

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    No, because Verdugo is a backup plan in the OF for LA. This just sets up a market and Harper waits to see if the Cubs can trade Heyward, etc. and enter it. Sure is more intriguing now though

  • In reply to TC154:

    I can see SF Giants getting more interested in making a deal with the Cubs to take Heyward and prospects, along with probably Happ and Russell, and make it easier for the Cubs to enter into the Harper sweepstakes to keep him away from the Dodgers and also better the Giants outlook for the future.

  • In reply to TC154:

    The only person I've seen mention Heyward and SF is Charles the Cat. I'm not familiar with him. Some of what he says is plausible, but i know a lot of people think he's a phony. What has he broken before to make you trust him?

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    No national or local writer has ever mentioned Heyward to the Giants.
    Bogus rumor

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    I live in the Bay Area and I haven’t seen a single Giants pundit comment on it. With that said, I don’t discard it out of hand for a few reasons. First, it has been reported that Zaidi would like a right fielder who is an excellent defender. It has also been reported that he’d like a righthanded, excellent defender to platoon with Steven Duggar in center (think Almora). What’s more, Zaidi is in a tough spot. The team is terrible, old, saddled with a lot of big contracts, and has a poor farm system. They also have a fan base and ownership group that does not want to rebuild. So he needs to get creative. Maybe taking on Heyward’s contract (a player who makes some sense for their park) in exchange for a proven right handed or switch hitter (Almora or Happ) and some prospects makes sense.

    This is just my speculation.

  • In reply to Kramerica20:

    He broke Darvish and Morrow to the Cubs last winter and Miller to the Cards last year. Someone I know went back and graded his predictions over the last 3 years at about 70%. Of course it's not gospel, but it's better than some of the junk the national media throws out there. Just reading the guys post you realize he's connected and his posts during the winter meetings indicated pretty well that he was there. As far as the Giants discussions this rumor has been out there for a month on various Twitter feeds as was the Dodgers trade. I think I posted here about Homer Bailey in a contract swap three or four weeks ago, if I didn't I posted in another group. Everything is BS this time of year but I tend to trust the under the radar sources more than the "gotta get a scoop" national or even local media. That's just me, everyone else is free to believe whatever they want.

  • In reply to TC154:

    Should have read "Miller to the Cards this year". He posted that on 12/11 well before the national media started discussing it.

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