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Ian Clarkin

Ian Clarkin

The Cubs claimed LHP Ian Clarkin off waivers from the White Sox today:

They did the same in November:


Only for the White Sox to re-claim him less than a week later when the Cubs tried to sneak him through waivers themselves.

The 40-man roster now stands at 39 members (Addison Russell and Oscar de la Cruz do not count toward total while they are on restricted list serving suspensions that run through April). Don't be surprised if the Cubs attempt to sneak Clarkin through again, once they see an advantageous window. They played this roster shuffle successfully with left-handed reliever David Rollins back in 2016 and then with Cory Mazzoni last year as well:

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  • They HAVE SIGNED MANY PITCHERS
    ARE ANY GOOD

  • In reply to emartinezjr:

    I liked bringing back Allen Webster and Kyle Ryan. Both showed good stuff in the minors last year.

    Rowan Wick is a hard throwing righty with stuff and questionable control who falls in line with Maples and Norwood. Just got to hope that one of them gets locked in and doesn't walk too many guys for a while.

    Rea has plenty of starts under his belt in SD, but can't say I'm real familiar with him. He at least gives an experienced starter in Iowa.

    Carasiti and Ramirez have some talent and are proven at AAA but have only received cups of coffee in MLB.

    The rest don't do much for me. Fringy.

    I haven't really looked at Clarkin's game, just checked his numbers. He's struggled as a starter, but when used out of the pen last year his results improved dramatically. Seems like more of a ground ball guy than miss bats type though.

  • If he’s good enough to take twice, they need to just bite the bullet & put him on the 40 man already. Put him on waivers if he doesn’t have a good spring & see if he clears. Or, if they upgrade w/out trading off of the 40 man, just put him thru the waiver wire again. But they must see something in him.

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    In reply to Milk Stout:

    He is a "depth piece" for everyone. Eventually he will "sneak through waivers" and have himself a minor league deal. Everyone that signs him has the same strategy. They just want to be the team at the end that has him. Every team tries this during the off-season. Eventually it is possible that a team simply keeps him on their 40-man roster. But for most teams that roster spot is simply too valuable so they'd rather not have him on it.

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    Yes, I know he’s depth. He’s not cracking our top 5 & he’s not displacing the closer, whoever that is at the moment. May not even make the team out of spring.

    Not sure what your definition of “sneaking” is but He obviously isn’t “sneaking” thru waivers when both Chicago teams have had him on their roster twice this off season... LoL.

  • To continue the David Rollins saga,
    - On Aug 4, 2018, Cubs released Rollins
    - On Aug 14, Rollins signed with Seattle
    - Rollins got 4 starts with Seattle's AAA team, going 0-3 with a 9.61 ERA and 1.932 WHIP
    - On Nov 2, Rollins elected FA

    Something tells me that there won't be a lot of teams putting in waiver claims this time around.

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    In reply to DropThePuck:

    Didn't we churn him through 2-3 times along with a couple other teams that did the same thing? I think a website was even keeping track of how many "transactions" he was involved in in one off-season. Or am I thinking of the wrong guy?

  • In reply to Joel Mayer:

    Then there is the example of Oliver Drake, who has churned through 6 organizations in waiver claims since the start of the 2018 season, some more than once:

    May 5: Purchased by CLE from MIL
    May 31: Selected off waivers by LAA
    July 26: Selected off waivers by TOR
    August 3: Selcted off waivers by MIN
    November 1: Selected off waivers by TBR
    November 26: Selected off waivers by TOR
    January 4, 2019: Purchased by TBR

    Transactions from Baseball Reference.

    It’s gotta be a slow off-season if I am posting something about Oliver Drake and it has nothing to do with the Cubs....

  • In reply to CubsFanInNorway:

    Ha ha! Yes & David Rollins & Ian Clarkin as well. Even though Cubs had/have both at 1 time or another... Looks like the Borenstein & Arcia signings went under the radar, though. :o)

  • Both Maddon and Ricketts have seemed to slam the door on Harper coming to the Cubs.

  • The door has been slammed all offseason with no ability to go past the budget. Every report has said the Cubs are not spending big money and need to get creative. I'm waiting for the creative part of the offseason.

  • Ricketts basically said the Darvish and walkwood contracts along with having to pick up hamels option is why the cubs won’t sign Harper or machado

    Theo has been on a terrible streak since that awful Jimenez trade yikes.one bad move after another only hamels and chavez really worked out. I’d be shocked if the cubs made the postseason in 2019 , not buying this internal growth nonsense. Some of these guys flat out suck and the cards and brewers got better smh

  • In reply to bolla:

    Where / when did Ricketts say this, or are you just paraphrasing the countless sports "journalists" that are assuming that the Cubs aren't signing high-dollar FAs because Ricketts won't allow it?

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Cliff, don't you know bubble has "inside information"? And he has amazing baseball knowledge.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    On the radio today , said last years expenditures are restricting the budget in 2019.Also said they have spent by picking up hamels option and signing delcaslco lol

    https://chicago.suntimes.com/?post_type=cst_article&p=1630949

  • In reply to bolla:

    A Gordon Wittenmyer piece? The interview where Ricketts called the perception that the Cubs aren’t willing to spend enough to go after the likes of Bryce Harper “misguided?” The one where he said, “We’ve got a pretty good team. I think we won 97 games on average the last four years. We’re still that team?”

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    With it still being way to early to project would anyone not say this is still a 90+ win team? It is.
    Vegas has them at 89 wins for 2019....I take that bet all day long but the better bet is Milwaukee at 83 wins, which they should exceed as well.
    The Cub roster will still change some before Opening Day. Darvish is a big key but my own opinion is he will never win 20 more games in the majors and go down as Theo’s biggest bust signing. Say what you will about Heyward but his last season was his best as a Cub offensively, it was a surprise his defense dropped some. He gives good value if this year he improves even more.
    Losing Hickey and Davis will not be a loss....it may actually help.

    It isn’t imperative that the Cubs get Harper or Machado and no one seems to comment to the fact that they aren’t as sought after as they themselves thought they would be. There isn’t much of a market for them if you consider the White Sox are still in play for one and the Yankees, Red Sox and Dodgers are yawning at Boras. Philly likely snaps up one of them, I don’t care. The Cubs only really get hurt if one of them signs with another NL Central team, who sees that happening now? Nobody.

    Still along way to go before any of this shakes out.

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    Fangraphs has division projected at these win totals

    Cubs 87
    Cards 85
    Brewers 83
    Pirates 80
    Reds 77

    That's either someone's idea of parity or the definition of h e double toothpicks. I'm going with the latter.

    I think the Cubs can have a great season but it's going to be on the back of ifs and buts and I can't stand that.

  • In reply to TC154:

    I just checked Fangraphs projected win totals and they have
    Cubs 87
    Cards 86
    Pirates 80
    Brewers 79
    Reds 79
    as their projections.

    The Cubs total of 87 is third best in the NL. And last time I checked the third best team in the NL will get into the postseason. go Cubs!

  • In reply to John57:

    The team’s current situation validates my belief that they did the right thing in 2016. By that I mean trading key prospects to try and maximize the chance to win when they had the best team. I was never a big advocate of the just get in every year and hope to get lucky approach. Granted, it did work for the Giants in 2014. But the last three years, the best team, the fully loaded team, has won.

  • In reply to John57:

    Fangraphs is expecting the Brewers to be a sub .500 team? Interesting...

  • In reply to John57:

    Fangraphs and steamer had the brewers at 76-78 wins last year...

  • In reply to TC154:

    Maybe I’m looking at this in too obtuse a way but.....
    The NL East I have no idea who wins it, it’s still too much up in the air until the rosters are set....
    The NL West will go to the Dodgers....because....there is nobody else that competitive to challenge....
    The NL Central? Hell, Baez almost alone puts them at around 87 wins....sure the division has gotten better but I don’t buy into all the teams devouting themselves head to head....the Cubs should win over 90.....but YA GOTTA PERFORM October 1 when the lights go on!

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    I think right this minute the Nationals are the best team in the NL, Dodgers second and the Cubs, if everyone is healthy and Bryant puts up the kind of numbers he was putting up last year before the injury, are third. The Braves are probably just outside that and if Philly gets one of the big boys they probably are too. The Rockies, Mets, Cardinals and Brewers all have playoff shots but haven't guaranteed anything.

  • In reply to bolla:

    For a team who missed Bryant for the most of the year and had some guys underperform and got nothing out of Darvish and Chatwood and 1/2 a season from Morrow the team still won 90 plus games. The addition of Hamels and Darvish for a whole season will make a difference. I am not sold on the brewers pitching and the Cardinals defense is still suspect and so is their pitching. I think the Cubs will be right in the thick of it again in 2109.

  • In reply to cubbybear7753:

    Ahhh yes the "we won 95 games without darvish and bryant" excuse.The cards had ozuna missing games,fowler was awful and got injured,they lost wacha,wainwright,molina,reyes and martinez to injuries and younger pitchers and players like bader and oneill stepped up and they STILL waxed the cubs in the season series.Will get a contract year ozuna and added goldschmiddt and miller.Not even gonna get into the brewers who jacked the division and know they are better than the cubs upgrading at c and getting a pitcher who dominated the cubs in 2017 back

    keep drinking that cubbie homer kool aid

  • In reply to bolla:

    without Darvis and Bryant isn't an excuse, it is a fact.

    Fowler was awful because he is in decline. wacha, wainwright, Molina reyes and Martinez were lost because they are always injured and may continue that trend.

    Winning a season series gets you squat. Nobody makes the playoff because they win the season series.

    I am not predicting a division title or a WS just saying that they will be in the thick of things and that's all you can ask.

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    The Jimenez trade can't be called a bad trade yet. What if Eloy is a bust or just an average player? If it wasn't the Sox, I believe Cease wouldn't have been in the trade.

    I do agree about some of his past bad trades, but his big FA targets usually don't pan out.

    That being said, Ricketts are being cheap this offseason in my opinion. Harper or Machado are way better than Heyward(pre-Cub) is. Than again the Ricketts may redeem themselves if they go all out the next 2 offseasons. By all out, I'm talking Trout or a player close to his quality of play.

  • In reply to Wrigley0923:

    It's hard for me to think that they are cheep when the payroll is way over 200 Million.

  • In reply to cubbybear7753:

    If the Cubs sign BOTH Harper and Machado, there will be people on here next year crying they are cheap because they haven't signed Trout or whatever other high-priced FA is on the market. $400 million payroll? That's nothing to those rich owners! They should spend $500 million - wait, $600 million.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Agreed. Almost all the owners are businessmen who didn't become rich by doing stupid things with their money, They are probably smarter than you or I when it comes to money. It's hard for me to be critical of Ricketts based upon all that has happened since he bought the team

  • In reply to cubbybear7753:

    The Ricketts bought the team that had low revenue, high priced declining major league players, terrible scouting department, substandard training facilities, farm system with very little talent and no consistent development process to develop the talent they did have.
    Since then the revenue is growing every year and the payroll is consistently in the top 5 in all of baseball. The major league team has won more games than every other team over the last four years, scouting and development facilities are among the best, the talent level is better now than when Epstein took over. I think fans should thank the Ricketts family.

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    In reply to cubbybear7753:

    You are correct. Except for the fact that I said ownership is being cheap(not cheep) this offseason. NOT every offseason. JUST this offseason. Does that make more sense to you?

  • In reply to Wrigley0923:

    Jimenez is a top 5 prospect in mlb on every list and cease is top 50-60 and was just rated a top 5 righty pitching prospect in all of mlb for jose quintana....lol what an awful awful trade, especially since the cubs could use BOTH(to trade or for the mlb team)they have nothing worthwhile on the farm except guys 3-4 years away(amaya,marquez) see if you attach eloy to heywards terrible albatross contract then a team will take that contract. Theo has put the cubs in this position with his terrible moves.Red Sox fans told cubs fans in 2011 when the honeyoon wears off the farm will be barren and payroll high.

    A lot of homer cubs fans will learn the hard way in 2019 this team is flawed and bryants overrated a** won't be enough

  • In reply to bolla:

    all prospects are just that until they perform in the bigs

  • In reply to cubbybear7753:

    True indeed but when prospects rip the cover off the ball at every level that usually bodes well.Look at vlad jr he has destroyed the minors as well as eloy,bryant did too

  • In reply to bolla:

    You mean, like Bryant and Schwarber did?

  • In reply to cubbybear7753:

    Or, they DON'T perform in the bigs!

  • In reply to bolla:

    As I recall, Bryant ranked pretty high as a prospect. So did Schwarber. Almora didn't do too badly, either. According to you, all of those guys stink, but those OTHER highly ranked prospects, Eloy and Dylan, are 100%, can't miss first ballot HOFers. So, which is it - the ratings are absolutely accurate, or they aren't? Or, are they only accurate when you can use them in your daily "Theo sucks" rant?

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    No I’m saying look at eloys #’s in the minors, look at vlad jrs #’s now go look up harper,trouts,Baez and Bryant minor league numbers. It translates buddy, eloy will be a star. Almora didn’t dominate the minors

  • In reply to bolla:

    I can envision you picketing the HOF ceremony when Eloy is inducted, carrying a sign that reads "That jerk THEO traded Eloy for a garbage pitcher!!!"

    Let it go, man...

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Lol yup , I absolutely hate this trade. It will be Lou Brock levels of awful years from now

  • In reply to bolla:

    I gotta admit that I wasn’t happy with giving up Eloy & Cease when the trade went down. I was happy we got Quintana & know they had to give in order to get. There are no guarantees Cease is an ace, 2 or #3, or closer, stays healthy & that Eloy destroys MLB pitching. If Quintana has a couple, 2 three more years like he did in 2016, they win another WS &/Or if they use him to acquire other good assets, then the trade was a successful one.

  • In reply to Milk Stout:

    I absolutely hated the trade from the moment it happened Cease was the cubs best pitching prospect and eloy the cubs best position prospect and Theo traded torres for a rental a year earlier. Never was a Quintana fan, always thought he was overrated. If the cubs traded cease and eloy for chris sale you wouldn’t hear me complain at all. Rick Hahn fleeced Theo and Theo should be embarrassed, but what’s done is done and like you said if the cubs win a world series then it’s a great trade. I’m not convinced currently constructed they can

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    In reply to bolla:

    And like you should know, they are just PROSPECTS. There are tons of CAN'T MISS PROSPECTS, and atleast 70% don't pan out. Yes, I used all CAPS on purpose.

  • In reply to bolla:

    You under rate Bryant

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    From the outside it appears that the Cubs could very well pay Harper or Machado. Even if they have to pay a luxury tax it would be worth it. Now maybe they're waiting for next year and bid for Arenado I would be supportive of that--I would rather have him than either Harper or Machado. Look at what he's done in the majors offensively and look at his number of GG--he has 6, and he's only played 6 years in the majors!
    To be positive, if we had a last place team and then we were able to sign FAs (in this scenario there is no luxury tax) and we signed Rizzo and KB and Javy and Contreras and Kyle Schwarber, etc we'd be awfully happy and think that we have a top team in the league. We probably have a top 5 team now, and that's with not even knowing how healthy Yu is. Imagine if he can win 15 games this year what we can do. So even if we do nothing, although I wish we would, we can still win another WS this year.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    The Cubs are going to pay a luxury tax for the 2019 season if they sign no one else. But they still are going to get a bullpen arm or two when the prices dip some and they will say some money to spend on a player at the July deadline to fill a hole. The Cubs major spending this off season was the 20 million they decided to spend for Hamels. It is a business plain and simple. Every business has a budget and the Cubs are near their limit. They can't get a Machado/Harper with a 300 to 400 million contract when it does not fit into their budget.

    I too wish we win a WS this year but who doesn't.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I would not like an Arenado signing. 108 wRC+ in away game and a .263 hitter with a .469 SLG. He is a Coors Field creation hitting .320 with a .609 SLG. Pass.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Cubs may jump at a Trout free agent. Now he is a generational talent. Harper and Machado are not at his level.

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    In reply to John57:

    Exactly. If they land Trout in 2020 and he can give us 6-7 5+ war seasons on a 10 year contract, I'd do it in a heartbeat.

  • In reply to John57:

    True. He is clearly headed for the Mount Rushmore of baseball by the time his career is over.

  • Ottavino to the Yankees, Clarkin to the Cubs.

  • Was holding out hope Cody Allen would be an option for the cubs but he signed with the angels.

    The cubs are literally doing nothing to improve

  • In reply to bolla:

    The Cubs aren't spending big money yet they may be improved from last year.

  • In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    Not when the chasers have gotten better. The “internal” improvements are more to keep current pace and may not actually improve. Brewers, Reds, and Cards all got better in the toughest division in baseball, IMO.

    Disappointing off season. Theo came out guns blazing 1 day after exiting and hasn’t done jack sh*t thus far. Thought we would see trades and an FA acquisition or two. Now we get to see 4 newly automatic outs in our lineup everyday.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    THANK YOU,enough with the internal improvement non sense you can internally improve and make additions

    by the way the reds are about to acquire sonny gray who outside yankee stadium was a pretty good pitcher in 2018

  • In reply to bolla:

    What irritates me the most is Darvish and Chatwood have cost the Cubs the chance to add premium generational HOF talent. I lamented the Darvish signing last year and specifically said inhated it because of what it could cost. I also wrote I felt Heyward and Russell were LOS causes. Now both of them return too and are still abysmal hitters. To expect improvement from those two when the 3-4 year run says “they are what they are” is a bad bet on the come.

    I wholeheartedly disagree with your take on Bryant and Schwarber as we have had a few back and forth’s. I believe Bryant is MVP and a Schwarber is climbing to a .275/.365/.500 player. But do agree with your overall premise of needed improvement externally. I am just surprised at how nothing has been done so far when Theo was on a rampage about how feeble this team became and extolled changes are coming.

    Just very disappointed.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Well I thought darvish and chatwood were good additions at the time because I definitely didn't want arrieta back and the cubs had no starting pitchers ready to fill in from the minors.But I also didn't think those moves would handcuff the cubs from spending in 2019(because of increasing revenue and the pending tv deal) and it did along with the albatross heyward contract.

    Theo has made some serious blunders post 2016.Will be interesting to see how it plays out.I'm not optimistic personally.

  • In reply to bolla:

    Would you be ok with improvement coming from trades and not spending big money?

  • In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    Trade who? Happ,almora,Schwarber,heyward,Russell,caratini all have low value/are garbage.Contreras is coming off a down year Zobrist is 38, so unless they trade bryant,Rizzo or baez who can they trade to genuinely improve?

    Theo gets paid the highest exec salary in mlb and has f’d the cubs with his terrible moves. It all goes back to the failure to develop pitching and all the money spent and elite prospects traded to fix that failure

  • In reply to bolla:

    I disagree with you. Theo gets the highest salary because he and his team are among the best FO in baseball if not the best. You can say he is bad but you are wrong, IMO.

  • In reply to John57:

    More than just wrong.....this being the best run of any Cub era in our lives......they know what they are doing.

  • In reply to bolla:

    You can package players and add prospects to make deal. I also think think the players you mention have more value than you think.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    The Cubs still have more talent than any team in the division. The gap may have closed slightly but the Cubs are still the favorite to win the division.

  • In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    The Cubs have the most talent, the Brewers have more depth but lesser pitching, the Cardinals have more ifs but if everything clicks they'll be right there in September. People worrying about the Reds and Pirates in the long term are silly but they will be no head to head pushovers. This is a very good baseball team. I look at the Yankees and see a great baseball team and the Red Sox are still there too. In the NL there's not a ton of distance between the top 5 teams which I would say are the Nationals, Dodgers, Cubs, Braves and you pick-em among the Brewers, Cards, Phillies, Mets and Rockies.

    The issue is that we got a great team for the first time in our lives in 2016 and we know what that looks like now and once you see it you can't fantasize over good. It's a spoiled attitude and we should be self aware enough to realize it. Lots of not very good teams have gone to and won the World Series. It makes me angry every darned time because I want to see only the best of the best play those games. That said you know we'd all root for our boys if they weren't the best team in the league and won anyone. Such is the hypocrisy of the sports fan.

  • In reply to TC154:

    This is still a playoff team. I don't understand all the doom and gloom. The offseason is not over and moves will be made during the year.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    Is the offseason over?
    I see the lineup much different than you.

  • In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    If you have been in here for more than 7 seconds, you would know that i have stated on multiple occasions that the off season is not over, I still expect a move, and the Cubs are really good.

    CF, RF, SS, and the P spot mean we have nearly 4 automatic outs if no moves are made. Disappointed in the fire from Theo and then lack of follow through.

  • In reply to rbrucato:

    I agree that I expect a move or two before the season starts. I don't believe the positions you mention are automatic outs. I think they are closer to league average.

  • In reply to WaitUntilNextYear:

    Nope. By wRC+ where 100 is average, Heyward (99) is short and moreso Russell (80) is woefully short of league average hitters. Heyward as a corner outfielder with a .720 OPS is abysmal. Almora (89) was putrid in the 2nd half which dropped him significantly below league average.

    I didn’t even include Contreras (100) who fell a bunch and whom I expect to rebound. He was the model league average hitter and we know how awful he was last season.

    The point is this Cubs team was built on being an offensive juggernaut and sustainable machine. Not a lineup built of league average and below hitters. If internal improvements are all we hope for then I am terribly disappointed. Fact is Heyward, Russell, and Almora will never be premium hitters at the MLB level. They are what they are at this point as they have multiple years showing the warts of their offensive game. Theo came out LIT at his post season presser and laid down the gauntlet that things were changing. Given a historic FA class of 2 guys you could replace either or both of the anemic hitters coinciding with his words led Cubs fans to believe something significant was to be done. And so we are 30 days away and all we have heard is “internal improvements” which, IMHO, sucks. And will set us up for disappointment.

    We will see if this is the team we roll with over the next month. I still think something on a large scale gets done. Or maybe In just hoping. Given the intra-division improvements along with some internal improvements is not enough to get back to 95 wins. I have the Cubs at about 89-90 wins. That may not get a Wild Card berth.

  • Yadier Molina just sniped golden boy Bryant, ouch

  • In reply to bolla:

    Can he reveal his secret for getting baseballs to stick to his chest protector? That is what I want to know.

  • In reply to John57:

    He's been one of the best catchers in mlb for years and has 2 championships.That's the last thing I'm worried about.Quite frankly this is the blackboard ammo that will have the cardinals lickin their chops when their young power pitchers get to face automatic outs almora,russell,heyward etc or any of these overrated weak hitters the cubs have in the line up.Bryant better bring it in 2019 for wakin up a sleeping giant hope he doesn't have another injury sliding head 1st

  • In reply to bolla:

    It is going to be fun to see the Cards miss the post season again.

  • In reply to John57:

    No it’s gonna be funny watching the cubs and all their talent fall short again. This team has holes and haven’t addressed any of them. Paul Goldschmidt is a better more productive hitter than anyone in the cubs line up including golden boy Bryant

  • In reply to bolla:

    Does anyone (besides you) give a ratsazz what Molina has to say? I've been to St. Louis, it's not a place I'd like to be stuck in for a 3-day anything. I guess Yadi wouldn't like me, either.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Well bryant made a comment about st louis and the cardinals captain made a valid point when he clapped back.That's all it was and no need to give the cardinals more motivation.They already gonna be better than the cubs imo and ryan dempster is freakin CORNY and always has been.

    I've never been to st louis and have no intention of ever going so I can't comment on the city personally.Relax buddy

  • In reply to bolla:

    This provides 0 motivation to the Cardinals. They are not better than the Cubs. Take another look at the Cubs roster.

  • In reply to bolla:

    Molina is a tool if he has an issue of a guy not liking a city. Last check Yadi doesn’t live there year round. He’s had too many foul tips to the head.

  • Reds acquired sonny gray it's being finalized.Gray in a contract year, outside yankee stadium and reunited with his college pitching coach derek johnson.The same derek johnson who was the brewers pitching coach.Cubs did absolutely nothing while the rest of the division(besides the pirates)improved

  • In reply to bolla:

    But at least they have the most talent *yawns*

  • In reply to bolla:

    “Clapped back”???? Bahahhahahahahhaa......do you have your drivers license yet?

  • In reply to bolla:

    Do you think the Cubs are the favorite to win the division?

  • In reply to bolla:

    I have been reading these posts almost every day during this off season and I can't understand where some of you are coming from, even though I am as disappointed with this offseason as anyone. However, FWIW, there are 2 main points I would like to bring up:

    1. Even as bad as the Cubbies' offense was last season, they were better overall or just as good in most all offensive categories as the Brewers and better in most of the categories than the Cards. Just check the stats.

    2. For anyone disappointed in their current minor league roster (prospects list), the Cubbies current major league roster includes at least a half dozen players that were in the minors only 2-3 years. If all the other teams did this, their rosters would be diminished also, and most even more than the Cubbies.

    And despite everything, the Cubbies have won more games in the past 4 years than any other team and may even do it again this year . I would say Theo & Co. are doing a fine job!

  • In reply to bolla:

    I you seriously concerned about Sonny Gray being added to the Reds? First the Reds still look like the last place team, maybe battling with the Pirates for that ignominy, but sure they're better. What's the difference between 65 wins and say 77-79? Nothing under 88-90 matters.

  • In reply to TC154:

    True as long as the improvement in wins doesn’t come at the expense of the Cubs.

  • In reply to TC154:

    Some guys are interested in anything they can use to further criticize the Cubs and Theo Epstein.

  • In reply to TC154:

    Sonny gray opponents splits outside yankee stadium are 226/295/320 with a 1.15 whip and 3.17 era.

  • In reply to bolla:

    And Gray is swapping out one extreme hitter's park for another one. GAB is #4 is runs allowed. #1 in HRs allowed. A tougher home park to pitch in than the one he just left. Chances are, without some change in approach, he'll continue to enjoy rather drastic splits, and be rather hittable a good deal of the time.

  • St. Louis and surrounding communities are a little town compared to Chicago and its suburbs. Chicagoans act like they are better, but mostly they are just different with issues of their own. Neither, should be too arrogant.

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Do you seriously think that Cardinals fans are rational about the good and bad in each city? They've been slinging garbage for 50 years and want to be offended when a little gets slung back their way.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Just caught up with your comment, Cliff. No I don't think Cardinals fans think about the good and bad of each city, but I'd rather let them initiate the verbal slings and for Cubs to do their talking on the field. I guess in a way the back and forth is good for the rivalry.

  • I don’t get being offensive about calling city boring??? KB is from Vegas went to school in San Diego and plays in Chicago. I am sure St. Louis is a little boring. But to take that as ripping on a organization or ability level leaves me baffled.

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