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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:59 pm 
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Morrow will be the best closer in baseball for the next 5 years.


Still need two more guys for the 7th and 8th.

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CJ will have a sub 2.00 ERA next season.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:03 pm 
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I like CJ.

Hopefully he doesn't carry the Darvish at bat with him. That seemed like a meltdown moment that could have lasting effects.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:09 pm 
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rogers park bryan wrote:
Morrow will be the best closer in baseball for the next 5 years.


Still need two more guys for the 7th and 8th.

That is pretty bold with the big man in LA seemingly just hitting his prime.

Hope you are right. He does seem to be in the Wade Davis mold.

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I expect Maples to have a big spot in the pen this next season as well.

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RFDC wrote:
rogers park bryan wrote:
Morrow will be the best closer in baseball for the next 5 years.


Still need two more guys for the 7th and 8th.

That is pretty bold with the big man in LA seemingly just hitting his prime.

Hope you are right. He does seem to be in the Wade Davis mold.

Yea. I can't lie. I've said Jansen is the new Mariano too many times to go back now.

I think Morrow can be very good though

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I expect Maples to have a big spot in the pen this next season as well.

Stuff like this helps give Frank the Kyle Ryan ammo.

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RFDC wrote:
I expect Maples to have a big spot in the pen this next season as well.

Stuff like this helps give Frank the Kyle Ryan ammo.

Says the guy who thought Brett Jackson was the next big thing

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RFDC wrote:
I expect Maples to have a big spot in the pen this next season as well.

Stuff like this helps give Frank the Kyle Ryan ammo.



Maples has good stuff

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I expect Maples to have a big spot in the pen this next season as well.

Stuff like this helps give Frank the Kyle Ryan ammo.

Says the guy who thought Brett Jackson was the next big thing

Touche. But that was years ago. I was a child.

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Hey, Brett Jackson went Hollywood. He's no Wes Parker, though.

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Cubs supposedly offering Jake 4/110.

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If you missed it, the Cubs are bringing in another quality depth arm on a minor league deal.

http://www.bleachernation.com/2018/01/0 ... ague-deal/

Well, this is fun:

According to a report from … our very own Brett Taylor on Twitter, the Chicago Cubs have signed right-handed pitcher Ryan Weber to a Minor League deal. So let’s see who this guy has been throughout his career, and what he might be for the Cubs.

Webber, 27, was drafted in the 22nd round by the Braves back in 2009, and took a long time to reach the upper Minors – he didn’t debut in Double-A until 2014. He did make five starts for the Braves just a year later, but was bounced back down to Triple-A in 2016. This past season, as Brett mentions in his Tweet, Weber pitched for the Mariners (they claimed him off waivers), but a biceps injury limited him to just six starts (five in Triple-A and one in the Majors).

Those five Triple-A starts, however, were really, really good. Over 31.2 IP, Webber compiled a 0.85 ERA with 19 strikeouts to just 4 walks. Opposing hitters managed just a .179 batting average against him, and he allowed just a single homer during that stretch. Weber has never quite been a top prospect/had a high pedigree, but you can definitely see why the Braves stuck with him for so long, and why the Mariners/Cubs have both taken a chance on him.


After the 2015 season, FanGraphs’ Dan Farnsworth evaluated the Braves prospects and ranked Webber fifth overall. In that post, he had some awfully nice things to say, including this crazy compliment: “I hate player comps, and I may enrage more people with this, but I don’t think there’s much separating Weber from a guy like Dallas Keuchel.” Obviously, that’s not quite played out, and clearly not everyone agreed with Farnsworth’s extremely bullish take on Weber, but his reasoning wasn’t completely out in left field:

He [Weber] has limited free passes throughout his professional career, racking up just enough strikeouts to be interesting, but never being fully recognized in prospect circles. This season helped put him on the map, with his excellent pitchability giving him a chance in the young Braves rotation during a losing season.

His stuff draws impressive marks for movement across the board, with the command he has of his full arsenal being his carrying tool. Projecting as a starter, he will need to continue developing his front-door two-seam fastball and further hone his command to be a weapon against opposite-handed hitters.


I don’t think it’s wrong to say that Weber still has starter-upside, even as a 6th/7th/8th starter in a quality Major League organization. And that’s all he actually needs to be for the Cubs.

In all likelihood, Weber was brought aboard to be yet another flyer/Triple-A depth type for the Major League rotation. If catastrophe strikes, he can be among the many options to fill in in a pinch. And if lightening strikes, and he somehow figures it out and stays healthy, then the Cubs have a quality, still young, very cheap rotation option awaiting them in Triple-A.

There’s always the chance, of course, that the Cubs could like his work as a reliever more than a starter – and, note that he has experience as both in the past – but that’s not clear up to this point, so I’m assuming he’ll serve as rotational depth for now. Perhaps, the Cubs even dream on a role similar to Mike Montgomery’s (hangs out in the bullpen, steps into the rotation as needed) at some point in the future. You never know what might happen with Montgomery, who has popped up in Manny Machado rumors and who also has expressed a desire to start full-time. Heck, if the Cubs don’t add another starter this offseason, Montgomery might be in the rotation anyway, requiring even more immediate depth behind him.

These sort of signings rarely ever realize their full potential, but when they do the value can be enormous. Given his excellent, but brief stretch in Triple-A as recently as last season, I can understand why the Cubs rolled the dice. Hopefully Weber is fully healthy now after the biceps issue, and the Cubs can see what they have in the spring.

If you missed it during the holiday, the Cubs also signed Kyle Ryan, a similarly-interesting upside arm, to a minor league deal.


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The Cubs offered Alex Cobb 3 years for $42 million, @thekapman reports, but Cobb declined.

More info on the latest podcast: http://bit.ly/2E7QF1L


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The Cubs offered Alex Cobb 3 years for $42 million, @thekapman reports, but Cobb declined.

More info on the latest podcast: http://bit.ly/2E7QF1L

Wow, low ball offer. I wonder when that was. Almost insultingly low. I think the conversation starts at 3 years / $51M for him. Maybe 4 years / $64M.

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The Cubs offered Alex Cobb 3 years for $42 million, @thekapman reports, but Cobb declined.

More info on the latest podcast: http://bit.ly/2E7QF1L

Wow, low ball offer. I wonder when that was. Almost insultingly low. I think the conversation starts at 3 years / $51M for him. Maybe 4 years / $64M.

For the Cubs it started at 3/42 for those who can read or believe that is true.


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The Cubs offered Alex Cobb 3 years for $42 million, @thekapman reports, but Cobb declined.

More info on the latest podcast: http://bit.ly/2E7QF1L

Wow, low ball offer. I wonder when that was. Almost insultingly low. I think the conversation starts at 3 years / $51M for him. Maybe 4 years / $64M.

For the Cubs it started at 3/42 for those who can read or believe that is true.

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Clearly the Cubs weren't in the conversation. Saying something to someone and them walking away immediately is not a conversation. Though that gives me an idea on how to treat future posts of yours.

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Sounding like Lance Lynn to Washington, not sure why the Cubs don't make an offer..he's as good or better than Quintana.

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I would be wary of signing any cardinal arms. They do not take care of their pitchers. They chew them up and spit them out and then they let some other dumbasses pay for them when they are free agents.

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It's a buyer market right now. Everyone is saving bullets for next year's free agency. I think the Cubs do end up with one of Cobb/Arrietta/Darvish and at a very good price.


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Caller Bob wrote:
It's a buyer market right now. Everyone is saving bullets for next year's free agency. I think the Cubs do end up with one of Cobb/Arrietta/Darvish and at a very good price.




Read Boras has 35% of the top free agents thos year, I think other agents are waiting on him to set the market.

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I would be wary of signing any cardinal arms. They do not take care of their pitchers. They chew them up and spit them out and then they let some other dumbasses pay for them when they are free agents.




He's a big boy, like CC and only 30..175 plus ip 4 str8 years.

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Clearly the Cubs weren't in the conversation. Saying something to someone and them walking away immediately is not a conversation. Though that gives me an idea on how to treat future posts of yours.

Just ignore them like I do 99% of yours unless they are really stupid like that one. :lol:


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With the convention this weekend, Jake is in a difficult spot. Overrule Boras and take something like 4/112, or hope the Cardinals blink and offer him 5 year on Friday morning.

Because I fully expect Ricketts and Theo have agreed on their best and final offer, and I think that Ricketts will want Jake on board by Saturday afternoon as the big splash.


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Did a solid job. Curious if they go with Caratini now as backup. Avila will get good bank elsewhere.


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The #Cubs sign Kyle Hendricks, invaluable part of rotation, to one year, $4.175 million deal


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Russell settles with Cub for $3.2m, avoids arbitration.

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That payroll is going to swell over the next few years controllable players or not.

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