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The frustration remains too fresh to offer much beyond some bulleted thoughts on the last 24 hours, but I wanted to give you something immediately, and in the moment …

  • It’s great that the Cubs were targeting someone like Anibal Sanchez with a solid offer, but I’m not much for moral victories right now. I like the message it sends about the Cubs’ 2014 intentions, but that doesn’t make me any less bummed about losing out on the guy that was probably the single best free agent available for the Cubs’ needs and direction. I figured they were going to be fielding a competitive team in 2014 anyway, so this doesn’t prove much to me that I didn’t already believe about this front office. They’ve got a plan, and it doesn’t involve being terrible for another three years.
  • It’s important to point out the most logical chain of events here: Sanchez always wanted to stay with the Tigers, and the Tigers weren’t willing to go up to five years. So his agent shopped Sanchez to teams in an effort to get that five year offer, which he did, from the Cubs, for about $75 million. He took that offer back to the Tigers, applied some pressure via the media to get the Tigers to add that fifth year. He let the Cubs try and top it, which maybe they did with a five-year, $77.5 million offer. The agent went back to the Tigers, who upped it to $80 million, and the deal was done.
  • If that’s how things happened – and it is the most logical narrative – the Cubs probably never had a meaningful shot at Sanchez. It’s unfortunate that it was erroneously reported that they were getting him, but it sounds like they might never have gotten him. Certainly we can’t say that the Cubs would have gotten him if they’d upped their offer to 5/$80 million, because Sanchez had a clear preference for the Tigers.
  • That said, I’m still frustrated as hell. At $16 million per year, Sanchez needs to average only 3 WAR per year during his age 29, 30, 31, 32, and 33 seasons to earn his contract – and that’s being a bit unfair, because it assumes that the value of a win will hold steady at $5.5 million over the next five years, when it’s actually probably going to increase dramatically (making his contract even easier to “earn”). Given that he was worth 4.4 WAR in 2011 and 3.8 WAR in 2012, I’d say he’s a very fair bet to earn his money, if he stays healthy. Sanchez isn’t an ace, but he could have been a very important piece going forward. Let’s not play the jilted girlfriend here, claiming we didn’t really want him anyway (“He’s not even a number one!”).
  • Get ready to hear about the Cubs’ failing to close another deal that leaked to the media, with references to the Atlanta/Dempster trade and the Marmol/Haren swap. You can ignore those comparisons, however, because you know that the Atlanta/Dempster deal was leaked by Atlanta, and the Marmol/Haren trade was leaked by Marmol. The former fell through because Dempster never really wanted to go to Atlanta, and the latter fell through because the Cubs pulled out after seeing Haren’s medicals. It’s an unfortunate coincidence, but those stories have absolutely nothing to do with this one.
  • And, with that, I’m back to the third bullet. I guess I can’t blame the Cubs for not landing Sanchez – a guy is gonna go where a guy wants to go. The Cubs tried, made a solid offer (higher than any other team but Detroit – the Cubs are developing something of a second place curse), but came up short. Would I have offered to top that 5/$80 million offer? You know what, I probably would have. I probably would have gone to 6/$90 million, because I think it’s pretty easy to see how thin the free agent market is getting down the road, and I can see the direction salaries are going. But I also know that I don’t have half the information that the Cubs’ front office does, and there could be any number of reasons they were unwilling to add that sixth year (very few teams will ever considering going beyond five years for a pitcher, and I can understand that). Even if the Cubs had gone to six years, we’ll never know if it would have made any difference.
  • Where do the Cubs go from here? Well, Dave Kaplan said they had a back-up plan in place, and said separately that they were pursuing Carlos Villanueva. Maybe that back-up plan is Edwin Jackson, and maybe they get both him and Villanueva. Does that salve your wounds? Sure. But that’s exceedingly unlikely to happen. The Cubs haven’t been connected to Jackson yet in any plausible rumors, so we’ll just have to wait and see – they hadn’t been connected to Sanchez until yesterday, either. Odds remain strong that we’ll see the Cubs pick up another mid-tier Villanueva type, and that’ll be that for the rotation. Dreams of what might have been with Sanchez in the rotation will linger throughout 2013, unless, of course, he gets hurt.
  • On the media piece of this … whatever. I strongly suspect Bob Nightengale got played by Sanchez’s agent (either directly, or indirectly by way of a Cubs official), and he probably went further in his report than he should have. This is why we don’t get excited by the first whiff of a “done deal” anymore. We learn about it, we consider it, we discuss it, and we wait for something a bit more official. Some folks will continue to blame The Twitter, in ignorance of the fact that there are people behind those Twitters making decisions about what to tweet.
  • Phil Rogers and George Ofman say Theo Epstein and some Ricketts family representatives went to Miami yesterday to try and convince Sanchez to sign. Once again, you can’t argue there wasn’t a serious effort here. But I just can’t bring myself to pass out the participation trophy today. Maybe tomorrow.
  • I’m not mad at the front office. I’m sure no one is more disappointed today than they are. I’m not mad at Sanchez, either. He wanted to get paid, and he wanted to stay in Detroit – given their current level of competitiveness, I can’t totally blame him. It’s a good team he’s going back to, and for a lot of money.
  • ruby2626

    I’m starting to revisit Theo’s comment that guys want to play here remark. 0 for 2 on McCarthy and Sanchez. As much as it pains me to say this Sanchez’ agent did a wonderful job. He used the Cubs and went from 4 and 48M to 5 and 80M, that’s kind of his job. Last time I bought a car I was no different, I had 3 dealers going against each other.

    I’m not super knowledgeable about Carlos Villanueva but his stats seem kind of promising. 7 and 7 with a 4.13 ERA in the AL East where balls fly out of the park might translate to well below 4.00 with better infield defense and no DH.

  • http://www.survivingthalia.com Mike Taylor (no relation)

    Carlos Villanueva is not a good fit for us. He wants to start and has a 36.7% ground ball rate, which translates into 1.65 HR/9 IP (which is worse than Travis Wood’s 1.44 HR/9 IP).

    I believe we’re better off signing Edwin Jackson to a one-year deal and flipping him at the deadline.

    With the weak SP market in 2014, I think it would now be in the Cubs’ best interest to extend Matt Garza.

    • cub2014

      agree on garza extend him now before he gets too expensive. they are going to need
      him if they are going to win in 2014 or someone of his caliber as a 2 or 3 starter.

  • Kevin

    Having a plan and going cheap sometimes backfires. If I was a free agent would I really want to play for a team that lost over 100 games last year?

    • mudge

      You might want to be part of turning that team around, yes. Some people like a challenge.

      • Chris

        And some people like more money and winning. It’s all personal preference.

        • Internet Random

          I like turtles.

          • hansman1982

            It’s impossible you like turtles. Sane people only want rabbits.

            • Cubbie Blues

              mmm stew …

              • King Jeff

                Stew? I’m in, I’ve been living off of noodles and tuna for weeks.

                • Chris

                  Tastes like college.

                  • King Jeff

                    Yep, I could really use some nutrition for my brain, my last three finals are coming up this week.

                • hansman1982

                  rough times in the Kingdom?

    • Dolphin Puncher

      Do you see what happens? Do you see what happens? Do you see what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps?

      (This post is unrelated to anything. But I’m pissed about my Cubbies getting played by the tactics of that Dirty Sanchez agent.)

      • FFP

        Calm down, Walter.

      • Alex S.

        I am the walrus

        • DarthHater

          goo goo ga joob

          • A.J.

            Dang! beat me by a minute..

            ..great minds and all that

        • A.J.

          goo goo g’joob

          • DarthHater

            grammar nazi ;-)

            • A.J.

              Me? The guy who forgot a period in that last post.. Never.. :D

  • kd22

    I would like to see them sign Villanueva and trade for Peter Bourjos. Bourjos is young and would give them a true CF and a decent leadoff hitter.

    • King Jeff

      Villanueva is a guy I’d only like to see as a 6th starter/swing-man in the bullpen, but I think it would be a good move to land a guy like Bourjos, depending on the cost.

    • BluBlud

      I would much rather work out a deal with Texas for Julio Borbon. If we could grad him and Olt for Garza and something else, I would be extremely happy.

      • King Jeff

        That wouldn’t be a bad move either, especially if the Cubs have fallback options for not getting Sanchez.

      • Internet Random

        Soriano to D.C. for Strasburg, Harper, cash, two PTBNLs, and a case of Funyuns.

        • King Jeff

          The Funyuns are under team control for several more years, so I don’t see the Nats doing this deal.

          • Patrick W.

            Yeah but I think you are letting your potato-based-snack bias show. Nobody gets tired of potato chips, but everybody gets tired of Funyuns.

            • hansman1982

              The Funyuns alone would make us a competitor next year. Now years 2-3-4 of the deal, yes, it will be a toxic contract on the books but how much do we want them for next year? Could we convice another team to take them on at that point?

              • King Jeff

                Bob Nightengale is reporting the Cubs have acquired the Funyuns from the Nats, details forthcoming.

                To soon?

                • MichiganGoat

                  Okay this is fun and smile I needed today, I actually believe Funyuns are quite scrappy and needs to be given the opportunity to start everyday. The kid has game and plays for all the right reasons.

                  • DarthHater

                    Scrappy? Or scraps?

                  • hansman1982

                    The problem is when he has started he starts off amazing and then just a few games in the character issues pop-up and noone wants anymore of him…

                    EVERY.SINGLE.TIME

              • Patrick W.

                Look, Funyuns run rings around the competition but that just doesn’t age well. Never has. Think Seattle and the debacle they had with Certs.

        • LWeb23

          Alright serious question guys.. Do funyuns still exist? I haven’t seen those things in years…

      • kd22

        Bourbon would work also. Soriano, Bourjos/Bourbon, and Dejesus would be a solid outfield. With Sappelt and Sherholtz on the bench you would have to be pretty happy with that for a rebuilding team. Trade Soriano and Dejesus at the deadline if you are out of the wildcard.

        • Cubbie Blues

          hahaha! You said if.

          • kd22

            Wishful thinking I know but IF you can put together a solid rotation and bullpen, which it looks like Theo and Jed are trying to do, you never know.

        • bbmoney

          mmmmmmm bourbon…..

    • Brad

      Angels will not trade bourjos for anything short of a good sp. ESP not MARMOL. So garza would have to be return for bourjos etc

  • http://bleachernation.com someday…2015?

    Hey Brett, are you hearing anything about the backup plan pitcher Kaplan was referring to last night? Im thinking it’s Marcum but I am extremely hopeful it turns out to be Jackson.

  • Jack Weiland

    Random 10/5 question because I am too lazy to look it up: does this five year deal give Sanchez potential 10/5 rights with Detroit for that final season? Or does it require five full seasons with the same team?

    • BluBlud

      I believe it’s 5 years of service time, which would be from the date he was traded.

  • http://www.survivingthalia.com Mike Taylor (no relation)

    http://www.fangraphs.com/comparison.aspx?playerid=1841&position=P&page=9&players=6204

    I believe whoever we can get at the bargain price should be signed of the two; they’re pretty similar.

  • Tommy

    Seems like the journalist ‘scoops’ this year have been off the mark quite a bit. I hope these guys are keeping track of this stuff so they don’t allow themselves to be pawns of the agents in the future. I wonder if at one time these guys were reliable sources, or if these guys are so desperate to announce a big story that they’ll take anything from anyone. Whatever the case, it has been a frustrating year as a Cubs fan from that perspective, and I hope we see some improvement in the future.

    Brett – this is something you do very well, so I commend you. You report only what you know and always list your source. Rarely do you list anything as fact unless you know for certain that it is. That is why this is my one-stop shop for Cubs info. You sort through the bull so I don’t have to. Keep up the good work. Some of these journalists could learn a thing or two from you, man.

    • FFP

      “Refresh” -ing

  • BluBlud

    The leak thing is pretty frustrating. However, I am very relieved that the FO has shown that they are willing to spend money now. I said before that if Sanchez doesn’t come to the Cubs, it better be because he doesn’t want to be here and not because we didn’t go hard after him. Now, if we settle for Villanueva or Jackson, everything is cool.

    I’m curious how the fans that said Theo would never go after the guy, and that signing him now would be a stupid move that Theo and Co. would never make, feel. It looks like the same people thats been screaming this were all of a sudden excited about the possibility of him coming. We need to add talent(right talent) now.

    • mudge

      Those fans still feel frustrated and they will continue to look for someone to blame and suspect and scapegoat until there’s a winner on the north side. We’re not talking about reason and reflection here. We’re talking about reactions. And, regardless of information, you’ll get the same reactions until the results are different.

    • terencemann

      It seems like there’s a line the FO won’t cross in terms of value-for-dollars, years, and surrendering a draft pick. Sanchez shows that so long as a player meets those marks (maybe especially for pitching), they’ll pursue him.

  • Tobias

    The failure to land Sanchez might end up being a good thing for the Cubs. If 77 million was the rumored price for Sanchez is correct then the Cubs could add 2-3 moderately priced players. Cubs could go after two or three or Marcum, Edwin Jackson, and Villenueva and add a position player.Given the fact that Texas recently lost out on Greinke and lost Hamilton to the Angels then the Cubs might be primed to offer a substantial package of Garza, Soriano, Marmol, and others for Olt, Schleppers or Holland, and Grimm. Texas might look at Garza as a cheaper alternative than what Greinke and Sanchez have gotten and Soriano (assuming the Cubs are willing to pick up all but 10 mil remaining) to fill the offensive hole left by Hamilton. Either team probably would add lesser pieces to make this work, but I could see this happening. The key in this deal would be the health of Garza, but Texas would ask for the medicals on Garza before any deal would be discussed. If there are more positives in said medicals then I could see them pursuing this trade.

    • kd22

      I wonder if you could get Olt and Holland for Garza, Marmol, Soriano, and Vitters. I’m sure you would have to throw in quite a bit of cash to cover Soriano and Marmols high salaries. Then sign Jackson/Marcun and Swisher/Bourne. I would be on board for this

      • Tobias

        It is assume that the Cubs would cover a substantial portion of Soriano and Marmol’s contracts. I would even go as far as to assume the Cubs would even cover most of what is remaining on Garza’s contract if it meant that the Cubs would get Olt and Holland. Bourne is a player I am on the fence about whether the Cubs should pursue. If it is for 3-4 years then yes, but if it is a 5-6 year deal then no. Soriano is a good case to base this because even though his legs were no longer a viable part of his game, but he still had power. What does Bourne have left in his game after his legs are no longer a part of his game?

      • Chris

        Man, is this what baseball has come to? Trading off a handful of quality vets to get a prospect?

        • Tobias

          When a team is in the Cubs position then the team has to take some of their vets and flip them into pieces that will help the team in the future. When I added my two cents, I added that both teams might end up adding additional pieces to make this work.

        • kd22

          To get a guy like Olt I would trade just about anyone one the Major league roster other than Rizzo or Castro.

          • Scotti

            Samardzija is getting no love. They would trade two Olts to get one Samardzija…

            • cas-castro

              naw, thats just for his hair.

  • Dustin S

    Not that it’s new news, but it’s a reminder how the public and the media play such a big role in these FA and even trade negotiations just for leverage. It’s unfortunate that we’ve both become a communication tool that gets used this way. It’s also too bad that all of these things make rumor mill watching difficult, because more often than not they are incorrect and the real deals are usually out of the blue (like Hamilton, Prince, Pujols, etc.)

    We all appreciate the usual BN diligence and excellent quick updates though on this one. BN has really become the best place by far for good Cub updates and discusssion.

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  • Timmy

    Is it me or is Theo fast becoming the MLB’s big joke? He can’t complete trades, sign players, and publicly declares that he doesn’t even want to win for another 5 years. We have about 70 million left unspent for next year and they still expect us to pay some of the highest ticket prices in the country.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      It’s you.

      • http://thenewenthusiast.com dw8

        Well done, sir.

        • http://thenewenthusiast.com dw8

          Also, if you don’t want to pay for baseball tickets. There is a solution. Don’t go. Or go to Kane County.

          • Timmy

            dw8 — Show me evidence of anything that Theo’s done well in the past 5 years. The execution and will just aren’t there.

            • bbmoney

              RizzOMG.

              • Chris

                Technically that was mostly Hoyer’s work.

                • bbmoney

                  eyeroll……

                  so the original comment should then really be about Hoyer being the biggest joke?

                  • Chris

                    I’m not saying anything either way on the Theo issue. I was just pointing out that I read a few months ago that Jed really pushed for the Cubs to get Rizzo.

                    • terencemann

                      Yes, Jed Hoyer is the general manager of the Chicago Cubs.

                • http://thenewenthusiast.com dw8

                  Hiring Hoyer!

                  • Chris

                    Haha nice call.

            • Tommy

              Timmy – was that a joke?

              2007 the Red Sox won the WS
              2008 the Red Sox lost in the ALCS
              2009 the Red Sox lost in the ALDS
              2010 the Red Sox won 89 games
              2011 the Red Sox won 90 games

              You’re right, bro. That is one serious history of futility there.

              • Scotti

                I’m not really in on this but you skipped 2012 in order to get back to 2007.

            • http://thenewenthusiast.com dw8

              November 2, 2011 Fired manager Mike Quade.
              November 17, 2011 Named Dale Sveum manager.
              December 1, 2011 Agreed to terms with OF David DeJesus on a two-year contract. ($3 million excess value so far.)
              January 11, 2012 Agreed to terms with LHP Paul Maholm on a one-year contract (at least $3 mil. excess value and Vizcaino)
              January 6, 2012: Traded for Rizzo with Zach Cates (minors) to the Chicago Cubs for Kyung-Min Na (minors) and Andrew Cashner.(We’ll see on this, but so far, so good) I’ll venture that Cashner never pitches <150 in any MLB season.

              These are a few things he's done well. When you ask for one thing any executive has done well, the bar is awfully low. Also, not far outside your seemingly arbitrary 5 year window is this:

              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_Boston_Red_Sox_season#World_Series_vs._Colorado_Rockies

              Admittedly, no executive is perfect. Some are better than others. The difference between the previous regime and the current are tangible. The difference is the process, in that, one exists with Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer.

    • Tommy

      You got served.

    • butlerdawgs

      definitely just you. Pretty sure Loria is the biggest joke in MLB. I can almost guarantee that many teams would love to have Theo at the helm.

  • Sam

    Brett’s gotta pay his checks without offending the management!

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Pro-tip: changing your name doesn’t really work, Timmy.

      • Timmy

        Trying to avoid an overt argument. We know you have to play both angles of being a frustrated fan and a company man.

        • mudge

          Timmy,
          It’s one thing to have an opinion and another to impugn character. It reflects poorly on yours. If you don’t have any respect for the author of the blog, go away.

          • Frank

            I’ll second that.

          • butlerdawgs

            It takes real class to insult the person who created the blog.

          • Timmy

            Yes yes, Brett caught my ruse, which I’d like to point out was an accurate if sheepish reply to his comment “it’s you”. It’s been amateur hour at Wrigley but it’s also quite literally Brett’s job to support the team at moments of morale drop, which he did.

            If I wanted to say something genuinely ad hominem and crude, trust me I would have. I post here because I like the blog, but why are people so defensively and angrily defending what has to be the least productive big-market front office I’ve ever seen?

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              I don’t see a whole lot of aggressive defending going on in my original post. In fact, I’d say I was harder on the front office than most (even if I’m not angry at them).

      • Kansas Cubs Fan

        Haha dude got caught trying to change his name.

        • HarthDater

          You mean that doesn’t work???

      • HarthDater

        I’d just like to say that I think that DarthHater guy who posts here is really cool!

        • http://www.worldseriesdreaming.com dabynsky

          winner…

  • Vince

    I just found this website a few days ago. Just want to say that you do an outstanding job, Brett!

    Also, I was pretty disappointed with this whole Anibal Sanchez thing not working out. But there are a lot more important things to worry about. Take a look at the news right now if you need a little perspective.

  • TRP

    I’m wondering if the Cubs front office pursued Sanchez knowing that, regardless of whether or not they got him, it would create trade opportunities with the Tigers. Had the Cubs landed Sanchez, the Tigers would have been left with a vacant rotation spot that could have been filled by trading for Matt Garza. And, now that the Tigers have re-signed Sanchez, they have either Smyly or Porcello as an odd man out, seemingly available for trade.

  • gutshot5820

    Hey give them credit for trying. They are not trying to tank the season. My concern is this: There will always one team that will be willing to overpay to get a top free agent and the new FO will slightly overpay but it seems will not go the distance as when he was with the Red Sox. Which I suppose is a good thing but at the same time means we are never getting a top free agent? This is going to be a problem in the future too because in 2014 there are going to be more teams willing to go the extra mile. Bad Omen.

  • al

    “I probably would have gone to 6/$90 million…”

    This is crazy talk.

  • cubzforlife

    I believe when the time is right the Cubs will overpay. I’m sure I’ll be criticized for being vague but Ricketts wants to win. I’ve read all the negative opinions about TR but if you meet this dude face to face and see his compassion you’ll become a believer. What more could any reasonable fan expect of this operation at this time? And the free agents will sign when they see a pulse.

  • Matt

    Would have been nice to get Sanchez to add to the rotation but I don’t know about everyone else but the rising salaries of players is getting pretty ridiculous. there is going to be a time when bench players will be earning 10mm. Pretty crazy stuff. :)

  • http://Bleachernation.com Frank

    Garza just tweeted “welcome Funyuns to the cubs” guess that deal fell through too.

    • Internet Random

      Heh. Nice.

  • Canadian Cubs Fan

    Brett,

    No offense, but you’re acting like the Cubs missed out on Roy Halladay. Sure Sanchez is fairly young and fits with the long term plan, but as far as I’m concerned, his body of work does not warrant that much of a commitment in dollars or years. The Cubs got used a bit, but the Tigers are the real suckers here.

    I’m really glad I’m not a major league GM having to stay within a decent budget with these escalating salaries. There’s NO WAY Demp should have gotten what he did. Ditto for Haren.

    Cheer up, all. There are still plenty of quality arms available that don’t have the same price tag. Maybe Villanueva will be this year’s Maholm!

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      If the Cubs had missed out on a 28-year-old Roy Halladay, I would have posted nothing but pictures of kittens for a week.

      • Canadian Cubs Fan

        Hahahahaha.

      • Ced landrum

        In pajamas or no pajamas

  • Jon

    If Theo went to Miami he must have been pretty serious. I thought I read somewhere someone asked Theo if he ever saw the movie Moneyball and he said “No” and he went further saying that you don’t go out and meet with a player to convince him to sign on, but rather just pick up the phone.

  • Leon’s Gatorade soaked mitt

    Bob Nightengale was duped. So next time we has fans should wait for confirmation. That used to be the journalists responsibility, Bob did not do his job. Maybe he was used. Ok. Shame on him. Here’s an idea get it right before you put the story out there, Bob.

  • steve

    Even though we didn’t get Sanchez, I think the rotation is improved so far this offseason. We added Baker, a guy that while coming off injury has won a good amount of games in the AL, the guy knows how to pitch. He’s coming to the NL, so it will only help. Feldman has also had success in the recent past, is also moving to the NL. Garza is usually a solid pitcher. Shark needs to show last year was the real thing, I think he will take another step into being a dominate starter. Wood sowed some flashes for stretches last year of solid pitching. He’s not likely to be a big time winner, but he should also take another step forward. Vizciano will start at AAA, but this kid at some point will come up, and I think he will pitch good enough to justify the hype. I’m thinking we will add Villanueva, he’ll likely fill a swing role, unless there’s injury, or after the deadline. He’s proven to be a decently reliable pitcher.

    I think the Sanchez fall back guy is Liriano. He’s a lefty, has been flat out dominate at times as well. I think his coming to the Cubs, if he does, will hasten a trade of Garza, and he will actually be very good for the most part. I also want to just throw Appel’s name into the mix as another possibility at some point next year. We have the 2nd pick overall, and for some reason I think this will be our pick. If it is he won’t take long to make it to the majors.

    Without taking the possible additions to the staff, this starting rotation is light years ahead of what we had for the second half of last year. With the improvement of the bullpen as well, the pitching staff certainly shouldn’t be a weakness like it was last half of last season. I think we will trade Garza should we add another surefire starter. Trading him will add another core piece or two to what we have now. Marmol may not be traded before the deadline, but if he pitches like he did last half of last season, he should grab us a pretty decent prospect, plus another mid tier type. Soriano I think will be moved before the year starts, and we will get another young prospect. So take into account what we’ve done already, what we look to add through trades, and whatelse we likely will do before the season starts, there’s a lot to like about this coming year. Adding a guy like Olt, and Dominic Brown would certainly help the team moving forward, Rizzo,Castro and Castillo should have solid years as well. Those five names could give us a solid core to grow with this season.

    Hope we get those 2 kids thru trades and I can see us playing better ball than last year with a stronger pitching to back it up.

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  • Caleb

    Read your post. Said “yup.”

    Yup.

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