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contractWe hoped the good news would come in today, being that it’s the signing deadline and all, and what-do-you-know, it did.

Today, the Chicago Cubs agreed to terms with the young man who was the first draft pick to say that he’d be signing way back when (like, the day after the Draft): 12th round high school pitcher Trevor Clifton. After all of the concern about not being able to give Clifton “third round money,” the Cubs signed him for $375,000, per Jim Callis, which is a good bit under the third round level. That doesn’t mean that Clifton – who ranked 148 in the Draft to BA – isn’t a prospect to get excited about. In a Draft that didn’t have many high school pitchers among the upper level talent, the Cubs grabbed one of the few, and got him all the way in the 12th round.

The Cubs also signed 19th round college catcher Will Remillard for $150,000, again per Callis. Remillard, a redshirt sophomore at Coastal Carolina, had originally indicated that he wouldn’t be signing. It sounds like he upped his stock by subsequently playing in the Cape Cod league, and got a little over slot bonus from the Cubs. Everybody wins. Catcher is an organizational position of weakness, and the Cubs loaded up on them in this Draft.

All in all, it looks like it was a good Draft for the Cubs. I expect we’ll have a round-up next week, once the official signing announcement comes out and guys get assigned.

  • TWC

    Haters:

    crow

    • TWC

      Haters gonna hate, links gonna break.

      Whaddyagonnado?

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        I’m a helper.

      • DarthHater

        You Californians really need to do a better job of feeding your puny west coast crows.

        • TWC

          Yeah, that thing is pretty puny. I’ve been told that we have more ravens here than crows (at least on the coast), and those bastards can be as big as a red tailed hawk. And noisy as hell.

        • Coop

          You mean like this?!

          [img]http://www.maakies.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/GIANT-CROWS.jpg[/img]

    • ETS

      [img]http://img.pandawhale.com/42924-haters-gonna-hate-fat-kid-gif-VHex.gif[/img]

    • ssckelley

      I ate my crow yesterday. Was not to bad, tasted like chicken.

    • cubmig

      Can you photoshop that so the deadbird is a redbird???? Or……is that someone’s meal? crow.

      • TWC

        I’m pretty sure I posted about 50 dead cardinal pics on the message board earlier in the season, but I have absolutely no idea in which thread.

    • Doug Gray

      FREAKIN AWESOME TWC!!

  • Chad

    So, do we know who has/isn’t going to sign then. I’d be interested to see that list.

    • cms0101

      There are still 15-16 guys that might be unsigned. Some of those guys are college seniors, so they’re not applicable to today’s deadline. There are 5-7 definitely not going to sign. Still quite a few unknowns.

      • Chad

        Alamo has signed correct?

        • Andrew

          yup!

          Tyler Alamo ⚾‏@TylerAlamo_21h
          Passed all my tests! Officially a Chicago Cub 🙏⚾ God is great

          • Internet Random

            I think God is just okay.

            • TWC

              meh

              • hansman1982

                If I die and find out he doesn’t exist, maaaaaan, he’s gonna have some splainin to do

                • DarthHater

                  You sarcastic heathen infidels are gonna have some splainin to do when you die and find out he DOES exist. :-P

                  • TWC

                    meh

                    • JayPaul

                      A good friend/youth pastor of mine once passed along this little ball of logic…. ” if I’m wrong I guess I’d look a little foolish for believing, if those who don’t are wrong i’d say that’s a pretty huge mistake”

                      Not that this is a religious site or should be a topic of conversation here necessarily, but I find it absolutely awesome that these youngsters have strong faith and give their glory to God, as will I.

                  • DarthHater

                    Yes, posting “God is great” and racist jokes on one’s Twitter account really constitutes having strong faith and giving glory to God.

                    • JayPaul

                      I don’t know…..I think condemning the strength of ones faith or belief in God based on poor decision making or immaturity as is probably the case (can’t know personally, maybe he is a raging racist (probably would have been avoided by a team so high on an individuals makeup though)) is maybe a stretch.

                      God knows I’m from sainthood, but that doesn’t detract from ones TWTW for their Lord and Savior, although I will most certainly ultimately slip up, most likely multiple times a day. It’s part of being human in an imperfect world.

                      I don’t personally feel compelled to judge him, I believe if he faces ridicule for such an action or not, he is more likely to fix these types of perceived character flaws through his faith in Christ than not.

                      I’ll leave this topic alone now, bc this is prob not the best format for such discussion. In parting I would like to have acknowledged that posters should however be prepared for them other side of them spectrum to be addressed when the topic is brouched, even in throw away comment form.

            • Doug Gray

              Mr.Snuffaluffagus is my only imaginary friend!!

              • http://www.tmz.com God

                Seriously folks, stop believing in me. Not even I go to church.

  • cms0101

    This leaves them with approximately $15,925 to spare within the 5% overage. Think they can snag anyone else for $115,925?

    • MichiganGoat

      Hey TWC still hasn’t signed!

      • DReese

        No way he would sign for that little, he needs at least 2nd round money

        • pete

          2nd round of drinks money?

      • MoneyBoy

        $25 is available …

      • DarthHater

        Turns out TWC is North Korean and has a forged birth certificate, so don’t plan on seeing him in Mesa any time soon.

        • Internet Random

          I’ve also heard that there’s reason to believe that he wasn’t really born in 1994.

    • ssckelley

      Remember, the first 100K does not count against the bonus pool.

      • MichiganGoat

        Hey buddy how’s the crow? ;)

        • ssckelley

          I am not eating it 2 days in a row!

      • cms0101

        Yes, I remember that. It’s reflected in the numbers I’ve listed.

  • ssckelley

    This is great news and this draft keeps getting better and better. But I cannot help if there is another surprise yet today. If my math is correct these 2 signings leave the Cubs $115,925 under slot (plus the 5% overage).

    • cms0101

      No, it leaves 15,925, plus the $100k you can give to players without it counting. That number includes the 5% already.

      • ssckelley

        How can that be? $375-$100 = $275 and $150-$100 = $50 so add $275 and $50 and you get $325K overage. They started the day $440,925 under the penalty amount. Why am I off $100K from everyone else?

        • ssckelley

          I’ve figured it out, the $440,925 also included the first $100K.

        • JayPaul

          Hey and looky looky…..Clifton took less just Remillard could sign….awesome teammate ;)

    • cms0101

      Just double checked my math and it comes out the same. They can pay one more guy the $100k plus $15,925 and still avoid the penalty.

      • cms0101

        One more point… That’s assuming guys who have already signed didn’t go a little over slot. Guys like Hankins or Wagner, specifically. As of right now, their signing bonuses have not been reported anywhere that I’ve found.

  • http://vdcinc.biz 70′scub

    Now the hard working Cub FO will get back to moving Garza, Sori and some other useful spare parts. Cubs get 6-8 good prospects, some international money, and the top “get” a MLB 75ish rated AA pitcher!

    • Austin8466

      MLB 75ish rated AA pitcher?

      Huh?

      • Jed Jam Band

        I think he may have meant a pitching prospect ranked in the lower half of the MLB.com Top 100 prospects.

  • On The Farm

    So is BluBlud still mad about Bryant signing for slot or is he still mad even though we signed Clifton and Alamo?

  • TonyP

    WOOT!!!

  • Austin8466

    Not true. Kris Bryant is the worst human being ever and the Cubs’ stupidity has cost us our shot at signing Clifton.

    Haven’t you heard?

  • Jon

    Trevor Clinton has some interesting thoughts on twitter:

    Clifton ‏@trevorclifton1 3 Jul
    A black guy I once gave a ride, made me the man I am today.

    A pedestrian

    • DavidC

      I love how almost all of his tweets are about hard work and God, and then he has one little racist tweet mixed in. Good stuff.

      • CubsFaninMS

        I love how people such as you take the simple mentioning of someone’s color as a sign of racism. Are we that far off the railroad track? Sad indeed.

        • Kyle

          That’s not what that was.

          • CubsFaninMS

            Explain.

            • DarthHater

              No.

              • Hansman1982

                Yes.

            • Kyle

              It was a joke about how black people are criminals, in this case carjacking him.

          • http://cubsdailyrecaps.blogspot.com Jason P

            People who make a racist joke aren’t necessarily racists, though.

            • TWC

              Just assholes.

            • Rebuilding

              I wouldn’t hold it against him. Small town TN it’s still pretty ingrained in the culture. He probably just doesn’t know any better. Once he gets in the system and gets around guys from all different backgrounds and cultures he will get it

        • Hansman1982

          He’s saying a black guy once stole his car. Hence him being a pedestrian.

          Not racist but mention of color of skin not necessary.

          • DarthHater

            It is racist. Suppose he had simply tweeted: “A guy I once gave a ride made me than I am today. A Pedestrian.” That wouldn’t even be a joke. The only reason it’s a joke is because of the implication that the guy stole the car because he was black. So it’s a racist joke.

            • DarthHater

              *than= the man

              sorry

              • Mick

                But it was a true story.

                • DarthHater

                  Reality is notoriously racist. :-P

                  • Hansman1982

                    So if reality is racist, does that mean non-racists aren’t in touch with reality???

                    MIND BLOWN

                    • DarthHater

                      [img]http://i1.ytimg.com/i/8LRaYjpKLtk3NNWvryFXcw/mq1.jpg[/img]

            • Hansman1982

              Agree to disagree.

              • Kyle

                It’s a fairly common joke in the more southern parts of the country. He’s not telling a story, he’s repeating a common joke.

                • Rebuilding

                  ^^^This. It’s an old “joke” in the South

                  • Hansman1982

                    Oh, we’ll then, it’s racist. Thought it actually happened to him.

                • CubsFaninMS

                  I’m from Louisiana and from what was called “the most racist town in the country” a few years ago and now live in Mississippi.. and I’ve never heard that joke. I can see his Tweet either way, honestly. He being followed by more people now.. he’d be stupid to make an “off-color” joke. Who knows. I took his comment literally. I guess we’ll never know. Either way, knee-jerk racism accusations get old.

                  • Kyle

                    Then lucky for you to have not heard the joke. Multiple people live in other parts of the country, with some amount of racism, and have told you that it is a common racist joke.

                    You’ve tied your flag to the wrong case in your crusade against “knee-jerk racism.” There is no interpretation. This was a casual, racist joke.

                    • Rebuilding

                      Last post on the topic since I ultimately don’t think it’s that big of a deal because he’s an 18 yo kid from a small town in TN.

                      Having spent a lot of my childhood in Houston during the 80′s this joke or a derivation of it was common. It is always unwitting white person does something nice, and then the “signed” makes it clear he got his shit stolen by [insert minority]. Example: I was driving down the interstate the other day and pulled over to help [insert minority] with a broken down car. Signed, Man Left Standing By a Broken Down Car. Hardy-Har-Har

                    • CubsFaninMS

                      Fair enough.

          • Rebuilding

            “But mention of color of skin not necessary” = definition of racist comment

            • Mick

              He was just trying to get the word out. He should have been more descriptive not less!

              • DarthHater

                A black male, 6 ft 2 in., 215 lbs, wearing a gray t-shirt, jeans, and a baseball cap I once gave a ride, made me the man I am today.

                A pedestrian

                FTFY

                • TWC

                  > 140 characters.

                  • DarthHater

                    Oops. As you can see, I’m not an experienced twat.

                • Mick

                  See, not racist at all.

                  • DarthHater

                    You’re right. It’s the Twitter character limit that’s racist.

        • DarthHater

          “Kid, you’ll never make it to the bigs with racial comments on your Twitter account. Think classy, you’ll be classy. If you win 20 in the show, you can make all the racial tweets you want and the press’ll think you’re colorful. Until you win 20 in the show, however, it means you are a slob.”

        • DavidC

          Calm down brother, it’s not like I haven’t made a “racist” joke before. I’m not trying to trash the kid, he seems like a pretty good dude. I think the racist card is overplayed 90% of the time, specifically in instances like this. But if he makes it big one day, I hope he’ll avoid tweeting stuff like this while in a Chicago uniform.

    • JayPaul

      Wonder if twitter revocation is included in his contract…..to think most of us were as immature once…..then again maybe it really happened….poor kid.

      • CubsFaninMS

        After Ian “The Tweetmeister” Stewart, I’m sure Theo has revised the contract to manage that reputational risk.

  • http://Bleachernation Lou Brock

    College catcher to keep your eyes on in the 2014 draft is Indiana’s Kyle Schawber who led them to the college World Series this year. He had a tremendous offensive this year and is an OBP guy with plenty of power. He hits left handed and has a great approach to the game.
    He will need to work on his defense but is built for the position at 6’0 and 225 lbs.
    Since it may be looking like the best pitchers may be taken if the Cubs pick a little later next year – like 7 – 10 then a position player like a C might be the choice.

    • Chris

      Schawber was fun to watch in the playoffs this year…he’s an exciting offensive player for sure. Wasn’t he like 3rd in HR this season for college hitters?

      • Jed Jam Band

        Yes, yes he was. I go to IU, so I can tell you he’s awesome. He just flat-out hits the ball. He’s going to be a special prospect. Most evaluators already have said that he’s a 2014 1st round talent and many have called him for top 10. Baseball America said that he was the best prospect in the Big Ten THIS YEAR, so that should tell you something.

  • DReese

    I can’t wait for the round up Brett. It will be nice to see all the players the cubs got together in one place.

    • Funn Dave

      Definitely.

  • http://Bleachernation Lou Brock

    Wasn’t there a HS kid named Garcia from Virginia who had a nice upside and stated he wanted to sign with the Cubs ? I think he was a pick in the high 20′s this year.

    • cms0101

      John Garcia. No evidence that he has signed to date.

  • Nick

    Just a little more on Clifton. His stuff is obviously very good, but his intangibles are what I really like. He went to the same school as me, he was two grades younger but I watched a lot of his games my senior year for yearbook purposes/ my best friend was on the team. Clifton is a very like able person and the players on the team all looked up to him. He keeps his composure well in right situations, and also has a lot of movement on his pitches. If it weren’t for him having a subpar coach (my uncle) he probably would’ve been a much higher draft pick. Good grab by the cubs and I’m very excited to see him play in TN one day.

    • Jon

      He reminds me alot of Ty Cobb

      • rockin’ dawg

        I see what you did there….

    • Spencer

      Sucks to be your uncle.

      • Nick

        I can’t stand my uncle but I’m happy about this signing so ehh.

        • RoughRiider

          I’ll bet your uncle would do just about anything for you at crunch time.

          • Nick

            Haha he’s my uncle by marriage. I’ve talked to him all of once.

    • Nicks Uncle/Clifton’s Coach

      Nick is that you? I had no idea you felt so strongly about me.

      :-(

      • jpeck

        You win “post of the day” !!!!!

      • Nick

        Yeah you’re a little bitch

  • North Side Irish

    Chicago Cubs ‏@Cubs 3m
    #Cubs have signed 24 draft picks, including each of their first 13 picks, 19 of their first 20 and 22 of their first 25.

    • DReese

      Isn’t that a little low on signees? I though 30 was a good number?

      • Jed Jam Band

        Those are the ones who have been reported. Some more will sign for the minimum.

        • DReese

          We won’t hear about all the signings today will we?

          • Kyle

            I think the college seniors can wait until next year. Today is the deadline for most.

            • DReese

              Cool I’m excited to see who else they got.

            • cms0101

              You stole my thunder a little bit there… I am trying to figure out how many of the unsigned guys are college seniors. Regardless, at least 9 of the unsigned 13 (by my count 27 are signed) aren’t going to sign.

      • JulioZuleta

        I would say 24 is on the low end of normal.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

          The new CBA changed normal, though. I’m not sure we’ve settled into enough of a pattern to say for sure yet.

  • When the Music’s Over

    You know what’s just as low brow as hating on things/situations/people who state opinion before you know they full picture? Purposely seeking out those so you can hate on them for being wrong (or tooting your own horn when you’re right).

    People are going to have opinions. Without them this world would be one giant group think, and thus super f*cking boring and websites, such as this one, wouldn’t exist, as least not in its current state (more opinions, more traffic, more ads, more money, full time effort from Brett, etc, Luke with minor leagues, etc).

    • On The Farm

      Woah. You mad bro?

      • When the Music’s Over

        Nah. I remained relatively quiet on this subject. Still think it’s amazing teams have to beg high school/college players to sign for $6.5M, and fans feel the need to be relieved the players begrudgingly take it, but that’s the world we live in.

        Winning in arguments, like winning in sports, is best done graciously. The person on the wrong side of the argument knows they’re wrong, and is even better if they can come out and say that were wrong. Rubbing it in to the person or calling people out that are hiding is pretty petty and low brow.

        Also, there are some smart dudes on here, some that are probably in their 40s and 50s with many years of wisdom. On the flip side, there are some teenagers and college kids that comment here, with a naive and uneducated opinions/stances and penchants for overreaction. You never know who you’re arguing with, so arguments must be taken in context.

        • On The Farm

          Fair enough.

          But if the Cubs win a World Series I would bet that a large majority of the fans aren’t going to be gracious winners, but we have earned that.

          • Austin8466

            Facial LeFleur! Total Facial!

        • Bric

          Thank you :) I consider myself above average in the IQ department. And I agree the salaries for baseball are way out of control, too. But as long as you can have 81 home games at 30- 60 bucks a ticket without competing against any other sports the majority of the season you’re going to have a whole bunch of people spending a whole lot of cash.

          Also, when you live in Boise, or Scranton or Rancho Cookamonga (my personal favorite even if I didn’t spell it right) you’re going to have a lot of people that want to go to a ball game and even more cash to fill out all these rosters. It’s the American way even if all the rules about drafting and bargaining continue to get crazier by the year. Just sayin’.

    • Austin8466

      Lighten up, Francis.

      • When the Music’s Over

        Eh, it’s just petty. Just my opinion.

        • Timmy

          stop trolling dudeeee

    • Funn Dave

      I’m with you. Calling people out when their opinions or predictions are proven wrong is unhelpful, unnecessary, and unfriendly.

      • TWC

        Unless it’s done with one’s tongue firmly planted in one’s cheek, but choose to read it however you like.

        • When the Music’s Over

          That’s certainly the case a lot of the time, but tone and sarcasm are often very difficult to detect in print.

          • ThompsonLives

            No, Col. Sanders, YOU’RE wrong.

            • Doug Gray

              I think there’s something wrong with his Medulla Oblongata!

          • Funn Dave

            Also, while tongue-in-cheek derision is usually all in good fun, it can be an underhanded way of berating someone. Not usually–and especially on this site, it’s usually pretty playful–but sometimes.

      • Coop

        Funn Dave is like Fun Bobby when Fun Bobby stopped drinking – he wasn’t fun anymore.

        • Funn Dave

          I don’t worry, I won’t be stopping drinking any time soon. In fact, I think it’s just about time I got started….It is Friday, after all….

        • Whiteflag

          Great reference :)

      • DarthHater

        I disagree. Calling out somebody like Die hard, when his delusional, utterly unsupported, counterfactual, and transparently trolling opinions and predictions are proved wrong is helpful, necessary, and friendly to the brained community.

        • Coop

          See, we need a tongue-in-cheek font! Mostly, I was just poking fun at Funn Dave’s stern tone. And trying to sneak a Fun Bobby reference in…

          Honestly, I get sick of all the “you are stupid if you disagree with my opinion” that seems to be growing more and more prevalent (not just here, but shockingly, across the interwebs!).

          • DarthHater

            I was replying to Funn Dave’s comment above, not to yours.

            In any event, I don’t call anybody stupid just because they disagree with my opinion. That would be stupid, since I am frequently wrong about many things – baseball in particular. But I do take pleasure in ridiculing those who are especially pompous and annoying. If they also present an easy target for ridicule by being stupid, that ain’t my problem. ;-)

            • When the Music’s Over

              There are exceptions to everything and Die Hard could certainly fall into that class. However, calling him out is exactly what he wants. Pure validation for his effort.

              • TWC

                It’s commendable in its consistency. And weirdness.

              • DarthHater

                Perhaps. However: (a) Ridiculing Die hard is way too much fun to pass up, even if he enjoys it, too; and (b) I have actually occasionally seen some poor souls on this board who were at risk of being taken in by Diehardian nonsense. It’s merciful to save such people.

            • Funn Dave

              I mean, there are definitely exceptions. And if you’re dealing with trolls, manners definitely go out the window, and rightfully so. I’m just saying, if I say Barney’s gonna go 5-for-5 tonight with two triples and three homers, and he ends up going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and a lame pop fly, I know I’m wrong. I don’t need a dozen people telling me, or acting like I lose credibility because my prediction was off (although in this case, I would lose hella credibility, because that prediction is ridiculous).

  • Dijon

    Alright ive been trying to link a website in here but it keeps not showing up anywhere so if someone could tell me how to do it for future reference thatd be awesome, but if you google cubs 2013 draft signings and click the second link by prosportsdaily, you will see a updated list of who they have signed with people not likely to sign.

    • Coop

      Probably caught in the BN spam hammer.

    • ssckelley
    • cms0101

      I’ve used that referenced list previously, but I haven’t looked at it in the last week or so. It appears there are roughly 13 guys that haven’t signed yet, most of which are guys that don’t plan to sign.

  • Seth N.

    and yes, as expected by some, our FO did in fact have a plan.

    I think that’s the way they roll. I know that’s new for the cubs but you minds as well get used to it.

  • Timmy

    ok i just gotta say that i am completely on board with them shoring up talent for a long time. let’s say that they dish out like 12 million dollars to ten 17 year odd. all it takes is for one to have two great early years and that’s a full return. it’s a good plan, a gamble, but in the right direction. of course the other side of it is that they’re 17 and so we’re talking about 4 years until they’re even rookies. by then starlin castro and anthony rizzo will have been traded, garza will have won a world series with the cardinals, and carlos marmol will be working at the rickett’s new lake walmart.

  • Kyle

    I’m *really* looking forward to the day when this sort of news is a bullet, at best.

    • MoneyBoy

      I admit to having a bit of a hard time with this, Kyle.

      For many of the twenty four, this is the biggest day of their life – signing a professional baseball contract. (Yes, I know some signed earlier) A high majority will fall by the wayside over the years. So let’s let them have their day in the sun.

      If your comment was about the bonuses of a 12th and 19th rounder’s bonuses … okay, I guess so. But since it’s an integral part of the overall picture (up against a concrete number with severe penalties) I’m not sure some sort of post and chatter isn’t warranted.

      • Kyle

        It’s simply that you know things are going very, very poorly at the MLB level when people are jubilant about signing a 13th round pick.

        • Coop

          As someone who (and I maybe feel a little shame for admitting this) watches the NFL draft religiously, and sometimes the NBA draft as well, I hope we always have obsessive coverage of the draft. It is a time to dream of the future – even if the present is still good.

        • cms0101

          I don’t disagree with you that this is certainly getting more attention than it has in the past, but I don’t think it’s just because of how poorly the team is doing at the ML level. Even in playoff contending years I always wanted to know about what was happening in the minor leagues, the draft, and internationally. The amount of information, with twitter updates and countless blogs about the Cubs feeds a hunger that was always there, just not served. And the CBA rules that govern the draft have turned it into an entertaining “game” for fans to play along with. And by fans, I mean the true diehard fans that would frequent a site like this and feel the need to comment, rather than someone just reading a headline. I’d love for the news to be better at the top, but I don’t think these types of signings are going to get significantly less coverage as we move forward, regardless of the ML team’s performance.

          • Kyle

            It’s a mix of both, in my experience. Prospect interest always goes up a ton when we’re bad.

            Some people are super die-hard prospect fans all the time. A lot of people who are newly excited by the process are going to completely forget about it the first time we’re within 5 games of a playoff race in June.

            Sort of like how I thought I was an Illini basketball fan when they went the the national championship game, but it turns out I’m not.

          • ssckelley

            I agree, the attention the draft gets from social media along with the CBA has gotten my interest. My son and I sit and watch both the NBA draft and the NFL draft to see who the Bulls and Bears pick. For the first time we both sat and watched the MLB draft, at least until after the Cubs picked and were ecstatic when the Cubs selected Bryant.

            In years past these draft would come and go and maybe I read about the draft in the newspaper. When I was a kid I would buy a bunch of packs of baseball cards hoping to find a Earl Cunningham, Ty Griffin, or Mike Harkey baseball rookie cards. But I would have never been able to name who was drafted in the 12th round. Times have changed!

        • DarthHater

          What round the guy was selected is irrelevant. The real issue is how much jubilation is appropriate for signing the 148th ranked prospect in the draft. After all, if a top first round guy fell to the 13th round because he was considered unsignable and then we managed to sign him, you’d be just as jubilant as everyone else.

          • Die hard

            You lost us at jubilant

            • JB88

              You mean within three words of the end of his post? Somehow I imagine most people can survive without understanding “as everyone else.”

              ;)

            • DarthHater

              Since Kyle was the one who introduced “jubilant” into the conversation, I will just chalk this remark up to being as detached from reality as everything else you post.

    • hansman1982

      For Brett, this news will never be a bullet.

  • Lou Brown

    Happy, happy, happy! I was sweating Clifton after the Bryant signing. Remilard is a cherry on the sundae. Great job FO! I am loving the job they have done with the farm system.

  • Assman22

    Great job by the FO again this draft…great signings all around, nice work guys…

    • MoneyBoy

      Agreed !!!!! Both heartily and happily.

  • http://sportsdanny.blogspot.com Danny

    Like I said yesterday, Clifton was the small penis guy talking about how big it really wasn’t.

  • Justin

    Good to hear Clifton signed, that is pretty awesome. Brett, is what he signed for the amount originally reported? Just asking because I have no idea and curious…

    • Justin

      Nevermind, I just read the link above you wrote previously Brett. So it looks like Clifton took a good amount less than originally reported..

      • DReese

        It was very vague when he announced it on twitter. Just “3rd round money”

  • Die hard

    How can anyone seriously contend the FO has done anything right given standings ; no clue as to how draft choices or signings will turn out ; desecrating the Wrigley shrine and IRS audit? If anything it’s been a S#*T storm!!!

    • TWC

      whoa Whoa WHOA!

      Watch your language! Kids read this site, gramps!

      • TWC

        Oh, and the IRS audit thing is a lie.

        But you knew that.

        • Die hard

          Not a lie– just like drug suspensions predicted by me last year not a lie.. A good chile takes time to settle

      • Die hard

        That’s a good one with all the soft porn adorning this site

        • TWC

          [img]http://madhouselikeme.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/epic-wtf-fail-tattoos-old-man-crazy.jpg[/img]

          • DarthHater

            I’d just like to make it entirely clear that I had nothing to do with this…

            • Hansman1982

              Is that a plausible statement when that’s you?

              • DarthHater

                Damn, you hansman. Damn you…

          • ssckelley

            YIKES, my eyes!!!!!

    • Timmy

      im starting to think you all pick on die hard because he’s always right about everything and you guys are too caught up in trying to fit in with what the FO tells you to think.

      • DarthHater

        And here I was almost starting to think you weren’t an imbecile.

        • JB88

          I’m starting to think that Die Hard logs out and then logs back in as Timmy.

          • Timmy

            at least you’re starting to think

        • Timmy

          you were wrong. i’m more of a savant with amazing foresight and analysis who can’t communicate like everyone else.

          • DarthHater

            [img]http://starsmedia.ign.com/stars/image/object/921/921940/timmy_south-park_picture.jpg[/img]

            • JB88

              Timm-ah!

      • Die hard

        Mazel Tov!

    • DarthHater

      [img]http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2843/9273062938_27b6d1fef0_n.jpg[/img]

  • bryan

    Brett/Luke- Any interest in Jair Jurrjens? he is only 27 and it sounds like a cub move. I seen him designated for assignment. Would it cost anything to valueable to get him?

    • rockin’ dawg

      Anbody notice they pronounced his name wrong twice in that Clint Eastwood movie?

  • ssckelley

    I cannot help but wonder if in next years draft the Cubs take the strategy they used in signing International Players and apply it in the draft. I think the plan is to win in 2015 so knowing you will end up drafting at the bottom of the first and second round why not go into next years draft and just blow it out? Draft and sign every over slot guy, pay the 100% luxary tax, and lose the first 2 picks of the 2015 draft. The word is next years draft is going to be talented so why not go all out for 1 year? Give them all million dollar bonuses, even that Jeremy Martinez type guy you draft in the 38th round.

    • Coop

      I think the penalty for blowing way past the cap (>15% over) is the loss of 2 1st round picks (in the next two consecutive years) not the first 2 picks. That is a big difference. The 1st round is where the best bet talent is (by a mile), so losing two if them is a pretty severe penalty.

      Of course, if I am wrong about the 2 1st round picks thing, then please ignore this entire post. Or call me an idiot/DieHard.

    • rockin’ dawg

      It might have taken a mil $ to sign Jeremy Martinez. He was the #6 rated catching prospect in the country.

      • Rebuilding

        I really do wonder why we drafted Martinez that late. Did we have some info that he might sign cheaper? Was it a complete flier just in case? Insurance if we didnt sign guys some of the over slot guys earlier? I just wonder what the thinking was

        • AlwaysNextYear

          No it was almost a 100% guarantee that he was going to school.

        • SenorGato

          Complete flier rather draft another Jack Bumblefuck.

  • CubsFaninMS

    The Orioles just DFA’ed Jair Jurrjens. I know we have Arrieta, Strop, and Guerrier as reclamation projects. Maybe the coaching staff has room for one more?

  • pete

    To use that, the FO has to believe that we will be good enough that the next year’s pick that we lose is a later pick and not a top 5. But I absolutely agree with your theory.

    • JeffR

      At that point you might as well sign a free agent that comes with a lost draft pick as well.

  • Serious Cubs Fan

    As much as I got my hopes up, doubt were going to be able to trade Soriano. Main reason being, I teams know he’ll clear waivers after the deadline. Plus no team is going to give us anything of value for Soriano at his age and with injury concerns. The most I see us getting is a mediocre prospect for him and that only if we eat most his salary.

    If we end up eating most of his salary and we get nothing in return for him, we might as well let him be on our team for leadership purposes. Its not like he’s bad either. I really got my hopes up when he was on that hot streak that we’d be able to get a decent prospect for him, but I doubt that now.

    If he gets traded it will be after the July 31st deadline, when he goes through waivers and we’d still have eat most the contract.

  • jpeck

    I bottled my homemade wine tonight. after some sampling I made the mistake of reading the posts on here……. Mindless drivel……. I hope everyone is buzzed. At least it would explain alot.

    • mudge

      we’ll try to write more mindful drivel going forward.

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