The Chicago Long-Shot and Other Bullets

chicago cubs logoEarlier this week, my computer crashed. It’s a 2012 MacBook Pro, so I wasn’t expecting that. The next day, it did it again. Then yesterday, it crashed successively 15 or so times, and I’m left with an expensive piece of metal that can do the most rudimentary of tasks for about 20 minutes before it crashes. Given that my professional life requires a computer, this is causing me angst. I’ll be taking it in to the shop this weekend, and hopefully your Cubs-related enjoyment will be none worse for the wear.

  • The initial World Series odds for 2014 came out immediately upon the conclusion of the 2013 World Series, and Bovada sent me the rundown. The Cubs – surprise! – are 66:1 long-shots, with better odds than only the Twins, Mets, Marlins, and Astros. The interesting thing is not that Vegas does not expect the Cubs to be any good next year – few do, and I don’t expect a championship-caliber team, either – it’s that the Cubs’ odds aren’t much better. Historically, because of the fan base support, the Cubs’ odds have been irrationally strong (thanks to folks who just want to bet on the Cubs no matter what – and the more bets placed on a team, the more the line shifts). I would be very surprised if those odds don’t shift markedly as bets are placed on the Cubs. Hell, at 66:1, I’d put down a $10 spot. The Dodgers are the favorite, by the way, with the Tigers, Red Sox, Cardinals, and Nationals close behind.
  • The Mesa Solar Sox won again yesterday. Kris Bryant was 1-4 with a walk, and Jorge Soler was 1-3 with a walk. Armando Rivero finally got in another inning, and it was a good one – scoreless, hitless, walkless with two Ks.
  • Ryan Dempster celebrated the Red Sox’s World Series title the only way a man should: by throwing batting practice to family and friends at Fenway Park at 3 a.m. Dear future Cubs player who wins the World Series and then decides to throw late night BP, if you do not invite me to partake in said BP, I will forever hate you. Sincerely, Every Cubs Fan Probably. Good for Dempster to get the ring, by the way. He chose his destination wisely.
  • Another big league front office hires a sabermetrician/writer, and it’s the Astros once again poaching from Baseball Prospectus: Colin Wyers is the one being nabbed this time, and he’ll head to the Astros’ department of super smart math guys.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

141 responses to “The Chicago Long-Shot and Other Bullets”

  1. Jed

    So I’ve been thinking about the Cardinals wanting to trade for Castro. Here’s my fan thought trade offer. The Cardinals send the Cubs Michael Wacha, Carlos Martinez, and Oscar Tavares to the Cubs for Starlin Castro, Jeff Smardizija, and Marco Hernandez or Gioskar Amaya. Probably me dreaming, but I can wish can’t I.

    1. Jono

      It’s at least a very bullish indication that the cardinals want him

      1. Jono

        It’s like seeing big institutional money buying up huge out of the money calls on a stock.

    2. Chad

      Every bit of me wants to say the cubs need more out of that deal, but then there is a little voice in my head that says that would be great for the cubs. I have never been a big fan of Castro, but I want to see him bounce back this year and be the guy he was, good hit tool, but poor approach at the plate. Then either he can cement himself in the cubs lineup or drive up his price. I’d still be ok with that trade though.

      1. Jed

        I feel the same way, but still see this trade as a win-win for both clubs. The Cardinals still get a talented middle infield prospect. They get a good statrting pitcher in Shark, who would probably do even better under Dave Duncan (as much as I hate the sound of that), and then with a better lineup around him, I can see Castro becoming the player he once was (also, as much as I hate to admit it). On the flip side the Cubs get a pitcher who has been compared to Pedro Martinez (which would be incredible if that turned out), another pitcher who, albeit in a small sample size, dominated under the pressure of the playoffs (with the exception of the final game), and an outfielder who is described as having the best hit tool in the minor league. You could even try to trade him for Jurickson Profar if you wanted to have a shirt stop again. That being said, I don’t think their is anyway this trade happens.

        1. Voice of Reason

          The right package could land us Martinez, but there is absolutely no chance that we pry Wacha away from them.

          It’s nothing against the Cubs. The Cardinals will not trade Wacha for ANYONE!

      2. Napercal

        Lou Brock

    3. Kyle

      I take that deal and laugh all the way to the bank. Cardinals, however, do not.

      1. MichiganGoat

        Anything the Cardinals offer I’d be highly suspicious of just like the Braves. If they are trading him away I’d expect future failure.

        1. college_of_coaches

          This. It seems to me that the Cards are very good at predicting failure among their low-level prospects, and trading said prospects while their stock is high. In other words, their Trey McNutts and Brett Jacksons often become trade bait, usually in mid-season (pennant race) transactions.

          1. DocPeterWimsey

            Maybe I am mis-remembering, but what touted Cards prospects have become busts after being traded?

            At any rate, the Cards’ traded prospects cannot be doing much worse than Cubs traded prospects. (The Cubs have been last or near last in amateur signees on the All Star ballot for most of the last decade.)

            1. ssckelley

              Or go the opposite direction, what Cardinal prospects have gone on to become stars on other teams?

              1. Edwin

                Dan Haren.

                1. ssckelley

                  That is a decent one, 3 time All Star. Baseball Reference has no transaction recorded on how he went from the Cardinals to the A’s.

                  1. Professor Snarks

                    Barton and Haren were traded to the A’s for Mark Mulder.

                    1. On The Farm

                      Crazy to think Haren posted a better Career WAR in a Cardinal uniform, then Mulder did. (1 vs. .5)

                    2. ssckelley

                      Thanks, damn the Cardinals sure got burned on that deal.

              2. Edwin

                JD Drew wasn’t really a prospect at the time he was traded, but he went on to have a monster year for the Braves, and a couple other really good years.

              3. cubfanincardinalland

                Luke Gregerson, Chris Perez, JD Drew, Colby Rasmus(was pretty good this past season), Danny Haren.

            2. college_of_coaches

              Well, Brett Wallace is one that I can recall.

              1. On The Farm

                Good thinking.

              2. ssckelley

                Right, the Cardinals unloaded a bunch of crap to acquire Matt Holiday.

            3. On The Farm

              First one that comes to mind Brett Wallace. 1000 PAs and he has yet to post a positive WAR.

            4. Professor Snarks

              Wasn’t Daric Barton a Card farm hand? He was supposed to be a star.

            5. MightyBear

              The guy the Indians just cut Perez. Typical Cardinal, top of the line for a few years and then …… implode.

          2. ssckelley

            I agree, teams like the Cardinals and Braves seem really good at doing this. The Cubs need to stick with fleecing the Rangers farm system for talent.

            1. On The Farm

              Except the time they traded Salty, Feliz, Andrus for Teixiera. Seems like the Rangers really made good use of the Braves farm sale.

              1. college_of_coaches

                The Braves also traded Wainwright in the Jason Marquis for J.D. Drew trade.

            2. On The Farm

              Oh and when the Braves traded Wainwright to the Cardinals really sucked for them too. Waino is a Georgia product.

              1. college_of_coaches

                Ha, sorry, didn’t see your post when I was writing mine!

                1. college_of_coaches

                  I think I’ll stop commenting, because On the Farm is always 2 minutes ahead of me :-)

          3. Kyle

            Looking back over their trade history, the Cardinals don’t really make that many trades at all, it looks to me. The ones they do are mostly meaningless prospect for mid-level salary dump deals.

        2. Kyle

          The Cardinals mystique is getting a bit out of hand.

          Colby Rasmus just had a pretty awesome year in Toronto. They traded Chris Perez, who turned into a pretty solid relief pitcher and is in line for a nice payday this offseason, just to get Mark DeRosa, who did nothing for them.

    4. On The Farm

      Woah woah woah. So we could get WAAAACHA WAAAAACHA WAAAACHA, young Pedro, and one of the former top prospects in baseball? Deal me in. As for Chad wanting more out of the deal, maybe sub Miller in for Wacha?

      1. Chad

        I said every bit of me wants to think Castro ans Shark are worth more, but I know they probably aren’t and I know the cubs would definitely take that deal. I actually prefer Wacha to Miller.

        1. On The Farm

          Oh no, I was just saying what was suggested was plenty for me, but I was just suggesting something that might be a better deal for your liking. I think Wacha will end up a mid rotation guy, and Miller has more upside. I would take Miller if I had the choice, but that’s just me.

          1. On The Farm

            And that’s coming from an Iowan homer.

            1. Chad

              I would like to claim Wacha as a fellow Iowan, but alas he was only there a very short time.

              1. On The Farm

       and Wikipedia list Iowa City, IA as his hometown. I count it.

                1. Chad

                  I know, but he moved when he was like 3 to Texas. I mentioned that fact to the wife the other day while we watched the series. I only grew up 20 minutes from Iowa City, so for some reason I felt a slight bit of completely unearned pride.

                  1. On The Farm

                    I know, but I feel like if he wanted them to list where ever he grew up in Texas as his hometown he would. He still must feel like an Iowan in some small part.

                    I loved the playoffs this year. Wacha was dominate (Iowan by birth), Helickson pitched for Tampa (DSM native I am pretty sure) and Ben Zobrist’s wife sang the national anthem in a Red Sox-Rays game (another Iowa native). Iowa was well represented in the playoffs.

                    1. Chad

                      Tony Watson (reliever for PIT) is from Dallas Center – Grimes and pitched collegiately at Nebraska as well.

                    2. On The Farm

                      ” and pitched collegiately at Nebraska as well”

                      The one knock against the guy haha

    5. Craig

      I think realistically for Castro we could maybe get Martinez and John Jay

    6. jt

      How bad was Castro in 2013?
      50 games he went 0-for
      67 games he went 1-for
      37 games he went 2-for
      6 games he went 3-for
      1 four hit game
      Of the 117 games (73% of the games he started) he had 1 or fewer hits he only walked 23 times in those games. That is to say he reached safely only 80 times in 117 games.
      9 of his multi-hit games came in the first 27 games of the year.
      11 of his multi-hit games came in another 27 games spurt from June 26 – July 27 in which he actually hit well.
      But for May, almost all of June the period starting at the end of July to season’s end his OPS was below 0.600. Those are very long spurts to be really really bad.
      I don’t think that brings much value to the trade market.

      1. ssckelley

        But the first 3 years are pretty impressive and defensively he has improved. So if I am a team in the market for a durable shortstop I call the Cubs to see what they have for an asking price.

        1. jt

          I like Castro and expect him to improve those 2013 numbers.
          However, I don’t believe anyone, at the present time, has any idea as to the extent he will improve those numbers.
          Seems to be ripe for a buy low and “show me” mode.

      2. Voice of Reason

        Well, you can break down all those numbers, but here is what you need to know about Starlin Castro:

        He is 23 and he is being paid like he is a part time player. He is under control for 7 more years. In his first three years in the game he is putting up numbers comparable to Derek Jeter, Robby Alomar and Edgar Renteria.

        This is why the Cardinals are interested in this young shortstop. Even if in 2014 he puts up the numbers he did this year, he is worth more than what he’ll be paid. He brings value to the table AND although he didn’t have a great year, he is putting up comparable numbers to some ballplayers who were/are really good!

        1. Voice of Reason

          That said, I would definitely have to listen to offers for Castro when it involves Martinez!

          We need to work on our starting pitching, and, while Castro is young with a friendly contract, I’m not sure that he is the type of player that Theo and Jed like.

          1. Chad

            I think your last sentence is the key. I don’t think he’s the kind of player that long term the cubs want in their system. He doesn’t play the Cub’s way. They tried to change that and it didn’t work out. I really think he’s the perfect trade candidate as they can bring back a lot of talent from him/his contract. If Baez can play SS I still think that he might be gone. They may be waiting to see if Olt or Bryant can sufficiently handle 3B, keep Baez at SS etc. before the move, but I think the cubs are thinking that Castro is expendable. If they get a good enough return I think you will see it happen.

            1. Voice of Reason

              He doesn’t play the Cubs way? What does that mean?

              The Cubs haven’t won a World Series in over 100 years. Generally, the Cubs have sucked. So, what is the Cub way? To play like shit forever?

              1. Chad

                Honestly I’m not sure, but I recall Theo and Jed talking about it a lot. I think it has to do with approach at the plate and discipline as well as sound defense. Things I don’t think Castro excels at or is even mediocre at most of the time.

        2. SH

          “Even if in 2014 he puts up the numbers he did this year, he is worth more than what he’ll be paid.”

          Not true. He’s being paid 5M in 2014. This year he provided -.1 fWAR and .2bWAR. Under either metric, putting up the same stats would make C>B for 2014.

          That said, I think he’ll do better next year.

          1. Voice of Reason

            That is true.

            Why do you think the Cardinals called about him? He certainly didn’t have a stellar season. He has a great contract and the Cardinals know it. There is value in his contract with even greater upside.

            We pay middle relievers and utility infielders $5 million dollars a year. Castro’s numbers were worth $5 million dollars for a starting shortstop in the big leagues.

      3. SH

        I tire of hearing the point I’m about to make, but…

        He’ll be just 24 next year, one year older than big-time rookies from this year like Arenado, Wacha, Myers, and Puig (actually just 6 mos. older than the last two). For that, he’s had 3 seasons of being top 10 in OPS for his position (9-8-5) at a major league level. I don’t have a ton of faith in Castro as a perennial all-star, let alone an MVP candidate. That said, he looks like he can be a consistent above-average contributor at SS, and there’s still upside to dream on. (I.e. his fielding continues to improve, his power goes up, his contact skills improve as he stops caring about his IsoD and continues to focus on what he’s good at, etc.)

        1. Voice of Reason

          I can just see us trading Catro to the Cardinals and Castro becomes the next Jeter and goes on to a Hall of Fame career with St. Louis.

          Then, Martinez blows his arm out the same year the Cubs trade for him.

          The Cubs should do exactly the opposite of what they think is right. Because, whatever they do seems to be the wrong move. So, if that’s the case and if they think they should trade Castro, then the right move would be to keep him! I miss Seinfeld…..

          1. DarthHater

            George: “A job with the New York Yankees! This has been the dream of my life ever since I was a child, and it’s all happening because I’m completely ignoring every urge towards common sense and good judgement I’ve ever had. This is no longer just some crazy notion, Elaine, Jerry. This is my religion.”

            Jerry: “So I guess your messiah would be the Anti-Christ.”

            1. YourResidentJag

              Don’t they hire former players into jobs like that. :)

              1. Voice of Reason

                … and you want to be my latex salesman….

                1. YourResidentJag

                  Vandeleigh…say Vandeleigh Industries!!

    7. X The Cubs Fan

      There’s no way Wacha is in this deal.

      1. Voice of Reason

        You are correct that Wacha will not be traded to the Cubs. Wacha will not be traded for ANYONE!

  2. On The Farm

    I keep waiting for the Cubs to snag Brett Taylor off the waiver wire. Given his experience as a lawyer, knowledge of sabremetrics, and all around Cubs knowledge, seems like he would be worth the $50,000 waiver claim.

    1. Stinky Pete

      Kickball skills are the new market inefficiency.

      1. On The Farm

        That would depend if Brett’s foot has healed from last week’s garbage injury. Not that the injury was “garbage”, but he actually got injured taking out the garbage.

    2. YourResidentJag

      And I keep waiting for WGN to hire Brett to do pre and post for Cubs games…sooo….

  3. Cubbie Blues


    1. Jono

      What’s funny is that the logic behind that choice was completely wrong. The chalice didn’t belong to Jesus. Jesus and his disciplines were guests in a dude’s house for the last supper. And given that the house had a large upper room and a large dining table, he was probably fairly wealthy. Therefore, the real chalice may have been fairly blinged out

      1. hansman

        Duh, everyone knows that Jesus would have whittled the chalice as the pre-supper entertainment. He was a carpenter.

        Did anyone else see The Big Bang Theory a couple weeks ago when Amy said that Raiders of the Lost Ark didn’t need Indiana in it?

        1. Cubbie Blues

          Yes. Mind = Blown.

        2. YourResidentJag

          I personally like the episode where they used Einstein’s work at the patent office to help Sheldon get through a physics problem. “I just got an epiphany while scraping congealed nachos off a plate.”

      2. ssckelley

        good grief, it was a movie.

        1. Jono

          good grief, it’s just a comment on an internet message board

          1. ssckelley

            I wonder if it will turn into a long debate like the one where some use the term WE. :D

            1. Jono

              I don’t see a pile on like yesterday

              1. ssckelley

                hmmmm, has potential though

                1. Jono

                  I can’t control others’ decisions

      3. DocPeterWimsey

        Ah, but Jesus was a swell guy, and used the cup that his host’s 6 year old daughter had made in her pottery class. That, and you cannot leave anything nice around people named Peter……

        1. ssckelley

          well yeah, and had it been to fancy Judas would have stole it anyway.

        2. Jono

          Maybe his daughter was sick of seeing her dad carrying around a jar of water for no reason…..

          ….anyone? anyone?….

      4. josh ruiter

        Jono, stick to what you know as fact. A few things theologically bro.
        1. the upper had to be prepared – a command Jesus gave his disciples before the last supper, suggesting at least potentially that they may have had to provide their own cup/plate/etc.
        2. having an upper room at the time didn’t necessarily have connotations of “blinged” out stuff. Notice, the home owner didn’t even have a servant to wash feet, which was a customary tradition of the day. This led to the Jesus washing his disciples feet story.
        3. They were disciples, not disciplines.

        1. josh ruiter

          1. upper room*

        2. Jono

          oops, yeah, disciplines? haha

          I’m pretty sure the room was already prepared even before the first disciple walked in.

          And yeah, servants were common in those days. But the large upper room does suggest the guy was on the wealthier side.

        3. hansman

          This was the height of Jesus’ popularity and influence (at least while he was alive) so it is quite probable that the owner of the building would have worked his butt off to get the fanciest cup around.

          1. Jono

            Is this one of those off limit topics, like politics (national partisan politics, not local, wrigley renovation related politics)?

            1. DarthHater

              Bert’s banhammer is on the fritz, so let ‘er rip. :-P

              1. Jono

                I’m very pleased to see that you changed your avatar back

            2. hansman

              Nah, discussions about the Holy Grail are completely fine.

              Just so long as we don’t discuss what is meant by “Grail”

              1. Cubbie Blues

                Did you mean this Holy Grail or a different one?

                1. hansman

                  NO YOU RADICAL IDIT, THIS 1 LOL !!!!!!!!?!?!?!!!!!1!!!!111!!!1!!!!


                  1. Cubbie Blues

                    I trump your grail with the Holy Hand Grenade:


                    1. hansman

                      I PWN your hand grenade with a chainsaw shooting slingshot OF DEATH!


                    2. Jono


                    3. Cubbie Blues

                      What the heck, Hansman?

          2. cubfanincardinalland

            I bet Jesus could get a deal done with those damn rooftops.

            1. Jono

              probably, but he wouldn’t be able to hit a curveball

              1. DarthHater

                For that, you need help from Jobu.

            2. ssckelley

              They do appear to need divine intervention.

      5. TWC

        “The chalice didn’t belong to Jesus … the real chalice may have been fairly blinged out.”

        I’ve got it! The pellet with the poison’s in the vessel with the pestle; the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true.

        No! The pellet with the poison’s in the flagon with the dragon! The vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true!

        (Those that don’t get this are uncultured louts.)

        1. DarthHater


        2. Jono

          hahaha, I have no idea what that is but I like it

        3. mjhurdle

          great movie.

        4. TWC

          My faith in some of you has been restored.

          For now.

  4. KB

    Hey Brett, mine actually did something similar a couple years back, it just needed new memory or something like that. Covered by the warranty and it’s good as new.

  5. Troy

    Was wondering if there was going to be something done with who the cubs minor league free agents are? Been looking for a list and can’t find one anywhere? Anyone know the list?

  6. notcubbiewubbie

    i knew we couldn’t the season without mentioning dumpster.

    1. notcubbiewubbie


    2. Ivy Eater

      That’s good for Dempster. I’m happy to see him get a ring. Same would have been the case with Reed Johnson. Some ex Cubs deserve it.. Theriot on the other hand…

  7. Chad R

    I think that’s dreaming within a dream you’re having. Those guys all combined make about $1.5 million. Castro alone is on the hook for $49 million more, and Samardzija is up for arbitration.

  8. Cubsfanforlife

    Dempster is the worst. He totally screwed the Cubs in his final days as a Cub being a diva. Sure he had the right to choose with 10 and 5 rights, but still he said he would go to Atlanta and then went back on his word. That guy sucks as a human being, and I wish he didn’t win.

    1. On The Farm

      Well then

    2. YourResidentJag


    3. DarthHater

      Oooh! Let’s discuss this for the rest of the day!

      1. Fishin Phil

        Wait, I think we already did that about a year ago. Is this Groundhog Day again?

    4. ssckelley

      Exactly, Dempster screwed the Cubs out of Randall Delgado. This guy was a stud for Arizona this past season, the Cubs might have been a .500 team with Delgado in the rotation. Instead the Cubs ended up with 2 worthless prospects, Villanueva who might compete for the 3rd base job next season, and Kyle Hendricks who was named Cubs minor league pitcher of the year. Dempster can take that WS ring and shove it!

      1. DarthHater

        In 2013:

        Randall Delgado: 4.99 FIP, 0.1 fWAR
        Edwin Jackson: 3.79 FIP, 2.0 fWAR

        I wouldn’t say Delgado was exactly a stud.

        1. ssckelley

          You are doing it wrong.

          Delgado 0.1 fWAR > Hendricks/Villanueva 0 fWAR

          Dempster screwed us!!!!!!!

          oops, sorry Jono I said “us”.

        2. TWC

          “I wouldn’t say Delgado was exactly a stud.”

          I’m pretty sure that Kelley wasn’t either.

    5. CubsFaninMS

      Gasoline + flames = THIS POST

  9. YourResidentJag

    Got an interesting idea for your podcast, Brett. Looks like you can do video shows. Whole new way to reach your audience. Saw it through the McNeil and Spiegel Show on 670theScore.

  10. Aaron

    Dempster made excellent money while with the Cubs. Then he won a championship with another team. Shark, who is a very good friend of Dempster, is looking to do the same thing.
    I can blame them for taking Cubs money but win with another team.

    The Cubs will continue to the land of “project” players who need to resurrect their careers, make good money, and set sail for green pastures with trades with contending teams or become more valuable free agents. These players like this, agents like this, FO likes this and certainly the ownership does to. There’s only one group that doesn’t like this as the business model to have a team based upon…us fans!

    1. Chad

      Do you really think they will continue this? Maybe for another year or two. IMO just waiting from the reinforcements to come up.

    2. Voice of Reason


      What’s your point? It seems the Cubs take on a couple of players each year who are trying to turn their careers around, but so do all other teams in baseball?

      Then, if the player revitalizes their career then they might go on to “greener pastures”?

      The Cubs have been doing it more frequently over the past couple of years because they are rebuilding and flipping those projects for prospects.

      1. YourResidentJag

        His point is that…at some point, it has to stop being Theo’s focus to see what he can obtain by flipping players. Thoroughly confused by your post.

  11. When the Music's Over

    I wonder if the Cubs will interview Machete to manage the team. He seems like a wonderful candidate, and as we know, they’re not bashful about interviewing people at the request of others (interview everyone).

    1) He’s bilingual
    2) He’s got a lot of experience, both stateside and abroad
    3) He’s worked with younger people at his job and he likes younger chicks
    4) He learns quickly (random long intestines fact turned into useful life saving and life taking maneuvers).
    5) Totally cool under pressure

    1. Rizzovoir Dog

      Machete don’t bunt.

  12. Aaron

    Each season is so precious. It’s hard to watch the Cubs literally “give away” up to 5 seasons of games to become a really good team later. Players careers aren’t forever. There are limits, especially with injuries that can come up and just simply getting older. Never take your health for granted as a professional athlete, or even for us weekend warriors. Yes, each season is special. That’s why it’s hard to watch what has been happening with the Cubs over the past 3 seasons, with a good chance of a repeat for another 2. There just seems something wrong about it, even though I fully understand the plan and agree with it. Crazy.

    1. SH

      Could be that you realize “the plan” — in its rebuilding the farm sense — is great, but doesn’t require complete tanking. As I’ve noted here prior, if we had made a run at three of the biggest int’l names in the past two years we would have cost nothing but cash* and had a TOR starter and two all-star caliber OFers, all in their early to mid-twenties.

      Hindsight, yes, but kind of the point — there are ways to try to succeed that don’t ruin attempts to build a better system going forward. And, when our system is already this good, it is kind of absurd to imagine that we need to focus on it at even more expense to our professional team.

      *And the worse draft pick that comes with not being bottom-of-the-barrel terrible, but I’ll make that deal.

  13. Aaron

    SH – it’s terrible to think of players “throwing” a game to benefit later. What about ownership that is making trades and not spending like a major market team to win games, rather than lose them. Not to go legal here, but what ownership and the FO has done over the past few years, and maybe a few more, is to willfully and intentionally lose games to benefit later. Isn’t there something here about the “sacred” part of the game itself.

    I understand smaller market teams like the Astros and Pirates needing to do what the Cubs have done over the past 3 seasons. But didn’t they do it because of financial necessity? I believe yes. Did we have to sink all the way down to the 4th worst team in the majors to have a highly competitive team in a 5 year window? I’m not so sure.

  14. CubsFaninMS

    Of course the Cardinals are interested in Castro. He’s a two-time All Star, has over 200 hits twice already and is very young and, if continues the same production in 2014 as we saw on 2011 and 2012, comes at a good price. Now’s a perfec time to try and buy low. Our front office is smarter than that, though.

  15. Funn Dave

    Oh, man….3am BP with Ryan Dempster….That would be amazing.

    1. Edwin

      It’s every young fan’s dream.

  16. Jim

    I have already bet $50 on the Cubs to win the World Series in 2014 on Sportsbook at 50:1. There are 8 teams there with better odds: Colorado, Houston, Miami, Milwaukee, Minnesota, NY Mets, San Diego, and Seattle.

  17. fromthemitten

    lol don’t get a Mac you’re just paying $500 extra dollars for that stupid apple logo on your computer

    1. TWC

      Right. Because PCs are so much more reliable, and come with such trouble-free OSes.

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