I have an incredibly thoughtful wife. Monday, out of the blue, she asks me, “Hey, isn’t your milkshake coming back soon?” She was referencing the decadent, one-of-a-kind, please-let-me-be-a-spokesman-for-it Peppermint Chocolate Chip Milkshake at Chick-fil-A, which I had inexcusably let slip from my mind as the holiday season approaches. I immediately searched for a return date, and what did I find? A tweet, from not three hours earlier. It was back. That day. I got one that night, and have been floating in a cloud of pepperminty chocolate goodness ever since.
- Patrick Mooney talks to Cubs VP of Scouting and Player Development Jason McLeod about a range of topics, including watching the Red Sox win while working on the foundation with the Cubs, the recent managerial search process, and on his name repeatedly popping up on “top future GM candidates”-type lists. A fantastic read.
- The Baseball Prospectus staff picks 10 free agents who are likely to be overpaid this offseason, and it’s an interesting read for those hoping the Cubs are okey-doking everyone, and actually do go spend-crazy. Matt Garza makes an appearance, given his standing as the most-attractive non-Tanaka pitcher on the market. For that reason, he might get paid like an ace, when he’s actually far from that level (still quite good, but more of a very good middle-of-the-rotation type). Theoretical Cubs targets who make the list: Jacoby Ellsbury, Curtis Granderson, and Ubaldo Jimenez.
- I kept meaning to share this short 30 for 30 on the couple that made out the schedule for Major League Baseball for years. In ten years, there are more possible MLB schedule permutations than there are atoms in the universe. Think it isn’t complicated? Watching the piece, you get a sense for just how absurdly, ridiculously complicated it is. And for two decades, the couple (to their credit, they’re math people) did it with nothing more than a pencil and paper.
- Forbes takes a swing at Jay-Z’s “amateur” attempt to drum up a better offer for Robinson Cano from the Yankees by meeting “secretly” with the Mets … who have said publicly that they aren’t signing any $100 million+ contracts this year, and reiterated that stance after the meeting (which was a presentation on Cano’s value). The Cubs get a nod as one of the many erstwhile big spenders who won’t be ponying up for Cano, further reducing his market. Even at Cano’s current floor price – the Yankees are believed to have offered $160 million over seven years – I doubt the Cubs would be interested.
- Heh. Funny Kris Bryant picture is funny.