happy thanksgiving catA very happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. We’re hosting for the first time in our adult lives, so I’ll be at the stove most of the day (which isn’t much of a change from this time of year in terms of baseball coverage – hey-o). May your turkey be moist, your belly full, and your relatives calm.

  • Given the market shift and the relative abilities involved, I was certain that Ricky Nolasco would get more from the Twins than Edwin Jackson got from the Cubs. He did not, reportedly getting four years and $49 million ($12 million per year, plus a $1 million buyout on a $13 million 2018 option). Jackson was a couple years younger than Nolasco at the time of their deals, so that certainly factored into the price. Otherwise, it’s difficult to argue that Jackson is the clearly superior pitcher (four years, $52 million). There’s not a huge difference there, and I’m more surprised by the Nolasco deal than I am disappointed in the Jackson deal (which I still think will bear fruit over the next three years).
  • Jesse Rogers speaks with new Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde, who was promoted from the Farm Director position he’d previously held in the organization. Noted in the interview: Hyde did interview with manager Rick Renteria, so the decision on Renteria’s bench coach wasn’t made entirely without his input.
  • Over the year, the Chicago Cubs gave back. A lot.
  • I was on the Midway Today podcast yesterday, talking Cubs and Cubs.
  • I want to get into bits of this more specifically later, but, if you’re looking for reading today, Vine Line has posted another couple chunks of its interview with Jed Hoyer here and here.
  • Boogens

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, Brett. Thanks to you for all the hard work and great stuff you do for us!

  • Bilbo161

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Brett. The same to the myriad of posters that have kept me informed over the last year or so I’ve been reading. Edification – nice.

  • arta

    happy thanksgiving to all on here.

  • Edwin

    Happy thanksgiving! I’m thankful for the coverage that Brett provides, and for the other commenters on this site.

  • Katie

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

  • Indy57

    Happy Thanksgiving Brett. Thankful for the BN community!

  • scorecardpaul

    Happy Thanksgiving to all. Bleacher Nation would make an interesting Thanksgiving gathering

  • Ivy Walls

    Happy T-Giving. Gives thanks for a family and friends. We co-host every year wife’s family that lives CO though at a mountain vacation home her family has in trust.

    With Samardz all but traded but to whom, they happen to be talking to four clubs that have RHP’s ranked in that position as #’2, 3, 5 & 7, but only one club that has a LHP in the top 10 via the MLB ratings.

    Look to the desert, they have to keep up with the Dodgers.

  • MichiganGoat

    Happy Turkey Day – the day the goat finally shut up those damn birds and get some sleep!

  • http://Bleachernation Glenallen

    Happy thanksgiving, all! Thanks Brett for your hard work all year. We appreciate all you do to keep us informed. Greatest Cubs site ever!! Everyone, get fat today!

  • college_of_coaches

    Brett, Happy Thanksgiving to you and to the entire Bleacher Nation.

  • BobA

    I almost never comment on here, but I’m an avid read of Bleacher Nation. Thanks for all you do with it and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  • andykat22

    Have a Happy Holiday season Brett and Luke.
    You guys make being a Cub fan bearable.

  • Mikelach13


    Happy Thaksgiving to you and your family!

  • True(ly) Blue

    Good luck with your first Thanksgiving dinner. Sorry to tell you that the prep and cooking is the easy part. It’s the clean up that’s a bitch!
    I always read BN first thing in the morning. Keep up the great work!

  • Jeff

    Happy Thanksgiving to all, I’m thankful for Brett and Bleacher Nation, it will give me something to look at on my phone when I get bored at my sisters in-laws…lol.

    Hope all Cubs fans have a wonderful holiday and for all Cardinal Fans, I hope your Turkey tastes like crow :)

    Good Luck Brett with hosting your first Thanksgiving Day dinner!

  • Crazyhorse

    Happy Thanksgiving to all and to the goat as well.

  • YourResidentJag

    Happy Turkey Day.


    Brett: Getting the chance to read one of your articles today is like having one of my favorite relatives drop in for Thanksgiving dinner…. Thanks for showing up!! Happy Thanksgiving Cubbie Nation!

  • greenroom

    Enjoy the day BN community, Luke, and Brett. Surfed some head high waves this morning and now getting my Cubs fix. Good times. Peace-

  • CubChymyst

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

  • DocPeterWimsey

    Happy TDay, meat bags! Get good and loaded on tryptophan and alcohol to make our takeover later today a little easier….

  • http://deepcenterfield.blogspot.com Jason Powers

    Happy T-Day! We all have minimal lives…or are obsessively watching Shark potential trades!

  • http://BN Sacko

    Thanks Brett, I’ve never been involved in expressing opinions and getting feed back at this level what a joy this is from the frigid state of ND. My Thanks to all those Cub Fans and especially those who post on here..once again it’s a wonderful experience..Holy!

  • Danny Ballgame

    Happy Turkey Day to you all. Thanks for everything Brett, The Wife (And chitlins), Luke, and the rest of the BN community for providing the best in all things Cubs. Here’s to big things to come. Go Cubs Go!!!

  • Funn Dave

    Happy Danksgiving yo.


    Happy Thanksgiving to Brett,Luke and all of the BN’ers!

  • cubbies win

    What if… Jackson has a rebound season and Shark wins lets say… 8 or so games by the break. What could the Cubs get for the pair before the deadline?