About that Season Ticket Buying Decision and Other Bullets

wallet cashBlack Friday deals netted: Season Three of ‘The Walking Dead’ for $10, a new tennis racket for 50% off, and some kind of jumping thingy for the kids at a price I’m told is ridiculous. And, if this is any indication, the kids might need something new to play with.

  • Apropos of yesterday’s season ticket renewal discussion (though I happen to know that Josh has been working on his article for a long time), Josh Noel writes for the Tribune about his difficult decision this year with respect to Cubs season tickets. He got the call, finally, after years of waiting, but the struggles of the team in recent years (and projecting in the immediate future) make his decision not the no-brainer he once thought it would be. It’s an interesting read from the perspective of someone wrestling with the decision. Pay big money now for what might be a rough product? Or risk falling off the list and not being able to get back up to the top for another 5 to 10 years?
  • I am quoted in the piece (about 1% of what I said on the subject, but a writer can fit in only so much, and I’m pretty verbose), basically for the proposition that, yeah, it’s a tough decision for folks right now. As you could tell from my post yesterday, though, I definitely fall into the “it’s probably worth sucking it up and buying now, rather than falling off the list and then trying to get season tickets when the Cubs are good again (and it’ll be very difficult to get the tickets)” camp. Some folks gave me grief for that position – PR shill for the Cubs, free advertising, whatever – but it simply happens to be what I think. I am beholden to no one and nothing here beyond my own sense of fairness, honesty and transparency. The wisdom of buying season tickets now to avoid the risk of missing out in a couple years is just, like, my opinion, man.
  • Mike Axisa on the “All Returns” team (i.e., the poor free agent signings last year), which naturally features Edwin Jackson. I still think we’re going to like the contract going forward (because the Cubs paid an $8 million signing bonus up front, Jackson is owed just $33 million over the next three years – a bargain), though. Good thing the Cubs didn’t also sign Jeff Keppinger, Mike Adams, Josh Hamiltons or B.J. Upton, who also make the list, and who were theoretical targets last year.
  • Bruce Miles, writing for Vine Line, with a profile on Nate Schierholtz.
  • The CCO includes, among other things, the transcript of a Darwin Barney interview on MLBN Radio. He says there’s no way he’s going to arbitration, because the sides have a good relationship, and they’ll be able to decide on a fair number. Monday is the deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players, which Barney is for the first time this year. Although he’s been mentioned by some as a non-tender candidate, I really don’t see it, given the relatively modest sum he’ll make in arbitration this first go around ($1.5 to $2 million, in my estimation).
  • Speaking of non-tenders, a Cubs official tells Peter Gammons that the team isn’t giving up on Daniel Bard after his disastrous stint in Puerto Rico (in winter ball there, he essentially could not throw any strikes over three appearances). They may not be giving up on him, but I can’t fathom the team using a 40-man roster spot and nearly $2 million on him by tendering him a contract on Monday. Best bet? The sides are already negotiating a deal that would avoid arbitration, and might even involve dropping him off of the 40-man roster.
  • NotGraphs on Theo Epstein hearting recently-acquired back-up catcher George Kottaras.

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

121 responses to “About that Season Ticket Buying Decision and Other Bullets”

  1. @cubsfa22

    I hate boring days with no cubs news. so lets propose a trade. Mets
    Get Castro and Castillo and beeler cubs get syn
    dergaud,skaggs,D,arnaud,Delgado and Eaton. Arizona
    gets shark ,shierholtz boom win win win

    1. Serious Cubs Fan

      Mets would be getting skrewd in this deal, just based on Castro’s current value (coming off a bad yr) IMO. Definitely value in castor’s contract. I love this deal for the cubs though, but I just don’t think its realistic. I also think this would be a great deal for the Dbacks.

      Idk, fun trade scenario though

      1. @cubsfa22

        I know it it might not be the best deal for thcce Mets but I couldn’t figure who else to give them. plus I think Castro will get back to
        his 2011 form so this might be a still for the Mets.

  2. Jason Powers

    I thought we should see if Brent could redo a post on this portion of the debt of the Chicago Cubs: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20100102/ISSUE01/100032855/ricketts-gets-creative-with-cubs-debt#

    bilde?Site=CG&Date=20100102040000&Category=ISSUE01&ArtNo=100032855&Ref=B1

  3. preacherman86

    IMO the lack of movement on Hughes, nolasco at that price, and the other FAs that all seem to fall in that good value signing range seems to be a hint that the FO is not interested in that type of player this go around. Maybe they feel the guys we have are that type and are going throw a line at the bigger fish this year? Choo or ellsbury, and tanaka? Trade shark and you have basically completed remoulded the hug league team in 3 years. Only remaining guys would be Barney, Castro and Russell, with Barney and Russell potentially heading out soon too.

  4. The Non-Tender Deadline is Tomorrow: Looking at the Arbitration-Eligible Chicago Cubs | Bleacher Nation | Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Commentary

    […] First, Barney projects to make just $1.5 to $2 million in his first arbitration go-around, and has openly said that he doesn’t expect there to be much of a fight on his value. Second, even as a bench […]

  5. dshea

    It’s a little more than 5-10 years for the season ticket waiting list. I signed up in 2003 and I’m still number 84,717. I’m 35 and I may get picked when I’m 55.

    1. hansman

      You did something wrong. I signed up prior to 2007 season and got the call this year.

      Re-signed up a few months ago and was 97,000

    2. cubzfan

      I got season tickets last year after being in the 20,000′s last I had checked. They’re going through 20-30K names a year these days.

  6. Jeff Lange

    Hey Brett, long time reader, 1st time writer. In response to your season ticket decision;
    I’ve been a ticket holder for 10 years now. Night game, weekend package (approx. 62
    games). 4 in the upper deck, 10th row right in front of the men’s john. I’m looking for
    someone to purchase 20-30 games so we can keep our tickets, otherwise I’m going to
    give them up. Maybe you or someone you know would be interested. I need to know
    a.s.a.p. though. Thanks for your help, and keep up the good work.

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