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chicago cubs logo[I'm not saying I call all the minor moves the Cubs make - I make a lot of calls, and they make a lot of minor moves - but my batting average is become unsustainably high.]

Today, the Chicago Cubs claimed righty pitcher Liam Hendriks off of waivers from the Twins (per Patrick Mooney and LaVelle Neal).You’ll have to forgive the appearance of gushing at another minor Cubs move. I don’t gush at the gravity of the move (I call them “minor” for a reason), I gush only at the fact that, given the low risk involved, I’m happy to see the front office doing some things that make sense. If they don’t have the dollars to go all out on Shin-Soo Choo right now, they might as well be making savvy waiver and minor league moves.

Hendriks is another one of those moves, as I wrote earlier in the week:

An intriguing DFA target to monitor: 24-year-old Australian righty Liam Hendriks was just DFA’d by the Twins, who might look to trade him before putting him on waivers. His minor league peripherals are as fantastic as his big league numbers are bad. Thing is, all the usual “bad luck” indicators are there in spades for Hendriks in the bigs: enormous home run rate (after never giving up homers in the minors), ridiculously low LOB%, and a BABIP about 20 points higher than you’d expect it to be. Although Hendriks would require a 40-man roster spot, he does come with an extra option year left, meaning a team like the Cubs could put him at AAA and let him continue to develop (with another Hendricks) until a spot opens up. I really like him as a possibility.

Hendriks was the Twins’ minor league pitcher of the year in 2011, and was ranked as high as the third best prospect in the Twins’ system going into the 2012 season. In 2012, at age 23, he got a chance to break out with the big club, but, as discussed, he bombed (it didn’t help that he was rapidly yo-yo’d back to AAA). The real question is whether he won’t be able to get over the big league hump, or if he merely was bitten by some bad luck.

The only reason Hendriks was even available to be grabbed is because the Twins faced a roster and pitching crunch after signing both Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes, with plans to sign at least one more starter. They opted to go the big league free agency route, and no longer has space/time for Hendriks. It doesn’t sound like they were happy to potentially lose him.

The Twins’ loss is the Cubs’ gain, especially given that the Cubs can simply option him to AAA Iowa and let him start in the rotation there. Maybe he shows the organization why he was so well regarded as a prospect, why he put up such dominant numbers in the minors, and why, with better luck, he’s got a big league arm.

A lot of these waiver/minor league deal moves are simply about depth. This one is about upside. It’s a good risk to take, given that it costs only a 40-man spot (and the Cubs could waive Hendriks if they need that spot back at any time).

After adding Hendriks, the Cubs’ 40-man will stand at 38.

  • Edwin

    Quick Brett, throw up an article about how the Cubs will land Tanaka!

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I’ve got some kind of Cardinals voodoo magic going on since September. I do think they’ll legitimately make a play for him – that’s something, right?

      • wilbur

        you are on a roll! Maybe you should start adding the date the move will get made, be more of a challenge for you…

    • David

      Then say Choo won’t sign with anyone but the Cubs and for 5 years, not 7!

      • hansman

        Hell, if we are going that route why do 5 years?

        Offers to clear service time and become a 1st year player with the Cubs.

  • Jon

    low risk, worth taking a flyer on, flippable, lottery ticket.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Not this one. Worth actually reading. Different than the majority of this type of minor move.

    • EQ76

      “low risk, worth taking a flyer on, flippable, lottery ticket.”

      -that’s been the theme of the last few years.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        I think that’s what he was referencing.

  • HoosierDan

    Good to see some pitching depth added at a higher level while we wait for guys like Edwards to mature and work their way up through the organization, love to see the FO make moves like this

  • http://thenewenthusiast.com dw8

    I’m wondering if this is a bullpen move. The K rate has dipped at every advancing level. It would be nice to have a low BB righty in the bullpen and hopefully the K rate will jump with the move to the bullpen as well.

    • http://thenewenthusiast.com dw8

      Stuff might see a jump in the pen too.

      In 2013, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (92mph) and Sinker (91mph), also mixing in a Slider (84mph), Change (84mph) and Curve (75mph).

      Brooks Baseball, of course.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Not sure – he sits at 90mph, so even if he could bump that to 92 or so out of the pen, that’s not a lot of velocity. Doesn’t mean he couldn’t do it, but I’d think they’ll keep him as a starter for now.

  • macpete22

    Will we sign more than just one starter and a closer type? Wonder who’ll be the odd man out if they end up signing more than 2 players

  • Rebuilding

    Hendriks was once a borderline Top 100 prospect. Outstanding control

  • Edwin

    Hmmm. His K’s really evaporated once he reached AAA. He doesn’t get ground balls, he throws about 90. He’s not just running into bad luck, even his xFIP is pretty brutal.

    I’m guessing he dominated the minors because he has good control, but once he got to the majors, his stuff just doesn’t play as well.

    he’s ok as a flyer, but I’m not holding my breath.

    • Matt

      Likely as a result of Twins’ pitching philosophy. They depress the Ks and BBs of every pitcher as they emphasize pounding the zone and pitching to contact over missing bats.

      • Cheese Chad

        I wonder if they talk to guys like Bosio before some of these moves. Something like, “Hey Chris, do you see any potential in this guy”. Maybe he looks at tape and see’s something.

  • C. Steadman

    solid addition IMO…hopefully he starts to click in the MLB…FIP in AAA is pretty good

  • CeeDeeVee

    Another good call Brett. I think this has been the best signing so far. Got a good feeling about this guy.

    AND HEY, THEO AND JED! Use this as leverage to go out and sign Balfour! Tell him to be a mentor and take his fellow Australian under his wing Lol

    • commander bob

      if beaver and touhy spent as much time trying to improve the 25 man squad as they do anxiously claining each sad sack waiver guy then maybe the mlb team might win more than 66 games a year/

      • willis

        Haha, good point. I think they would if they could. But they can’t so this is all we’ll see.

      • Jon

        beaver and touhy? lol

      • hansman

        Who’s beaver and touhy?

        • Jon

          I’m guessing Theo is Beaver, and Jed is Roger Touhy, famous chicago gangster?

          [img]http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HXPzBd72J8U/UHRV3y8xtVI/AAAAAAAACuQ/waARF6TZAdo/s1600/touhy.jpg[/img]

          • Sect209row15

            Terrible Touhy was shotgunned to death across the street from my childhood home. I was one month old but the story was a good one. we would play “ghost of terrible touhy” on summer nights. 100 block of n. Lotus.BN brings back great kid memories.

        • commander bob

          touhy was a character on the leave it to beaver show that resembles hoyer.

      • http://thenewenthusiast.com dw8

        You tell ‘em, Commander Bob!

      • CeeDeeVee

        Haha Beaver and Touhy…Good one Commander Bob!

    • ssckelley

      I agree, this is the best dumpster dive we have seen in a while.

    • aaronb

      Unless Balfour is playing for free, I don’t see it. We’ve got renovations to theoretically start at some later undetermined date.

      • CeeDeeVee

        Yea at 35, he’s asking for a lot. I rather get Benoit

  • Scott

    Small Sample Size – [I'm not saying I call all the minor moves the Cubs make - I make a lot of calls, and they make a lot of minor moves - but my batting average is become unsustainably high.]

  • CubChymyst

    The home run rate in the majors is troubling, the twins do not play in a small park.

  • Patrick G

    Hopefully well have a Hendriks duo next year

  • aaronb

    I can see Hendricks being something between a poor mans Randy Wells, and a working poor mans Casey Coleman. So we DO have that going for us!!!

    • Edwin

      I see Hendriks being a poor man’s Hendricks.

  • jay

    Championship… J/k….(see message board from last night)

    • BlameHendry

      I know, look at the fire I created, lol. It’s like a police state around here lately, you can’t make any criticism of the leaders (the FO) without the gestapo losing their shit.

      • waittilthisyear

        ok let me break this down for you:

        criticism (that i submit would not be attacked): if the front office missed out on schierholtz for eaton swap because they got greedy, that was a misstep

        played out stupid joke that offers no point or counterpoint: CHAMPIONSHIP!

        alleged theo and jed “rah rahs”: i see the front office’s plan, and though it hasn’t bore fruit yet, the methodology behind it seems sound and there are signs of good things to come

        • commander bob

          everyone sees the front office plan. its essentially the same plan most of the rest of the teams are doing sans all the dumpster diving.

          • Rebuilding

            Uh no, not even close

            • commander bob

              you’re right. its not even close. the other teams are trying to win. i stand corrected. beaver and touchy have such a unique plan that they came up with.

      • Eric

        When the criticism comes in the form of repetitive, tired, obnoxious jokes that do not serve to provide valid conversation, then Brett has every right to intervene and squash the offending behavior.

        Instead of resorting to false comparisons (police state? gestapo? really?) you should examine the attitude and spirit that you are posting with, and modify your behavior accordingly.

        • hansman

          SILENCE!!!!!

          Because you dissented, you must now wear the dunce hat of shame while we BANHAMMER YOU!!!!!!11!!11!!1!!!1!!!!!

          • Eric

            O’rik BanHammer would make a good band name….

            • dumbledoresacubsfan

              Or a great Hobbit name.

              • Fishin Phil

                More like a dwarf than a hobbit.

                Eeek, my geek slipped out!

                • C. Steadman

                  haha i was thinking the same thing…or a good Viking name

                • dumbledoresacubsfan

                  Wow. I can’t believe I typed Hobbit. I one hundred percent meant dwarf.

                  Working and commenting on BN at the same time doesn’t always bode well. I’m stoked to go see the Hobbit tonight and it’s just on my mind. hahaha

                  • C. Steadman

                    seeing it tomorrow! cant wait!

                    • dumbledoresacubsfan

                      I read a piece on TIME this morning where the father (author of story) was super pissed about [having] to take his child to go see the movie….

                      What kind of person doesn’t like LOTR? Jackson does a great job, IMO, of bringing Middle Earth to life.

                    • C. Steadman

                      Jackson does a great job of bringing the books to life!

                    • hansman

                      I don’t hate the movies but they are very meh for me.

                    • Edwin

                      I liked the cartoon Rankin Bass version of the Hobbit better. Way better songs.

                  • Fishin Phil

                    Never let work interfere with your posting.

                    • dumbledoresacubsfan

                      Eh. Today’s my last day at this job. I feel obligated to do more work and less BN (and yet, it still hasn’t stopped me) hahaha

                      This is what you’ve done, Brett!

        • cubsfan08

          This is a website we choose to go to. Brett provides great analysis and does a great job of reporting transactions, updates, etc about our Cubs. I come here to get this information, knowing full well what the tone of the analysis will be. This isn’t a rip every move “just because” type of site. Brett provides insightful coverage beyond just reporting transactions etc. Lots of additional, sabermetric analysis, as well as additional “motive” stuff.

          Discussion is great and all – but if your entire stance is that you hate the owner, front office, and their “plan” why even read/post here. There are plenty of sites out there that cater to that kind of thinking, why bring it here just to start a fight. Makes no sense to me.

          I’m new to the site as of a few months ago and have gotten more comfortable here and this is my preferred site to get my Cubs’ news. My fear is that people will get annoyed with the negative and BS posts and no longer comment/read the blog. There are a lot of great discussions here – and people can disagree – but blindly hating every move – and more importantly feeling like you have to post about it – is just idiotic.

        • BlameHendry

          I don’t care if the joke is played out. The point is not to be funny, the point is to show frustration. Satire is not meant to entertain, it’s meant to send a message. You wanna know what’s played out? The FO signing players like Wada.

          It’s not about signing players like Cano or even Ellsbury. It’s about the FO showing fans that they are actually trying, instead of just plugging holes with the cheapest possible options they can find and putting the bare minimum out on the field. You don’t have to sign a bunch of post-TJ rejects to find players with good value…

          Just one example: Phil Hughes. The Twins got one HELL of a deal there. Was our FO just sleeping through that one? There wasn’t even news of the Cubs making him an offer.

          How about Granderson? A 4 year deal is completely reasonable and he would replace that veteran presence we lost with Soriano for less annual money than Sori was making with the same or even better performance. The Cubs once again weren’t even involved

          Josh Johnson? Another non-superstar that would have been a good fit.

          And our FO just sits there continuing to dabble in DFAs and minor league contracts and post-TJ rejects. This is NOT how Theo operated in Boston, and the Cubs market size is almost the same as Boston’s.

          • Rebuilding

            Your examples of the FO not trying are Hughes, Granderson and Josh Johnson? Better try again. Hughes hasn’t shown to be any better than 4 or 5 guys we have that are 5th starters, Granderson is grossly overpaid in dollars and years by a desperate organization, and Johnson made it clear he was only going to sign on the west coast. Those 3 potentially get you 3 extra wins next year over what we have and that’s being generous

            • Cooper

              Not to mention all three signed as free agents and may have had a strong personal preference for the team with which they ultimately signed…

          • Eric

            Perhaps then, you should write a letter to Theo. Or an email. That doesn’t have anything to do with Brett or how he runs this website. Nor should anyone else have to suffer through while you vent your large amounts of frustration in the comments section.

            If you think I’m poking fun or making light, it’s because I am. You’re taking things way too seriously. It’s just a game. Relax.

          • DocPeterWimsey

            “Was our FO just sleeping through that one?”

            Well, sleeping had a lot to do with it. Jed and Theo still have sweet dreams of watching the Sox tee-off on Hughes quite a few times…..

          • cubsfan08

            None of those moves do anything to help accomplish the goal. And that goal is to win the World Series. Not sure why that is so hard to understand. They have a strategy and they are sticking to it. I for one like seeing that. If they signed the players you mentioned, I would begin to panic. Panic due to them suddenly deviating from their strategy and throwing overpriced junk out onto the field for different reasons. The different reason? To make money. Trick the fans into thinking the addition of Granderson will turn us into a winner. It won’t. And if the front office starts going down that road its really easy to get carried away and start counting money on their end. What they are doing in a market like Chicago is COSTING them money, not making them some. The savings in salary is small potatoes to what they are missing out on.

            I want a World Series, not to finish 3rd in the division. I like hearing that they are sticking to a plan – and I hope it works. Their previous plans, like the one you are suggesting, didn’t

            • aaronb

              So who is this mythic 40 win player that we need to sign? Are we sure we can get him at below market rate and with a contract under 4 years?

              • cubsfan08

                So you are in favor of a different plan. Awesome. Thanks for the insight.

                • aaronb

                  I’m in favor of a plan that isn’t “Why sign player X….They aren’t going to lead us to a world series.”

                  Why can’t we endorse a plan with logical steps to improve the team?

                  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/653cc0c5f0eded621ab13b4f631de7da.png Cizzle

                    “We” do. “We” recognize that “improving” the team doesn’t come from giving $60M to a 33 yo outfielder who *might* give us 2 WAR next year.
                    “We” recognize that there wasn’t enough talent available on the FA market to add 24 wins from ’13-’14 and that the “logical steps” are to incrementally add value without burdening the roster with players we don’t want starting in 2015.
                    “We” hope that our minor league system will add more wins to the 2015 team than the Free Agents you want them to sign this year.
                    And lastly, “we” understand that there is much more talent available in next year’s free agent pool than this year, so having additional resources for those players is better than over-paying for a shallow talent pool this year.

                    • Rebuilding

                      That pretty much summed it up

          • Ivy Eater

            Don’t forget too that in order to sign these people they would have to want to come to Chicago… Considering most people would rather play for a playoff bound team I would say their hands were pretty tied. No reason to deal ridiculous money to lure them away from a winner.

          • D.G.Lang

            Perhaps we all should consider being married to someone who does nothing but insult, ridicule and badmouth everyone and everything constantly while claiming that they themselves know better than or are better than their current victims.

            Living with someone like that is very trying and they really aren’t very comfortable to be around.

            With that in mind, I wonder exactly what pleasure those chronic complainers derive by being that way when they are not respected or liked by their peers.

            They should ask themselves why be like that when you are not influencing anyone or provoking any meaningful change or improvement. Indeed the only change such a one will provoke would be to having themselves be rejected and despised as they so richly deserve.

  • Eric

    I think people forget that the claiming process is yet another MLB player system that is weighted by won/loss record. If the Cubs were a better team, they wouldn’t get the chance to claim someone with as much upside as Hendriks.

    We need to identify and capitalize on every opportunity afforded us by having such a bad record. It doesn’t make any sense to complain about that.

    • Edwin

      Upside compared to what?

      I don’t think we need to praise on every opportunity afforded us by having such a bad record. Make the best of it? Sure. But let’s not pretend that this is some golden opportunity the Cubs have been handed.

      • C. Steadman

        but its no throwaway item either…its an intriguing move, that could pay dividends as a 4 or 5 guy…if not then oh well we gave up nothing for him

      • Eric

        Examining, recording and discussing a move doesn’t equate to praise.

        • Edwin

          I’m not saying don’t write about the move. It’s a move the Cubs made, there’s obviously a reason why they made it, so it should get reported. Good on Brett for reporting it, and even identifying Henriks as a player the Cubs might pick up beforehand.

          I think I more have problems with the “If the Cubs were a better team, they wouldn’t get the chance to claim someone with as much upside as Hendriks.”

          If the Cubs were a better team, we wouldn’t care about getting or not getting the chance to claim Hendriks. Maybe I’m just reading your comment the wrong way, in which case I’m sorry. I just feel like getting the opportunity to claim a player like Hendriks is pretty far down on the totem poll when it comes to the benefits of a losing season.

          • Eric

            Thats because you don’t understand that you can’t buy a championship. Taking advantage of an opportunity is what championship teams do.

  • WilliamGlass

    Is anyone else intrigued that the Rangers selected Russel Wilson with their rule of five draft pick? I know he will stay as the QB of the Seahawks, but he seems like a great guy to have around during spring training.

    • ssckelley

      I heard his wife got excited after he got the call.

      [img]https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTkGH8lhmkyjF8XPPqEDEQSpJXA-mic2uGdl5cpNCIThA9iIU1f[/img]

      • hansman

        For whatever reason, when I read that I saw executed.

        • ssckelley

          You must have been reading about how nice they are to their family in North Korea.

          • dumbledoresacubsfan

            Does it bother anyone else that all the stories on that keep saying some variation of “Kim kills uncle, Jang Sung-taek, who was married to Kim’s aunt.”

            No kidding.

            • ssckelley

              What bothers me this is a 30 year old “kid” who values life so little to do this, along with his ex girlfriend.

              • hansman

                Wow, I missed something, I think.

                • hansman

                  Found it

    • waittilthisyear

      i think the likelihood of someone being able to succeed in 2 pro sports these days is harder than ever. i just don’t see anything coming of this, but it would be cool if something did. Besides, pete carroll yesterday said something along the lines of “i saw him take a couple cuts at the curveball, i dont think we have anything to worry about”

      • WilliamGlass

        Oh, I know nothing will come of it. I think he could be a great leader by example because he worked so hard to get where he is as a QB because of his size. That’s my opinion on why they selected him. :-)

  • http://Bleachernation Lou Brock

    Let me understand, the Cubs just signed a pitcher from another team that has not had TJ surgery. I need to have a stiff drink, and he’s only 24 years old.

    • C. Steadman

      roughly 1/3 of pitchers on 2013 opening day MLB rosters have had TJ surgery…its not that big of deal signing a post-surgery guy than it is actually having one of our current pitchers get injured and need it…this is an old joke

  • macpete22

    Ryan Roberts was signed to a minor league contract per Mooney.

    • Eric

      Confirmed. I like this guy’s tattoos. Good organizational depth signing.

      • dumbledoresacubsfan

        His nickname is “Tatman”

  • IndyCubsFan

    What kind of package could we get from the Braves for Shark?

  • http://bleachernation.com woody

    Does this guy wear one of those Crocodile Dundee hats with the teeth in the band? G’day mate. Join the other dumpster prospects.

  • FarmerTanColin

    I like this signing. The Twins just recently let off on their pitch to contact philosophy. This has the appearance to be a good change of scenery type of move. If Bosio can make Wood an all star I don’t see why Hendriks can’t change into a back end rotation guy. Looking at his pitch/fx I wouldn’t be surprised if they dropped his slider and just made him focus on fastball curveball changeup…the results from the slider have been really bad. It also looks like he just started throwing a two seamer in 2012 and completely dropped a cutter. Also he was a top 100 prospect recently. This isn’t just a flip candidate he could be a legitimate starter for the future.

  • toby

    Brett, I just read that the Cubs signed Ryan Roberts. Any thoughts?

    • Warriors4

      Signal to another move at 2B maybe?

  • daveyrosello

    SIGN ALL THE HENDRICKS!! (….because we now have two)

    • Fishin Phil

      Next up: Jimi

      • Patrick W.

        I’d take a flyer on Christina, if you know what I mean…

      • Stinky Pete

        Hey, Phil…. I’m not sure how to tell you this…

        • Fishin Phil

          I know, but it was as close as I could get.

          • Stinky Pete

            Why do you think you’d only hit .260?

            Cause I been dead for over 40 years!!!

            • Fishin Phil

              Hey, everyone tells me the Cubs only want to sign stiffs, so…..

  • bob

    He may not be a thrilling signing, but should be a better use of a roster spot than a Rule 5 pick would have been. Probably was in the works before the draft and that’s why the Cubs didn’t make a pick.

  • commander bob

    yea, he likes candlelite dinners, going to the movies and long walks on the beach. he wears boxers versus traditional tights and puts his toothpaste on his toothbrush after its wet rather than before.

  • http://BN Sacko

    Just got back a text from a Twins fan about this guy. He says, Ouch!
    We are in the depths with taking Twins garbage.
    This is another unproductive day.

  • You got bats, we got Wood. Travis Wood.

    We all know The Plan and where we’re at. I’ll take as many “lightning in a bottle” signings as possible. My all time favorite scrap heap pickup was Jim Edmonds under Hendry. That was awesome.

    • http://BN Sacko

      this is way worse then Edmonds. So I guess we can do way worse.

      • C. Steadman

        edmonds was actually expected to contribute to the MLB team…this guy isnt expected to…he’s going to be in AAA with a change to develop into a back of the rotation guy..he’s only 24…

    • aaronb

      Difference was that Edmonds had been a perennial all star…Hendriks isn’t.

      • Bret Epic

        If this guy is somehow able to resemble Edmonds, even during his season with the Cubs, I will be very very happy with this signing.

      • cubsfan08

        I don’t want to be a jag. But wouldn’t it be better to find people before they become an all-star? Wouldn’t that be more beneficial all around? You stated that Edmonds “had” been an all-star. So you have to pay him like one even though he may no longer produce that way. If he doesn’t, you’re stuck with him. A potential future all star could produce as well or better – leaving you with more options to improve the team. That seems like a solid move – but takes a lot of research, patience, and sometimes luck. But if it doesn’t work out it doesn’t hurt anybody but the player who is dumped.

        • aaronb

          We paid him league minimum.

          • cubsfan08

            You are correct – I screwed up by using Edmonds in that example – but was more or less going with the theme of the day and applying it to the larger FA deals made this offseason as far as the cost purpose goes. Was going more with the age thing – should have used another example when I tied in the cost.

  • Toddleevon

    Cubs sign Ryan Roberts to minor league deal. We are roll”in now !

    • Jon

      After all the nonsense dealing with Baltimore, he is finally ours.

      • C. Steadman

        not Brian Roberts….”Ryan”

        • http://www.draftday.com udbrky

          Ryan Reynolds?

          • C. Steadman

            he’d bring more female fans to Wrigley

        • Jon

          I’m going to pretend it’s Brian Roberts(2008) for this exercise.

          • C. Steadman

            well im hoping for the Ryan Roberts of 2011, even though we’ll never get that most likely

  • http://www.bleachernation.com Cubs Faith_27

    Cubs bringing in Ryan Roberts I kinda like that move.

  • Stinky Pete

    I’m curious. For all those who are upset and frustrated about all of the minor moves this off season, suppose we flash forward three to four weeks and it is just announced that Tanaka is signing with the Cubs.
    Does it cover up the bad feeling about the Dumpster Diving? Do you feel much better about the team and the plan and the future now?
    Are you still upset they haven’t made more major moves? Do you react like a cardinal fan will when the Cubs win a WS? (Big Deal. That’s one. Let me know when they have ten more…)
    Really. Predict your reaction. I’m interested to know.

    • C. Steadman

      people who are upset about these minor signing obvious dont know much about baseball operations and havent taken a look at mlb.com’s transaction page and seeing other teams making the same moves

      • aaronb

        I don’t think ANYONE has a problem with these minor moves. The problem is there aren’t any moves of substance to go along with them.

        • Bret Epic

          I’m not always a fan of minor moves, nor do I understand many of them, but the two guys the Cubs picked up today, as well as the Bogusevic trade really make sense to me.

        • C. Steadman

          umm…look around..there are alot of people poking fun of these moves…

      • Stinky Pete

        Well, okay. You don’t actually qualify for the initial question, but perhaps that’s too limiting. What’s your reaction to the news, Chet?

        • C. Steadman

          i was agreeing with you pete

          • Stinky Pete

            Yeah. I got that. I was just wondering are you whooping and hollering? Are you calm and composed? Are you wiring $50 to Vegas on the Cubs to win the WS as fast as you can?
            I limited the question to the folks who expressed frustration. Then after your comment, I thought, “Hey. Why not ask any and everyone to answer?” Thus, I want to know your reaction to the good news. Give me the big fat stinky cheese answer.

            • C. Steadman

              i understand that this guy will be in the Iowa Cubs rotation once the season starts, he’s only 24 so theres a chance he could end up making the big league Cubs at some point in his career..his ceiling is a 4 or 5 starter…so i had “calm and composed” reaction

              • cubsfan08

                He wants your position on the offseason as a whole if Tanaka winds up getting snagged by the Cubs.

                • C. Steadman

                  i would say the odds are against the Cubs, but since theres 30 teams in the bigs the odds are against everyone…but Cubs are probably going to be front-runners for him

    • cubsfan08

      That’s a great question – I’m not your target audience, as I’m a backer of the plan. But I think Tanaka has been their target all along and hope it all works. I’ve been happy with all the moves, or lack of moves so far. Haven’t questioned any of them really.

      But yes – curious how the frustrated contingent would feel

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