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jeff samardzija gatorade showerA very happy Mother’s Day to the mothers out there, and to the people who love them. I’ve been fortunate enough to have a handful of fantastic mothers in my life – my mom, my wife, my grandma, my mother-in-law, and more – and I send out good vibes to them all. Particular love to my mom and my wife, each of whom is an incredible mother.

  • Jeff Samardzija dominated again, and didn’t get a “win” again, which means he’s got to talk about it again. Fortunately, he just kind of shrugs and says that’s just the way the game is, and he can only do what he can do (Cubs.com). Ricky Renteria makes a good point about how impressive Samardzija (1.45 ERA) has been this year despite the historic no-wins streak, telling Cubs.com, “I’m glad he’s doing what he’s doing. He’s going out there every single day and actually showing you that he’s not thinking about anything other than giving you a really good performance. My solace is in the fact that this guy is being the ultimate professional.” It would be easy to be distracted at this point, but Samardzija just keeps on pitching lights out, every single start. Every team in baseball, including the Cubs, should want this guy.
  • (Something really perverse about Samardzija’s winless ways: the salary arbitration process (for which Samardzija qualifies one more time after this season) does take very old school stats into account, which definitely means pitcher W/L record matters when arbitration salary is determined (which sucks for Samardzija). If his win total is artificially depressed this year by pitching for a team that can’t score him any runs, his 2015 salary could also be artificially depressed (slightly). That could make him even more attractive to whatever team – including the Cubs – is considering having him from, say, July on through 2015.)
  • James Russell pitched! The now totally-completely-a-LOOGY made just his third appearance since the 100th Anniversary Game meltdown on April 23 (in which, to be quite clear, Russell did not melt down – he gave up one hit, to a guy he’d already struck out). That’s three appearances in 17 days, and he’s totaled just 1.1 innings in that time. I’m sure it’s very strange for him to be that guy now, but, when you consider how he was brutalized by righties last year, it’s the right move. He can be a fantastic LOOGY.
  • Emilio Bonifacio is no longer hitting over .300.
  • The Cubs don’t know or they aren’t saying when Jose Veras’s rehab stint will be complete (Cubs.com). He’s thrown a couple scoreless frames at AA Tennessee while recovering from an oblique strain. He was struggling mightily before his injury, so the rehab is probably as much about getting his command and confidence back as it is about getting over the injury. Figuring out how long that will take, and/or saying so publicly, is probably tricky.
  • Tommy Birch on Chris Valaika, who’s tearing it up at AAA Iowa after coming to the Cubs on a minor league deal.
  • Kris Bryant home run video from last night? Hell yeah, BN’er Jason – complete with the appropriate “Get off me!” call:

  • http://fullcount1544.blogspot.com FullCountTommy

    The “that don’t impress me much” is a really great touch haha

  • SteveGA

    Please get Bryant to Chicago, he’s got to be better than Junior Lake.

  • JacqueJones

    Bonifacios ability to look like an amazing hitter for the beginning of the season and then completely look like his old self after a month is truly astounding. It wasnt just his babip early on either, he had seemed to completely change his approach but alas hes the same player hes always been, strikes out too much for a player that doesn’t walk enough or hit for enough power. Still a great pickup given that his amazing start means he’ll still be about an average player for the season for cheap.

    • E

      The bad news is that because of his April, he’ll be in the starting lineup for probably the next 2 years, a la Barney.

    • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

      Bonafide or Bonofacio? He’s been like this for years, he’s either on fire or ice cold and normally it’s the latter.

  • Demarrer

    Castro now has a 6.1% walk rate. Baby steps, but he is approaching an average walk rate.

    • BennyTheJet

      Baby steps indeed! Ive always believed in Castro i think he can be best SS in the league offensively, and REALLY good defensively! last year really did help him i think!

      • cubfanincardinalland

        I think Castro is becoming a fine ss also,but tulowitzki is in a league of his own.

        • DocPeterWimsey

          Tulo is basically the Apotheosis of Shortstops. The problem is all of the bodily ascensions onto the DL!

          • http://www.teamfums.org MichiganGoat

            Doc that is spot on great description.

  • BennyTheJet

    Im starting to think we could get more for shark than the rays could get for David Price. In a “What have you done for me lately” league I think Shark could get better value on the market at the deadline

    • BennyTheJet

      Shark also has a much younger arm! David Price has 1027 IP to just 614 by Shark!!

      • JasonP

        Price has younger legs!!!! How many times has Shark been tackled, or ran a fly route … blah, blah, blah.

        I think we’re past the point where number of IP is less important than the fact that physiology dictates that muscles, tendons, and bones are no longer growing and recovering like they used to.

        • BennyTheJet

          Solid point, but i still think body is less of an issue than an arm.

  • Medicos

    If SHARK remains a Cub for the remainder of 2014 and he continues to pitch like he has thus far this season without getting much run support and winds up with ZERO WINS. I wonder if he’d get any CY Young voter recognition with a

    1.45 ERA
    2.1 WAR
    1.05 WHIP
    nearly tripling his SOs over walks

    • JasonP

      A full season with 1.45 ERA and 1.05 WHIP will net much more WAR than 2.1.

      Shark had over 550 IP coming into this season. So far his HR rate is down by 2 to 3 fold although he’s had more ground balls only a third as many of the flyballs are leaving the park, his BB rate is down by more than a third, his BABIP is more than 30 points lower than it has been in the past, and he’s left 10% more runners on base than in the past.

      Either he has magically put it all together and is becoming the ace that everyone around here hoped he would become, or he’s in the middle of a very effective and lucky hot streak.

      He’s not as bad as he was for the last half of last season, but he’s not as great as people hope he is based on the first 25% of his season.

      • Head and Heart

        He’s also throwing way more first pitch strikes. And he is throwing a lot more fastballs. About 9% more than he threw the previous two seasons. So there has definitely been a change in approach. But his xFIP is exactly the same at this point as his xFIP last season.

  • waffle

    yup, I think we could really clear some other team out w/ Shark. Everything about him would be seductive to another team. He’s even a GOOD GUY. If it isn’t an over the top offer the Cubbies can just hang onto him…they are really in the driver’s seat here.

    • BennyTheJet

      i think with the way the AL east is one of those teams is going to fold and make a big time move and pick up Shark! Maybe a potential bidding war between Jays, Yanks, O’s, Red Sox?

      • Demarrer

        Yankees have nothing. Jays and Red Sox would be the two teams to watch.

        • BennyTheJet

          I don’t think O’s like big moves prefer smaller deals (Feldman) but maybe (fingerscrossed) I agree Yanks have nothing to offer but could maybe drive up the price if they are sitting in first place trying to deal for Shark. At which point Sox and Jays have to outbid themselves to keep him out of NY

          • itzscott

            Looks like the best strategy is to root for the Yankees between now and the trade deadline.

        • YourResidentJag

          Actually that couldn’t be further from the truth. And the additional question to teams might be: can we extend this guy if we project him to what we think he’ll be or what he’s been so far this season?

  • javier B

    You smart folks think shark + hammel package could land us bundy or gray as center pieces?

    • cubfanincardinalland

      If I was smart, I would start rooting for a team that doesn’t trade their best players because they can’t afford to pay then.

      • Head and Heart

        Then go cheer for some other team. What’s keeping you here?

        • YourResidentJag

          So he wants Shark to stay because in next yr’s market, the Cubs would basically be reacquiring someone with the age and profile of Shark (think Masterson). What’s wrong with that?

          • renegade4196

            Except that Samardzija is having a career year, and even putting that aside, he’s better than Masterson. If the Cubs were to make a big move, they’d have to go for Scherzer or Lester, but this FO is too dumb to do that. Their big pitching acquisition was EJax. *applause*

            • YourResidentJag

              Better than Masterson? The jury’s still out on that one. Lester’s resigning with Boston. As for Scherzer, why would the Cubs want him based on his age and the fact that he throws high pitch counts per innings?

              • Brocktoon

                Was this sarcasm? Why would the Cubs want a reigning 30 year old Cy Young winner?

                • YourResidentJag

                  $$ and length of contract, pitch count per inning and lack of any complete games throughout his career, age at the start of the contract..gee I don’t know. I suppose if we wanted a reigning Cy Young Award winner we might be able to trade for Dickey. I hear knuckballers can pitch effectively into their mid 40s.

                  • Brocktoon

                    Yes, because RA Dickey and Max Scherzer are the same thing. Good to know the 2015 Cubs will be too good for one of the best pitchers in baseball. Guess he doesn’t fit the plan either.

                    • YourResidentJag

                      You said former Cy Young Award winner. You didn’t specify.

                    • Brocktoon

                      I said reigning Cy Young winner which Scherzer is. I also said 30 years old which Dickey isn’t.

  • cubfanincardinalland

    Cubs payroll will be 80 mil next season. They will not be signing any 17 million a year starters. The talk about scherzer and other top starters is delusional.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Even if you were right about the $80M, you should check out how little they have under contract next year (and understand that large deals are always back-loaded). That level of payroll would actually allow them to add a fair bit, especially if Samardzija is traded.

      • Kyle

        Unless a special, 25-year-old unicorn FA shows up that doesn’t like living on a coast, it won’t matter how much we have to spend because we won’t spend it.

        • DarthHater

          Unicorns suck at baseball.

      • YourResidentJag

        Lester and Scherzer aren’t coming. So unless we’re trying to reacquire what we’re trading in Shark, move on to the 2015-2016 offseason.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          The hope would be that you pick up Shark’s replacement in the trade involving Shark.

          So, the hope, is that the 2015 rotation (by, say, May) would be something like Big Free Agent, Travis Wood, Big Pitching Prospect, Edwin Jackson, Jake Arrieta/Short-Term Free Agent Pick-Up.

          • Kyle

            We already went through this with Matt Garza.

            if you have a guy that close to the majors who can replace Samardzija, why wouldn’t you use him rather than trade for Samardzija?

            • willis

              I’ve thought about that, but never in that exact way. And that is an excellent question/point. Yuck.

              • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

                In this context, it’s really not.

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              Because you get Samardzija now, for the playoff run this year – not waiting until May 2015. Incremental wins on a playoff contender in August/July are, as you know, crazy valuable.

              Also: standard stuff about Shark already having big league success, and a May 2015 guy still having risk of failure.

              • Kyle

                You don’t have to wait. You can call that guy up.

                Pitchers aren’t like hitters. They don’t need to ramp up against increasingly difficult competition in order to succeed. For them, the minors are more about building up arm strength to make it through a whole season.

                There’s no pitcher out there who could be Samardzija for us in 2015 who couldn’t also be Samardzija for his current team in late 2014.

                • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

                  Just as an example that leaps to mind (and it’s only because it’s at the top of my mind, and is a legitimate possibility to be in a deal): Aaron Sanchez. There’s no way he would even come close to approaching what Samardzija could bring in August/September for the Jays, let alone the playoffs – in large part because they aren’t going to do that to a kid who is still building up innings.

                  In 2015, he could be a mid-rotation guy, with upside to be better.

                  That wasn’t even that hard to come up with.

                  • Kyle

                    Aaron Sanchez in the 2015 rotation is likely a sizable downgrade from Jeff Samardzija. He has massive control issues.

                    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

                      I think you understand my point, though, regardless of whether we could debate the particulars on Sanchez, specifically.

                      (And you’ll note, that’s why what started this whole thing off is: the *hope* is that you could get a guy to replace Samardzija’s spot in the rotation. I didn’t say replace his production, and I said “hope.”)

                    • Kyle

                      Well, I guess, in the sense that you can hope for anything, sure.

                      But Sanchez is exactly *my* point.

                      He’s the kind of guy you are going to get. He’s nowhere near ready to throw 200 high-quality innings in 2015. If you want high quality for Samardzija, you are going to have to look at guys who are further away than that.

                • http://fullcount1544.blogspot.com FullCountTommy

                  Marcus Stroman, Noah Sydergaard, Archie Bradley, Taijuan Walker, Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman

                  • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

                    Eddie Butler as well.

                    • http://fullcount1544.blogspot.com FullCountTommy

                      Ya there are a couple guys at AA including Butler who I didn’t include in order to be conservative. Jon Gray, Robert Stephenson, Andrew Heaney, and Kyle Zimmer come to mind.

                    • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

                      Heaney is another I like the looks of.

                      I’d love for Miami to become convinced they are going to make a run this year and start buying as a result. I wouldn’t mind the Cubs raiding that farm system at all.

                  • YourResidentJag

                    The Cubs aren’t getting any of them. A for effort, though.

                    • http://fullcount1544.blogspot.com FullCountTommy

                      Whether or not the Cubs will be getting them is irrelevant, that was not the discussion.

                    • Brocktoon

                      How is it irrelevant when we’re talking about who the Cubs could acquire for Samardzija?

                    • http://fullcount1544.blogspot.com FullCountTommy

                      Because the discussion wasn’t about who the Cubs could acquire for Samardzija, my answer was responding to this:

                      “There’s no pitcher out there who could be Samardzija for us in 2015 who couldn’t also be Samardzija for his current team in late 2014.”

                      Therefore whether or not the trade is realistic is irrelevant to the discussion.

                  • YourResidentJag

                    But it is the thought process of everyone here off and on since last offseason….so how can it not be??

                    • http://fullcount1544.blogspot.com FullCountTommy

                      I was simply providing an answer for this statement, nothing more.

                      “There’s no pitcher out there who could be Samardzija for us in 2015 who couldn’t also be Samardzija for his current team in late 2014.”

                    • YourResidentJag

                      So, basically if the Cubs were to say, swap, or better yet, trade for these SP–that’s the answer you’ve provided. Gotcha.

                    • Kyle

                      “could be” is vague enough that I guess it’s technically correct, but it sidesteps the point.

            • Voice of Reason

              You’re exactly right, Kyle. If a team has the next Shark, then why in the hell would they trade the younger pitcher for the 29 year old?

              It’s also about the money the team will save by bringing up that young pitcher instead of trading for Shark then giving him the extension.

              I was on board with trading Shark, but you won’t get a #2 starter in return and that’s the level Shark is pitching at. Sure, he could regress or maybe he develops into a #1.

              Offer Shark $75 million over 5 years. Throw in a bunch of incentives that could get him to $20 million a year. Tell him that pitchers like Garza and Santana took less than that last off season.

              I’m all for spinning Hamel and Feldman for the prospects, but I’m not in favor of doing it with Shark. We need to start keeping some pieces around and it seems that Shark is one of those pieces.

              Now, if he doesn’t take the Cubs offer then you obviously have to trade him. I’d have him extended by this year’s trade deadline or I would move him this year at the deadline. Let’s not sit around so he can get hurt like what happened to Garza.

          • YourResidentJag

            You should have just stopped with the first sentence.

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

            Just a hypo: it may be easier to pry away a bat than top end pitching prospect. Given the state of affairs on offense, shouldn’t we be wanton of as many bats to actually score runs? Relying on the offensive prospects we have too much, to be the Godsend of the franchise, seems to place a lot more risk on the come.

            Get a legit – sure fire bat or two from Samardzija trade. Someone that doesn’t K a bunch (ha) and has OF skills or is flexible enough to play 2-3 positions, like a Zobrist type.

            Two, if Bosio is a miracle worker, taking ok to good, or good to really good, can’t we just develop internally? (And 2014 and2015 take the best arm available.)

            If you have to BUY 2 arms in your plan, why not 3?

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              I have no problem with that approach.

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

                More than one way to skin a cat..
                Guess will see in the obsessive trade watch chronicles…

                • DarthHater

                  Best way ever to skin a cat:

                  [img]https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5036/13976970977_5d60b85a88_n.jpg[/img]

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

                  Call it a Cub fan…

            • YourResidentJag

              I really want Straily from the A’s. If Hammels can get us him, fine by me.

    • hawkinright

      Are you implying that a 80 million dollar payroll is a lot? Even with the “financial constraints” this franchise should be at no lower then $115 million in payroll.

      • Jon

        FACT
        Payroll could be ~ 110 today

        • Tommy

          FACT
          As soon as you’re the GM or owner of the Cubs, you can spend as much money as you want on aging veterans whose skills are declining.

          • Kyle

            FACT: the Cubs are 139-220 (.387) under this front office

            • mjhurdle

              FACT:
              The first Major League Baseball stadium to feature a live organist was Chicago’s Wrigley Field in 1941.

              • YourResidentJag

                Fact: The renovations aren’t completed. Also, fact the Cubs sport the 3rd highest ticket prices in the MLB.

                • aaronb

                  Have renovations even Started?

                  Renovations at this point are beginning to look like nothing but a smoke screening excuse for penny pinching. Just like finishing 2nd on key free agents, “The Plan”, the syncing of business and baseball, the rooftops, and now the Sam Zell crap.

                  • YourResidentJag

                    True.

            • gocatsgo2003

              Major league wins and payroll are the only ways to measure organizational progress. FACT… Er… Wait… No. Not fact.

              • Kyle

                OPINION: “organizational progress” is a dumb buzzword phrase designed to deflect away from the failures of a front office whose job it is to produce MLB wins.

                • DarthHater

                  QUESTION: Who pooped in Kyle’s Fruit Loops this morning?

                  • Kyle

                    QUESTION: Can this team surpass the 2012 Cubs’ 101 losses and become Epstein’s worst season to date?

                    That’s awfully hard to do, but dang if this team doesn’t look capable.

                    • willis

                      ANSWER-yes, and I’d expect them to at least match that year, if not be worse. I said 59-103 awhile back. You’re just not going to do the little things to win when the roster has two good bats on it. They’re tracking that way now, and that’s with Shark and Hammel. Imagine when they’re gone?

                    • Medicos

                      KYLE: It ain’t gonna be too difficult for 2014 to become Theo’s worst season. If the Cubs lose today they’ll be 12-24 back on a pace to wind up 54-108. Losing two out of every three games. Could wind up being worse that that once the “flipping” of the starting pitching staff commences in Aug.

                    • YourResidentJag

                      Yes, because as I’ve said earlier last year, the whole goal is nothing short of the #1 pick and the most separation other than Arizona and Houston with respect to the 3rd and 4th place teams in the division.

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

                      Well if #1 is our cup – and it surely looks like an achievable goal – then the Cubs should be early sellers, like June 15th. If Samardzija keeps throwing this well, he may just accidentally win us a few games we need not win…and we can’t let bad get in the way of being horrifically bad when draft picks are at stake.

                      But it’s early still we could rip off 60-66 and pick in the top 10ish; or 70-56 to finish above .500. It could happen… ;)

                      1.3% Postseason…http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/standings/probability.jsp?ymd=20140511

                • Tommy

                  OPINION:
                  “Organizational Progress” is not as dumb as ignoring the organization as a whole.

                  Keep the blinders on, buddy. When they do turn the corner, what will you say then? Something tells me you don’t like the taste of crow.

                  • Kyle

                    OPINION: “looking at the organization as a whole” is code for “pretending that upgrading the spring trading facilities and trading everything they inherited for prospects means they are doing a good job.”

                    “Something tells me you don’t like the taste of crow.”

                    I’d wager I am the first to point out when I’m wrong far more often than an other poster. But it’s not like they’ll never, ever be good again. I’m sure at some point in the future they’ll put together a not awful team. That won’t mean I was wrong.

                    • DarthHater

                      OPINION: All this FACT and OPINION crap has become tiresome.

            • Matty Ice

              139-221 FTFY

        • BT

          How is that a fact? It’s vague wishcasting by a person with zero access to any financials.

          • Mike F

            To those of you who insist on apologizing for both ownership, which I increasingly think is looking and deplorable and Wrigley-esque, or for that matter a hands tied front office you need to quit hiding in vagueness. You are largely a metric group, and the whole thing is predicated on prospect based hitters and from top to bottom good to bad, the organization is plagued with very high K rate hitters. We are pitching poor in terms of front line prospects. And yes, I am beginning to be concerned that while we busy taking Almora, who is struggling StL took Wacha much lower. Drafting is a huge crapshoot and unless Ricketts has some sort of epiphany, this is going to be a very meandering process where the front office has their hands tied while Tom and his idiot chimp Crane try to starve out the rooftop owners. It isn’t so complicated, unless we all drink the apologist kool aid.

            And I will admit Kyle, you are likely more right than anyone. If Ricketts wanted to follow this little sisters of the poor thing, he should have hired from Oakland or St. Louis. Theo may have been a very poor choice, as this who little sister of the poor thing isn’t his strong suit. If people look hard, all the Cubans and Japanese Theo was in on, his hands were tied when it came nut cutting time and money wise by Ricketts. I wish he would sell the team, he doesn’t know who to trust and what he is doing.

          • Jon

            Well if you believe the run at Tanaka is/was serious then it’s just simple math
            Payroll today 89 million
            +
            Tanaka + ~ 20 million

            = a rough payroll (potential) of 110 million

            That’s a fact

            • aaronb

              I don’t think that Tanaka was ever a real possibility. He was more a useful target to show that we were making an attempt to add a blue chipper. Without actually having to spend any real money.

              He also was a late offseason target, so it excused away us sitting out the early offseason.

              If we really wanted to spend Tanaka money. We could have signed Nelson Cruz AND a Ervin Santana/Matt Garza/Ubaldo Jiminez. And still signed a Jason Hammel plus more.

              • Jon

                That’s almost approaching 911 conspiracy level…come on

                • aaronb

                  Not conspiracy at all. We’ve watched the same approach play out every offeason since Jed and Theo arrived.

                  Finished “2nd” on Cespedes and Darvish, were apparently involved seriously on Fielder.

                  Last year we finished 2nd on Ryu and Sanchez

                  This year we tied everything into bidding on Tanaka….Yet were reportedly outbid by 60 million dollars.

                  Either we are woefully inept at bidding on free agents. Or we never really intended to get them.

                  • http://fullcount1544.blogspot.com FullCountTommy

                    If you truly believe that all of those situations are the same thing, then it is pretty clear that you have no idea what you are talking about.

                    • aaronb

                      Do you believe we finished 2nd on all those guys?

                      Do you believe we were serious buyers in all these instances?

                      Are you interested in a bridge ownership opportunity that I might have available for you?

                    • http://fullcount1544.blogspot.com FullCountTommy

                      Yes I believe the Cubs were serious bidders in most of those, except for Fielder, but they missed out on all of them for different reasons.

                      Darvish-Rangers outbid the rest of the field by at least 10 million.

                      Sanchez-His agent used the Cubs to get the Tigers to up their offer, he never had any intention of signing here.

                      Cespedes-Cubs didn’t want to go less than 6 years while the A’s went 4, and I don’t really blame them.

                      Fielder-Without the option to DH him later in his career, they never had a shot.

                      Tanaka-The Yankees offered 35 million more than any other team, and also gave an opt-out after 4 years and a full no-trade. No thanks.

                      Ryu-This is one where the Cubs probably missed out.

                      The narrative that the Cubs didn’t want to sign guys and that they only feigned interested is beyond laughable.

                    • aaronb

                      How is it “beyond laughable”?

                      They haven’t given a big contract to anyone since Ricketts bought the team 5 years ago.

                    • http://fullcount1544.blogspot.com FullCountTommy

                      Did you read a single word I wrote? When a player is signed, that means 29 other teams didn’t sign that player. Sometimes things just don’t fall your way, and with the financial restrictions, they don’t have the option of simply blowing free agents with money at this point.

                    • Jason P

                      Cespedes — They should have been willing to go less than 6 years.

                      Darvish — they shouldn’t have let the Rangers outbid the field by $10 million.

                      Ryu — I agree.

                      By the way, I don’t buy any of the crap aaronb’s trying to push.

                    • http://fullcount1544.blogspot.com FullCountTommy

                      Re: Cespedes I disagree with you on the length of the deal, but I understand the other side as well. With Darvish, it was a blind posting process. They put in a bid they thought would win, but the Rangers surprised everyone. It’s disappointing the Cubs didn’t land Darvish, but it’s tough for me to put blame on the front office for that one.

                    • Jason P

                      I can understand the Cubs wanting a longer deal, but sometimes you’ve got to make concessions to land a big free agent. I know we have hindsight, but considering Cespedes’ age and profile coming over from Cuba, 4/40 would have been a deal with still considerable upside and absorbable downside if he busted.

                      The Rangers’ total commitment to Darvish was less than $18 million per year even with the posting fee. That’s a pretty darn good deal for an in-prime ace. The Cubs may have made a competent offer, but competent offers almost never get it done for free agents like Darvish.

                      At some point, it’s going to have to be the Cubs lapping the field for one of those guys.

            • Jon

              Now how they have used/allocated the available payroll is a different debate, one I didn’t intend to engage. I’m just stating that the Cubs are not bound by a 80 million dollar payroll. That’s just fiction. So thanks for wasting everyone’s time Tommy

  • jp3

    I turned on the game just in time to see a 3 second clip of hot dog and hamburger selling at the Varsity then next pitch is to Evan gattis…. Yard!! I’m going to go back to watching my Vikings marathon… Wake me when Bryant gets here

  • drinkpbr

    I am just putting a plug in for Brett/Bleacher Nation: My wife just sent me a BN shirt all the way to the Middle East, I am trying to recruit you some more followers! Semper Fi!

    • jp3

      Nice, where we’re you based in the states?

      • drinkpbr

        Cherry Point NC

        • mjhurdle

          i used to be stationed there. MWSS 274 from 2001-2005. Stay safe!

          • drinkpbr

            I’m with VMAQ-3…LAME!

            Thanks!

            • jp3

              I grew up right outside of camp Lejune nc, stay safe over there buddy

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Wow! Best wife ever!

      • drinkpbr

        I know right!

      • Mike F

        God Bless the mothers, they are the glue. I lost my wife too young at age 52 to Breast Cancer in September. God Bless them all and men make sure you get your wife to Dr by age 30 for breast exams and mammograms it is a horrific and deadly disease…..

  • BlameHendry

    Most inconsistent ump ever… he was calling balls strikes earlier, now he’s calling strikes balls. That has to be so frustrating for the players. Hell its so frustrating for the viewers

  • BlameHendry

    Junior Lake… sigh…

  • Kyle

    Lake comes in for a crucial PA against a lefty:

    swinging strike, swinging strike, swinging strike

    Has he had his chance yet? Do we know what we have yet?

    • DarthHater

      He should be starting every day.

      • J. L.

        In Iowa.

        • willis

          That sequence was brilliant by the pitcher there. McDowell came out for that meeting and the pitcher did that perfectly. Free Swinger coming in cold off the bench…first pitch-show him a fastball to get him hungry. Then drop two off speed pitches low and in. Bang bang, K.

      • Kyle
        • DarthHater

          Yes! YES!! Embrace your anger and feel the power of the Dark Side!

  • Mike

    Is he even worthy of a 40 man spot? Speaking of Iowa, is it time to find a new coaching staff down there yet? Seems like that is the place that Cubs prospects go to die.

  • mjhurdle

    We lost and Olt didn’t hit a HR?

    Bring on the discontent and tin foil hat wearing!!

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