Friday was Halloween, so, in that respect, I wouldn’t fault you for checking out early and heading to a party. Your costume as Chevy Guy was a probably a little too niche, but I appreciated it.
You did, however, miss a crazy ton here at BN while you were partying, and then recovering for two days. I think it was just about as busy around here as a typical weekday. So, if you did miss anything, catch up:
Friday, October 31
- In the afternoon, the Cubs finally made their move: Rick Renteria was dismissed as manager, opening the door, officially, for Joe Maddon.
- Immediately before that decision, and you may have missed it for that reason, I wrote up some thoughts on relevant options decisions that had been made around the league (or haven’t yet been made, like Tsuyoshi Wada).
Saturday, November 1
- In the wake of the Renteria/Maddon decision, we started talking about the coaching staff and what could happen next.
- The Ricketts Family is reportedly close to purchasing two rooftop buildings, which could mean some good things going forward.
- Joe Maddon’s introductory press conference will be Monday (today) at 2pm CT, but there was still a whole lot to say about the move to get him – including speculation on his contract, and a discussion of whether Tampa Bay may proceed with a tampering charge.
- The Cubs officially picked up Jacob Turner’s $1 million option for 2015.
- Trades! The Brewers picked up a bat in Adam Lind, sending Marco Estrada to the Blue Jays.
- Two interesting arms came onto the market after their options were declined, Brett Anderson and Brandon Morrow.
Sunday, November 2
- C.J. Edwards looked good in a relief inning in the Fall Stars Game, and we talked about his future in 2015.
- Could Dave Martinez come over from Tampa Bay, joining Joe Maddon with the Cubs?
- MLB Trade Rumors predicted the top 50 free agent signing spots, and the Cubs pretty much sign everybody.
- Joe Maddon’s agent was on the radio, and his version of events that led to the Cubs signing Maddon really throws cold water on Tampa Bay’s tampering claim.