Folks keep asking me how likely I think it is that the Cubs get Maddon, and how impactful that move would be. I’ll relent and answer.
Analysis and Commentary
We know that holding Bryant down could provide the Cubs value in 2021 in the form of an extra year of control. But how much is lost in 2015?
Let’s dig in on Peavy’s down 2014 season, and whether he could provide good value to the Cubs.
Can I convince you that the 2016 – not 2015 – draft figures, in a small way, into the Cubs’ offseason plans?
Not only that, but, generally speaking, Strop was crazy awesome this year.
However you feel about pitch framing data, it’s all in agreement: the Cubs lost a whole bunch of strikes this year.
78 wins wasn’t that far away, and the Cubs actually could have swung into a winning record with better bounces.
Let’s take a look at the numbers and break down what pitchers did, and what went wrong.
Each could check the “veteran” box while providing platoon-ish offense. But how does the rest of the outfield shake out?
And/or should there be other changes in the game to increase offensive output? Is reduced offense even a bad thing?
The Cubs have a busy offseason ahead and a very crowded 40-man roster. Tough decisions await.
Rizzo wasn’t just the Cubs’ MVP. He was one of the best players in baseball.
The increase was very small, but the fact that it wasn’t a huge *decrease* is what matters.
Arrieta heads into the offseason the unquestioned Cubs ace, and one of the best pitchers in baseball.
There is no playoff spot to clinch for the Cubs tonight, but there are some quality storylines at play nevertheless.
The options are complicated and enticing, both in the near and long-term. Also, a relevant tangent on streaming rights.