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What should the cubs do this offseason?


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#31 The Underdog

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 06:24 AM





There's reports that the Giants are looking to trade Jonathan Sanchez to free up payroll. He had a terrible 2011 and is in his last year of arbitration but he's a 28 yo lefty who in 2010 was pretty good. If we could do it without giving up too much, I'd be all over him.

As an impending free agent, the Cubs might be better off just letting the chips fall, and then going after guys like Sanchez in free agency after the 2012 season.


The Royals just got him for Melky Cabrera. i'd class that as a win.

For which side? Seems like the Royals could have done better if they were dead-set on trading Cabrera.


Thats definitely a win for the Giants. They got a solid player who can play any outfield position and can play solid offense, in Melky Cabrera, for Jonathan
Sanchez who, in my opinion, is mediocre at best.



To me the upside for Sanchez is potentially higher than Cabrera. Yes he has a poor BB per 9 but he's always been pretty strong with K's per 9. Anyway I think he's got a potential to be better whereas it's more than likely that Melky Cabrera turns back into Melky Cabrera (who has good numbers for a CF but is a bad CF). He becomes less valuable when he plays a position he can field. He's a strong candidate for regression for me, but i could be wrong.

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Posted 17 November 2011 - 01:06 PM






There's reports that the Giants are looking to trade Jonathan Sanchez to free up payroll. He had a terrible 2011 and is in his last year of arbitration but he's a 28 yo lefty who in 2010 was pretty good. If we could do it without giving up too much, I'd be all over him.

As an impending free agent, the Cubs might be better off just letting the chips fall, and then going after guys like Sanchez in free agency after the 2012 season.


The Royals just got him for Melky Cabrera. i'd class that as a win.

For which side? Seems like the Royals could have done better if they were dead-set on trading Cabrera.


Thats definitely a win for the Giants. They got a solid player who can play any outfield position and can play solid offense, in Melky Cabrera, for Jonathan
Sanchez who, in my opinion, is mediocre at best.



To me the upside for Sanchez is potentially higher than Cabrera. Yes he has a poor BB per 9 but he's always been pretty strong with K's per 9. Anyway I think he's got a potential to be better whereas it's more than likely that Melky Cabrera turns back into Melky Cabrera (who has good numbers for a CF but is a bad CF). He becomes less valuable when he plays a position he can field. He's a strong candidate for regression for me, but i could be wrong.

You might be right. Cabrera's about two years younger, for whatever that's worth.

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 11:30 AM

I would look at the trade market, then look for value free agent signings. My #1 is Kelly Johnson. Then Carlos Pena could be cheap enough over 2 years, then there are some SP FAs that could be cheap enough as well. I would also put time into all the big FAs to help drive the price up for other teams. At the end of the day though, we need 2 or 3 middle of the order guys and a SP or two...along with a little more SP depth and we need to figure out our OF...lots of work ahead.

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 09:55 PM

Ok - so I'll throw my hat in the ring for options the Cubs should explore this offseason. A lot of these are what I view as buy low options but I think they're good buy lows because they've historically performed and are cost controlled. Since they're cost controlled, we'd have to trade for them so obviously, all of these are probably not feasible.

4) Luis Valbuena - Offensively, Valbuena is a bit of a Sabermetric darling. He draws walks and he hits with power from 2B. Unfortunately, he strikes out a lot, he has yet to hit for average in the majors and he isn't very good defensively. Fortunately, he probably wouldn't cost a lot and is expendable because the Indians have a number of young middle infielders who are currently blocking him (Cabrera, Kipnis and Cord Phelps who is currently in AAA). For the expected cost, I think there is only upside to this type of acquisition. Cord Phelps is also someone I'd look at but he'd probably be a bit more expensive since he just came off of a good year - the good year was pretty BABIP fueled though because he also strikes out a lot. If he doesn't pan out, we'll still have other options at 2B (LeMahieu and perhaps Watkins eventually).

Just a couple of thoughts - while these aren't splashy acquisitions, I think these guys could be undervalued and worth taking a look at. They could end up making some good cheap pieces to a 2013 contender. I also don't like the idea of overspending in a weak 2012 FA market so these are the types of improvements that I'd like to see us make.

Well we have a Nostradamus in our ranks, nice vision Jason.

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