CubsMas Day 2 winner...Day 3 suggestions please...
Oswego Chris - Yesterday, 10:39 PM
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Please no more Justin Upton to the Cubs ideas...
Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:51 AM
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Posted 11 January 2013 - 12:39 AM
Good points, but it just seems inevitable that we will have to give up the farm for him if we want to get him. That is really my concern. I am not buying any of the rumors out on him about his attitude because we don't really know, just more of a he said she said kind of thing there.
I'm gonna have to disagree with all three of you. At 25 he is still a guy you can build around and he has a decent contract. I'm not buying the bad attitude argument (remember Castro has had make-up issues as well) but that is just my opinion. As far as stats, the big knock on him was that he was awful last year even though he put up a 280/355/430 line which is in no way horrible plus he was playing with a thumb injury that likely hampered his Slug%. On top of that his BB% went up and his BABIP and K% stayed basically steady. He is still one of the few guys that offered 30-30 potential (more likely 30-20) while playing average D. I agree to not giving the farm but anything that could get done without having to give up Baez I think is a no-brainer. Just too much potential to not jump in my opinion
Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:37 AM
Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:25 AM
I think this is all rendered irrelevant when he has the Cubs listed under his no trade clause. He already vetoed one to Seattle which is telling considering that they're a noncontender but closer to contention than the Cubs (both offenses are gonna be putrid but Seattle has a better staff as it stands). I doubt he'd go to a worse team even though he'd put up better offensive numbers at Wrigley
I think the Cubs being on this list is just a leverage play since they seem to be into the whole buy low thing, but with that being said unless Garza/Shark are involved i dont think the Cubs have the arms to get a deal done. They could offer solid hitting specs but if the Dbacks want at least solid arms back the Cubs have no shot. Im shocked they turned down Olt + Holland, but they must trust Chris Johnson more than most people.
With the newfound rotation depth would a Garza-spec for Upton deal be a good move for the Cubs? No idea if the Dbacks have interest but I'd take a shot if i was in Theo's shoes
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