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#1 Patrick G

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 04:19 PM

I know its early to start thinking of free agent moves, but some players that caught my eye on the free agent market that won't cost much, but will help turn the Cubs into a respectable team.


2B Omar Infante-Not as good of a glove as Barney, but still above average with a much better bat


C Jarrod Saltalamacchia-Would be a good platoon with Castillo or a solid starter if the Cubs decide to move Castillo


OF-Corey Hart-Can provide good pop to the order and will come somewhat cheap because of prior injury concerns


OF-Rajai Davis/Nate McLouth-Either of these guys would be a nice addition to the top of the order with pretty good speed. 


SP-Not many good options besides Garza which is probably unlikely. If Colorado doesn't extend Jorge De La Rosa's option, he could be a nice lefty addition.


Maybe add a bullpen piece or two, but the bullpen has been surprisingly better with Strop and getting rid of Marmol. 

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 07:22 PM

Infante - eh.  I'd rather shift Valbuena or wait for Baez.

Satly - Potential good choice

Hart - Sure, he's only had 1 season really marred by injury.

Davis/McLouth - Davis should never ever never never ever never ever ever ever be at the top of a lineup.  His OBP is atrocious.  McLouth isn't really that useful since we have a version of him in Schierholtz.

#3 Mike Taylor (no relation)

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Posted 04 October 2013 - 06:56 AM

Rajai Davis would be a low-cost, strict platoon player. He posted a 137 wRC+, .319/.383/.474 last year vs LHP in 128 PA and would be perfect in CF. The money we save trading Darwin Barney and non-tender Darnell McDonald would cover his ceiling salary.


Jhonny Peralta would be a moderate-value bounce back, 1 year flip candidate. I think Omar Infante gets two years and since Baez will be up later next year, it makes sense for us to acquire a one year type at that position.


If we're targeting Choo as our big, off season target (and land him), we would play Lake in CF (and RF vs. LHP).


I think 2014 will be the year to test Vitters' and Castro's bounce-back-ability (Vitters from injuries and Castro from a bad season).


[17.5] LF Choo (L) / Vitters

[3.05] CF Lake / Davis

[3.80] RF Schierholtz (L) / Lake

[1.25] 1B Rizzo (L)

[5.05] 2B Peralta

[2.50] 3B Valbuena (L) / Murphy

[5.00] SS Castro

[1.55] C Castillo / Nieves

[0.55] BN Bogusevic (L)



Starting Rotation

[4.90M] SP Jeff Samardzija

[3.60M] SP Travis Wood (L)

[11.0M] SP Edwin Jackson

[0.55M] SP Jake Arrieta

[0.55M] SP Chris Rusin (L)




[5.00M] LR Carlos Villanueva

[0.55M] LR Brooks Raley (L)

[0.55M] RP Hector Rondon

[1.86M] RP Daniel Bard

[1.00M] SU Pedro Strop

[1.70M] SU James Russell (L)

[0.55M] CL Blake Parker

[4.00M] CL Kyuji Fujikawa [DL]



New contracts:

$16.95M Shin-Soo Choo LF

$5.05M Jhonny Peralta 2B

$2.50M Rajai Davis CF

$1.00M Wil Nieves C

Old Contracts:

$17.2M Alfonso Soriano

$0.50M Scott Hairston

$2.00M Jorge Soler


$93.06M Payroll + 7.7M (14 other roster spots)




We'll have $21.5M to spend on a big name, free agent in 2015 (Soriano + Hairston + Schierholtz come off the books), I'm guessing it will be spent on an ace.

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Posted 04 October 2013 - 12:57 PM

Peralta needs to be playing 3B because his range is shit.  I'd shift Valbuena over to 2B

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Posted 05 October 2013 - 08:24 AM

If you sign Davis it is to platoon him with Schierholtz.  (I guess I didn't realize he had such a strong split)

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Posted 06 October 2013 - 09:08 PM

davis as a platoon isn't a bad call. though if you pay choo 16+million it isn't to platoon. also that lineup and roster features 26 players (unless you are saying you are carrying Fujikawa as a strictly DL player). I agree that peralta is a 3b option with valbuena at 2b, also gives us versatility in the infield.

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Posted 07 October 2013 - 05:05 AM

Fujikawa, recovering from TJS won't be back until late in the year (if he does come back-i.e., Scott Baker). We're on the hook for his salary and the FO will obviously be making moves at the trade deadline. You won't have to worry about his roster spot, just the money (to be inclusive to convey the big picture).


01. Choo

02. Vitters

03. Lake

04. Schierholtz

05. Davis

06. Bogusevic

07. Soler

08. Szczur

09. Ha (Rule 5 protection)

10. Alcantara (Rule 5 protection)

11. Valbuena

12. Murphy

13. Castro

14. Peralta

15. Rizzo

16. Olt

17. Villanueva

18. Watkins

19. Castillo

20. Nieves

01. Arrieta

02. Bard

03. Cabrera

04. Grimm

05. Hendricks

06. Jackson

07. Parker

08. Raley

09. Ramirez

10. Rhee

11. Rondon

12. Rosscup

13. Rusin

14. Russell

15. Samardzija

16. Strop

17. Villanueva

18. Wood

19. Rule 5 protection

20. Rule 5 protection

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