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Anyone going to the cubs convention?

11 January 2014 - 12:45 PM

I'm thinking about going for the first time this year. So is anyone going? I know there's normally at least a small BN meet up.

2014 Prospect/mlb shuffle

14 December 2013 - 12:01 PM

What happens on July 31st (or honestly any point in the early offseason) if Baez and alcantara are playing well in the PCL at short/third and second (respectively) while Olt and Castro are also playing well at third and short in the bigs?

It's not inconceivable that Olt becomes the player he was projected to be, and if Baez and alcantara are knockin at the door I'm seeing 4 players for 3 positions. I know the general answer to this question is "these things tend to work themselves out" or "that's a good problem to have," but I'm actually saying what do you think the organization of these players would be if this situation came to fruition?

Is Tanaka a test?

04 December 2013 - 11:40 AM

I am of the particular persuasion that believes the front office will have the funds they require when the player makes sense. Surely, they have been spending less, but - rhetoric or not - the right player hasn't quite come along yet.

I am also of the particular persuasion that the cubs prefer to only sign young players entering their prime as opposed to leaving their prime (of course). This situation is so rare that when combined with the "funds for the right player approach" it's easy to understand the low spending of late.

I am also also of the particular persuasion that the cubs biggest need and want is a front line starting pitcher. Sure, just about every MLB team can you use a front line starting pitcher, but it is no secret that the cubs already have 3 young, successful position players in Rizzo, Castro, and Castillo; as well as 4 and potentially 5 (alcantara) great young positional prospects.

So there are two primary ways the cubs can acquire a young, front line starter: trade or free agency. Trades are normally the only way you can acquire such a player, but the costs are extraordinary. So that leaves free agency.

Masahiro Tanaka is the 25 year old, front line starter, with a history of success entering both his prime years and free agency (to an extent). So the funds should just like, be there right ?

If there was no change to the bidding system, then I would understand the cubs missing out on the bid. If the dodgers and Yankees are involved, there's no guarantee that one of them won't go crazy and spend way over the top on the bid. BUT, if the bidding system changes to a max bid amount and that amount is somewhere in the reasonable range, I believe we can learn a lot about the cubs.

If there is a max bid amount, and both the Yankees and dodgers meet it, but the cubs don't, clearly the funds are not as available as the cubs have stated, right? Tanaka is a young pitcher that can be had for only money. If he isn't right for the cubs, who is?

Now, if let's say they win the bid but then get beat on the contract by the dodgers or Yankees that is a different story, but if there is a max bid allowed I sure do hope for all of our sake the cubs meet it.

Shameless Self-Promotion

13 September 2013 - 09:37 AM

Hey guys, Cerambam here. I am a long time BNer and I've got something unrelated to baseball to share.


I have created a movie blog, discussion, review, ratings, suggestions website as a hobby (I get no revenue for this, its just for fun) that I think you'll enjoy.


It has reviews of current and past movies, articles written by me, top lists for every genre, and an active "up next" section. 


The name of the site is What to Watch Next and you can visit it at www.w2wn.net 


I hope you enjoy it, and feel it's worth using and sharing. Thanks!

Albert Almora and Dan Vogs not in lineup

05 August 2013 - 11:47 PM

Neither Almora no vogelbach were in Kane County's lineup tonight. Neither are hurt, both are playing well. Maybe they are moving up?

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