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Cubs Dude

Member Since 25 Apr 2012
Offline Last Active Nov 21 2012 09:59 AM

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In Topic: So, what is there to look forward to in 2013?

20 November 2012 - 03:28 PM

The ability of Scott Baker to prove to be a great flip candidate? Just kidding.. I hear ya Spencer, this offseason looks like it may suck as of now. It's not always easy to have the big picture in mind, especially after last year. But if Theo gets us a championship in 5 yrs it's worth it. Otherwise if I saw him on the street I might beat his a$$. Just kidding again. Kind of..

In Topic: Bad Contract Swap

17 November 2012 - 08:02 AM

But Soriano has a NTC that makes the market like 2 or 3 teams for him. Which makes his value shit. ... Soriano has made it clear he could care less about winning at this point in his career.

I get where you're coming from on these, or think I do, but I'm not sure I agree with either. He seems to have worked awfully hard last year for a guy who could not care less about winning. I think he'll accept a trade when he's convinced it's the right fit, not a team that's rebuilding (like Baltimore was... in hindsight he should have taken that deal) or one that comes with health related weather or terrain concerns (which aren't as invalid as a lot fans seem to let on, even in San Francisco).

I very much doubt the idea that he wants to stay in Chicago because he just doesn't care anymore is simply looking to go through the motions while cashing in his pay check. Absolutely nothing he has done on the field supports that notion.

I never said at all that he dosn't care anymore. I think he definitely cares about his on field performance. He obviously worked very hard to improve in a lot ways last year. I am still not sure why the hell it took 5 yrs, but whatever (and I don't think it's all coaching). All I am saying is that he prefers to stay and play with a bunch of young kids when it's clear the Cubs will not be competing for a champinship next year. If I am in my mid 30's I don't think I would make that choice. But thats me..

In Topic: Bad Contract Swap

16 November 2012 - 11:45 AM

I very much disagree that Soriano has less trade value than Lackey. I don't think it's a terrible idea, but you create some more problems by trading Soriano for Lackey. You put a big hole in left field and behind Rizzo in the lineup, and you still have a question mark at best in the rotation. That mean's that not only do they have to hedge their bet on Lackey by signing/trading for another starter, they have to shell out for a middle of the order bat, and those aren't easy to find any more. Torii Hunter just got 13 million a season, and that's probably the floor for the kind of bat the Cubs need. I just don't think the net risk is worth it, not that I don't see how the upside could be.

I am not saying at all the Soriano is less valuable than Lackey. But Soriano has a NTC that makes the market like 2 or 3 teams for him. Which makes his value shit. I think an effective Lackey would be easier to flip because Soriano has made it clear he could care less about winning at this point in his career. Plus that option yr on Lackey is pretty sweet if he can be ok.

In Topic: Bad Contract Swap

16 November 2012 - 09:04 AM

For all their shortcomings, neither Big Z nor Milton Bradley divorced their respective wives months after they underwent a double mastectomy for breast cancer. That's Newt Gingrich territory.

I know nothing of this and this is terrible, but has little to do with what I am saying. If you want to go that route look up Soriano on deadspin and see what he has been up to as a married man... I know everyone loves Soriano after last yrs turn around. But what the hell was he doing the other 5 yrs while raking in $18 mill? Obviously he wasnt praticing dfence, or trying to improve as a player. It's not all him "not being taught correctly in left field". That's a huge cop out, and I am sick of hearing it. Lackey is a huge risk, but we save some money and can flip Lackey if he proves to be a little decent, thats it. We can't do shit with Soriano because of his NTC. In the whole scheme of things Soriano probably wouldn't accept a Boston deal anyways, so forget it. But I still maintain it's not as bad of a deal as you guys make it out to be.

In Topic: Bad Contract Swap

16 November 2012 - 06:56 AM

Boston had way more issues than Lackey in the clubhouse. Sure he may have been chugging beer and eating chicken in the clubhouse, but leaders who had won World Series with the Sox like Beckett and Lester were involved too. Plus many other deep rooted problems. I never heard any issue with him in LA. It's not like he's been psycho his whole career like Big Z and Bradley. All I am doing is stating how little value Soriano has with that NTC even after last yr, and trying to come up with alternative ideas.

We save $4 mill in salary (that they can invest in a dude that really matters), and get a valuable option year if he's effective at all. OBVIOUSLY Lackey is not a guy to get exctied about and has his faults. Bu just an idea, so chill... He may not be Mother Teresa in the clubhouse like Soriano and his insane turnaround either. But if he can eat innings, show some effectiveness, and not block trades like the clubhouse Saint, I would do the trade.

Pluse any chance Lackey's bad pitching had anything to do with the fact he needed TJS??? Just saying...

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