When Winning is Losing, Coaching Changes, Albertos, and Other Bullets

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When Winning is Losing, Coaching Changes, Albertos, and Other Bullets

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I was really hoping to wake up this morning to a new wave of deals around baseball, either very close to completion or ready to be announced. But thanks to Jeff Passan’s report this morning, it’s really hard not to be discouraged. And I don’t just mean about not having activity to follow and analyze and have fun with. I mean the dwindling hope that this weird offseason would wind up fine in the end for the players, just delayed. A free agent stalemate that drags on into Spring Training at a grand scale will unquestionably be bad for the players and bad for the game, and will presage a significant labor fight that already seems virtually certain.

We often talk about “winning” a trade, and, sure, you like to see your team do really well in a trade. But the best trades are always the ones that both sides wind up very happy about – the short-term “win” may not be worth the long-term costs associated with being the a-hole who’s always ripping others off. The CBA was clearly a huge win for the owners. We thought it the day it was announced – specifically, that the luxury tax cap would become something much closer to a salary cap than the game has ever seen – and it’s all the more clear now. The owners “won” those negotiations in blowout fashion. The question now is whether, in the long run, it was worth it to win so one-sidedly. We’ll see what happens in the coming years. I’m nervous.

Meanwhile …

  • Patrick Mooney writes about the turnover on the Cubs’ coaching staff from the perspective of the team’s two best hitters, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, each of whom will miss the guys who left, but can see positives in change. Hitting coach John Mallee didn’t really do anything wrong to lose his job – and he was immediately scooped up by the Phillies – but the Cubs were simply excited about the prospect of adding Chili Davis.
  • Keith Law’s top 100 prospect list came out this week, and he added a small group of “just missed” prospects, which includes a Cubs youngster. The short version of Law’s take? Jose Albertos has everything you’d want to see in a top 50 type prospect … he just hasn’t pitched competitively enough for us to actually know whether he’s that guy. The 19-year-old righty with incredible stuff figures to be featured in South Bend’s rotation this season, so hopefully we’ll now get lots of looks at him.
  • This is a great idea, and I’d love to watch … but it would probably only make things even worse between management and players:

  • Heh:

  • Time is a flat circle:

  • I am open to your completely and totally serious XBL rules suggestions down there in the comments.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.