Hamels Fantastic, Kintzler Finger Wagging, Castellanos Loved His Time, and Other Cubs Bullets

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Hamels Fantastic, Kintzler Finger Wagging, Castellanos Loved His Time, and Other Cubs Bullets

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Tricky schedule today, both with the early game and the expected Joe Maddon news. I also have some family stuff going on, so I don’t have a lot of time right now. Gotta push through these Bullets quickly, with more on the specifics coming later …

  • Great outing for Cole Hamels last night, which was nice to see. Good platform moment for him as he heads into free agency for the first time in his career.
  • We’ll do a full write-up on it in the coming weeks, but the qualifying offer decision on Cole Hamels sure will be an interesting one. Like I said before his excellent (short) start, I don’t think there was too much Hamels could do to change the calculus in a single start, but it was nevertheless nice to see him healthy and mechanically sound. The guy can still be quite excellent when everything is right. But would he reject a one-year, $18-ish million offer for 2020 (knowing that doing so would hurt his free agency case even further)? I’m not so sure. Moreover, with the Cubs over the luxury tax, the pick they’d get for Hamels would be after the 4th round, so it’s not a terribly valuable enterprise to risk Hamels accepting if you don’t actually want him to.
  • Speaking of impending free agents (though not eligible for a qualifying offer), this guy just makes you want to see the Cubs re-up:

  • And Pedro:

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  • Nico:



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.