I think I wrote more words yesterday than I have in weeks – deadline days will do that to you – and there is a backlog of tons of stuff to get to today, too. First, Bullets.
Go go go go go …
- Although they declined his $3 million option yesterday, the Cubs may still be trying to bring back Kendall Graveman, per Jordan Bastian. If $3 million and a 40-man spot was too much, I wonder if they will try instead to re-up on a relatively lucrative minor league deal with a big league split (maybe even a $3 million rate for when he’s in the big leagues). The extra depth would certainly be nice, though having added Colin Rea to the 40-man roster yesterday, the Cubs may simply have preferred him as a cheaper, similarly-styled option.
- We should also keep in mind that, while the big league team is in need of starting impact, the Iowa rotation next year could see a-finally-arriving glut of potential big league starting pitchers, from Rea to Adbert Alzolay to Tyson Miller to Cory Abbott to Jack Patterson to Keegan Thompson to Erich Uelmen to Justin Steele to Duncan Robinson to anyone else the Cubs add this offseason. You’re going to want to be able to get most of them AAA innings, because you’ve gotta continue figuring out who is a future big league starter and who isn’t.
- The Brewers not only traded Chase Anderson yesterday, but they also declined their option on Eric Thames, which means they opened up upwards of $15 million to spend in free agency. They do have quite a bit of flexibility (considering the departures of Mike Moustakas and Yasmani Grandal, too), but they also have a whole lot of holes to fill, and a weak farm system. Their offseason will be very interesting.
- The awards finalists are in, and … there are no Cubs. No big surprise there, though Anthony Rizzo kinda deserves the MVP for returning to play on an ankle made of hamburger.
- The flip of Carl Edwards to the Padres at the deadline for Brad Wieck already looks like a win for the Cubs, even if Wieck never throws another pitch for the big league team – while Wieck was sneaky good for the Cubs down the stretch, Edwards continued to struggle, and was just outrighted by the team. He elected free agency. What a fall for a guy who was brought in to close out the World Series, and was pretty good the year after that, too. Edwards will likely have to sign a minor league deal elsewhere and try to work his way back to the big leagues. If he’s smart, he’ll sign with the Astros, because they’ll definitely figure out some way to set him right and unleash the elite reliever he always had the potential to be.
- Wouldn’t it be nice if the Cubs were the team that people thought about that way? Say, maybe in a couple years? They actually HAVE done pretty well recently with guys like Wieck, Rowan Wick, and Kyle Ryan …
- Great deals at Amazon today, including charging gear, camping gear, watches, coffee makers, and more. #ad
- Yes, that’s right, World Series CHAMPION Chris Coghlan:
World Series Champion Chris Coghlan shared some wisdom with the 2020 Rebs at the Baseball Performance Center tonight. Always great to have the #MLBRebs back in town!#HottyToddy #RebsBSB pic.twitter.com/4kcRdMnGgI
— Ole Miss Baseball (@OleMissBSB) November 5, 2019
- If you missed it earlier, the Kris Bryant service time grievance is … still in the HEARING stage.
- The Modern Era Hall of Fame ballot is out, offering a chance to get in some guys who have been squeezed out by the PED era overflow:
The Hall of Fame’s 2020 Modern Baseball Era ballot features Dwight Evans, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Marvin Miller, Thurman Munson, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons and Lou Whitaker. Results to be announced Dec. 8 on @MLBNetwork #HOF2020 https://t.co/xlF1wuPg15 pic.twitter.com/jCrDFWqyMP
— National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum ⚾ (@baseballhall) November 4, 2019
- The Bulls situation – surprise – is already kinda contentious:
Jim Boylen Had Some Surprisingly Critical Things to Say About His Team’s Efforthttps://t.co/9LDrsHZnq2
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) November 4, 2019