Raising Minor League Pay Can Be a Competitive Advantage, MVP Grace, and Other Cubs Bullets

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Raising Minor League Pay Can Be a Competitive Advantage, MVP Grace, and Other Cubs Bullets

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As part of my MCU binge, I just watched ‘The Incredible Hulk’ for the first time yesterday, and I can definitely now see why it has largely been regarded as very “inessential” in the MCU storyline. It was the second flick in the series (after ‘Iron Man’) and it had various production issues, so I guess I can give it a pass for being so clunky. But it just doesn’t feel like one of the other MCU movies. There’s no feeling. No humor. No sense of the characters as people whatsoever. It’s just bad. People told me I could skip it, but I wanted to be thorough. But, yeah, you can absolutely skip it. The Mark Ruffalo version of Hulk is way better anyway.

  • Cody Bellinger and Mike Trout are your league MVPs. You could have made arguments for the other finalists, by and large, but these are the two I would have voted for. Hopefully the Cubs have a finalist or two or three next year. That’d be wild.
  • It is very disappointing to me that other teams – especially the Cubs – did not follow the Blue Jays’ lead on this, but good on the Blue Jays and good for these very happy players:

  • I mean, read the player reactions in there and tell me it isn’t absolutely insane that other organizations aren’t doing this. The raise changed their lives. I mean, you can even set aside the “just do the right thing” aspect of it, and look at it solely as a competitive advantage: the players are all talking about how much more they can now afford (literally) to focus on baseball, particularly in the offseason. Isn’t that a valuable part of your player development program?
  • Some back-of-the-napkin math using average roster sizes and the minor league pay figures from here, bumping the entire minor league system 50% might cost $1 million or less. Think about that. Guys in full-season A-ball currently make about $6,000 to $8,000 for the entire year. Really wrap your head around this stuff – that’s how organizations are taking care of their valuable player assets?
  • The Cubs apparently discussed this internally last March … but nothing happened. Missed opportunity, and a borderline inexcusable one for an organization trying to find every edge down on the farm.
  • Heads up for the London Series next year:


  • This is so awesome, and I can’t wait to see/read it:

  • Bryan is going to have more on Mekkes soon, as he’s such a challenging prospect to pin down:

  • If Brennen Davis is not a consensus top 100 prospect, it sounds like it won’t be because of ability and performance, but instead it will be the injuries that kept him from playing many games last year. I guess that’s fair, but it’s also like … the kid was raw coming out of high school as a two-sport athlete, made absurd adjustments to his body and his swing in his first pro offseason, and then was the best hitter in the Midwest League as a 19-year-old in his first full professional season. I’m pretty comfortable, despite the fluke HBP injuries, projecting him as a top 100 prospect heading into next year. Easily.
  • It isn’t *solely* about the wrist injury in 2016 and then the subsequent ways it destroyed his swing, but man … look at this:


  • There are ways to celebrate a player’s great season with grace and joy, and then there’s … this:


  • You’ll note that when Javy Baez finished second to Yelich last year, we all acknowledged it was deserved, and celebrated Javy’s great year. (Ditto #AtCubs for that matter.) Bellinger won the MVP, and he deserved it.
  • Just a reminder of my opinion when the Shogo stuff comes up:

  • Baseball-connected promotion:

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.