The Wife and I get to do an exercise class together this morning for the first time in ages, and it’s one of the particularly difficult ones, which means she is going to try to pwn me (she’s more fit than I am). That, in turn, means I’m going to try way too hard, and I will almost certainly strain something.
- The next mid-tier starter just went off the board, and it’s another Rangers target getting a lot more than people expected:
Right-hander Jordan Lyles and the Texas Rangers are in agreement on a two-year, $16 million deal, sources tell ESPN. @Ken_Rosenthal had Lyles to Texas first.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 7, 2019
The Rangers have built a rotation of mid-level investments, a strategy that is getting thumbs-up from rival execs.
1. Mike Minor
2. Lance Lynn
3. Kyle Gibson
r. Jordan Lyles
With Kolby Allard at the No. 5.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 7, 2019
- Certainly, with Minor and Lynn – both guys signing for much more than people were expecting – the Rangers hit huge freaking home runs. Are they just uniquely superior at selecting these mid-tier starters and turning them into stars? Will they do the same with Gibson and Lyles? It’s an interesting approach for an organization that, like the Cubs, has struggled to develop their own internal stud starters. By contrast, the Cubs have targeted more higher-end starters combined with lower-tier, try-to-make-them-big-leaguer types. Each approach has its merits (it has worked for the Cubs, by the results), but also its demerits (for the Cubs, it’s been the price tag and the drag on payroll associated with never developing your own).
- That, by the way, is a big part of the reason we have so many concerns about the Cubs’ rotation going forward: it is very expensive and very old, which can continue to be supplemented through free agency, but only in an impactful way if you (1) spend at the top of the market (not happening right now) or (2) hit a home run like the Rangers in the mid-tier (plausible, I guess). Thus, I’d like to see the Cubs add a truly impactful young arm in trade. (Obviously, then, the hope would be some impact arms finally coming up through the system over the next few years.)
- Oh, and one more bit of apropos about the Cubs’ rotation: of the front four, the young man of the group – Kyle Hendricks – turns 30 today. Happy birthday!
- This news is making the rounds right now, which is mostly good for the discussions and reminders it offers (empathy!). From my perspective (which includes a child that requires special accessibility), rather than being a “gotcha”, it actually looks like the Cubs are treating it as an opportunity to get clarity on how to best finish the renovation:
— Jon Seidel (@SeidelContent) December 6, 2019
- Getting accessibility and disability seating right at an old place like Wrigley Field is both critically important and admittedly difficult, but it’s worth the time, money, effort, and attention. It’s not just about the seating, itself, but also about the inclusive message that we send. People are different. Families are different. And if we want sports to be a place that truly brings us all together, then it literally needs to be set up to accommodate that.
- Kinda loving the deals at Amazon today, from bar gear to massagers to fire pits to toys to the whole host of other stuff that’s discounted as part of the 12 Days of Deals. #ad
- The Cubs are adding another scouting analyst, who I’m guessing was chosen to come over by new VP of Scouting Dan Kantrovitz, who would have worked with Jasmine Horan when she was with the A’s:
Cubs make Dan Kantrovitz hiring official (VP Scouting), and also announce Jasmine Horan as a new scouting analyst. pic.twitter.com/BOwMRJQZff
— Bleacher Nation (@BleacherNation) December 6, 2019
- The Bulls lost to the Warriors again, this time at home, and it is actually funny at this point just how terrible they are:
Big mood. pic.twitter.com/0IhIrg8W4W
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) December 7, 2019