Zobrist Still Undecided, New HOF Entrants, Davis Love, More ESPN, and Other Cubs Bullets

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Zobrist Still Undecided, New HOF Entrants, Davis Love, More ESPN, and Other Cubs Bullets

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Winter Meetings week means the Bullets become incredibly challenging to get through in one fell swoop without various rumors distracting the hell out of me.

  • Ben Zobrist is still undecided about playing next year, according to Jon Heyman. It isn’t a huge surprise, because right now, I would expect that Zobrist is not going to be able to lock down a solid, guaranteed contract from the team of his choice (which, hey, is maybe what it might take in December for him to decide he is definitely gonna get out there for his age 39 season). So, then, it would makes sense for him to be undecided right now, while teams are probably, in turn, undecided on how they would want to proceed. For the Cubs, it’s not inconceivable they might want him back next year in a utility role for all that he brings to the organization, but again, that feels more like a January/February/March decision than a December one.
  • Catcher Ted Simmons and union man Marvin Miller were selected for inclusion in the Hall of Fame last night by the Modern Baseball Era Committee. Simmons was a deserving selection, who fell off the ballot in his first year of eligibility way back in 1994 thanks to numbers (especially for a catcher) that wouldn’t come to be properly appreciated until recent years.

  • Miller’s long-overdue selection, in particular, is a popular one among players and pundits thanks to his role leading the union in the transformational era that saw the end of the reserve clause and the rise of free agency as we know it.

  • Brennen Davis will enter the 2020 season as a fringe top 100 prospect to most lists (my guess is he’s in that 70 to 100 range for most), but he probably has the most upward mobility in the entire system with a good first half at Myrtle Beach, if he gets the High-A assignment. If he continues to look impressive in his approach and his developing power, despite being that young and in a ballpark that kills power? Yeah, he’s gonna be a top 25 guy fast.
  • More Brennen (check out Ernst’s thread for much more):

  • At the Winter Meetings in 9 seconds:



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.