Darvish's Emotional Farewell, the Lack of a GM Search, Kim's Deal, and Other Cubs Bullets

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Darvish’s Emotional Farewell, the Lack of a GM Search, Kim’s Deal, and Other Cubs Bullets

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There is not necessarily anything magical about today versus yesterday. We’re on the course we’re on with respect to the pandemic, and just one more day has passed. That said, I’m right there with everyone: I hope there comes a time when we can look back and see that 2021 was just the straight damn opposite of 2020.

•   Yu Darvish spoke to the media about his trade to the Padres, and he got emotional, so I got emotional:

•   Darvish also pointed out why the trade was shocking from his perspective:

•   The Cubs kept the hair as part of the trade:

•   Meanwhile, the Padres also officially landed Ha-Seong Kim on a four-year, $28 million deal, with various incentives and a mutual option for a fifth year. With the posting fee, the total cost to the Padres is about $33 million for a four-year bet on one of the best players in the KBO, who is just 25 years old, and whose floor is probably that of a good defensive, good baserunning utility guy. If the bat doesn’t translate – which it might not – then you’ve got a borderline bench guy, and he’s way overpaid. But if he becomes a GOOD bench player, or even a regular? It’s a dang steal.

•   Patrick Mooney writes about Jed Hoyer’s decision not to add a GM right now, which I genuinely believe is primarily about the pandemic, and wanting to be able to do the process a certain way, given the long-term importance (and the relatively stable nature of the front office for now). But Mooney added this section, which was undoubtedly a non-zero consideration, and it makes me ill: “This isn’t necessarily driving Hoyer’s decision, but forgoing a GM’s salary could also create a degree of flexibility within the budget for baseball operations. That money could instead be spent on, say, a low-cost free-agent reliever. Theo Epstein was aware that he was paid like a player when he decided to step down as president of baseball operations, working with chairman Tom Ricketts on the succession plan that promoted Hoyer from GM.” Gross. But also, spend it on a bounce-back starting pitcher type (James Paxton? Corey Kluber? Garrett Richards?) or a positional guy.

•   This is good:

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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.