No "Next Core," Wrigley Field Official Rededicated, Molina Extension Talks, and Other Cubs Bullets

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No “Next Core,” Wrigley Field Official Rededicated, Molina Extension Talks, and Other Cubs Bullets

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“We” lost the remote control to our ceiling fan, which means I can’t change the speed, and it’s driving me crazy. And I’m not looking forward to trying to get a replacement remote that is already paired with the fan so I don’t have to monkey around with a receiver or some other electrical stuff inside the fan. I am not handy. Here’s hoping it just magically turns up soon, or that you can easily and cheaply get a replacement remote that just, boom, works out of the box.

•   I’ll recommend a good read here at the top from Patrick Mooney and Sahadev Sharma at The Athletic, talking about how the “next core” of the Cubs might not be a “next core” at all, and instead could feature a lot more year-to-year flexibility. You would, of course, still hope to have a number of players together on your club for several years, but the focus might not be on syncing up one big core group of players all at the same time like the last group.

•   An example paragraph, with which I agree: “How teams like the Cubs and Giants attack free agency will be interesting. Long-term deals — four years and beyond — will likely be limited to true high-end pitchers. Taking big-money risks on position players who don’t have a superstar profile on offense — see Jason Heyward — will likely no longer be considered. The key will be to find a way to spend aggressively while also keeping some semblance of that financial flexibility executives like Hoyer constantly crave. That could mean more short-term deals, including ones on big-name players who could be lured by a high average annual value.” Obviously it takes two to tango, and some players will still want and command very long-term deals; but I could see an increasing push for shorter-term, higher-AAV contracts by bigger-market teams like the Cubs that want to use their payroll space, but also want to preserve longer-term flexibility.

•   We’ll see if it comes to fruition against the backdrop of the expiring CBA, but the Cardinals are reportedly trying to extend Yadi Molina on a one-year deal for 2022, avoiding the superfluous drama that was his previous foray into free agency. Molina, who just turned 39, is playing on a one-year, $9 million deal this season, hitting .256/.303/.378 (86 wRC+) and playing his typically solid defense. He’s never going to retire or leave the Cardinals, and will be having perfectly adequate seasons when he is 75 years old.

•   The Wrigley Field rededication event was yesterday, with the unveiling of the Cubs Hall of Fame, the National Historic Landmark plaque, and with many in attendance:

•   The Cubs also released their documentary about the full Wrigley Field renovation project:

•   Former Cubs assistant GM Shiraz Rehman has mutually agreed to part ways with the Rangers, who’d brought in some other folks who apparently diminished some of Rehman’s duties there, and he wanted to seek opportunities elsewhere (some in the organization say it was a dismissal, rather than mutual, but those are kinda the same thing when a guy wants to try to get a better job). It’s kind of a weird situation, where you wonder whether there’s more to the story, or whether it’s because there were already talks behind the scenes for him to get a promotion elsewhere, which would immediately make you wonder whether there were backchannel communications for him to get a look as the new Cubs GM under Jed Hoyer (remember that? The Cubs still need a GM!). No idea on that, but this would be the time of year you’d expect to see Hoyer turning his attentions to that process. Generally speaking, I’d like to see the Cubs go outside of the organization – and probably outside of old friends – for the GM gig, but I’m open-minded, especially if the GM hire is paired with other infusions of front office talent.

•   The one and only Andrew Chafin:

•   Mine is already in the mail:



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.