Cubs Owner Tom Ricketts Was "Personally Involved" in the Pitch Meeting to Seiya Suzuki

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Cubs Owner Tom Ricketts Was “Personally Involved” in the Pitch Meeting to Seiya Suzuki

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While we feverishly track possible reunion rumors (Anthony Rizzo? Kyle Schwarber?), there is also the matter of the big free agent pursuit we KNOW the Cubs are in on: Japanese slugger Seiya Suzuki.

The Cubs had a much-confirmed meeting with Suzuki last night, and although we still don’t have a decision or even much information on how that meeting went, Dave Kaplan dropped a pretty darn significant report tonight:

Extensive pitch, yes, good. But Cubs owner Tom Ricketts was THERE for the meeting? That simply does not happen in these kinds of pitches unless, (1) the Cubs really, really want that player, (2) the Cubs feel Ricketts’ presence may help push things over the top (perhaps by communicating the seriousness), and (3) the financial aspects might involve a thumbs up from the owner (i.e., that posting fee can get pretty expensive as a one-time cash outlay).

I don’t want to let myself get too excited about this, because we know the Padres were optimistic that they would ultimately land Suzuki, and we also know the Cubs aren’t even the only other team involved. But dang. They are taking Suzuki very, very seriously, and that … well, crap, it DOES make me excited.

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