And now this, which I just desperately want to be true:
These guys know what the price tags are right now. After seeing what deGrom and Verlander and Turner are getting, you cannot realistically hope to pursue one of the top three shortstops without being ready to commit to a monster contract. So it was always going to be necessary to get ownership on board. Yes, Jed Hoyer has the baseball budget and he can do with it what he wants, but the reality is that when you’re talking about longggg-term commitments, that impacts so many years’ worth of budgets that you just have to involve ownership. It’s very good to hear that the Ricketts are on board. They absolutely SHOULD be, but it’s still nice to hear.
Let’s go. Let’s see it. I’m not saying I want to see the Cubs do anything truly foolish, but the money should be there – it should always be there – for the Chicago Cubs to pursue the players the front office wants to target. If they feel like there’s real impact available, and a path to compete over the next several years, then go get good players. Period.