Two big moves today, each of which had rumored Cubs involvement, but each of whom were not necessarily the Cubs’ top targets in their respective markets. First, it was catcher Sean Murphy being dealt to the Braves, and now it’s starting pitcher Chris Bassitt being signed by the Blue Jays.
Bassitt, 34 in February and attached to draft pick compensation, was not an IDEAL target for the Cubs. But I would’ve taken him. He’s headed to the Blue Jays instead:
In this market, getting Bassitt on a three-year deal is not bad, even if the price tag is high. That’s not any more than the Cubs gave Marcus Stroman last year, you’ll note. Stroman was a good bit younger and not attached to draft pick compensation, so he merited more … but are you going to argue this would’ve been a bad deal for a really good number three? I think it’s a good move for the Blue Jays.
So, if the Cubs were looking to sign two quality starting pitchers this offseason, and their priority was Jameson Taillon, well, they just got scooped on Kodai Senga and Chris Bassitt. Even one of the best reclamation guys in Sean Manaea just got signed by the Giants.
It’s hard not to feel like this is all going very poorly. There’s still time, yes, but the names are dwindling. Not just the pitchers; I’m talking about the whole thing. If you’re not concerned at this point, you aren’t paying attention. I like Bellinger and Taillon as Cubs additions. I do. But SO MUCH MORE was needed. I guess we’ll see what happens. I’m just concerned. Very.