December 30, 2019 at 11:19 am #117896
No, the luxury tax goes up the second year any team is in violation. That is why most teams do not want to miss two years in a row, cycling down below the line the second year before perhaps going back up again in the third year. That second year is where the Cubs are now.
Seems to me that if the Cubs were going with a “tax be damned” approach for 2020, they would not be sitting on the sidelines as all the big free agents are signing elsewhere.January 5, 2020 at 1:51 pm #118388January 5, 2020 at 6:32 pm #118409858booyahParticipantFree
They got to realize that it’s not just Chicago in this negotiation. Xfinity is state wide to an extent and in some area’s where the Cubs aren’t the only game in town. I personally don’t care but I know some downstate Cub fans who do.January 7, 2020 at 1:38 pm #118554
Steve Cishek is not returning to the Cubs, instead signing with the White Sox. That seems a good thing for the Cardinals, while the Cubs take more heat for doing nothing of substance this winter.
White Sox reportedly sign reliever Steve Cishek as crosstown Cubs stay in offseason hibernation https://t.co/pCANdggHTH
— CBS Sports MLB (@CBSSportsMLB) January 7, 2020January 7, 2020 at 3:00 pm #118561
Free agent spending* stragglers this winter:
Red Sox: $9M
* Counts major league contracts, not split deals
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 6, 2020January 7, 2020 at 3:27 pm #118570
So the Dodgers have more in common with the Cardinals than with the big spenders? :o)January 7, 2020 at 4:34 pm #118588
I thought you’d like that… Of course, this is incremental spending, which is nowhere near a complete picture.January 7, 2020 at 4:38 pm #118591
True. That list could look different by March 1.January 9, 2020 at 3:34 pm #118763January 9, 2020 at 10:33 pm #118883January 10, 2020 at 7:45 am #118897stlcard25ParticipantPaid - Annual
Gscottar…not a lot of punches pulled in that article, and I love it. The more dysfunction in the Cubs’ organization, the better. 😁January 10, 2020 at 7:58 am #118901Minuteman3ParticipantFree
Am I reading that Ricketts put over 1 BILLION dollars into that s-hole Wrigley?January 10, 2020 at 8:32 am #118909mudvilleParticipantPaid - Annual
A hundred million here, a hundred million there. It adds up.January 10, 2020 at 8:36 am #118910
I didn’t read the article, but they spent a lot acquiring nearby buildings with rooftop seats. They also had to fix the areas in the stadium where huge hunks of concrete were falling off the upper deck onto seating areas…January 10, 2020 at 11:39 am #118959
Passan is having a big winter breaking news.
Third baseman Kris Bryant and the Chicago Cubs have settled on a one-year, $18.6 million deal, a source familiar with the agreement tells ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 10, 2020January 10, 2020 at 11:41 am #118960
That is to avoid an arbitration hearing but he could still be traded and his dispute with the Cubs still hasn’t been resolved although Bryant admitted recently that he expects to lose that dispute.
January 10, 2020 at 3:51 pm #119013
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The Cubs have finalized one-year deals with all six of their arbitration-eligible players: Kris Bryant ($18.6 million); Javier Báez ($10 million); Kyle Schwarber ($7.01 million); Willson Contreras ($4.5 million); Albert Almora Jr. ($1.575 million); and Kyle Ryan ($975,000).
— Patrick Mooney (@PJ_Mooney) January 10, 2020January 16, 2020 at 9:40 pm #119874BlackHillsCardParticipantFree
David Ross says he likes roster way it looks now despite lack of moves. Says good enough to win World Series. 😳
— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) January 16, 2020January 17, 2020 at 8:54 am #119895
BHC, that sounds like something the Cardinals would say. The Cubs have entered the delusional phase of their “dynasty.”January 17, 2020 at 9:00 am #119896stlcard25ParticipantPaid - Annual
Sure, if everything goes perfectly there’s a shot for the Cubs to win the Series. They aren’t without talent. But considering age and projections, I’d say they’re an 85-88 win team.January 17, 2020 at 1:12 pm #119917CardsFanInChiTownParticipantFree
The Cubs have not spent a billion on Wrigley. They spent a little, but it’s still crumbling away with every spilled $16 beer.
– They bought up almost all of one side of Clark street to the south of Wrigley
– Clark St across from Wrigley
– Built a monstrosity of a hotel across from it with extremely over priced restaurants and bars on the lower level
– Bought up everything across Addison St and did the same
– Bought up all of the rooftop buildings, and basically doubled the price for the all inclusive rooftops (Some of that was done before)
– Put in an outdoor area to watch the games and other various activities
In my opinion, they ruined that area and put a lot of small business owners out of business
It’s almost identical to what DeWitt did with Ballpark Village only bigger and quicker.
People used to argue about the Cardinals not spending due to the investment in BP Village. As far as I’m concerned, what DeWitt and the Ricketts have done should not have any bearing on the actual major league team, they are entirely different entities and investments.January 18, 2020 at 12:06 pm #119972
Cubs owner got booed at their convention..and folks think Cardinal fans are impatient.January 24, 2020 at 2:55 pm #120555January 27, 2020 at 1:22 pm #120742January 28, 2020 at 11:51 am #120846
If it was the Cardinals making these moves, some of our resident cranky types would be complaining about them dumpster diving for slugs…
It may just be me, but I would rather see what Ryan Helsley or Junior Fernandez has to offer than bringing in more Jeremy Jeffress types. But the Cardinals are in better shape prospect-wise close to the majors.
— 670 The Score (@670TheScore) January 28, 2020
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