February 12, 2021 at 10:35 am #154083blingboyParticipantPaid - Annual
Tanking for picks is about the only weapon small market teams have. If it is taken away via a payroll floor it has to be replaced or offset with something else.February 12, 2021 at 12:46 pm #1540931964cardsParticipantPaid - Annual
Implementing a salary floor will require significant changes to the economics of MLB. Will there be a salary cap? Will owners agree to a revenue sharing model similar to The NFL or NBA? Additionally, what happens to the length of player control by clubs? The arbitration process? The funding of minor league baseball?
Maybe can start a separate thread to discuss further.February 12, 2021 at 1:35 pm #154104
There was something on Facebook that said the Mets are about to make a BIG trade. Would that be for Bryant? Would the Cubs really trade their perennial MVP candidate?
r/Esteemed RatFebruary 12, 2021 at 1:42 pm #154106mudvilleParticipantPaid - Annual
It is my understanding that the Owners want arbitration on the table for discussion when the sides meet.February 12, 2021 at 3:11 pm #154122
Tanking for picks is about the only weapon small market teams have. If it is taken away via a payroll floor it has to be replaced or offset with something else.
Or they could hire really smart front office people like the Rays and A’s.February 12, 2021 at 8:35 pm #154154stlcard25ParticipantPaid - Annual
Jake Arrieta back to the Cubs, 1 year and $6m with some incentives.March 10, 2021 at 1:03 pm #155486
The Cubs have a plan for partial capacity, but it appears to be precarious.
I was told yesterday that if public health officials traced a case of COVID-19 back to Wrigley Field, #Cubs capacity would go from 20% back to zero immediately.
So the fact that a team would have 100% capacity in a state that just lifted their state mask mandate is pretty wild. https://t.co/cEqMKF5W54
— Russell Dorsey (@Russ_Dorsey1) March 10, 2021March 22, 2021 at 8:47 am #156059March 29, 2021 at 7:14 pm #156568April 20, 2021 at 10:25 am #158660May 20, 2021 at 12:43 pm #161817
Public pressure being put on the players?
Cubs pres. of baseball ops Jed Hoyer said his "optimism is waning" when it comes to the Tier 1 group reaching 85% vaccination threshold.
"It's disappointing, yeah. It's disappointing to not be at 85% as a team."
Said it's "irrefutable" that it provides competitive advantage.
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) May 20, 2021May 27, 2021 at 1:01 pm #162528so_cal_cards_fanParticipantFree
Cubs stole a run from the Pirates today on a two-out groundout 6-3. The throw pulled 1B man Craig off the bag, while the runner retreated back toward home. and instead of going to the bag, he ran the runner back toward home (!) while the Cubbie on 3rd went home. Then Craig panicked again and lobbed the ball to the catcher who tried to swipe at the runner coming from third. No one covering first base, and the runner got there first!
Safe!May 27, 2021 at 1:55 pm #162531
There were two outs on that play. All the 1B had to do is go step on the base. That is one of the worst defensive plays of all time.May 27, 2021 at 3:06 pm #162532Jbrodie7ParticipantFree
Absolute bonehead play by pirates. Its that cubbie luck tho.May 28, 2021 at 6:21 pm #162631CariocaCardinalParticipantPaid - Monthly
I would love to see Hoyer’s irrefutable evidence. (Yes, I am extremely sceptical of its existance)May 28, 2021 at 6:21 pm #162632Paul7ParticipantFree
It was a great baserunning play by Baez.
Cubs now tied for first.June 30, 2021 at 7:29 pm #165213Cardinals27ParticipantPaid - Annual
I kept saying the Cubs pitching staff was terrible. They have very little after Hendricks, and as we have experienced, if your starters don’t go deep, it weakens even a good bullpen, which I still don’t think the Cubs have, nor depth. I wish they hadn’t been so fortunate against us, or us inept at hitting, we would be a couple of games closer. The Cubs got blasted against the Brewers these last 3.July 1, 2021 at 8:59 am #165241
This could be an interesting month for the Cubs. On the one hand if they fall any further behind the Brewers they could be sellers at the deadline with guys like Bryant and Kimbrel on the move. On the the other hand they look to have an easy schedule coming up. They play no teams with a winning record in July, Cards included. They could climb back into the race and be buyers. Could go either way.July 7, 2021 at 1:14 am #165902Cardinals27ParticipantPaid - Annual
WithWheeler pitching against the Scrubs tomorrow, it could be 12 in a row. Wouldn’t that be delicious for us to come to Wrigley, and make it 15. I’m not sure we can do it, but just the thought of kicking their butt is delightful. I can just hear the late Ron Santo saying “oh no, not again.”July 7, 2021 at 8:32 am #165915
As of today we are actually ahead of the Cubs in the standings, which is glorious.July 15, 2021 at 8:35 pm #166574
The Cubs have begun their fire sale. Joc Pederson to the Braves.
More seems to be anticipated.
r/Esteemed RatJuly 15, 2021 at 8:40 pm #166575PugsleyAddamsParticipantPaid - Annual
Wasn’t Joc your pick back in February or March to be this year’s NL MVP, Rat?July 15, 2021 at 8:46 pm #166576
Wasn’t Joc your pick back in February or March to be this year’s NL MVP, Rat?
That is correct Pugs. He had a big time spring training and he had hit 36 dingers in 2019. I was expecting great things for him. But, unfortunately for the Cubs, he’s not done all that great. Which is a good thing so I dont mind finally being wrong once..:)
And I hope we are NOT interested him as a free agent this coming off-season.
r/Esteemed RatJuly 15, 2021 at 9:34 pm #166578July 29, 2021 at 5:57 pm #168170LoganAlpha30X7ParticipantFree
I’ve seen reports that the Cubs traded Rizzo to the Yankees…
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