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Posted: 9/3/2014 3:18 PM

2015 free agents 


http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/09/2015-free-agent-power-rankings-5.html

Signing which pitcher and hitter would make the Cubs contenders?
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Posted: 9/4/2014 12:29 AM

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I think they can get by with just Lester.  Tomas would be a nice get, and I wouldn't be unhappy if they were to get Martin.  Every other spot on the diamond is pretty much filled.

I can see them making a run at Maeda if they don't land Lester.

Last edited 9/4/2014 12:40 AM by KatieCubFan

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Posted: 9/4/2014 6:42 AM

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They had Martin getting 4 years, $50M.....

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PadsFS wrote: The Dodgers might be looking for a reunion with Martin as well, in which case the bidding might get into the Brian McCann territory (5yr/$85M) or slightly less, maybe 4yr/$50-$60M. That would be a tough contract to swallow.
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Posted: 9/4/2014 7:52 AM

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On second thought, maybe we should forget about Martin if that's what it's going to cost (the years especially).
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Posted: 9/4/2014 9:49 AM

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KatieCubFan wrote: On second thought, maybe we should forget about Martin if that's what it's going to cost (the years especially).
I like Castillo fine. If they can get Schwarber to catch adequately, I would ideally like to see Schwarber catch a couple games a week and play OF the rest and keep Castillo as the primary catcher. Granted, Schwarber is a year away. 

Martin I agree with you is too many years.
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Posted: 9/4/2014 10:08 AM

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In case you haven't noticed they added Rafael Lopez to the 40-man. That's a pretty good sign he may be the back-up catcher next year. Not sure they are going to sign a back-up catcher and pay him one of the top salaries on the team.
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Posted: 9/4/2014 10:53 AM

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MikeNesterNR wrote: In case you haven't noticed they added Rafael Lopez to the 40-man. That's a pretty good sign he may be the back-up catcher next year. Not sure they are going to sign a back-up catcher and pay him one of the top salaries on the team.
Doesn't sound like they plan to pay a lot for a catcher, no.

The only big contract I kind of expect from them is a starting pitcher (Lester?). They've done such a good job, there really isn't much left to fill. Small sample size I know, but their lineup recently dismantled the Brewers and the Orioles. And this is without Bryant, Schwarber, Almora, Russell, and without Rizzo for the Brewers.

As for the SPs, they are trying to fill that too, with Turner/Doubront/Straily and remember that CJ Edwards and Pierce Johnson are not that far away, Jokisch might be respectable, etc.

It would almost be a nice kiss off to Gordo, Boras, etc. to add nobody and make the playoffs entirely with prospects and guys they acquired in flips and trades. Doubt it will happen, but it would be interesting.
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Posted: 9/4/2014 11:09 AM

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SportsGoblin wrote:
MikeNesterNR wrote: In case you haven't noticed they added Rafael Lopez to the 40-man. That's a pretty good sign he may be the back-up catcher next year. Not sure they are going to sign a back-up catcher and pay him one of the top salaries on the team.
Doesn't sound like they plan to pay a lot for a catcher, no.

The only big contract I kind of expect from them is a starting pitcher (Lester?). They've done such a good job, there really isn't much left to fill. Small sample size I know, but their lineup recently dismantled the Brewers and the Orioles. And this is without Bryant, Schwarber, Almora, Russell, and without Rizzo for the Brewers.

As for the SPs, they are trying to fill that too, with Turner/Doubront/Straily and remember that CJ Edwards and Pierce Johnson are not that far away, Jokisch might be respectable, etc.

It would almost be a nice kiss off to Gordo, Boras, etc. to add nobody and make the playoffs entirely with prospects and guys they acquired in flips and trades. Doubt it will happen, but it would be interesting.
That could be their plan and they would never say that because if they did have to get a free agent then everybody would blast them for not sticking to the plan. Almost impossible to do what they've already done. They've talked more about free agency in 12-18 months instead of coming off-season. Really good chemistry with the kids, wouldn't surprise me if they make playoffs next year without a a big signing. Some guys are gonna need to have career years on the mound though. Bullpen will be lights out.
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Posted: 9/4/2014 11:17 AM

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SportsGoblin wrote:
MikeNesterNR wrote: In case you haven't noticed they added Rafael Lopez to the 40-man. That's a pretty good sign he may be the back-up catcher next year. Not sure they are going to sign a back-up catcher and pay him one of the top salaries on the team.
Doesn't sound like they plan to pay a lot for a catcher, no.

The only big contract I kind of expect from them is a starting pitcher (Lester?). They've done such a good job, there really isn't much left to fill. Small sample size I know, but their lineup recently dismantled the Brewers and the Orioles. And this is without Bryant, Schwarber, Almora, Russell, and without Rizzo for the Brewers.

As for the SPs, they are trying to fill that too, with Turner/Doubront/Straily and remember that CJ Edwards and Pierce Johnson are not that far away, Jokisch might be respectable, etc.

It would almost be a nice kiss off to Gordo, Boras, etc. to add nobody and make the playoffs entirely with prospects and guys they acquired in flips and trades. Doubt it will happen, but it would be interesting.
I know a 70 million team salary would have some people ready to jump off a building. Might be interesting to see, just for the response. Imo, they might be better off to just wait and then look to add at the deadline.
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Posted: 9/4/2014 11:24 AM

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absolutebadger wrote:
SportsGoblin wrote:
MikeNesterNR wrote: In case you haven't noticed they added Rafael Lopez to the 40-man. That's a pretty good sign he may be the back-up catcher next year. Not sure they are going to sign a back-up catcher and pay him one of the top salaries on the team.
Doesn't sound like they plan to pay a lot for a catcher, no.

The only big contract I kind of expect from them is a starting pitcher (Lester?). They've done such a good job, there really isn't much left to fill. Small sample size I know, but their lineup recently dismantled the Brewers and the Orioles. And this is without Bryant, Schwarber, Almora, Russell, and without Rizzo for the Brewers.

As for the SPs, they are trying to fill that too, with Turner/Doubront/Straily and remember that CJ Edwards and Pierce Johnson are not that far away, Jokisch might be respectable, etc.

It would almost be a nice kiss off to Gordo, Boras, etc. to add nobody and make the playoffs entirely with prospects and guys they acquired in flips and trades. Doubt it will happen, but it would be interesting.
I know a 70 million team salary would have some people ready to jump off a building. Might be interesting to see, just for the response. Imo, they might be better off to just wait and then look to add at the deadline.
The big difference this year when they traded pitching, they had guys in the waiting that can get MLB hitters out. And starting next year they have Arrieta, Wood, Jackson, Hendricks, Wada, Turner, Doubront, Beeler, Jokisch and Straily. While that list lacks a big name, its doable.
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Posted: 9/4/2014 12:34 PM

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I don't think we're adding a significant bat.  I expect we're going to play most of 2015 with Mendy and Soler where they are now, plus Bryant-Castro-Baez-Rizzo in the infield.  I could see a LF in theory since Coghlan is an obvious regression candidate, but there's nobody available that I really love.  

I think it's next offseason once Russell is knocking on the door that you'll really start to see the pieces move around.  It seems like the plan right now is to give everybody the opportunity to find their bats at the big league level, then figure out the positions once their hands are forced.
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Posted: 9/4/2014 4:57 PM

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DoubleDown11 wrote: I don't think we're adding a significant bat.  I expect we're going to play most of 2015 with Mendy and Soler where they are now, plus Bryant-Castro-Baez-Rizzo in the infield.  I could see a LF in theory since Coghlan is an obvious regression candidate, but there's nobody available that I really love.  

I think it's next offseason once Russell is knocking on the door that you'll really start to see the pieces move around.  It seems like the plan right now is to give everybody the opportunity to find their bats at the big league level, then figure out the positions once their hands are forced.
I agree. I think they will try to make a big splash in the pitching FA market but when it comes to a bat, I think they will look for a more targeted fit. And I really think everyone can fit assuming they are all producing like they can and that includes once Russell is up.
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Posted: 9/5/2014 8:59 AM

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Do you guys think that Russell could be moved for a big veteran presence?  The kid has star written on him, but the infield is really crowded and someone could be moved.

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Posted: 9/5/2014 9:02 AM

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I'd rather see Baez traded before Russell.
gkelly: Stafford can always put these together when the game is out of reach.  He's simply a fantasy football QB who racks up stats in garbage time.
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Posted: 9/5/2014 9:27 AM

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mike04gt wrote: Do you guys think that Russell could be moved for a big veteran presence?  The kid has star written on him, but the infield is really crowded and someone could be moved.
If it's true that he's the best defensive shortstop of the bunch, then no.  Above average defenders at short who can produce an .800+ OPS are one of the rarest commodities in baseball these days.
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Posted: 9/5/2014 12:21 PM

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DoubleDown11 wrote:
mike04gt wrote: Do you guys think that Russell could be moved for a big veteran presence?  The kid has star written on him, but the infield is really crowded and someone could be moved.
If it's true that he's the best defensive shortstop of the bunch, then no.  Above average defenders at short who can produce an .800+ OPS are one of the rarest commodities in baseball these days.
Russ has 4 errors this season in 60+ games as a 20 year old. As a 19 year old he had 15 errors in 107 games. As a reference point Castro had 39 errors in 119 games as a 19 year old.
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Posted: 9/5/2014 12:31 PM

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Homer Bailey, he of the $105M contract that was often used as a reference point when considering a Samardzija extension, is having elbow surgery. 

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/11466903/homer-bailey-cincinnati-reds-undergo-elbow-surgery

Yet another cautionary tale of overspending for pitching, which as often as not will then get hurt.
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Posted: 9/5/2014 12:59 PM

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absolutebadger wrote:
DoubleDown11 wrote:
mike04gt wrote: Do you guys think that Russell could be moved for a big veteran presence?  The kid has star written on him, but the infield is really crowded and someone could be moved.
If it's true that he's the best defensive shortstop of the bunch, then no.  Above average defenders at short who can produce an .800+ OPS are one of the rarest commodities in baseball these days.
Russ has 4 errors this season in 60+ games as a 20 year old.
In 273 total chances.  Trading him is crazy talk.
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Posted: 9/5/2014 3:35 PM

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I think the most likely free agent to be signed is Lester.  He's not going back to Boston and has said that his family means more than money.  Well, Theo and Jed are most like family to him out of anyone other than Boston.  He won't go to NY and I don't see any other logic landing spot other than the Cubs.  Him fronting the rotation as a left handed ace in the NL, would be very nice. 

As far as trades, it's either going to be Castro or Baez who is moved.  Let us not forget that Baez wasn't a Theo/Jed pick, nor was Castro.  I think the new regime sees something special in Russell and he's probably untouchable for good reason. 

I know the topic has been brought up consistently, but it makes too much sense for the Mets and Cubs to work something out.  I understand that Castro has a resurgence, but if you could get a package of young hurlers from NY who not?  This is all under the belief that Russell is ready as soon as next year, and most agree that he is.
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Posted: 9/5/2014 4:36 PM

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chico23 wrote: I think the most likely free agent to be signed is Lester.  He's not going back to Boston and has said that his family means more than money.  Well, Theo and Jed are most like family to him out of anyone other than Boston.  He won't go to NY and I don't see any other logic landing spot other than the Cubs.  Him fronting the rotation as a left handed ace in the NL, would be very nice. 

As far as trades, it's either going to be Castro or Baez who is moved.  Let us not forget that Baez wasn't a Theo/Jed pick, nor was Castro.  I think the new regime sees something special in Russell and he's probably untouchable for good reason. 

I know the topic has been brought up consistently, but it makes too much sense for the Mets and Cubs to work something out.  I understand that Castro has a resurgence, but if you could get a package of young hurlers from NY who not?  This is all under the belief that Russell is ready as soon as next year, and most agree that he is.
There is no meeting of the minds here. Castro is a cost-controlled, 3-time All Star at SS. The Mets would need to give up Zack Wheeler, which they aren't going to do. If instead they wanted to give up prospects, they would need to give up 3 of their top 10 prospects, which they also won't do. The Cubs will not and should not trade Castro for less-than-value just to trade him.
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