2014 Chicago Cubs Thread

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  1. The Benjamin

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    It is going to be a fun two seasons. Baez, Bryant, Soler, Almora ect will all be mixed in over the next two years
     
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    What do you say about the Yankees signing Tanaka? And Matt Garza going to Milwaukee?
     
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    Overpay on both IMO.

    Big loss on Tanaka, but the Yanks gave that 7th year, the opt out and the full NTC. Those were the deciding factors.

    Garza is a good pitcher, but when he went to Texas he fell apart. His numbers and injury history are not really worth 13M a year. Maybe 11-12... but not 13. Not for four years
     
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    http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/stor...e-year-deal-chicago-cubs-avoiding-arbitration

    Jeff Samardzija gets $5.345M deal


    CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija has agreed to terms with the team on a one-year, $5.345 million contract for 2014, avoiding an arbitration hearing.

    Samardzija, 29, was 8-13 with a 4.34 ERA last season. He submitted a salary proposal of $6.2 million for arbitration; the team was asking for $4.4 million. They settled on a number just above the middle of those two figures.

    The Cubs and Samardzija have been unable to come to terms on a long-term deal. The right-hander is set to become a free agent after the 2015 season. They've settled on one-year deals each of the last two offseasons.

    With his signing, the Cubs avoided arbitration with all eligible players. They haven't had an arbitration hearing since Theo Epstein took over as team president and Jed Hoyer as general manager in 2011.
     
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    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/22189/travis-wood-to-start-home-opener

    Travis Wood to start home opener

    MESA, Ariz. – Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria announced his starting rotation for the first week of the season, tabbing lefty Travis Wood to pitch in the home opener against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, April 4.

    Previously, it was announced that Jeff Samardzija will pitch the season opener in Pittsburgh on March 31, followed by Edwin Jackson and then Jason Hammel before the Cubs come home to face the Phillies. Renteria likes the matchup of the southpaw Wood against a Phillies lineup that features dangerous lefties, including veterans Ryan Howard and Chase Utley.

    Renteria didn’t declare a starter after the top four, but all indications are the Cubs will need a fifth one Sunday, April 6. That could be lefty Chris Rusin throwing against the Phillies for the same reason Wood is throwing Friday in that series. Carlos Villanueva is also a candidate.

    Wood was the Cubs lone All-Star last season.


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    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/22185/javier-baez-among-cubs-seven-cuts

    Javier Baez among Cubs' seven cuts

    MESA, Ariz. – Chicago Cubs top prospect Javier Baez was one of seven cuts made Saturday as the Cubs pared their roster to 37 entering the final days of spring training.

    Baez, 21, had a strong spring at the plate despite striking out a team-leading 13 times in 42 at-bats. He hit .310 with five home runs, but he never managed a hit with a man on base. All his home runs were solo shots.

    Still, Baez made headlines with prodigious blasts, including one that traveled 452 feet last Wednesday night against the Colorado Rockies, according to ESPN Stats and Information. Four of his five home runs went to right or center field.

    “He understands he needs to continue to work on his defense,” manager Rick Renteria said after announcing the demotion. “Go down there (Triple-A) and put together some good at-bats, try to get on base a little bit more through the process and go out there and be a professional.”

    Renteria said Baez took the news well and wasn’t surprised by the move. The Cubs have said since the winter that Baez would be their starting shortstop at Triple-A Iowa. He played two games at second base during spring training and could eventually debut in the majors there, but for now he’ll play his natural position.

    “We sent him down to play shortstop,” Renteria said. “That’s what we told him.”

    Baez could be called up later this season since the Cubs will probably want him to avoid becoming a “Super Two.” If they wait until late June or early July, he won’t become eligible for arbitration until after the 2016 season. Otherwise, he could be eligible after 2015. The Cubs employed the same strategy with Anthony Rizzo in 2012. He debuted on June 26.

    Baez left Thursday’s spring game against the White Sox with a right heel contusion, blaming it on using metal cleats. He said the injury was minor and that he’ll go back to using rubber cleats.

    Other cuts Saturday included pitchers Blake Parker, Jonathan Sanchez, Chang-Yong Lim and Brian Schlitter, along with infielder Chris Valaika and outfielder Casper Wells.

    Parker is the one surprise in that group after finishing last season as a main arm in the bullpen.

    “He has to continue to command the zone, not make things too complicated and do what he does,” Renteria said. “He has a tremendous arm.”

    Parker had a 9.00 ERA in six spring innings.


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    Crap, Cubs lose the opener
     
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    This is how I feel when season starts.

     
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    http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/stor...says-chicago-cubs-not-interested-move-suburbs

    Cubs owner: Not interested in move

    NEW YORK -- Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts thinks a move to the suburbs might be lucrative but says his team remains committed to refurbishing century-old Wrigley Field.

    The Cubs won approval from Chicago's city council last July for a $500 million renovation that would include installation of a 5,700-square-foot video scoreboard at Wrigley, which turns 100 on April 23. The team also wants to erect a 650-square-foot sign in right field with a guarantee neighboring rooftop owners won't slow construction with a lawsuit.
    A member of the audience Tuesday at the MLB Diversity Business Summit asked a panel that included Ricketts about the Atlanta Braves' planned move in 2017 from downtown to a suburban Cobb County and how the team could maintain a connection with the community near Turner Field.

    Ricketts said the Cubs have been trying to avoid such an issue.

    "We've been approached by several suburban sites and alternatives to move the Cubs to a new ballpark," Ricketts said, "and although I haven't studied it thoroughly, I imagine that's probably an attractive proposition for us.

    "But we've made it our priority to try to stay where we're at because of what it does mean to the neighbors and what it does mean to the city, both economically and just from the standpoint of quality of life in general."

    The Cubs have seen attendance drop each year since 2008, from 3.3 million to 2.6 million, and the team has lost 91 games or more in three straight seasons.

    Ricketts maintained that the attendance drops provide opportunities.

    "There are just way too many people in Chicago that have never been to a Cubs game," he said. "We've worked really hard to get out to people, particularly on the South Side, and say, 'Hey, bring your church, bring your school, just bring a group and we'll take care of you.' I just want more people to at least come into Wrigley and experience it. And we have this opportunity right now where we do have a few seats open from time to time. We can bring people in and give them the Wrigley experience. And as we get better, those opportunities will be harder to come by."

    Ricketts also said the Cubs have to better educate the young players at their complex in the Dominican Republic and told a story from his visit there in 2010. He recalled when he "put my ear to the wall of the English class and I heard an English teacher say, "My curveball is not breaking."

    "And I realized at that point while we say we're teaching these young men English, we're really not doing the best," he said, going on to explain the team's new facility has improved educational testing and programs.

    "It's not really just about making sure that some of these players can speak English," he said. "All of them really aren't all that great in Spanish. They've got second- or third-grade educations."

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    Some say Ricketts ain't the smartest owner but he is a business man and he knows moving from Wrigley would be a huge mistake. It's the brand, the location, the team, the atmosphere, the rooftop owners, the nostalgia, etc. This is the Wrigley brand, and you lose it all by moving them.

    Even when the Cubs suck, there's nothing like going to Wrigley Field on a beautiful summer day.


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    Ugh.... Tanaka
     
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    Happy 100th Anniversary to Wrigley Field, where its first Major League game was played April 23, 1914. 100 yrs later, still great to visit.

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    We Believe - Go Cubs!
     

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