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    2014 Chicago Cubs

    God this fantasy preview of Cubs players is depressing.

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    Rizzo - .267 80 Runs 26 HR 88 RBI 4 SB

    I am sure most people are like this when looking at the roster.



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    It's not going to be a fun year. No talent whatsoever.

    The last few times people have asked me who my favorite Cub was, I couldn't even answer. How can you have a favorite player on this team? None of these guys have proven they're worthy of being MLB players (yet we have the money for anything we want)

    I truly believe that all our prospects are going to pan out, but we literally have no pitching.

    If Castro doesn't get it going this year, we need to trade him for some prospects. Our infield is set, with or without him, in 2 years.


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUCubswin View Post
    It's not going to be a fun year. No talent whatsoever.

    The last few times people have asked me who my favorite Cub was, I couldn't even answer. How can you have a favorite player on this team? None of these guys have proven they're worthy of being MLB players (yet we have the money for anything we want)

    I truly believe that all our prospects are going to pan out, but we literally have no pitching.

    If Castro doesn't get it going this year, we need to trade him for some prospects. Our infield is set, with or without him, in 2 years.
    A week until pitches and catchers report and usually I am pretty pumped for the year, but this year man. It just sucks. This is truly how they felt in major league, except we ain't got no Jake Taylor, man, no Jake Taylor at all...


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    I am a pretty ardent Cubs fan, but there were several times towards the end of last year I'd switch on a game and see the guy hitting or pitching and say "who in the **** is that guy?"



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    At least I get to see the new spring training facility in a couple of weeks!! And then watch them lose...



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    25 of the 28 players are worth $1 fantasy dollar. Smardzija and Castro worth $4, Rizzo worth $8.

    In comparison:

    Trout $49
    Cabrera $48
    Kershaw $34
    Adam Jones $32
    Jean Segura (who??) $16

    Other $8 players:

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    Daniel Murphy

    Good god the Cubs are going to be awful. At least tickets will be easy to come by.



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    A few important tidbits as we enter July

    - Last year, July 2nd was a big trade day for the Cubs because of some financial reason - trading players/signing players/calling players up becomes cheaper (I think for extension or something like that) so I wouldn't be shocked to see the majority of Cubs trades happening the next week or so.

    - Smardzija and Hammel are our two hottest trade commodities. Rumors popped up yesterday that Hammel was about to be traded so I'd expect him to be gone soon.

    - Castro was rumored to be on the trading block at the beginning of the year, but with how hot of a year he's having, will he be traded? Here's what the Cubs need to consider: Bryant and Baez make up your third base and shortstop starting next year. Can Castro take over at second and Alcantara take on the outfield, or will the Cubs try and get some high end prospects for one of the top shortstops in the league? Alcantara's only weakness right now is he strikes out like a blind man, but when he does hit the ball, often times he reaches base, and is a threat on the base paths.

    - Looks like this is the last time for awhile us Cubs fans will be in "sell" mode. Sounds like they are planning on spending a lot this offseason. They only need 2 pitchers and a corner outfielder to be a playoff contender next year.

    - Could the front office look at Schwarber and see Kris Bryant? He's putting up better numbers than Bryant did his first year of pro ball (.481 BA, 19 RBI, 8 HR in 15 games) While it's unlikely the Cubs would call a guy up after just .5 years in the minors, he can already play a corner outfield spot (unlike Bryant) Also, Bryant could have played for the Chi-Cubs this year and been just fine. It would definitely be interesting to see if the front office felt he was ready to go and just brought him up.

    Right now, we have a potential 2015 infield of Rizzo, Castro, Baez, and Bryant (average age: 24) and a 2016 outfield of Soler, Alcantara, and Schwarber (average age: 22) I'm sure we get some free agent vets to add to the talent and bring knowledge to the game, but damn, that is some seriously young talent.


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUCubswin View Post
    A few important tidbits as we enter July

    - Last year, July 2nd was a big trade day for the Cubs because of some financial reason - trading players/signing players/calling players up becomes cheaper (I think for extension or something like that) so I wouldn't be shocked to see the majority of Cubs trades happening the next week or so.

    - Smardzija and Hammel are our two hottest trade commodities. Rumors popped up yesterday that Hammel was about to be traded so I'd expect him to be gone soon.

    - Castro was rumored to be on the trading block at the beginning of the year, but with how hot of a year he's having, will he be traded? Here's what the Cubs need to consider: Bryant and Baez make up your third base and shortstop starting next year. Can Castro take over at second and Alcantara take on the outfield, or will the Cubs try and get some high end prospects for one of the top shortstops in the league? Alcantara's only weakness right now is he strikes out like a blind man, but when he does hit the ball, often times he reaches base, and is a threat on the base paths.

    - Looks like this is the last time for awhile us Cubs fans will be in "sell" mode. Sounds like they are planning on spending a lot this offseason. They only need 2 pitchers and a corner outfielder to be a playoff contender next year.

    - Could the front office look at Schwarber and see Kris Bryant? He's putting up better numbers than Bryant did his first year of pro ball (.481 BA, 19 RBI, 8 HR in 15 games) While it's unlikely the Cubs would call a guy up after just .5 years in the minors, he can already play a corner outfield spot (unlike Bryant) Also, Bryant could have played for the Chi-Cubs this year and been just fine. It would definitely be interesting to see if the front office felt he was ready to go and just brought him up.

    Right now, we have a potential 2015 infield of Rizzo, Castro, Baez, and Bryant (average age: 24) and a 2016 outfield of Soler, Alcantara, and Schwarber (average age: 22) I'm sure we get some free agent vets to add to the talent and bring knowledge to the game, but damn, that is some seriously young talent.
    I'm still not sold on Baez yet. I think he's got the tools and could become an elite player, but I don't think he's going to be Major League-ready by next season. Bryant absolutely looks the part and (*disclaimer* small sample size) is already starting to tear up AAA much like he did AA.


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUCubswin View Post
    A few important tidbits as we enter July

    - Last year, July 2nd was a big trade day for the Cubs because of some financial reason - trading players/signing players/calling players up becomes cheaper (I think for extension or something like that) so I wouldn't be shocked to see the majority of Cubs trades happening the next week or so.

    - Smardzija and Hammel are our two hottest trade commodities. Rumors popped up yesterday that Hammel was about to be traded so I'd expect him to be gone soon.

    - Castro was rumored to be on the trading block at the beginning of the year, but with how hot of a year he's having, will he be traded? Here's what the Cubs need to consider: Bryant and Baez make up your third base and shortstop starting next year. Can Castro take over at second and Alcantara take on the outfield, or will the Cubs try and get some high end prospects for one of the top shortstops in the league? Alcantara's only weakness right now is he strikes out like a blind man, but when he does hit the ball, often times he reaches base, and is a threat on the base paths.

    - Looks like this is the last time for awhile us Cubs fans will be in "sell" mode. Sounds like they are planning on spending a lot this offseason. They only need 2 pitchers and a corner outfielder to be a playoff contender next year.

    - Could the front office look at Schwarber and see Kris Bryant? He's putting up better numbers than Bryant did his first year of pro ball (.481 BA, 19 RBI, 8 HR in 15 games) While it's unlikely the Cubs would call a guy up after just .5 years in the minors, he can already play a corner outfield spot (unlike Bryant) Also, Bryant could have played for the Chi-Cubs this year and been just fine. It would definitely be interesting to see if the front office felt he was ready to go and just brought him up.

    Right now, we have a potential 2015 infield of Rizzo, Castro, Baez, and Bryant (average age: 24) and a 2016 outfield of Soler, Alcantara, and Schwarber (average age: 22) I'm sure we get some free agent vets to add to the talent and bring knowledge to the game, but damn, that is some seriously young talent.
    I'm with you on almost everything except the bolded. Young talent is great to have but no one knows how that will translate at the major league level.

    The Cubs rotation right now is pretty darn strong, but they need hitting. Badly. And relying on young guys to come in and light the world on fire is unrealistic IMO. There are only a couple of guys that have done that, the rest need a year or two to get accustomed to the major leagues.



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by cycloneworld View Post
    I'm with you on almost everything except the bolded. Young talent is great to have but no one knows how that will translate at the major league level.

    The Cubs rotation right now is pretty darn strong, but they need hitting. Badly. And relying on young guys to come in and light the world on fire is unrealistic IMO. There are only a couple of guys that have done that, the rest need a year or two to get accustomed to the major leagues.
    I feel like the majority of young prospects with high expectations typically meet those expectations. Look at what Castro did his first year. It's all a matter of not letting the big leagues get in your head, and I don't think that'll be an issue for guys like Soler, Schwarber or Bryant, who don't care where they are, they just want to hit the damn ball. Baez may take a little adjusting, but that's fine.


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUCubswin View Post
    I feel like the majority of young prospects with high expectations typically meet those expectations. Look at what Castro did his first year. It's all a matter of not letting the big leagues get in your head, and I don't think that'll be an issue for guys like Soler, Schwarber or Bryant, who don't care where they are, they just want to hit the damn ball. Baez may take a little adjusting, but that's fine.
    If one guy takes a little adjusting while Bryant, Castro, Rizzo, and at least one of those other 2 are hitting, we'd probably be just fine.
    I like the way it's all coming together.


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    If one guy takes a little adjusting while Bryant, Castro, Rizzo, and at least one of those other 2 are hitting, we'd probably be just fine.
    I like the way it's all coming together.
    I like the way its coming together too (although as I fan I wish it was quicker) but I still don't think they'll be close to competing next year unless they bring in some major free agent talent.

    There are 4 players hitting over .250 and 2 players with more than 29 RBIs. Castro and Rizzo are in both groups. Even if Bryant comes up and hits like Rizzo, the Cubs are still 2-3 players away from even being competitive on the offensive side of the ball IMO.

    Conversely, there are six (6!!) players with more than 100 at bats batting under .207 for the year. That's awful and needs to be addressed before they compete for anything.



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUCubswin View Post
    I feel like the majority of young prospects with high expectations typically meet those expectations. Look at what Castro did his first year. It's all a matter of not letting the big leagues get in your head, and I don't think that'll be an issue for guys like Soler, Schwarber or Bryant, who don't care where they are, they just want to hit the damn ball. Baez may take a little adjusting, but that's fine.
    Baez is still "adjusting" to AAA. He's got the raw talent, but he's still got quite a ways to go before he's in position to be called up full-time, much less become a good/great Major League hitter.


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUCubswin View Post
    I feel like the majority of young prospects with high expectations typically meet those expectations. Look at what Castro did his first year. It's all a matter of not letting the big leagues get in your head, and I don't think that'll be an issue for guys like Soler, Schwarber or Bryant, who don't care where they are, they just want to hit the damn ball. Baez may take a little adjusting, but that's fine.
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