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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Mike Olt is being brought down from Chicago.

    Jorge Soler is on his way to AAA Iowa

    Albert Almira is on his way to AA Tennessee.



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    It's a shame for Barney, but he really needs an AL team to cover up his offensive woes.
    This. I love Barney to death, I just wish he could hit better.


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Rizzo leading the NL in home runs .... 1 bright spot for this season.



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    You can tell that Theo/Jed sense that being able to really compete is getting very close. Bryant/Baez will be up early next year, Soler/Russell/Almora all have a shot at late next season (Probably only 1 will make it next year, maybe 2 at most though). Cubs will spend some serious money on pitching this offseason and next.

    By May of next year we would see a starting infield of Rizzo, Baez, Castro and Bryant. Thats down right scary. You're talking about Bryant who's one of the 2-3 best prospects in baseball, Baez who is a consensus top 5-10 prospect in baseball, Rizzo who was an all-star and leads the NL in HR's and Castro who is a 3 time all-star at short by the age of 24. What a crazy good core to build around and they will have an average age of 23.8 years old come opening day... these guys are going to be good for a long time. Then Russell, Soler, Almora, Edwards, Vizcaino, Johnson, etc. wont be far behind.

    And this is without mentioning other young pieces who have already arrived and are showing well so far in Alcantra, Hendricks, Arrieta, Ramirez, Rondon, etc, etc.

    I'm getting giddy just thinking about it.


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Soler will be up in September. He's already got a major league deal, service time is not an issue and it kills an opt out clause...



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by cycloneman003 View Post
    You can tell that Theo/Jed sense that being able to really compete is getting very close. Bryant/Baez will be up early next year, Soler/Russell/Almora all have a shot at late next season (Probably only 1 will make it next year, maybe 2 at most though). Cubs will spend some serious money on pitching this offseason and next.

    By May of next year we would see a starting infield of Rizzo, Baez, Castro and Bryant. Thats down right scary. You're talking about Bryant who's one of the 2-3 best prospects in baseball, Baez who is a consensus top 5-10 prospect in baseball, Rizzo who was an all-star and leads the NL in HR's and Castro who is a 3 time all-star at short by the age of 24. What a crazy good core to build around and they will have an average age of 23.8 years old come opening day... these guys are going to be good for a long time. Then Russell, Soler, Almora, Edwards, Vizcaino, Johnson, etc. wont be far behind.

    And this is without mentioning other young pieces who have already arrived and are showing well so far in Alcantra, Hendricks, Arrieta, Ramirez, Rondon, etc, etc.

    I'm getting giddy just thinking about it.
    Agree on all this, but it won't take Soler to the end of next year to be up. It will be this year, if not opening day next year. He is ready in all ways other than injuries.

    It's amazing what Theo/Jed have been able to do. This rebuild has been based upon finding diamond-in-the-rough veterans, bringing them in on small contracts and dealing them when the market is hot. Surely not all of these guys can pan out, but out of the mix of Castro/Rizzo/Bryant/Mendy/Russell/Baez/Almora/Soler/Almora, I just can't see how we don't wind up with one of the best offensive lineups in baseball in a few years time. Also, if they can teach Schwarber how to catch his power behind the plate in 3-4 years would be amazing too.



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by 1UNI2ISU View Post
    Soler will be up in September. He's already got a major league deal, service time is not an issue and it kills an opt out clause...
    Service time is not the issue with him, but I believe their concern is bringing him up and then having to send him down both developmentally and contractually. I think there was something with his contract and the 40-man roster that came into play there.


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Interesting stat from the Cubs broadcast Tuesday night: Only three players have previously led the NL in home runs while playing for a last place team. Two (Andre Dawson in 1987 and Sammy Sosa in 2000) were Cubs. Anthony Rizzo could make it three out of four.



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by GWad View Post
    Interesting stat from the Cubs broadcast Tuesday night: Only three players have previously led the NL in home runs while playing for a last place team. Two (Andre Dawson in 1987 and Sammy Sosa in 2000) were Cubs. Anthony Rizzo could make it three out of four.

    There was a little talk on Twitter last night about his MVP chances, especially with Tulo now hurt. I think it's crazy, but in looking down the list there is no other great candidate other than Tulo.



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by GWad View Post
    Interesting stat from the Cubs broadcast Tuesday night: Only three players have previously led the NL in home runs while playing for a last place team. Two (Andre Dawson in 1987 and Sammy Sosa in 2000) were Cubs. Anthony Rizzo could make it three out of four.
    Andre Dawson was a beast in '87.

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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneDaddy View Post
    Rizzo leading the NL in home runs .... 1 bright spot for this season.
    I don't want to brag, but I picked up Rizzo in the 13th round of my fantasy draft, NBD.




    I really do want to brag



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonespiker33 View Post
    I don't want to brag, but I picked up Rizzo in the 13th round of my fantasy draft, NBD.




    I really do want to brag
    Granted, I'm only in an 6-team league, but I got Rizzo at the end of the 22nd round. I also managed to snag Kershaw and Wainwright with two of my first four picks.


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonespiker33 View Post
    I don't want to brag, but I picked up Rizzo in the 13th round of my fantasy draft, NBD.




    I really do want to brag
    pfft. I have both Rizzo and Pujols, both picked fairly late.



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by tm3308 View Post
    Granted, I'm only in an 6-team league, but I got Rizzo at the end of the 22nd round. I also managed to snag Kershaw and Wainwright with two of my first four picks.
    I'm in a ten team league, so almost identical spots



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Getting more and more excited for this future. Been reading a few articles that came out the last few hours saying that many have been skeptical about the Cubs idea of banking on these prospects for the future, but the skeptics are slowly dying out.

    Moving Baez to 2nd, Soler to AAA, Almora to AA, Schwarber going through three levels in just a month is saying that all of these guys are right on pace for where they need to be for the majors, if not better.

    Almora will be a late 2015, 2016 man. Because of this, we have no guaranteed outfielders for next year, so I'm sure Soler starts the year out there in 2015, so I wouldn't mind him getting a September call-up, especially if they think 2015 could be a big year.


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