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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Next to Bryant, the guy with great numbers this year is Alcantara. Hitting .306 with 42 extra base hits and 18 stolen bases in 80 games. Great numbers for a middle infielder.



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobber View Post
    I would like to Castro go if we can get some good trade value for him. He can hit at times, but is a liability on defense.

    Barney needs to go, but we aren't going to get anything decent for him. They'll probably let him walk when his contract expires. Too bad such a great defensive player is so lousy hitting.

    Nate Schierholtz has been a disappointment after such a great first year with the Cubs. Hope he can turn it on before season end.

    I know they are at the bottom of the division, but the Cubs have been a lot more fun to watch this year. It's like watching a teenage kid who isn't quite coordinated yet, but you know once they get to the right age it will all click.

    Don't know if we'll see a lot of trades this year(not that I'm an expert at all on this). Seems like they have a pretty good core when you factor in what's coming up from the farm system. Not sure the Cubs are going to have a lot of money to spend yet as one article posted here suggested it will be 2019 before they get out of the awful sale terms that were agreed to when the team was sold.
    It might not be quite the firesale that the past couple years have been, but I fully expect to see Samardzija dealt by the deadline. He can bring in pretty good value.

    As for Castro, I definitely hope we keep him. You say he hits well at times, but he's only had one season in which he's hit worse than .283 in his time at the Major League level. He's also started to develop a little more power at the plate, which is something that absolutely makes him worth keeping.


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by CyCy View Post
    Next to Bryant, the guy with great numbers this year is Alcantara. Hitting .306 with 42 extra base hits and 18 stolen bases in 80 games. Great numbers for a middle infielder.
    Honestly, though, that might not be where he ends up. He can play either spot up the middle, but he's been getting quite a bit of time in center at Iowa. He could very well be looked at as our centerfielder in the near future. Still, those are good numbers, regardless.


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Darwin barney needs to go. He's like having a 2nd pitcher bat.



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    My guess is we started moving Alcantara towards center because Soler can't play a whole game without getting hurt and Almora has been horrible


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    I hope we keep Castro.

    I wish we were keeping the pitchers, but I'm confident that we'll get some good ones in return. It's starting to look better.
    Unless they get a Godfather offer for him, I agree. The thing is that with so many teams in contention right now it looks like it's going to be a buyer heavy market. If they can leverage that into a bidding war for him and get a couple more top prospects, it might make sense.



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by jbindm View Post
    Unless they get a Godfather offer for him, I agree. The thing is that with so many teams in contention right now it looks like it's going to be a buyer heavy market. If they can leverage that into a bidding war for him and get a couple more top prospects, it might make sense.
    At some point, though, the process of trading your top players at the ML level for prospects has to stop (or at least slow down) eventually. Otherwise you're just spinning your wheels by telling everyone to wait a couple more years. I think you keep Castro unless you get an offer for an above average/good prospect AND a solid ML-level replacement.


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    I hope we keep Starlin, but it's definitely a delicate balance. The way I see it in a few years is Bryant at 3rd, Baez at SS, Castro moving to 2B, Rizzo at first and Alcantra as a utility guy. It sounds like they are wanting to develop Schwarber as an outfielder rather than a catcher, and the verdict is still largely out on Soler and Almora. Perhaps they move Bryant to outfield and keep a veteran presence like Valbuena to play 3rd, or perhaps keep Barney at 2nd for his defense and move Castro to third (scary) with Baez at SS. All said, I don't see any pressing reason to move Castro.



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by tm3308 View Post
    At some point, though, the process of trading your top players at the ML level for prospects has to stop (or at least slow down) eventually. Otherwise you're just spinning your wheels by telling everyone to wait a couple more years. I think you keep Castro unless you get an offer for an above average/good prospect AND a solid ML-level replacement.
    I think at one point the thought process was to stockpile prospects for purposes of later trading some of them away for starting pitching one the team looked to become a contender. I'm not sure this is quite necessary anymore as we have a somewhat competent pitching staff, with the exception of E-Jax, and of course Shark is probably on the move.



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by Clonefan32 View Post
    I hope we keep Starlin, but it's definitely a delicate balance. The way I see it in a few years is Bryant at 3rd, Baez at SS, Castro moving to 2B, Rizzo at first and Alcantra as a utility guy. It sounds like they are wanting to develop Schwarber as an outfielder rather than a catcher, and the verdict is still largely out on Soler and Almora. Perhaps they move Bryant to outfield and keep a veteran presence like Valbuena to play 3rd, or perhaps keep Barney at 2nd for his defense and move Castro to third (scary) with Baez at SS. All said, I don't see any pressing reason to move Castro.

    Baez will not beat out Castro at shortstop. The only way Baez plays short is if Castro gets shipped out.


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by cloneteach View Post
    Baez will not beat out Castro at shortstop. The only way Baez plays short is if Castro gets shipped out.
    I know Castro's defense has been better this year, but he's not exactly Ozzie Smith out there...



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    Quote Originally Posted by Clonefan32 View Post
    I know Castro's defense has been better this year, but he's not exactly Ozzie Smith out there...

    I didn't say Castro was great, but Baez has a lot of work to do at SS. Plus, even if they are equal why would you move the guy with major league experience at the position to bring in someone without major league experience at the position?


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Castro 11 errors and 16th in fielding percentage among ML shortstops. For the offense he brings I'd say that is pretty good.


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by Rabbuk View Post
    Darwin barney needs to go. He's like having a 2nd pitcher bat.
    I've seen a lot of pitchers bat, and they're better than Barney at the plate.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabbuk View Post
    Darwin barney needs to go. He's like having a 2nd pitcher bat.
    To be fair, it wasn't all that long ago he won a gold glove.



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