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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Javy is 3-3 tonight with a homer and now has an OPS of 1.017 in July. Hopefully they call him up for the last 6 weeks of the season.



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by gocubs2118 View Post
    Javy is 3-3 tonight with a homer and now has an OPS of 1.017 in July. Hopefully they call him up for the last 6 weeks of the season.
    I can wait until late April to keep the extra year of control on him.



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by cycloneman003 View Post
    As standalone pieces Russell and Bonifacio didn't have enough to net a player of much value at all. Together and with $1 million in cash that the cubs are sending as well you are able to get a legitimate switch hitting catcher prospect. Caratini was the #7 prospect in the braves system per mlb.com.

    For some perspective if you follow cubs prospects closely, mlb.com has already updated the cubs top 20 prospects. Caratini comes in at #13 just behind Pierce Johnson and Dan Vogelbach and just ahead of Jeimer Candelario, Eloy Jimenez and Jen-ho Tseng. So he's definitely a legitimate prospect. #13 in the best system in all of baseball is pretty strong.
    Just in. Cubs have best minor league system. Now if they could win in the majors.


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Personally I think it was a pretty solid trade for the Cubs. They get a guy they were pretty high on during last year's draft at a position they are weak at in the minors. Not sure why he is labeled as "just a single A guy" when he is only 20 years old and was drafted last season.



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by CyJack13 View Post
    I can wait until late April to keep the extra year of control on him.
    Sometimes there are more important things than service time and control. This is one of those times. If Boras was his agent like Bryant, I'd probably agree. But developing him is more important in this case. It's obvious it takes him more time to adjust to a league than most players. Get that out of the way this year, let him take his lumps, have some success and work on things in the off season.



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by gocubs2118 View Post
    Sometimes there are more important things than service time and control. This is one of those times. If Boras was his agent like Bryant, I'd probably agree. But developing him is more important in this case. It's obvious it takes him more time to adjust to a league than most players. Get that out of the way this year, let him take his lumps, have some success and work on things in the off season.
    40 games aren't going to make much of a difference in his overall development. The Cubs aren't going to compete next year either so he's got all of next year to get acclimated before 2016 when the Cubs will really start to contend.



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    I know this typically isn't something fans talk about in August the year before, but the Cubs are just three losses from getting the first pick next year, which leads to this question:

    Brady Aiken was considered the best player in last years draft. He's considered the most developed pitcher for his age in a long, long time and he's a lefty. ESPN had a reporter once say that this guy has the potential to be a Clayton Kershaw. The Astro's drafted him with the first pick and offered him a $6.5 million signing bonus. Before he signed it, the Astros did a physical on him and found a minor issue with his elbow and dropped it to a $5 million signing bonus. He didn't sign because he disagreed with the price (though I think it was more he didn't want to be an Astro)

    This year, the Astros get the second pick of the draft for compensation. Should the Cubs get the first pick, can they get Aiken if he declares for the draft, or can the MLB force him to sit out a year for not signing this year?

    Also, Daz Cameron (Mike Cameron's son) is widely considered the best player in this years draft if Aiken isn't in it. Say the Cubs get the third pick of the draft and the first pick takes Daz, would the Astros take Aiken again?


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUCubswin View Post
    I know this typically isn't something fans talk about in August the year before, but the Cubs are just three losses from getting the first pick next year, which leads to this question:

    Brady Aiken was considered the best player in last years draft. He's considered the most developed pitcher for his age in a long, long time and he's a lefty. ESPN had a reporter once say that this guy has the potential to be a Clayton Kershaw. The Astro's drafted him with the first pick and offered him a $6.5 million signing bonus. Before he signed it, the Astros did a physical on him and found a minor issue with his elbow and dropped it to a $5 million signing bonus. He didn't sign because he disagreed with the price (though I think it was more he didn't want to be an Astro)

    This year, the Astros get the second pick of the draft for compensation. Should the Cubs get the first pick, can they get Aiken if he declares for the draft, or can the MLB force him to sit out a year for not signing this year?

    Also, Daz Cameron (Mike Cameron's son) is widely considered the best player in this years draft if Aiken isn't in it. Say the Cubs get the third pick of the draft and the first pick takes Daz, would the Astros take Aiken again?
    Maybe I'm wrong about how the draft works, but I don't think Aiken was ever under any kind of obligation to sign. Assuming he goes to a JUCO, he can come right back next year. It's up to the teams to decide if they think a high schooler is signable. If they reach the wrong conclusion and end up with egg on their faces, that's their problem, not the player's.


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Edwin Jackson is just awful. How in the world did we see anything impressive with him to give him a better (same) contract than Matt Garza ended up with?

    Seriously - he has good stuff, but that doesn't matter when you throw one pitch right over the plate every at bat.


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    He's not even left handed so giving such a bad pitcher 11 million makes no sense.



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Javy Baez just got called up to majors. Making his debut in Colorado tomorrow.



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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Exciting news! We're seeing the future, piece by piece.

    One poster at northsidebaseball.com was kidding, I think, when he complained that this sort of thing will ruin our farm system ranking.


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    For all of those people have been ******** and moaning about Theo's moves, or lack there of, this is the start. Sit back and watch. Give the guy some time, we all know Rizzo wasn't an immediate success, but Javy is too good of a talent to fail.


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    Quote Originally Posted by cyfan964 View Post
    For all of those people have been ******** and moaning about Theo's moves, or lack there of, this is the start. Sit back and watch. Give the guy some time, we all know Rizzo wasn't an immediate success, but Javy is too good of a talent to fail.
    I got sucked into reading the comments on an ESPN article about the Cubs, holy **** there are a lot of dumb Cubs fans out there. People ******** about moving Russell and Bonifcacio for a minor leaguer, a lot of people seem to really want to win 70 games instead of 66. What Theo and Jed have done in less than three years is extremely impressive, the Cubs are now set up to have a long run of success and are going to have a lot of money to spend in the next few years.



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