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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    BTW Hammel has said he would be open to returning to Chicago in free agency even if he's traded. And I don't think there's a chance they trade Castro unless they get an absolutely ridiculous offer


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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    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...
    He's not, but Baez is even worse. That's why I've always thought one of the Bryant/Baez/Castro trio would eventually move to the outfield. Because no way in hell do I want Castro moving to second in order to make room for Baez at short. I would wager part of the reason Barney is still around is because he's a Gold Glove-caliber second baseman, and we need that to help cover for Castro at times. You need to be strong up the middle in baseball (2-4-6-8), and a Baez/Castro tandem on the middle infield would be brutal defensively.

    And that's all assuming Baez becomes the kind of player everybody's hoping he will, which I'm not convinced he'll do.


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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

    I realize that there's a difference between Iowa and Chicago, but Baez's fielding percentage is .006 lower than Castro's.

    I would take a middle infield with a fielding % of .965 and can hit over .320 with 40+ HR, 100+ RBI's, which is what we would get combining Castro and Baez, over a middle infield that has a fielding % of .980, hitting .220 with ~20 HR and 50 RBI.

    What I'm trying to say is I'm willing to risk 10-15 errors a season for .100 points more in a batting average and more power at the plate.


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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

    The cubs need to flip the switch now. They have some guys like Rizzo craving for the oppertunity to go hunt for the wild card. Those vets Rizzo, Castro, etc. need to know what it is like to go out there every night hunting for wins in a meaningful enviornment. People are assuming that once guys get brought up they are automatically ready. False winning is a much attidude as it is tallent. Need to start changing mindset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BringBackJohnny View Post
    The cubs need to flip the switch now. They have some guys like Rizza craving for the oppertunity to go hunt for the wild card. Those vets Rizzo, Castro, etc. need to know what it is like to go out there every night hunting for wins in a meaningful enviornment. People are assuming that once guys get brought up they are automatically ready. False win is a much attidude as it is tallent. Need to start changing mindset.

    Ricketts - sorry you are in a ton of debt and making everyone in Chicago upset. Spot holding the Cubs the ball club hostage for your hopes for real estate venures and media deals. Let's play some ball in Chicago....... ight...


    Interesting..............


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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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    Re: 2014 Chicago Cubs

    There is a lot to be optimistic about in the future. I think they also found their man in Renteria. Has had a big positive affect on this team.


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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 BringBackJohnny View Post
    The cubs need to flip the switch now. They have some guys like Rizzo craving for the oppertunity to go hunt for the wild card. Those vets Rizzo, Castro, etc. need to know what it is like to go out there every night hunting for wins in a meaningful enviornment. People are assuming that once guys get brought up they are automatically ready. False winning is a much attidude as it is tallent. Need to start changing mindset.

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    This...except the opposite.



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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckd4735 View Post
    This...except the opposite.
    Really went in depth on that one chief


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