MLB: ***Official 2019-20 Cubs Offseason***

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  1. ISUCubswin

    ISUCubswin Well-Known Member

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    #1 ISUCubswin, Sep 29, 2019
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    Growing up this was my favorite time of year, but after the World Series, I really despise the Cubs offseason starting before November.

    A lot of moves are expected for this offseason - I’ll list the 2019 guys who had some sort of impact on the season, playing or financially, which will include Ben, then try and find a way to see who is kept, kicked, or brought in for 2020.

    Rules to remember for next season
    • Pitchers must face 3 batters minimum (no more lefty-lefty bullcrap)

    • Rosters are expanded to 26 men, 13 pitcher maximum.
    Green = Added player
    Yellow = Players future unknown
    Red = Player no longer a Cub

    Catchers
    Willson Contreras
    Victor Caratini
    Jonathan Lucroy - Free Agent - $550,000 for 2 months of service

    Infield
    Anthony Rizzo - $16.5 million team option - Accepted
    Javier Baez
    Nico Hoerner
    Daniel Desalsco
    Kris Bryant
    Addison Russell - Non-Tendered - Free Agent

    Outfield
    Jason Heyward - $84 million/4 Year - Opted In
    Steven Souza - $1million/1 Year, up to $3 million with incentives

    Kyle Schwarber
    Albert Almora
    Nick Castellanos - No financial significance - Gone to Reds for $64/4 years

    Utility
    Robel Garcia
    David Bote
    Ian Happ
    Ben Zobrist - Free Agent - $12.5 million off the books
    Tony Kemp - Traded for Minor League player Alfonso Rivas

    Starting Pitchers
    Yu Darvish - $22 million player option - Accepted
    Jose Quintana - $11.5 million team option - Accepted
    Jharel Cotton - Acquired for cash from Athletics

    Jon Lester
    Kyle Hendricks
    Kendall Graveman - $3 million team option - Declined - Gone to Mariners for $1.5 million
    Cole Hamels - Free Agent - $20 million off the books - Gone to Braves for $18 million


    Relief Pitchers
    Dan Winkler - $750,000 one year Minor League Deal
    Brandon Morrow - Free Agent - $12 million team option - Declined - Resigned to Minor League Deal
    Danny Hultzen - Non-Tendered - Resigned to Minor League Deal
    Jeremy Jeffress - $800,000/1 Year

    Tyler Chatwood
    Craig Kimbrel
    Dillon Maples
    Alec Mills
    James Norwood
    Kyle Ryan
    Duane Underwood Jr
    Rowan Wick
    Brad Wieck
    Brian Duensing - Free Agent - $3.5 million off the books
    Xavier Cedeno - Free Agent - $1 million off the books

    Steve Cishek - $6.5 million off the books - Gone to White Sox for $6.7 million
    Pedro Strop - $6.25 million off the books - Gone to Reds for $1.82 million
    Tony Barnette - $3 million team option - Declined - Retired
    David Phelps - - $5 million team option - Declined - Gone to Brewers for $1.5 million
    Brandon Kintzler - $5 million off the books - Gone to Marlins for $3.2 million
    Derek Holland - $7 million team option - Declined - Gone to Pirates - Minor League Option
     
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  2. dirtyninety

    dirtyninety Well-Known Member

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    I hope David Ross gets to teach them all a "Be a good teammate" seminar.
     
  3. tman24

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    Team is built on HR or K. Need to get more balanced with single/double hitters.

    Fielders:
    Sign Castellenos, Billy Hamilton if possible. Maybe Gennet or Castro.
    Cut descalso. If Garcia or Hoerner can beat out Russel cut him also.

    Pitchers:
    Yu will come back. He would be dumb not to.
    Sign Cole or MadBum. Sign some bottom of rotation like Wacha or Harvey.
    Bullpen was crap so about any warm body would be equal or greater than what we had. Luckily we dont have Madden bringing them in fresh of an injury in pressure situations.
     
  4. CyJack13

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    Billy Hamilton is not the answer to any problem the Cubs have.
     
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  5. clone4life82

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    Not that I disagree with your first statement but look at the teams in the playoffs now vs how many hrs they hit this season. Top five hr teams are Yankees, twins, astros, dodgers, Oakland (all in the playoffs), then you also have the brewers and Atlanta in the top 10. There are a couple outliers but in general, home runs (among other things), translates to good things
     
  6. BigJCy

    BigJCy Well-Known Member

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    Cubs pick 16th:

    2020 First-Round Draft Order
    1) Tigers (47-114)
    2) Orioles (54-108)
    3) Marlins (57-105)
    4) Royals (59-103)
    5) Blue Jays (67-95)
    6) Mariners (68-94)
    7) Pirates (69-93)
    8) Padres (70-92)
    9) Rockies (71-91)
    10) Angels (72-90)
    11) White Sox (72-89)
    12) Reds (75-87)
    13) Giants (77-85)
    14) Rangers (78-84)
    15) Phillies (81-81)
    16) Cubs (84-78)
    17) Red Sox (84-78)
    18) D-backs (85-77)
    19) Mets (86-76)
    20) Brewers (89-73)
    21) Cardinals (91-71)
    22) Nationals (93-69)
    23) Indians (93-69)
    24) Rays (96-66)
    25) Braves (97-65)
    26) A's (97-65)
    27) Twins (101-61)
    28) Yankees (103-59)
    29) Dodgers (106-56)
    30) Astros (107-55)

    https://www.mlb.com/news/2020-draft-order-set
     
  7. ISUCubswin

    ISUCubswin Well-Known Member

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    David Ross said on Baseball Tonight he’s waiting for that phone call and while he would love a managerial job there’s something special about the Cubs dugout.
     
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  8. Die4Cy

    Die4Cy Well-Known Member

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    Lobbying for the job makes me think Rossy's a long shot. Especially since he's so soon removed from playing on this team and has no experience managing at all whatsoever.
     
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    I hope they don't hire Joe Girardi.
     
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  10. Rabbuk

    Rabbuk Well-Known Member

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    same
     
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  11. CYdTracked

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    I'll add a few comments on ISUCubsWin original post with the roster in regards to options or possible resigning players

    Pitchers:
    Darvish - no way in hell he opts out, they are stuck with this contract
    Quintana: Cubs would be nuts to not pick this option up. He'll be 31 going into the season and will give you 30+ starts. Even if he is the SP4 or SP5 $11.5 mil for a year is reasonable given the market for starting pitchers these days.
    Phelps: Probably will pick up his option. For 1 mil he is a serviceable middle reliever.
    Graveman: This one is tough, he's a rehab project but at 3 mil may not be worth it
    Gone: Barnette, Holland, Morrow, Strop, Cishek, Cedeno. Kintzler maybe a resign candidate on a reasonable 1 year deal.

    Position players:
    Russell: may be time to cut ties with him. Not sure what his arbitration number will be but whatever that is you pretty much commit to him being the starting 2B or bench player
    Hoerner needs to go to AAA to polish his skills. He had a nice run late this season but lets be real he is not ready to play everyday yet.
    Descalso: They may just cut him if they need the roster space. Was a dumb signing in the first place.
    Garcia likely goes back to AAA, Happ should be trade bait, Kemp either will be non tendered or offered arbitration to keep him for organizational depth.

    No way they offer Lucroy a contract unless they trade a catcher. Castellanos probably will be too pricey to resign. I think the way you improve this offense is to upgrade in the OF or you sign Redon and move Bryant to LF which means trading Schwarber. The good thing is Schwarber finished the season strong and now has trade value again and Happ showed enough to regain some value too. Cubs need to entertain deals for some of their position players if they want to fix this roster and I am to the point I would probably be OK with trading Bryant if they got a huge haul of talent back.
     
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  12. CYdTracked

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    Not really sure that Wacha or Harvey are any better than some of the much cheaper in house pitchers they have. Alec Mills in a small sample size has looked better than both of them lately.

    Yu was really good post all-star break. In fact he walked just 7 batters and batters hit .199 against him over 13 starts and 81.2 innings pitched with a 2.76 ERA. He will probably be in the mix for opening day starter with Hendricks going into 2020 if he stays healthy. Lester at this point is going to be the 3rd or 4th starter who will give you 5 or 6 quality innings.
     
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  13. cyfanatic13

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    If he pitches like he did post all star break, I'd gladly be stuck with that contract
     
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  14. ISUCubswin

    ISUCubswin Well-Known Member

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    Wonder when Theo will do his end of the year presser. Last year, he did it October 3rd, the day after the Cubs season ended in the wild card game.

    Granted, last year his presser got me amped with everything he said but he didn’t deliver, so I’ll need to be a bit more cautious
     
  15. Walden4Prez

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    Where's CyJack? He has assured us all it won't be Joe Girardi...he is 1000% sure....and he doesn't deal in absolutes.
     
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  16. CyJack13

    CyJack13 Well-Known Member

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    Yep, I'll take any bets on this with anyone who thinks it will be Girardi.
     
  17. BigJCy

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  18. ISUCubswin

    ISUCubswin Well-Known Member

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    “Culture of accountability” stands out as something Theo is looking for in his next manager
     
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  19. BigJCy

    BigJCy Well-Known Member

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  20. CyJack13

    CyJack13 Well-Known Member

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    "

    What?! Teams are beating down the door to get McLeod after what he's done with the Cubs minor leagues? I'm so shocked
     

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