Rambling While Waiting for the Cubs New Head Honcho

Hello again, everybody.  The playoffs are heating up, but I am more interested in the steam that should be rising from the hot stove very soon.  Sure, the pilot light has yet to be lit, but we are very close, and I can taste the yummy deliciousness said stove is going to produce.

While the MLB is still waiting for a 2013 champion, the Cubs are moving forward to determine the make-up of their 2014 installment. Many parts are moving at once, but that, among other things, is what makes the off-season much more enjoyable.

So let’s go rambling and see what happens.

  • Rick Renteria? Dave Martinez? A.J Hinch? Manny Acta?
  • I am really not sure how I feel about any of those names. Please, oh please, neither of the last two.
  • If I had to choose, I would pick Martinez.  And he would have to be given jersey number “1.”  Not only did I love watching him run the bases as a Cub while growing up, he is also a Joe Maddon guy. Right now, I go with the Joe Maddon guy.
  • I would like to know how much money people have made telling the story of the unluckiest Cubs’ fan in the history of the world.  The documentaries will just not stop.
  • Wherever he is, I hope Steve Bartman can be happy. I feel so bad for the guy. If you still blame him, please let me know below. I will take a great deal of joy from telling you how and why you are an imbecile.
  • I also love people telling him what he should do, why he should talk, what he should say, etc … if you can’t empathize, you shouldn’t speak. Also, no one can possibly empathize.
  • Have you ever had a pizza bagel … more commonly known as a “’Za Bag?”  They’re tasty, so very tasty, and while made in an oven, I hope the hot stove cooks up something as deliciously awesome as an “’Za Bag” this offseason.
  • Yes, I am comparing free agents to pizza bagels. Ryan Sweeney is not a pizza bagel. He is a spring salad with rosemary vinaigrette.
  • Sorry, I haven’t eaten dinner yet.
  • So, Bridgeport just spent a ton of money on someone. Good for Bridgeport.
  • Also, in regards to the off-season signing, please, just please, remember, that big-money deals do not pay off, nor do they mean anything big will happen.
  • The honeymoon is over (yes, I know it never started with some of you), but signing a big name just to sign one is idiotic. Choo is not worth 9 figures.
  • Very few, if any, really are. I really do not think Cano is either. In fact, outside of Verlander and Kershaw, no one really is.
  • Adrian Gonzalez and Zack Greinke are about to lose to Daniel Descalso and Joe Kelly.  Oh, that’s not fair? Sorry, Hanley Ramirez and Clayton Kershaw are about to lose to Matt Carpenter and Lance Lynn.
  • Has the reverse-jinx set in yet? Should I keep going?
  • Had Charlie Manuel not been fired … really, seriously … these things make you wonder about the Cubs next manager. And on that topic, what happened to Mike Maddux? Why is he not being considered?
  • The AFL and Spring Training should create some great conversation about the next wave of talent. Baez went from a possible September call-up in ’14 to a player most expect to be on the squad and starting by mid-June.
  • Kris Bryant was not in the organization five months ago, and could be starting for the big-league club ten months from now … we never know what is going to happen.
  • The next big move for the Cubs is hiring a manager. Right now, statements, rumors, facts, and opinions are all over the map, no one really knows.
  • I will leave you with this: Had Charlie Manuel not been fired …

The playoffs have been extremely entertaining, and I hope they continue to be.  Every October I am reminded how much I love playoff baseball.  Here’s to hoping the Cubs are a consistent part of that very, very soon.

And until next time …

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  • Brp921

    Had Charlie Manuel not been fired…..Ryne Sandberg would be interviewing for a managing position for MLB teams in cities not named Chicago.

    • SuzyS

      It would at least have been a different debate.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        This is a topic that probably shouldn’t have been touched Brian! Too raw these emotions are…

  • Tony_Hall

    I don’t see the Cubs hiring Martinez and there is one more name to add to the list, Torey Lovullo. I still believe that Acta and Hinch are the top 2 candidates at this point and that Renteria is the safe option. I am hoping they wait for Lovullo and that he wins them over. But if not, I still see HInch in the lead at this point.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      Hinch was awful in AZ…

      • Tony_Hall

        We have beaten this to death on here already, in short, the team was not that good but was a young team that developed a lot of players.

        • JasonOfTheBurbs

          he barely lasted over a year total. I lived in AZ. He was fired because the young talent didn’t get better. It sounded an awful lot like Sveum this past year.

          Upton, Young, Reynolds, Drew…they were all there the season before he got there. I don’t see any development during his tenure.

          They were SO happy to move on with Kirk Gibson and say goodbye to this guy. He may be good in the FO or as a scout, but his stint as a mgr was akin to Vinny del Negro as a Bulls coach.

          In the grand scheme of things, I am not sure the coach can do much. but if the idea is we have a bunch of young talent and you need someone to develop them…his track record does not suggest he will be particularly good at that. I think we can do better.

          • Tony_Hall

            212 games total and he was pretty young for a MLB manager. We have already beat this up enough on here and figure if he gets it it will give so many of you someone new to pick apart.

  • Tony_Hall

    Baez and Bryant are both showing with their bats that they are ready and I hope they have a ST that makes it extremely difficult to send them down to the minors.

    Of course, they will send them down, but does anyone think they wouldn’t be better than Valbuena and Barney at 2B and 3B. Because the answer is so obvious, the next question is what is best for those 2 players and their long term development, which will translate into the Cubs long term success. And the answer is they need a little more time in the minors. Hopefully by June for Baez and August for Bryant they will both be up. But if the goal is to just add a few more wins in 2014 to appease fans, who don’t see the big picture, then bring them up, it will at least be fun to watch.

    • cubtex

      I am glad you strictly brought up what was best for the players and not just saving a few bucks for the team. You never mentioned about starting the clock early in a year that the team has no chance to win which will cost the team financially. I got in many debates with you concerning Starlin Castro and that very subject.

      • Tony_Hall

        I am so thrilled to have made you glad.

        BUT

        That was implied and common knowledge that all teams do it, unless they are in the playoff hunt that year AND feel that that player will make the difference in making or not making the playoffs. Best example of a team making a mistake on this was the 2012 Angels and Mike Trout as they had the best record in baseball after calling him up and he most likely would have made the difference if he was up all year.

        Calling up Baez or Bryant early will have no effect on the Cubs playoff chances next year.

        • cubtex

          Not going to go over the Castro debate with you again….but check out how many games the Cubs were out of 1st place when he was brought up.
          I love how you change your tune on this depending on who the FO is at the time! Players should be brought up when they are ready to contribute on the mlb team and develop no matter when. This should always be for the best interest of the player….not to save a few bucks for the team.

          • Tony_Hall

            I have the same thought as always, you don’t bring a guy up and start his clock early unless absolutely necessary. If you send a guy to start the year in the minors, you my as well wait until end of May or early June. But like with Trout, it was obvious he was ready in ST and I would love for Baez and Bryant to do the same, because, the fan in me wants Bryant and Baez in the Opening Day lineup!

          • cubtex

            We disagree again. Go figure. If the player is ready and there is an opening on the mlb roster…bring him up no matter what the clock says. Best interest for the player should be priority #1.

          • GaryLeeT

            Starting the clock early doesn’t seem to be a big issue with this FO. It looks like they prefer to lock up long term pieces before they get too far into their arbitration years. Like the low cost, long term contracts of Castro and Rizzo.

          • Tony_Hall

            Yes they do, but being a Super 2 adds to the overall contract that you have to give a player, as it makes one more year at an estimated arbitration number versus an auto renewal, plus 4 year arbitration players get bigger arbitration numbers in that 4th year, then if it was the players 3rd year.

            I believe if they feel a player is ready out of ST they will bring them up, if not they will give the player 50 games (through May) before bringing them up.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            Ray I personally would agree with you but the front office and other management have to do what is best for the franchise first and the player second. You have them confused with agents.

            Oh yeah, agents put the interest of the players #2 as well..:)

          • cubtex

            How’s the new job working out Rider?

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            Man Ray it is really going well! I’m pretty consumed with it though. Trying to do all of my preparations and research at home because there just aren’t enough hours in the day! My company is owned by Xerox and they really push us. But it’s worth it and I believe I can really make some good money. I’ve already made a couple good deals during ramp up so my commission ratios will be higher.
            Thanks for asking! Hope you are well…

          • cubtex

            Awesome! I wish you all the best!

          • Ripsnorter1

            Yes, I hope you do exceedingly well in your job!

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            Thanks guys. May not know you face to face but You fellas are my friends…

  • SuzyS

    Brian, You had me at “Hello again,everybody”. Thanks for starting my day off with a great smile…remembering Harry.
    btw, I used to see him hanging out at “Four Farthings” with his St. Louis buddies…he never was a “Bud” man….But he could always make you laugh!!!

  • deniojct

    I believe Mike Maddux is in the mix… He was probably their choice before he decided to stay with his family in Texas… If he changed his mind does he have to be interviewed again? The FO knows all they need to know, and a simple phone conversation can be enough.

  • endy

    all i care about is competing next year and if baez and bryant are manning 3B and RF by June 15-July 1, then will we fill out the rest of roster to be competitive?

    I would deal Samardjiza if he wont sign an extension or if they dont view him as a core guy past 2015/2016, he would be in 30’s by then. If you can trade samardjiza for 2-4 pieces, I’d rather give his money to someone else.

    Guys like Brian Roberts, Beltran, Tim Hudson, could bridge the gap to the next wave of talent (Alcantara, Soler, Almora).

    And i’m sure there are undervalued guys too, that can make the team competitive next year. I think the payroll needs to jump to 125-140m for that to happen. Will help ratings and the new TV deal.

    • Tony_Hall

      B roberts and his 249 avg and 312 OBP would not help this team compete.

      Beltran obviously would but he is nearing the end of his career and will go to a team that he feels is a World Series contender in 2014, not a team building for the future.

      Hudson is likely to stay with the Braves, but if he doesn’t will also be looking for another chance in 2014 to make a run for a ring.

      Not sure there is anyway possible to jump the payroll to 125-140M this off-season (and not even from a financial perspective) and not go back to the same old plan of buying up 30 something free agents and having bad contracts no one else will want in a few years.

      If this team is competitive next year it will be because of trades or a couple of Feldman, Schierholtz type signings where guys over achieve in the 1st half of the year and then guys like Baez, Bryant, etc make it to the team and have great starts to their careers.

      • cubtex

        .249 and a .312 OBP would be a HUGE upgrade at 2B.

        • Tony_Hall

          True, but I think we will have a much better option than to go back to the B Roberts of the game at this point in his career.

        • JasonOfTheBurbs

          that made me laugh…sad, but true statement.

    • cubtex

      That is the big? Will they fill out the roster to be competitive? It will be a slap in the face to fill out the roster with Valbuena,Sweeney,Schierholtz,Bogusevic and Barney again after 2 seasons like the past 2.
      I don’t think there is any chance Beltran or Hudson would want to finish their careers with a team as bad as the Cubs.
      They have to make a big trade because the only FA that would want to come to this team would be guys who have no other options with winning teams or a pitcher like Edwin Jackson who they overpay and give them more years than any other team is willing to go.

      • SuzyS

        Actually, I think it is going to be ST that really determines how this team is shaped. They will give Olt every opportunity to win 3rd base…Otherwise they’ll have a bottleneck in AAA with Villanueva ready to move up…Bryant and Baez are also possibly capable at third.
        With the various options almost ready at third…I don’t see another full season of Valbuena at the hot corner.
        At second…you could see any combination of Baez, Castro, Alcantra, Barney.
        SS Castro/Baez???
        There are definitely some trades during the offseason/July trade deadline that help sort this out.

        In the outfield, I could see them wanting some veteran leadership
        to mentor the young guys coming up…possibly another DeJesus – like
        flyer….Maybe someone like Corey Hart.

      • SuzyS

        Cubtex, I do see at least one major move this off season to generate a buzz amongst the fans…but it has to be the right one.
        Tanaka still makes the most sense…but it seems that any team with need, (which is all of them), and $$$ are in on Tanaka.
        Yankees, Texas, Giants…are all rumored to be going all out after him.
        So the Cubs could make a huge offer…and still not land him.

        I do agree that there will be at least one big flashy move this off season…but I wouldn’t think it would move too far away from the basic plan.

        • cubtex

          The thing I am saying is that…what is wrong with trying to add better fillers and try and be more competitive until the Baez, Bryant and Solers are brought up. Barney hit .188 in the 2nd half. Valbuena hit .165(in limited action) in the 2nd half. Schierholtz hit .230 in the 2nd half. Let’s get some new blood instead of signing the Ryan Sweeney’s and Bogusevics again. I have said Corey Hart long ago but he has stated he would be willing to give the Brewers a home team discount if they want him back. I would take a flyer on Nelson Cruz if the market stays away from him. I would rather go with a Bryan Roberts for a year instead of watching Barney there again next year. No top FA would want to come here if there is a chance to go to a winning team. Why would McCann sign with the Cubs if the Yankees want him?

          • SuzyS

            Actually Cubtex, I agree with you here. To me, Barney has always been a utility guy forced into being an everyday player.
            With Sveum gone…and several
            minor league options almost ready…Valbuena’s relevance may already be moot.

          • SuzyS

            btw…I think Bryan Roberts may already be done…I’d rather have Barney than a Steve Sax look alike at second….Someone else perhaps…but not Roberts.

          • cubtex

            fair enough. I just don’t want to see Barney playing full time barely breaking the Mendoza line.

          • coachdon

            I think Alcantara should be the 2B guy if he does OK in ST. Think about it, Baez may be playing 2B in AAA some and if Castro stays, that is where he goes when he comes up. Once he is entrenched at 2B you’ll never move him off there unless he is bad, which I don’t think will be the case. Thus, the only chance to see what Alcantara can do is before Baez gets promoted. Then, if he is Ok you have either a backup or trade chip. If he struggles, you trade him for Baez when he gets promoted.

          • SuzyS

            coachdon, Alcantra hit .271 in AA this past season. Do you think he is ready to make the jump from AA to Wrigley just now? Is that fair to him…or rushing him too much?

          • Tony_Hall

            Jason McLeod has already talked about the Iowa infield to start next year. Baez will be playing SS, with Villanueva at 3B and Alcantara at 2B.

          • SuzyS

            Bryant just hit his second dinger today,,,,Did McLeod mention where he might start Bryant off next season?

          • Tony_Hall

            It is thought he will go to Tennessee, IF he has a great AFL and ST, but he was non-committal on Bryant. I see him in Tennessee to start next year and if that league still doesn’t challenge him, bring him up to Chicago.

          • SuzyS

            Iowa will be a fun team to watch at the outset…next season.

          • coachdon

            I get it that the Iowa lineup will probably be what you listed. However, if Castro is still a Cub when Baez arrives, Baez will probably play second in the Majors. I just think there is very little downside to giving Alcantara a shot to hold the spot until then.

          • Tony_Hall

            Alcantara is not ready and I would rather see Watkins get a shot to play 2B until Baez or Alcantara are ready to come up.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Mendoza line = .214 career hitter.

            Barney didn’t make it in 2013 at .208.

          • J Daniel

            They can do this without breaking the bank. The result might be the same but agree that we don’t need to see the same guys that are only holding down spots again.

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          Jimenez would be that move. Especially if we get Martinez I could see it happening…

  • John_CC

    “-Adrian Gonzalez and Zack Greinke are about to lose to Daniel Descalso and Joe Kelly. Oh, that’s not fair? Sorry, Hanley Ramirez and Clayton Kershaw are about to lose to Matt Carpenter and Lance Lynn.”

    BINGO

  • CubbyDenCritic

    No big trades until next July…….
    Next Cubs manager will be fired before we see a World Series…..
    Wrigley Construction Plan will turn into a 8-10 yr. plan……
    Roof Top Owners will sue no matter what……
    Charlie Manual is not for us……
    Neither is Mike Maddux….
    As I said earlier, no experience manager wants the Cubs job……
    No player is worth 9 figures……
    Cubs seem to have all the field positions cover with Prospects, but not Pitching……
    I say one year from now, everyone will want Vogelbach at first……
    We will see both Torres & Jimanez at Wrigley before they hit 20 yrs old….
    Castro will have a MVP year in 2014…..and be traded for 4 top notch pitching prospects……
    Cubs lawyers will fight Mayor’s Renovation changes…..
    Abreu numbers on the South Side will make Theo speed up both Soler & Almora development……
    Baez will be a 40/40 player……
    2014 is do or die for Bjax & Vitters with the Cubs.

    • cubtex

      I do think Castro will have a big year in 2014 as well. He is too talented not to.

    • jtrain23

      I may have misinterpreted, but I believe Brian is meaning that if Charlie Manuel had not been fired, then Ryno would not have gotten that job. Would the Cubs have considered him? Would he have been interested? I don’t think he meant that the Cubs should consider Charlie Manuel for the managerial position.

    • SuzyS

      Abreu, at 27 years old, will have absolutely nothing to do with Soler & Amora’s development.
      With questions about his bat speed looming,(according to mlbtrade rumors), the White Sox are taking a big risk here…although other teams were bidding right behind the White Sox.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        I am talking more about “pressure” on Theo if Abreu is having a big year and Cubs still have their guys in the minors………remember, both teams compete with each other for attention, even though they are in different leagues.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      Dodgers making do without Kemp and Hanley. To your point, no one player is worth breaking the bank. See: Pujols, Albert or Hamilton, Josh for other examples.

      Yet if any one of them were on the FA market this year, we would be clamoring for them. That is just the nature of the beast.

      Problem is we don’t have 1 hole to fill…we have multiple. Hopefully Olt/Bryant/Baez/Alcantara/Villanueva can fill at least 2 by end of 2014 season.

      Pitching will be the real key…that pipe isn’t mlb-ready, so I expect to see at least 1, if not 2, trades for starting pitching by the Cubs before end of 2014 season.

  • Eugene Debs

    So I was going to call you out on the “big-money deals do not pay off” comment. So, I looked up 10 years of signings and you know what? You are 100% correct. So, I’ll just say “Yay you!” and keep my pie hole shut.

    • Tony_Hall

      Isn’t it amazing when you look back.

      Most players are over 30 when they get these deals, and are on back side of their career. There are exceptions, but most are only good for the first year or two of their deal and some are never worth the deal in even in the early years.

  • Tony_Hall

    This should bring back some memories….

    http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/10/19/sports/baseball/baseball-cathedrals-from-on-high.html?ref=sports

    Click on the picture and it will take you to a slide show of 12 old time ballparks. So cool.

    Slide 10 showing Yankee Stadium in 1953, states how the World Series started on the last day of September, and how in 2013, the series ended on the last day of October.

    • paulcatanese

      Thanks for the link. What is apparant is that
      Wrigley didn’t have parking then and they don’t now. One improvement that needs to be addressed.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        parking is usually an irritating issue that remains top-of-mind when you arrive at the park.

        But that is why they sell Old Style…kills your brain cells and short-term memories associated with parking aggravation, and you leave the park more concerned with finding a place that sells burritos.

    • SuzyS

      Thanks for sharing…of particular interest to me was the picture of Forbes field…The 1960 World Series between Pittsburgh and the Yankees.
      One of my earliest baseball memories is sitting in the same chair with my father watching the ’60 series on a little b&w TV console.
      I thought the Pirates were gods back then.

  • Tony_Hall
    • J Daniel

      Good article. I love the comment below … Olt, how many fingers am I holding up?

      Getting him in the deal was definitely worth the chance though as Garza was leaving anyways.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        Garza heading to a West Coast team…..Giants more likely.

    • SuzyS

      I agree…he will be given “every opportunity” to win it…if he does…I cede all “told you so” bragging rights to you….Nice article…thanks for the link.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Lets say 2014 Opening Day line up looks like this…..
    SS – Castro
    LF – Lake
    1B – Rizzo
    3B – Olt
    RF – Schierholtz
    CF – Sweeney
    2B – Barney
    C – Castillo
    P – Samardzija
    then 2015 Opening Day line up might look like this…..
    CF – Almora
    2B – Alcantara
    LF – Baez
    RF – Soler
    3B – Olt
    1B – Rizzo
    SS – Castro
    C – Castillo
    P – P. Johnson
    Bryant might be here sooner…..which leads to who has to go in the outfield……or will Rizzo fizzle or be traded and move Bryant to first?……….or to third?

    • Tony_Hall

      Bryant will be here before Almora. Almora is most likely end of 2015 early 2016. Bryant is possible in 2014, but early 2015 most likely.

      Pierce Johnson will be moving fast if he pitches in 2015 for the Cubs, let alone is the Opening Day starter.

      Long ways until 2014 Opening Day, let alone 2015.

      • Eugene Debs

        Bryant definitely arrives first. He is a different kind of prospect.

    • Eugene Debs

      Please not another year with Barney as the starter at 2B. I’d rather have Valbuena if we have to stay internal.

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    Okay, here’s some free agents that I believe fit our FA history and would be effective guys. They are the types that could perform and either stick around until the farm grows up or be dealt at the deadline…

    Scott Kazmir
    Scott Baker
    Nate McClouth
    Franklin Gutierrez
    Michael Morse
    Ubaldo JImenez

    I’d be thrilled if we signed Jimenez and Gutierrez. Those two I’ve said before just seem to have “Cubs offseason pickup,” written all over them!

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Baker might be the only one…….right now, what is hurting the Cubs on signing free agents …….3 straight seasons of 90 plus loses and no manager…….with Samardzija making remarks on the FO moves, I think signing even signing mid level free agents is remote.

  • SuzyS

    Just read this piece from comcast….there were some interesting tidbits about Alcantara and Barney in the middle of the article:http://www.csnchicago.com/cubs/state-cubs-martinez-next-and-options-second

    • Tony_Hall

      Don’t believe the one scout who said Alcantara could play a better SS than either Castro or Baez. Alcantara is moving to 2B for defensive reasons. Offense expectations are higher for a 2B then a SS and Alcantara is not as good offensively as Baez, obviously.

  • TinTin

    And my hate for The Cardinals reaches an unimagined plateau….

    • TinTin

      Only second to The Dodgers whom I despise after our last playoff appearance sweep

  • Dorasaga

    Congrats to STL. I spent almost five years there, the prime of my life. But never a fraction of history could be comparable to what the Cards had done through all time.

    ALL TIME.

    Think it this way: St. Louis is a small town. One of the dying towns the last quarter of the last century. But the Cardinals built themselves with limited resources out of that environment.

    Nineteen NL Champ since 1926. Eleven World Series since 1926, and counting. And their “Machine” is still strong. Their farm can create the best talent to fill any position in perhaps every two years.

    It will take at least one more century to accomplish what the STL Cards had done. One hundred years. With the same amount of good farm, talent evaluation, development, trades, and free agent, those are not even a guarantee of matching what the Cards had done the past century. Not to mention of surpassing this great ballclub.

    Now they are heading way ahead, full steam, with the lead of who else? Wacha, Adams, and Carpenter. Molina and Wainwright. All of them from their very own system, learned the right way of baseball from the Machine.

    And they never had that power or money that the Yankees had at New York, the world’s biggest town for almost a century. Even the Yankees had Joe McCarthy for their first successful DYNASTY–he was all out building them a great farm and traded for young talents.

    Never had a daddy as plenty, the Cards won it all in the end, 19 times.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Eleven W.S. titles my friend……19th appearance……always check your facts…then re-check.

      • Dorasaga

        Nineteen NL Champs. I intentionally picked the number closer to 20. When a team wins the “league,” it’s a Champ; read 3rd paragraph above as well (4th paragraph, technically). BTW, I don’t need to check anything. This is a page for rant. You are just acting like an ass.

        • CubbyDenCritic

          When you said “the Cards won it all in the end, 19 times”…the end means W.S. titles to us baseball people…….which is misleading……reporting like that can get you job at CNN

          • Tony_Hall

            That must be your dream to get a job on Bleacher Report, one day you will work your way up to a shot at that.

          • CubbyDenCritic

            Did you say something?

      • Tony_Hall

        You are lecturing someone about checking their facts….incredible.

    • Tony_Hall

      You are just entering your prime D :)