Cubs Sign OF Mitch Maier to Minor League Contract, Confirm Signings of Wada and Sanchez

The Cubs announced the signing of veteran outfielder Mitch Maier to a minor league contract on Thursday. Maier’s deal includes a non-roster invitation to Spring Training.

The Cubs also confirmed the signings of LHP Tsuyoshi Wada, LHP Jonathan Sanchez and LHP Tommy Hottovy. All three southpaws received non-roster invites to big league camp … pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on Feb. 13.

Jonathan Sanchez will compete for a spot in the Cubs’ pen in the spring and not as a starter, as reported. The Cubs see Tsuyoshi Wada as a starter and he will compete for a starting job this spring.


Mitch Maier spent last season with Triple-A Pawtucket and hit .310/.431/.451/.882 with seven doubles and three home runs in 31 games. Maier last played in the majors in 2012. In 32 games with the Royals, Maier hit .172/.260/.313/.573 with one double, one triple and two home runs.

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  • raymondrobertkoenig

    Are the Cubs thinking of Wada as a starter or reliever?

    • cubtex

      starter(which is great if he pans out)

      • raymondrobertkoenig

        Thank you.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      They are looking at Wada as a starter

  • cubtex

    We are building a AAAA empire of outfielders! Maier,Cunningham,MacDonald,Wells,Kalish,Neal,
    Ruggiano. I wonder what Jerome Walton is doing these days?

    • Tony_Hall

      Every team has these players and every team makes these signings every winter. There really should be a AAAA league created, it might be entertaining.

      • cubtex

        What does this say about Josh Vitters future? Why not see if this guy can play and give him a shot?

        • Tony_Hall

          It says absolutely nothing about Josh Vitter’s future.

          ST rosters have to be filled up and that is why all teams make these signings every single winter. Some will make the team, some will make another, but most end up in AAA or an independent league.

          • cubtex

            There is 1 opening for the outfield(as it stands right now) Of course it says something about Vitters future. Do you think they signed all these guys with the hope of strictly filling out a AAA outfield?

          • Tony_Hall

            No, to fill out a ST roster. Vitters will be given every opportunity to win a spot this spring, and if he is not ready, they have plenty of AAAA type players to fill in the spot.

          • 07GreyDigger

            If anything it says to Vitters to be healthy and ready to produce come spring training. The message most MLB players must face in order to make a team out of spring training.

          • cubtex

            so which “most” MLB players on the Cubs have that message for the spring?

          • 07GreyDigger

            Sanchez, Wada, Arrieta, Cabrera, Grimm, Hendriks, Raley, Rondon, Rosscup, Rusin, Kottaras, Barney, Murphy, Olt, Vitters, Watkins, Jackson, do you need anymore?

          • cubtex

            Barney, Arrieta? So…if those 2 don’t perform in the spring….they won’t have a job on the mlb team?

          • 07GreyDigger

            You and your semantics. It’s like I’m arguing with a woman sometimes. :)

          • cubtex

            this is your quote bud. I re-quoted like Mr. Hall.

            The message most MLB players must face in order to make a team out of spring training.

          • 07GreyDigger

            How is that not true my quote?

          • John_CC

            no comment

          • Eugene Debs

            We can only hope.

          • cubtex

            Lol

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

            Any thoughts to Vitters earning a starting outfield job have to be hopeful at best. I’d imagine they’d want to have a plethora of insurance behind that one…

          • cubtex

            I am not even talking about starting. 5th outfielder. 1st base and 3rd base fill in.

          • cubtex

            How soon we all forget about the Great Joe Mather :)

          • Tony_Hall

            Different year and an example of one of these guys getting a spot.

          • cubtex

            same thing. You don’t think that if one of these guys has a great spring that they won’t put him on the team?

          • Tony_Hall

            Of course I think they will, and then Vitters will go to AAA to play everyday, which may be the plan all along. We don’t know. But if they didn’t sign any of these guys, and Vitters had a bad spring, you would blast them for not having someone better than whatever guy they would pick up off of waivers to be a 5th OF. This is truly their 25th roster spot.

          • cubtex

            We are talking about a fifth outfielder here. Please. Any AAAA player can have a great spring training. They aren’t facing great breaking balls early and seeing mostly straight stuff. Tyler Colvin was a monster in the spring…so was that kid from the Univ of Michigan(I forgot his name but the catcher/3rd baseman/1st baseman) I think he led spring training in home runs one year.
            We are talking about a former 1st round pick in Vitters who should be given a chance to see if he has a major league career.

          • Tony_Hall

            So they should have no other OF’s in ST and announce that Vitters is the 5th OF?

          • cubtex

            They had a van full already…..now they are changing that to a busload full.

          • bpot92

            Jake Fox?

          • Eugene Debs

            Jake Fox. LOL!!!

          • Tom U

            Fox is currently leading the Mexican Pacific League in RBI and is second in home runs.

          • Ripsnorter1

            But does he speak Spanish? That’s very important.

          • Tom U

            Jake’s a pretty big guy. I sure he can at least order something.

          • bpot92

            I believe thats who we was thinking of…wasnt anything more than answering who he said he couldnt remember…

          • Eugene Debs

            No worries, I was just laughing at Jake Fox.

          • cubtex

            Yes. Jake Fox

          • Ripsnorter1

            JAKE FOX!

            How DARE you forget his name!!

          • cubtex

            And that would be a crying shame if you ask me. To have a #5 outfielder like a Joe Mather serves ZERO purpose on a 90 loss team.

          • Tony_Hall

            What if they want Vitters to play everyday for the first half of the year before spending the 2nd half of the year as the 5th OF?

            I can hear people saying that it is a crying shame that Vitters only gets a few AB’s each week, he should be in Iowa playing everyday if they are not going to use him.

            Got to run, be back later tonight.

          • cubtex

            He is 6 year minor leaguer. It is his time to sink or swim in the majors. If he sinks….at least you know and you cut him.

          • cubtex

            Edit- 7 year minor leaguer

          • Ripsnorter1

            What about Mr. Brett Jackson? Where does he fit in?

          • cubtex

            No idea.

          • Tony_Hall

            He may be in Iowa, and in LF,

            LF B Jackson
            CF Szczur
            RF Ha

            Should be a very competitive ST.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Vitters time in the minors does not matter at this point as for him staying in the organization. As Tony pointed out, he has one more option year left. If he is still with the organization and struggles in the spring he can always be optioned out.

          • cubtex

            My point is that he has had 7 years in the minors. He has had success at each level. Let him sink or swim as a platoon player. This is the year to do that with the team they are going to put out there.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            As long as he stays healthy and shows up to Spring Training ready to compete he will have a chance to make the team.

            Hopefully Vitters is working on preparing for the spring, both physically and mentally.

          • cubtex

            I agree. I am rooting for him.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            That makes at least two of us. There is a lot of talent there.

          • SuzyS

            Make that at least three.

          • Dorasaga

            Good info. Thanks, Neil. This is why despite the feuding c.t. and T.H., I’m still reading CCO commenteliers!

          • Tony_Hall

            Vitters still has one more option and if he struggles in the spring it is best to make this his last option year and let him play everyday, until he earns the spot on the 25 man.

            He is still just 24 years old.

          • cubtex

            Where will Vitters and BJax play ? If Vitters starts in left and BJax in CF for AAA that would make sense. I don’t understand the Aaron Cunninghams,Casper Wells, Maier, Macdonald and at least 4 more I didn’t mention. Not even mentioning Ha and Sczur.

          • Tony_Hall

            Many of those AAAA players will get cut.

            I am glad you are finally seeing that the farm system is filling up even at the AAA and competition and performance will start to determine which players play where.

            I want Vitters to be the 5th OF, because he can also fill in at 3B and 1B. I think he can have a very nice major league career as a RH platoon bat. But I want to see him earn this spot in ST, and I think he will.

          • cubtex

            So again if that is the case….why all the 4A outfielders? I guarantee at least 2 of these guys will be starting in AAA. What’s your answer to that?

          • Tony_Hall

            What part of needing to fill a spring training roster up don’t you understand!

            Neil – What is the roster limit for spring training?

          • cubtex

            So you are saying that none of these guys will be starting in AAA next year? They will all be vying for 1 spot or be released? You don’t honestly believe that.

          • Tony_Hall

            OMG you are impossible.

            AAA does have a bench and needs to fill that roster as well.

          • cubtex

            Why can’t you answer a question?

          • Tony_Hall

            What part have I not answered?

          • cubtex

            Casper Wells,Aaron Cunningham, Ryan Kalish will go to Iowa to backup BJax, Ha and Sczur. Now that is funny.

          • Tony_Hall

            Can you tell me who will get hurt in ST?

            Can you tell me who will struggle and get sent to AA?

            Can you tell me if they need a roster filler at AA, let alone AAA?

            These guys you are so concerned about are short term roster fillers. When they are no longer needed, whether it is spring training, April, June or August they will be cut.

          • cubtex

            Didn’t you just mention how crowded the higher levels are now in the minors? Ha, BJax, Sczur, Vitters. You have Sweeney, Schierhotz, Lake and Ruggiano on the North Side. Again….why the truckload of 4A players?

          • Tony_Hall

            TO FILL SPRING TRAINING ROSTERS

            TO BE DEPTH IN CASE OF INJURY

            TO BE ROSTER FILLERS AND POSSIBLE STARTERS AT AAA IN CASE OF INJURY OR INEFFECTIVENESS OF YOUNGER PROSPECTS

          • cubtex

            Ineffectiveness of younger prospects? Bite your tongue.

          • Tony_Hall

            That is why you need lots of prospects and not rely on one or two. But just because one fails, doesn’t mean you get rid of them. Most player will fail before they succeed.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            I am not aware of a true limit, I will check. There comes a point where a team must not add too many players so they have a chance to play in the spring.

            Another thing to keep in mind, if I remember correctly they have eight split-squad games this spring … okay I just cheated and looked at my report …

            The Cubs play 36 games between Feb 27 and March 29 with only one off day. There are eight split squad games, a trip to Vegas and two games at Chase Field to wrap up the exhibition season.

          • GaryLeeT

            Except most team’s NRIs are there to provide bodies for the split squad games, and maybe create a little competition for the 25 man MLB roster. For the Cubs, the NRIs are the ones who will fill a decent amount of 25 man roster.

          • Tony_Hall

            Not sure how you say the are the ones who will fill a decent amount of the 25 man roster.

            Position Players – 13
            C – Castillo, Kottaras
            1B – Rizzo
            2B – Barney
            SS – Castro
            3B – Olt, Valbuena, Murphy
            OF – Lake, Sweeney, Schierholtz and Ruggiano

            ONE OPEN SPOT

            Rotation
            1 Samardzija
            2 Wood
            3 EJackson
            4 Arrieta
            5 Rusin

            Bullpen only 7 spots
            RH Bullpen options (7)
            Cabrera
            Grimm
            Parker
            Rondon
            Strop
            Veras
            Villanueva

            LH Bullpen options (4)
            Raley, Rosscup, Russell, Wright

            Not sure we will have any NRI make the pitching staff.

            So, all of those NRI will have just 1 spot open, the 25th man, and if Tex has his way, we say that is Vitters (which is what I prefer but want him to earn the job, not be given it), then we have no open spots on the 25 man and the NRI are just to fill out the ST roster like every team does.

          • cubtex

            Ryan Roberts will be on this team IMO.

          • Tony_Hall

            If Barney gets traded or Olt gets sent down, I agree, otherwise I don’t think so. He is not quite what he was a few years ago, and Murphy is whose spot he would have to take and not sure he can do that in 2014.

          • GaryLeeT

            You’re right. I went all over that list, and I just can’t find a single player who should not be on a Major League roster

          • cubtex

            Now that was funny!

          • Tony_Hall

            You mentioned NRI’s would fill up a decent amount of the 25 man roster.

            All the names I listed are on the 40 man roster.

          • Tony_Hall

            Can you list the players you don’t think should be on a major league 25 man roster? Would love to see your list.

          • GaryLeeT

            Rip put up the list I had in mind. Except I would keep Jackson, but add Parker.

          • Tony_Hall

            Actually, Rip didn’t list the players that he thought should be on a major league 25 man roster, his was based on a winning team only.

          • GaryLeeT

            So it’s not about winning, it’s finding enough warm bodies.

          • Tony_Hall

            Yeah, that’s what the roster is full of, just warm bodies.

            I take that as you don’t want to make the list.

          • GaryLeeT

            Had to get up at 4:45 this AM so I am too tired to give you the thoughtful answer you deserve., However, I am sure the the Cubs’ roster will be an ongoing issue, with further opportunities to discuss this in the future…

          • Tony_Hall

            I am sure it will be.

            Is 4:45 early?

          • GaryLeeT

            Not for you and RIP. I have seen you guys post at some ungodly hours.

          • Ripsnorter1

            LOL

            We love the CCO. Can’t bear to leave the computer screen to
            keep the conversation moving. : )

          • Ripsnorter1

            If you are speaking of the Miami Marlins, then perhaps you are right.
            If you are speaking of a winning team, say, a World Series contender,
            then you are quite wrong.

            Starters not worthy of a Winning Team:
            Rusin, Jackson, Arrieta.
            Bullpen pitchers not worthy of Winning Team:
            Cabrera, Grimm, Rondon, possibly Strop (depending on how much control he has);
            Veras and Villanueva would be 11th and 12th men on a winning staff.

            INF:
            BARNEY. (How did you miss that one?)
            Kotteras, Olt, Valbuena, Murphy (poor glove),

            OF:
            Lake, Sweeney, Schierholtz and Ruggiano would all be 4th or 5th OF on a winning franchise.
            Lake doesn’t have the glove just yet; Sweeney doesn’t have the bat.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            My Junior Lake man-love will not less this slight go unavenged!!

            Lake is, at minimum, a 4th OF. With upside!!!

          • Ripsnorter1

            Jr. Lake–will be 24 in ST.

            A toolsy but raw talent.
            Poor glove due to inexperience in the OF. Cannot handle
            INF duty in the ML due to poor glove.

            Doesn’t walk at all: 13 BB in 254 PA. Wait until Team Theo starts
            working on him, a la Castro, to change things up.

            MiL numbers (career):
            .272 BA….322 OBP…411 slug

            I have hopes he will improve, but what we currently have
            is what you currently see.

          • GaryLeeT

            Marlins? The Cubs can only dream about having a player the caliber of a Fernandez on their team.

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

            Strop last year looked like a stud reliever, maybe even closer on a winning team.

          • Ripsnorter1

            1st half: 0-3 5.72 ERA. 1.482 WHIP.
            2nd half: 2-2 3.41 ERA. 1.000 WHIP

            2nd half was decent. His Cub tour of duty was very good:
            2-2 2.83. WHIP = 0.943

            Which Strop will show up for 2014? Nobody in Baltimore wants
            him back. They grew tired of his erratic performance. He could
            be a stud, or he could be a dud.

            Let’s hope he’s a stud. : )

          • Ripsnorter1

            It could be that Strop finally found the magic, and he can
            control his stuff. If so, then 40 saves!

            Me? It’s wait and see. Let him have the ball–forget Veras!–and
            see what happens.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            It is like our whole roster is made of 24th and 25th type players.

          • Ripsnorter1

            Correcto!

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            I will allow that Castro, Rizzo, Lake, Wood, and even Shark would make top 15 roster spots on a lot of clubs.

            But the rest of them? Oh boy…

    • TheWrongGuy

      At last report Jerome Walton was being a hitting instructor in Alabama somewhere. :)

  • mutantbeast

    Gee, Mitch Maier. Really improves us so much. Wada and Sanchez I can understand, particulary if Wada turns into a decent starter. Ruggliano at least has decent power numbers, so I can see him as a platoon OF. Maier adds nothing, except hes a RH hitter who cant hit.

  • No Baseball In Indiana

    Way to go Theoyer! Why haven’t you signed a gazzillion overpriced FA’s!?! We could be contenders if we had Bourn, MaCann, Ellsbury, Choo, Loney, Grienke, and Sanchez. OMG, OMG, OMG what are you doing Theoyer!?!?!

    • cubtex

      I know there isn’t much to do in Indiana(not only no baseball) but some people in other states have a little higher standards than what Theohoyer are doing. LOL.

    • John_CC

      lol.

    • Dorasaga

      Hi, No B., welcome aboard! I was intrigued by your scr.name, so I checked.

      There are three minor league teams. Pirates own a triple-A team at Indianapolis. Padres and DBacks each owns a low-A team in your state, too.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Minor_League_Baseball_leagues_and_teams

      Maybe you can visit one of your ballparks and play scout for us, spot a Bryant or Alomar playing against, will you? ;-)

      • No Baseball In Indiana

        Hi Dorsaga,
        I live in Indianapolis and check out the Indians pretty frequently. It was cool getting to see Marte, Taillon, Cole, Tabata, and Alvarez (I saw Alvarez when I was at UT too, kid had monster power in college). Saw Yonder Alonso play for the Bats, it was pretty obvious he was overhyped. Unfortunately, the ICubs are in a different division though, but if they head over this way I write something up.

        • Dorasaga

          Interesting. I didn’t realize that Alvarez played for Vanderbilt before this comment. The Cubs loved the players from V.U., when GM Hendry had the reign.

          It’s kind of weird for me that the Friars traded for Alonso and expected him to be the second AGon. Hoyer needs to answer that.

          And nice to hear from you, followed the minor players. Enjoy the green! It can’t get better this winter!

  • cubtex

    2013 outfield on opening day..
    Soriano
    DeJesus
    Schierholts
    Sappelt
    S Hairston

    2014 as it looks today
    Lake
    Sweeney
    Schierholtz
    Ruggiano

    ?

    You be the judge.

    • cubtex

      Let’s put the 2012 opening day outfield up as well to see the transformation and the turnover of talent .
      2012 outfield
      Soriano
      Byrd
      DeJesus
      Reed Johnson
      and the Great Joe Mather

      • Rational Logic

        Look at the salaries and performances of those outfields – the dollar per win is atrocious. If you look at the outfield today, the team can win the same amount or more games with better the better pitching.

        Now look at a year or two from now at an outfield combination featuring potentially Almora, Bryant, Soler, etc.

        Remind me again how the outfield of two horrid teams the last two years and this year’s probably-will-be-a-rebuilding-season lineup matter?

        • cubtex

          Rewind 7 years ago and imagine an outfield of Pie Patterson and whoever. You get my point?

          • Rational Logic

            Oh, definitely. Obviously nobody has any idea how those players will turn out. Yet the FO has made a clear mission to improve the team organically, not through expensive and overpriced contracts or AAAA fill-ins seeing 500+ ABs.

            I believe we were looking at Pie, Patterson, and Dubois or Murton…ouch.

          • cubtex

            I don’t think anyone envisioned that after 3 off seasons the outfield and starting pitching staff would like it is today. To wait for the prospects to pan out and not improve the big league roster shouldn’t be acceptable for this type of franchise.

          • Ripsnorter1

            I agree. But read how some are thinking that we should judge
            Theo based upon “dollars per win.” That means winning would be
            “the cheaper, the better.” Therefore, if we lose 96 games again,
            but we do it paying out less dough, it would be a successful season.

            Ya dig?

            I don’t.

          • cubtex

            I was OK with a rebuild but I did not think it would be like this. Look at the 2012 opening day roster and look at 2014. Where is the improvement or influx of young talent? The only young position player that Theo brought in is Rizzo. Lake and Castillo were already here.

          • SuzyS

            cubtex,I sometimes don’t understand you…you seem very astute at times…and other times as dense as the Oxford English Dictionary in Pre-Net form.
            The infusion is staring you in the face…THIS is the swing year where the Baez/Bryants/Olts begin to arrive and push out the AAAA players.
            I agree it seems it has taken too long…but it it really hasn’t.
            Other then Lake, the entire outfield and AAA signings are easily dfa’d if they don’t produce to make room for the prospects coming up.
            Whether we agree with it or not…that is the plan.

          • J Daniel

            VERY WELL SAID!

          • cubtex

            I appreciate the compliment Suzy. C’mon! Put on your big city girl clothes on here(I was going to use another word but thought otherwise :) These are prospects that you don’t keep open spots at 3 positions? Sometimes I swear……people think the Cubs are playing in Fargo,ND. No offense to Fargo…but you get my point. The roster in 2012 to 2014 is an embarrasment. Look what Rick Hahn did to his mlb roster in 1 year. Look what Cleveland did. Look what your Red Sox did.

    • Tony_Hall

      Lake over Soriano (based on age)
      Sweeney = Dejesus
      Schierholtz = Schierholtz
      Ruggiano over Sappelt/Hairston (can’t be worse than those 2 were)

      So besides for Soriano being a vet what part was so much better in 2013 than today?

      • cubtex

        You were praising Sappelt and Hsirston at the time. Look back. Lol

        • Tony_Hall

          Hairston has been a good player and played better later in the year. Sappelt is your classic AAAA player.

          • cubtex

            Not at the time. You would put Hairston way ahead of Ruggiano coming off his previous year

          • Tony_Hall

            Hairston does have more of a track record, but after last season, if I even knew who Ruggiano was and if you look at his 2012 stats, I am sure even you would admit you would have picked Ruggiano over Hairston going into 2103

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        not sold on Sweeney…you may be right, but Dejesus was a known commodity and provided what you would expect him to produce. Not sure what we will get from Sweeney.

        Agree with the rest. Whole lotta suck, outside of Lake.

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

          I’m excited about Sweeney. He looked great last year when healthy. If he plays like he did last year he’ll be batting 3 whole at some point.

      • jtrain23

        I might take Lake over Soriano based on potential, but I don’t think there is any debating who brings more to the team right now.

        Soriano was a lock for 30 homers yearly. He had lots of holes in his game, but there is no question that he makes a roster better in the current.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Seems this off season was all about Quantity …..not Quality for this Cubs Roster..

  • CubbyDenCritic

    We are running out of club house lockers in Arizona !

    • John_CC

      The new facility is huge!

  • CubbyDenCritic

    I believe Mel Hall is getting early release from prison !

  • CubbyDenCritic

    With all these washed up players getting a job from Theo…..watch for the January Job Report looking even better,

  • CubbyDenCritic

    Starlin Castro lost millions for his father’s actions when Castro was 15. Okay, what court system did this happen in?

    • Denver Mike

      From what i understand the funds were seized when he refused to pay a baseball school in the Dominican money they claimed to be owed. It’s pretty crazy to think about parents signing a contract that promises a % of their 15 year old child’s earnings for life if he makes MLB. It demonstrates how baseball really is the only way out of poverty for many families in foreign countries, and they are willing to go to great lengths to make that happen.

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    No one does a NRI like the 2014 Chicago Cubs. No. One.

    • Tony_Hall

      Please look at the NRI of all 30 major league teams when spring training starts and tell us how the Cubs do it differently.

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        I have blind faith in Team Theo. I don’t need to check…I know they are the best at it!

        • Tony_Hall

          No, please check, as I am sure you will find many players who you will wonder why they are there.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            Team Theo makes no mistakes. If Team Theo was a movie character, they would be a combination of Neo from Matrix and the Dutch from Predator. Team Theo makes it ok to put ketchup on a hotdog in Chicago. Team Theo is the ice cream truck that is never out of stock of the red/yellow/blue snow cones.

            I mean…ignore that they already fired their first hand-picked manager and that the “core” players regressed under their watch, and that we have no young starting pitching that is mlb ready on the farm.

            Those are just flukes.
            Nope. Total blind faith here…

          • Tony_Hall

            They do make mistakes, this is an imperfect sport.

          • JasonOfTheBurbs

            I agree…they do make mistakes.

          • Tony_Hall

            Please tell me what team doesn’t?

  • Tony_Hall

    David Kaplan ‏@thekapman

    Jed Hoyer on @davidkaplanshow on @wgnradio “The more u talk to other teams/agents, that w/PED’s out the game is getting younger/faster.”

    • Dorasaga

      LOL. Hoyer is trying to misguide all the Cubbie Faithfuls who weren’t seeing much power on the Big league level recently.

      Between 1990 and 2005, PED kept players to either stay on peak or decline slowly between age 26 to 32. The stats are across the board.

      During that time span, players stayed more healthy, more powerful, faster, and less exposed to their weakness or to a lack of skills, compared to the period before and after.

      It’s just amazing with the post-Roid Era–The general consensus is that teams need to get younger and faster players on field to win. That’s a misguiding statement with partial truth.

  • Tony_Hall

    David Kaplan ‏@thekapman1m
    Hoyer: “That’s why having top prospects is so important. When we get ready to add free agents it will be when our core prospects are here.”

  • Tony_Hall

    David Kaplan ‏@thekapman53s
    “You can’t rely on free agency anymore. Teams are locking up their young players much more. You have to have core players and then add on.”

  • Scott McMeekan

    Hey all! I can’t believe the amount of time and data that you guys have! LOL Haven’t posted anything since last year, but I read the site regularly. Just wanted to say thanks again to Neil, and let you all know that your passion for the Cubs, whether it’s positive or negative, is truly fun to read. I’m looking forward to the season, and hope to contribute…although I’m woefully lacking in my baseball intelligence compared to most of you. I miss Aaron, wonder what he’s doing. Anyway, a very blessed Christmas to you all!

    • Ripsnorter1

      Good to hear from you, Scott. Merry Christmas and a very happy and prosperous 2014 to you and
      all of yours.

      Just voice your opinion, and someone on here will correct it and educate you. : )

      I love it!

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Scott, great to hear from you and Happy Christmas to you and your family!

    • SuzyS

      Scott…Merry Christmas to you…and yours…don’t worry about your baseball ontelligence…If you have something to say…say it. No worries.
      I suspect Aaron is out there lurking somewhere.

      • J Daniel

        Aaron is actually CubbyDenCritic in disguise!

        • SuzyS

          Not even close.
          Aaron couldn’t hide his distinctive style.

          • J Daniel

            no doubt … just being silly … Cubby has been good lately … don’t always agree

        • SuzyS

          :-)

        • Tony_Hall

          Their knowledge couldn’t be more opposite.

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