Hello again, everybody. The future is a strange thing really because we have no idea what it holds. Sure, we would love to think we do, but we don’t. And that is why the future is scary, exciting, foreboding, enthralling, strange, nerve-racking, thought provoking, and many, many other things.
However, for Cubs fans, the future has always been this mystical thing. Right? “Wait ‘til next year.” And what is next year, but the future. It is that time strange, yet magical time. With minor league promotions occurring at rapid pace lately, and a tease that Jorge Soler will be up in September, this future is getting more exciting every day. So with that, let’s get to what we do on Fridays at the CCO.
- The worst thing the FO can do now is send ‘Mendy down if he continues to struggle. However, cutting, err DFA’ing Barney is a sign they are all in AA.
- DFA is the nicest way to say, “fired.” We do not say Darwin Barney was fired, we say, he was designated for assignment.
- And yes, I know they are not the same thing, but you knew what I am getting at. Well, some of you do.
- Mike Olt needs to see pitching every day, and he needs to regain his confidence. Rizzo had to go back down at one point in his career as well. This is not the time to write off Mike Olt.
- Remember when Jorge Soler was a bust about seven weeks ago?
- Now, he might be their best prospect because his strikeout rate is low. How about that?!?!
- The FO has been shrewd getting trades done well before the deadline and amassing some impressive players … two top-100 guys, a possible closer and other pieces that still project well.
- When you get mad that the Cubs missed out on a big signing, or you think Ricketts is being cheap, imagine being a Phillies fan. Imagine those contracts on your books. Then smile.
- I also enjoy the FO’s hesitancy, if I can call it that, to trade for the sake of trading. Some were very high on the acquisition of Ruggiano last offseason, and he has been hitting well lately.
- The team still controls him, Valbuena, Russell and others beyond this year. NO reason to give those guys away for free.
- I have recently heard people trying to knock Rizzo’s RBI total. And yes, he struck out with the bases loaded Wednesday night in a big spot. But let’s not sit here and pretend like the Cubs have consistent table-setters. Time will tell.
- Bonifacio just got off the DL. Other than that, it’s been a crapshoot when it comes to said table-setters.
- Speaking of Emilio … one prospect would be expected, two would be what we like to refer to as “gravy.” Personally, I do not like gravy, but the world says I am wrong.
- The No. 1 pick is still a possibility. The Cubs have a tough schedule, but there are some real bad teams in the Bigs this year.
- I would rather have Rizzo and Castro finish strong, along with solid performances from ‘Mendy’ and Hendricks over the No. 1 pick.
- Speaking of the No. 1 pick, I feel horrible for Aiken. I would really like someone to get to the bottom of what happened. Correct me if I am wrong, but if he goes to college, he is not draft eligible for three more years. What do you do if you are him? If it is me, I sit out. I don’t go to college. There is too much money on the line.
- The thing I appreciate most of the Edwin Jackson signing … Theo basically admitted it was a mistake. That I appreciate. No one is perfect. It was a knee-jerk reaction to being shunned by Anibal Sanchez.
- I am immensely excited to see what Bosio can do over another offseason with Arrieta. 2.12 ERA, 93 Ks in 85 IPs … this is more than anyone hoped for. Or more than anyone SHOULD have hoped for.
- I know Chris Coghlan is not part of the “future,” nor am I saying he will be. But, I was a fan of his when he was on the Fish, and I am still a fan today. And his past six weeks have been fun to watch. Chris Coghlan. A guy in his prime, and a guy who can teach the ways.
- We can talk about the future and the Core Four, Five or Nine, but the Cubs will still need to have a few vets on this team. The young guys need role models and people to learn from. Rizzo and Castro are still too young for that.
The rebuild is great, but there will need to be some hand-holding, as there needs to be in any profession, but the future is getting closer. While we don’t know what the future holds, the Cubs current future is more exciting than the Cubs future has been for quite some time. That specific “next year” is closer … possibly closer than it has been for a long time now.
Here’s hoping everyone has a wonderful, safe and enjoyable weekend …
And until next time …
Stay Classy Cubs Fans!!