The Cubs have received a lot of props for the acquisition of Wade Davis, the second cousin of Jody Davis. The trade to solve the Cubs need at the backend of the bullpen has been labeled the wisest and shrewdest move of the Winter Meetings.
Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer did not commit a long-term contract (four to five years) and $60-90 million on a reliever. Regardless of a pitcher’s track record, history has shown a reliever’s shelf life isn’t long as one Cubs official pointed out to Peter Gammons.
Wade Davis has been one of the best late-inning relievers in the game for the last three seasons. Davis knows how to pitch. Davis can mix his pitches and makes in-game adjustments. Davis is not just about lighting up a radar gun. Plus, Joe Maddon and Dave Martinez know Davis. And Rays’ pitching coach Jim Hickey told the Tribune that Maddon’s familiarity with Davis will benefit him and the Cubs.
Reports have been positive about the injury to his right forearm that forced him to the DL twice last season. Davis passed the Cubs’ exam and he says he is healthy.
According to the Tribune, “The only adjustment that could take some time is Davis’ jersey number.”
Davis changed his number in 2014 from 22 to 17 to honor his stepbrother, Dustin Huguley. The Tribune reported he passed away after he “collapsed and died of a genetic heart defect after playing in a softball game the previous year.”
Cubs Ticket Prices
The World Series Champions announced last week an across the board ticket price increase.
The average Cubs ticket will cost 19.5 percent more in 2017 than it did this past season. Increases ranged from six percent for upper deck reserved season to 31 percent for infield club box seats.
According to Danny Ecker, the ticket price increase could net the team more than $20 million at the gate.
The average ticket at Wrigley Field next season will cost $58.00. There are affordable ticket options at Wrigley, according to Carrie Muskat, in which families can purchase tickets for $9.00 each for either bronze or silver games.
“There’s a significant public signal for demand, obviously. It’s never easy to raise prices, so we’re really thoughtful about it,” Colin Faulkner said to the Sun-Times. “We also are very optimistic about the future and about having a period of time where we have continued success on the baseball feel. And we’ve invested in the ballpark as well, so the fan experience has definitely increased as well.”
The Cubs had more than 3.2 million fans (3,232,420) attend games at Wrigley Field last, the third biggest season attendance in franchise history. And there are more than 100,000 fans on the Cubs season-ticket holder waiting list.
- Report from the Sun-Times
- Report from the Tribune
- Report from Danny Ecker
- Report from Carrie Muskat
- Report from Hardball Talk
RHP Jhondaniel Medina posted on his Instagram account that he signed a minor league contract with the Cubs. Attempts to verify this signing have been unsuccessful as of this writing. With that said, players seldom, if ever, post they have signed with a team on social media unless they have.
Medina is 5-foot-11, 158 pounds and turns 24 in February (Feb. 8). The 23-year old has spent the last four seasons in the Pirates system. Last year, Medina was in Double- and Triple-A, pitching a total of 46 games in relief.
Medina was 2-2 in 37 games with a 3.70 ERA and 1.30 WHIP for Double-A Altoona. In nine games for Triple-A Indianapolis, he was 1-1 with a 2.63 ERA and 1.39 WHIP.
Last season, Medina was 3-3 in 46 games with a 3.49 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. Medina allowed 31 runs, 27 earned, on 54 hits with 38 walks and 70 strikeouts in 69 2/3 innings.
Under Armour and Fanatics
Major League Baseball announced last week a 10-year partnership with Under Armour and Fanatics that will begin in 2020.
— MLB (@MLB) December 5, 2016
Under Armour will become the official uniform provider for MLB, beginning with the 2020 season.
According to the report from Hardball Talk, Major League Baseball will be the first professional sports league to have Under Armour as its official uniform provider. Under Armour has sponsored several MLB players over the last 10 years.
Statement from Major League Baseball: Beginning in the 2020 MLB season, Under Armour will be the exclusive MLB provider of all on-field uniform components including jerseys featuring prominent Under Armour branding, baselayer, game-day outerwear, and year-round training apparel for all 30 MLB Clubs. Fanatics, a global leader of licensed sports merchandise, will be granted broad consumer product licensing rights to manage the manufacturing and distribution of Under Armour and Fanatics fan gear, which include jerseys at retail, name & number products and Postseason apparel. Under Armour and Fanatics expect to offer an assortment of new fan gear apparel and accessories at retail, prior to the 2020 season.
News, Notes and Rumors
• According to Paul Sullivan it will be hard to replace Dexter Fowler in the clubhouse, but life goes on for the Cubs.
• Jay Jaffe picked the winners and losers of this year’s Winter Meetings. And one of Jaffe’s winners was the Cubs for acquiring Wade Davis. One of the losers according to Jaffe is the Yankees for re-signing Aroldis Chapman.
• Speaking of closers, the Dodgers, Nationals and Marlins are the three teams in rather heavily on Kenley Jansen. There are some within the game that are beginning to think he will sign a bigger contract than the five-year, $86 million deal the Yankees gave Aroldis Chapman. The high-price tag and length of contract might take the Dodgers out of the running.
• According to a report from Nick Cafardo, Jonathan Papelbon is still dealing with the personal family matter that kept him from signing with a team last summer following his release from the Nationals. Papelbon’s agent, Seth Levinson, gave Cafardo the update on his client and until he has that issue cleared up he will continue to devote his time to his family. Levinson is hoping “people can respect his privacy during this time.”
• Jason Hammel, Travis Wood, Doug Fister, Jhoulys Chacin, Scott Feldman, Junichi Tazawa and Brad Ziegler are on the list of pitchers the Marlins are interested in. According to Jon Heyman, the Marlins are waiting on Kenley Jansen before signing another starting pitcher.
• Teams are asking the Red Sox more about lefty Drew Pomeranz than right-hander Clay Buchholz. The Sox would rather deal Buchholz according to a report from Hardball Talk, citing Nick Cafardo as its source.
• The Nationals traded an upset Danny Espinosa to the Angels late Saturday for RHP Kyle McGowin and RHP Austin Adams. Hardball Talk reported that Espinosa was not happy about the trade that landed Adam Eaton with the Nationals. Espinosa did not attend the team’s fan fest this weekend “because od his dissatisfaction with management.”
And last, but not least, a reminder to order the latest CD from Pat Hughes … The Chicago Cubs Win the World Series
This Day in Cubstory
2014 – Marlins selected Andrew McKirahan from the Cubs in the Rule 5 Draft
2014 – Cubs selected Taylor Featherston from the Rockies in the Rule 5 Draft in a prearranged deal with the Angels. The Angels purchased Featherston from the Cubs.
2009 – Cubs signed free agent Marlon Byrd
2008 – Pirates selected Donnie Veal from the Cubs in the Rule 5 Draft
2008 – Reds selected David Patton from the Rockies in the Rule 5 Draft. The Cubs purchased David Patton from the Reds in a pre-draft arrangement.
2006 – Cubs signed free agent Cory Bailey
2006 – Cubs signed free agent Josh Kroeger
2006 – Cubs signed free agent Mike Mahoney
2002 – Cubs released Angel Echevarria
2001 – Cubs traded Nate Teut to the Marlins for Jesus Sanchez
2001 – Mark Prior won the Golden Spikes Award as the top amateur baseball player in the U.S.
2000 – Cubs selected Scott Chiasson from the A’s in the Rule 5 Draft
2000 – Cubs signed free agent Joe Borowski
1997 – Cubs acquired Sandy Martinez from the Blue Jays for a PTBNL. The Cubs sent Trevor Schaffer to Toronto on Dec. 19 to complete the trade.
1992 – Cubs signed free agent Candy Maldonado
1991 – Cubs released Yorkis Perez
1985 – Cubs traded Dave Owen to the Giants for Manny Trillo
1984 – Cubs traded Dickie Noles to the Rangers for Tim Henry and Jorge Gomez
1980 – Cubs traded Cliff Johnson and Keith Drumright to the A’s for Mike King
1973 – Cubs traded Ron Santo to the White Sox for Steve Stone, Steve Swisher, Ken Frailing and a PTBNL. The Cubs received Jim Kremmel from the Sox on Dec. 18 to complete the trade.
1956 – Cubs acquired Charlie Silvera, cash and a PTBNL from the Yankees for a PTBNL. Cubs sent Harry Chiti to the Yankees on Dec. 14.
1956 – Cubs traded Jim Davis, Sam Jones, Hobie Landrith and Eddie Miksis to the Cardinals for Wally Lammers, Jackie Collum, Ray Katt and Tom Poholsky.
1948 – Gene Hiser, born
1931 – Cubs traded Hack Wilson and Bud Teachout to the Cardinals for Burleigh Grimes
1925 – Cubs acquired Jimmy Cooney from the Cardinals for Vic Keen
1917 – Cubs traded Pickles Dillhoefer, Mike Predergast and $55,000 to the Phillies for Bill Killefer and Grover Cleveland Alexander
1914 – Bill Nicholson, born
1912 – Cubs purchased Al Bridwell from the Braves