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@OldHossRadbourn: This new guy wants me to throw both ends of a double-header. I like him.

Best record in the NL at the ASB   This team hasn’t even playing that well. Our best baseball is still in front of us 

The Dodgers really want Marmol?

Prolly one of those, our crap for your crap, deals. If the Cubs can get them to take ANY of $ then they win IMO. Marmol has almost been serviceable in middle relief.

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Picked up Castro off WW, hopefully he can turn things around.

Not sure where i read or heard it, but he apparently has been one of the worst everyday plays in baseball this season.

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Cubs on a trading spree

Getting Jake Arrieta, Pedro Strop, and international bonus money........while dealing Marmol, Feldman, and Clevenger.

I like it.

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Cubbies, what are your thoughts on Feldman and how he should do with the Orioles?

I can tell you with Strop & Arietta, you're getting two really good arms who just can't seem to put it all together. The Orioles have tried and tried to get them straightened out. Hopefully, the change in scenery will do both well.

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Cubs on a trading spree

Getting Jake Arrieta, Pedro Strop, and international bonus money........while dealing Marmol, Feldman, and Clevenger.

I like it.

The have already bought an intriguing arm and a top 3 international prospect. The trades have acquired enough international pool money to sign what most consider the #1 international prospect.

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Cubs on a trading spree

Getting Jake Arrieta, Pedro Strop, and international bonus money........while dealing Marmol, Feldman, and Clevenger.

I like it.

The have already bought an intriguing arm and a top 3 international prospect. The trades have acquired enough international pool money to sign what most consider the #1 international prospect.

Loving Theo more and more.

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Cubs on a trading spree

Getting Jake Arrieta, Pedro Strop, and international bonus money........while dealing Marmol, Feldman, and Clevenger.

I like it.

The have already bought an intriguing arm and a top 3 international prospect. The trades have acquired enough international pool money to sign what most consider the #1 international prospect.

Loving Theo more and more.

This is a good time for a GM with enough job security to take the long view. The challenge will come a few years from now when he's expected to deliver something.

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Cubs on a trading spree

Getting Jake Arrieta, Pedro Strop, and international bonus money........while dealing Marmol, Feldman, and Clevenger.

I like it.

The have already bought an intriguing arm and a top 3 international prospect. The trades have acquired enough international pool money to sign what most consider the #1 international prospect.

Loving Theo more and more.

This is a good time for a GM with enough job security to take the long view. The challenge will come a few years from now when he's expected to deliver something.

I'm just happy they have a view. Management hasn't exactly been the Cubs strong suit in past years

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Cubs on a trading spree

Getting Jake Arrieta, Pedro Strop, and international bonus money........while dealing Marmol, Feldman, and Clevenger.

I like it.

The have already bought an intriguing arm and a top 3 international prospect. The trades have acquired enough international pool money to sign what most consider the #1 international prospect.

Loving Theo more and more.

This is a good time for a GM with enough job security to take the long view. The challenge will come a few years from now when he's expected to deliver something.

I'm just happy they have a view. Management hasn't exactly been the Cubs strong suit in past decades

FYP

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Cubs on a trading spree

Getting Jake Arrieta, Pedro Strop, and international bonus money........while dealing Marmol, Feldman, and Clevenger.

I like it.

The have already bought an intriguing arm and a top 3 international prospect. The trades have acquired enough international pool money to sign what most consider the #1 international prospect.

Loving Theo more and more.

This is a good time for a GM with enough job security to take the long view. The challenge will come a few years from now when he's expected to deliver something.

I'm just happy they have a view. Management hasn't exactly been the Cubs strong suit in past decades

FYP

In Jim Hendry's defense, the Cubs were contenders for much of the first half of his tenure and he was in job-saving mode for the rest of it.

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Cubs on a trading spree

Getting Jake Arrieta, Pedro Strop, and international bonus money........while dealing Marmol, Feldman, and Clevenger.

I like it.

The have already bought an intriguing arm and a top 3 international prospect. The trades have acquired enough international pool money to sign what most consider the #1 international prospect.

Loving Theo more and more.

This is a good time for a GM with enough job security to take the long view. The challenge will come a few years from now when he's expected to deliver something.

I'm just happy they have a view. Management hasn't exactly been the Cubs strong suit in past decades

FYP

In Jim Hendry's defense, the Cubs were contenders for much of the first half of his tenure and he was in job-saving mode for the rest of it.

yes, spending like the Yankees is good for the short run. This is going to be different

:hope:

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Reports are that the Cubs signed Eloy Jimenez, widely considered the top international prospect, for less money than offered by another team. Some combo of Sammy Sosa being a Cub, Wrigley, and the Dominican Republic facility won him over. That means they have signed possibly the two top prospects along with two solid arms. Now we get to wait 5 years to see if it was all worth it. But it is clear the moves yesterday got the Cubs exactly what they wanted.

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Bye Bye Fonzie

Cubs signed RHP Jen-Ho Tseng.

The 18-year-old from Taiwan will receive a $1.625 million bonus. Tseng was the youngest player named to the Chinese Taipei World Baseball Classic roster this past spring and boasts a fastball that touches 95 mph. He'll surely take a while to develop but has plenty of long-term upside.
Theo really building up the Farm system.
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Borbon DFA

I thought he'd at least be serviceable and had the potential to play every day on this team. Man, he was awful.

Not sure who gets the callup. Jae-Hoon Ha could be fun.

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So much for Samardzija taking a step forward this season. Gonna be hard for him to improve on last year's numbers. To get knocked around like that by a middling Phillies lineup is pretty embarrassing. As bad as it was, the second inning was when the wheels came off. And you could tell when it happened. Down 1-0, men on first and third with one out. Michael Martinez (.185 BA in 300 major league ABs) up and pitcher Ethan Martin on deck. He should have been out of that inning, but let Martinez work a full count and then get a hit to make the game 2-0. You could see the disappointment on his face. He went on tilt at that point. I wonder if the lack of a new contract is weighing on him; like he feels that he missed his chance so what the hell. Really hate to see this. I hated Samardzija for years and thought his slider was ####, but he changed my mind last season. Garza and T. Wood and Feldman gone too. Oh well.

Hope they can build a staff from scratch on the North Side. It was looking pretty solid in the first half but it's in tatters now.

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So much for Samardzija taking a step forward this season. Gonna be hard for him to improve on last year's numbers. To get knocked around like that by a middling Phillies lineup is pretty embarrassing. As bad as it was, the second inning was when the wheels came off. And you could tell when it happened. Down 1-0, men on first and third with one out. Michael Martinez (.185 BA in 300 major league ABs) up and pitcher Ethan Martin on deck. He should have been out of that inning, but let Martinez work a full count and then get a hit to make the game 2-0. You could see the disappointment on his face. He went on tilt at that point. I wonder if the lack of a new contract is weighing on him; like he feels that he missed his chance so what the hell. Really hate to see this. I hated Samardzija for years and thought his slider was ####, but he changed my mind last season. Garza and T. Wood and Feldman gone too. Oh well.

Hope they can build a staff from scratch on the North Side. It was looking pretty solid in the first half but it's in tatters now.

The entire start of that inning put Shark in a bad spot. Lake badly played an out into a double and Mayberry's single was a check swing that dribbled past Shark. The wheels fell off with Martinez.

I think the staff will be fine. Shark, Wood, & Jackson are a solid three that of course you would like to push back in the rotation. Villanueva is a good enough #5/swingman. They will add a couple solid average rotation pieces and probably be fine. Not very good but fine.

The big problems are the bullpen and the offense. Only Russell currently is a solid piece in a MLB bullpen but he should be a lefty specialist. They need to add some quality arms to avoid sinking this team again early next year.

As for the offense, not sure what they can do. Olt or whatever else they may do at 3B will most likely not be much better than this year's production. They could let go of one of Schierholtz or DeJesus and find a legit offensive corner OF somewhere. It would be nice if they could have legit defender in CF as well. I am hoping Lake can learn the position enough to be that but I have serious doubts. The only other position to upgrade offensively is 2B and make Barney the backup MI. But I don't think there is a lot out there.

Remember that this team would be .500 if they had a bullpen in the first couple months. Losing Garza hurts the 2014 prospects but Feldman is a league average starter (who just was as lucky this year as he has been unlucky in previous years) who is easily replaced. If they can get a little bit more offense (Castro and Rizzo) and have an average bullpen, I think they can be a .500 team who with some luck who knows. It hurts that the division likely prevents an 85 win team from making the playoffs.

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Sveum fired. No surprise there.

I don't follow MLB like I used to so I'm surprised to hear Girardi's name. Why would 1) Girardi prefer the Cubs to the Yankees or 2) the Yankees decided not to re-sign him?

Couple of reasons

He's from Chicago and was drafted/played for the Cubs.........he's more a Cub than a Yankee by a long margin.

Maybe he just wants to come home

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He's from Chicago and was drafted/played for the Cubs.........he's more a Cub than a Yankee by a long margin.

I don't know about the bolded. He has more years with the Yankees and won 4 World Series with them.

The guy grew up a Cub fan, lived in the area, and was drafted by them.....he's a Cub

And believe it or not, being the Cubs manager is still considered by many a "dream" job

Besides, why wouldn't he want to be the Cubs manager when they win the WS in 2 years?

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Why would the Cubs be considering trading Samardzija?

Theo says they want to contend in 2015. If so, why trade him for a couple of teenagers who won't be ready (if ever)?

Supposedly, Toronto has put out feelers. The Cubs want in return two top-tier prospects plus.....Kyle Drabek.

Always hard to see the truth through the smokescreens but it appears that they have been working on a long term deal but can not agree to terms. Whether it is purely money, years, or a no trade clause, there is some division there.

So I think the Cubs are trying to hammer out a deal but will trade him if blown away by a deal like you described that gets them an elite arm in return plus something.

As for 2015 contention, it is very dependent on the quick emergence of the prospects. This year and next will be a transition phase as Bryant, Baez, Alcantara, Almora, Soler, Edwards, and Johnson debut. The debuts could happen as early as June/July of this year (Baez, Bryant, Alcantara) or as late as end of season next year (Almora, Soler, Edwards, Johnson). Unless they multiple prospects hit the ground running, true 2015 contention is looking unlikely.

The key is pitching. The Cubs have added a ton of big young arms the last couple years. Edwards and Johnson have durability/injury question marks although they seem to have legit #2 or better stuff. The rest of the pitching near a debut are more the back of the rotation or bullpen arm type of prospects. Any other legit #3 or better rotation ceiling pitchers might be there but are in the lower minors (unless you still think Vizcaino still has a chance to start).

So yeah, the Cubs need Samardjiza along with 2+ other arms to fill up the slots/depth alongside Wood and Jackson going forward. So I only see a trade if the Cubs get the specific treasure they are looking for.

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Have the Cubs been laying in the weeds waiting for Tanaka to be posted?

If they believe he is at least a #2, he fits the profile they have stated. At 25, he is young enough to give a long term contract and fit into their contention window without overpaying him into his mid 30's. I think the new system helps the Cubs since the have the payroll room now and going forward. In the old system they would almost certainly be outbid.

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I'm going to a game in August. What is the best way to procure tickets these days? At Cubs.com when they go on sale, secondary market, or other? It's a #### game vs the Rays in August, can't see a whole lot of interest in it. First time ever to Wrigley so I want to get decent seats, any recommendations on area to sit for first timers and other info is appreciated.

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I'm going to a game in August. What is the best way to procure tickets these days? At Cubs.com when they go on sale, secondary market, or other? It's a #### game vs the Rays in August, can't see a whole lot of interest in it. First time ever to Wrigley so I want to get decent seats, any recommendations on area to sit for first timers and other info is appreciated.

I don't think there's necessarily a bad place to sit unless you get too far underneath the overhangs. I'm planning on being in Chicago for that series as well. It's on the weekend, so it will likely be sold out regardless of who the opponent is.

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I'm going to a game in August. What is the best way to procure tickets these days? At Cubs.com when they go on sale, secondary market, or other? It's a #### game vs the Rays in August, can't see a whole lot of interest in it. First time ever to Wrigley so I want to get decent seats, any recommendations on area to sit for first timers and other info is appreciated.

Best way to get good seats is through the secondary markets......good seats will go fast when they go on sale.

If you want the true Wrigley experience, you can't beat sitting in the bleachers.

You do not want to sit more than 6 rows into the the 200 level( here would be the suck)

Have fun

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Cubs sign former RoY Chris Coghlan to a minor league deal.

I think he's a decent pickup. He can hit RHP and play multiple positions.

That's a good deal if he can play more than one position!

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Cubs sign former RoY Chris Coghlan to a minor league deal.

I think he's a decent pickup. He can hit RHP and play multiple positions.

That's a good deal if he can play more than one position!

3B and all three OF positions. He's played 2B in the minors as well. No telling if he can fit into a bear costume.

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Prospect rankings are up at Fangraphs.

Love what Theo has done so far.

The next 2-3 seasons should be interesting to see which guys end up in the lineup, and which guys bring other pieces to Chicago. The farm is loaded.

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Prospect rankings are up at Fangraphs.

Love what Theo has done so far.

The next 2-3 seasons should be interesting to see which guys end up in the lineup, and which guys bring other pieces to Chicago. The farm is loaded.

The Cubs will be on to something if only half these guys pan out..........Might suck to be a fan right now, but the future sure looks bright.

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