Gato, what happened? You were all about going after Liriano in the offseason around midseason?
If Don Cooper couldn't fix the issue, then I don't like my chances with too many others, especially the Cubs pitching coach, Mr. Heatmeiser, or whatever his name is.
The Cubs will throw their hat in the ring with Ryu, just like they did with Darvish, to make it look like they're strategic players to affect the market, but in the end, they won't land him unless there's a freak chance he falls cheaply.
Liriano is the perfect "Malholm" type that they'll want to fill-in the blanks with Garza and Samarjesus--him and Rodrigo Lopez, of course.
Unless I'm completely mistaken, but based on last week's forum call with Thedson Eploeder, the Cubs are mailing-in 2013 (again) in trying to lock the over/under for losses at 92.5, and praying for anything better than fifth, which is now last place.
The only great part about it this time around is that they're being completely honest and have curbed the stiffy manager's yap-yap-yappy mouth.
God love you guys for still caring.
I give Theo credit for not caring about anything else accept "the plan." Microeconomics is great, but not at the expense of the macroeconomics.
Nudge me when it's proven that the Cubs will for sure be playing meaningful baseball on, or later than, October 15th, 20??.
You can then wake me up when it's time for the Fall Classic.
Anything less is BS anyway at this point.
Theo and friends have successfully invented the time machine and they are getting 2006 Liriano with double the innings....hell I'd settle for 2010 Lirano
Look at it this way: he's an improvement over Volstad.
I a not opposed to the idea of bringing Liriano back to fix him in spring training. But right now his mechanics are a mess.
Anything over a one year incentive laden deal is a big mistake IMO.
Even mechanical changes would require more than two months...what is that..10 starts? to get a feel for. Plus, that doesn't really sound like a unique philosophy so perhaps he and Cooper just didn't develop a rapport in their short time together.
There's no real advantage for the Cubs in signing him to a one year incentive laden deal. It pretty much means he gets a year to get his act together so he can hit FA again at the still young age of 30. He even loses a little bit more of his trade value like that...
Cubs should sign him to a one year deal with a team option just like they did with Maholm.