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    Sticky: From what we've seen/heard, the goals of this FO...

    From what we've seen/heard, the goals of this FO are:

    1. Sign good players
    2. Sign them to good contracts
    3. Where possible and where it makes sense, sign players with upside rather downside...
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    Sticky: I agree that Abreu didn't take a discount to go...

    I agree that Abreu didn't take a discount to go to a winning team. He got a good AAV, he got a 3rd year, he's in a state with low taxes, and he's going to be playing for the defending WS champs. ...
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    Sticky: I never said they should only sign value deals.

    I never said they should only sign value deals.
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    Sticky: I agree that I think the Cubs need to adjust...

    I agree that I think the Cubs need to adjust their expectations of what a good offer looks like. As you say, what guys have been getting so far has been higher than we expected and may be a sign of...
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    Sticky: Me too. But unfortunately 2 of the best 1B's are...

    Me too. But unfortunately 2 of the best 1B's are now off the table for us.
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    Sticky: Agree. I couldn't see the Cubs offering 3 years,...

    Agree. I couldn't see the Cubs offering 3 years, and it's tough to offer that for someone who could be potentially DH'ing most of the time at age 36-38. The Cubs still have options at DH and 1B.
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    Sticky: I would have taken Brooks Lee. But I'm not a...

    I would have taken Brooks Lee. But I'm not a scout and I don't know what the Cubs know. But i agree with you it was a risky, high upside pick. Taking a pitcher who was injured based on how he...
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    Sticky: There's like 2 weeks at this point in the entire...

    There's like 2 weeks at this point in the entire season or off-season where next to happens. It's not a big deal IMO.

    I'm going to create a fun new thread to solve the boredom. Stay tuned.
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    Sticky: True I forgot Bellinger can play 1st. Though not...

    True I forgot Bellinger can play 1st. Though not sure they'd want him there much. If Mervis struggles and loses his job they need a backup, obviously Bellinger won't be a regular at 1B, unless...
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    Sticky: Sure. But at what price difference would we take...

    Sure. But at what price difference would we take Conforto over Abreu? Let's say Abreu costs $20m AAV and Conforto costs 10m AAV, and they both want 2 years, and Conforto wants an opt out after year...
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    Sticky: That's true, and I believe them. It came up...

    That's true, and I believe them.

    It came up because of Conforto being on Cubs radar. I think they'd likely use Conforto as a DH and split time in corner OF with Happ and maybe Suzuki if his arm...
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    Sticky: Yes exactly. If you were Happ would you sign an...

    Yes exactly. If you were Happ would you sign an extension with a year left before FA and you've been healthy pretty much your whole career? I wouldn't. I don't think he extends.
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    Sticky: They could consider signing Conforto and trading...

    They could consider signing Conforto and trading Happ, since the former is at his low value and Happ is at a high value and nearing FA. Though I don't think what we'd get for Happ will be...
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    Sticky: Yes I know that, I say as much in a previous...

    Yes I know that, I say as much in a previous post. I never said Happ would keep the same WAR if he moved to CF, that's not what I meant, and I said the opposite in my last post which agrees with...
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    Sticky: If Happ plays CF most of the year he could go out...

    If Happ plays CF most of the year he could go out and be worth around -10 defensive runs below average (his career #'s in CF aren't nearly that bad, it's been about -5 runs over 1600 innings, but...
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    Sticky: Yes one of them could DH from time to time. But...

    Yes one of them could DH from time to time. But they will also want a backup at 1B, whether Abreu or Bell or whatnot, and they could also DH.

    Unless they grab Nimmo or make a trade, whomever they...
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    Sticky: He's definitely not a natural CF and not ideal as...

    He's definitely not a natural CF and not ideal as i said but they also need to have options and are probably doing their due diligence. What you'd lose in defense with Happ in CF you'd gain...
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    Sticky: I think the Cubs have limited options in CF so...

    I think the Cubs have limited options in CF so they could possibly consider sticking Happ in CF and Conforto in LF. Not ideal but there's not many ideal options in CF especially if they lose out on...
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    Sticky: Yeah FO talk about "offers" and "interest" is...

    Yeah FO talk about "offers" and "interest" is totally irrelevant. You either get him or you don't. I agree, it's possible they try to wait out the SS market with the possibility of finding a deal...
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    Sticky: There's no player or prospect that should ever be...

    There's no player or prospect that should ever be untouchable. They all have a value and if a trade offer comes along where the return value exceeds the value of that prospect then you should...
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    Sticky: I agree there's different levels off development....

    I agree there's different levels off development. I was talking more "draft, develop in minors, then continue to develop in the MLB for the Cubs and has success for the team". In which case, I...
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    Sticky: How many quality pitchers did the Cubs develop...

    How many quality pitchers did the Cubs develop during the Theo era? Was it literally zero? I can't think of any off the top of my head. That's a pretty spectacular accomplishment. Maybe pre-2016?
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    Sticky: Heyward cost the Cubs 2-3 wins pretty much every...

    Heyward cost the Cubs 2-3 wins pretty much every season he was on this team because that's how much he was underachieving based on his salary compared to a typical FA making that money. That's why...
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    Sticky: Yes I agree. I'm just saying if other teams like...

    Yes I agree. I'm just saying if other teams like the Padres are in win-now mode and are going to be aggressive with guys we want we're going to pay a higher price, and if they can offer other things...
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    Sticky: A winning team is still a factor for players...

    A winning team is still a factor for players though. Yeah money is usually the most important factor, but if you're Abreu and if he wants a chance to go deep in the playoffs for the first time in his...
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