This is probably SUPER OBVIOUS to you, but whatever I'm just the art guy...
The timing is perfect... not for you, but for Yu.
Last week, the Brewers and Yu Darvish made it super public that they have a formal bid on the table for the pitcher.
You and I are thinking... so?
There are still 6 teams or so all in on the guy, so what, Brewers?
Well then they went and signed Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain.
That improved their outfield in a frightening way with 2 players each with a 2017 OPS better than any of the Cubs except Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo.
And in that new line-up they might hit before Braun, Shaw and Thames (good for 79 homers last year).
The Brewers did that?
That's more than annoying.
It's really unexpected big time stuff.
Plus... think back - had Brewer ace Jimmy Nelson not gone down in early September last year, the standings would have been a LOT closer than 6 games.
So now, the pressure is on Theo, right?
Because IF the Brewers sign Darvish on top of all that, Theo will look out-smarted, the Brewers will get HUGE headlines, and even more important is how much better they'd actually be.
So Yu's leverage went... up.
At least with the Cubs.
And I still fully expect the Cubs to sign him.
Which means he'll SURELY go anyplace else, but whatever.
That's hot stove.
Sorry I don't have a painting - work is koo koo.
But here's an appropriate gif for this time of year.