Trying to remember a time when so many teams were incomplete at the same time. It's furious/crazy time identifying and signing players right now, and the Cubs are in the thick of it.
Jed Hoyer.. he snuck in a couple pitching biggies just before the owner's lockdown with Marcus Stroman and Wade Miley.
The before and after look at the starting staff with just those moves... isn't small.
Then I guess either a new starting shortstop or the latest version of Daniel Descalso with the Andrelton Simmons signing.
The Cub starters are still overall off-speed control guys, and having stellar gloves behind them is really important so signing a 4-time Gold Glover makes sense even if the guy's not Correa.
We've gotten no indication from management that the Cubs are all in this season anyway, so to see them pass on what'll be the biggest contract doesn't surprise me at all.
Then again, so far this ain't 2012 all over again, just filling holes with zombies like Blake DeWitt, because they just signed the best player in Japanese ball, Seiya Suzuki.
From Bleacher Report: "He has been one of the best players in NPB since making his debut in 2013. The 27-year-old has a .315/.414/.570 slash line with 182 homers and 82 stolen bases in 902 career NPB games with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. He was named to the NPB All-Star team five times in the past six seasons."
Yeah there's a knee jerk reaction - a Fukudome Flashback, but if you're not excited about Suzuki, I can't help you.
Ex-captain Anthony Rizzo will continue (2 years, $32mil) to be a Yankee.
Yes it's a sentimental bummer, but: A) he's a good fit there and B) the new Cub Chapter started last year.
Trade Rumors tells us Kyle Schwarber will be (almost) a $20 mil/year lefty slugger in Philadelphia for the next 4 years.
It would be crazy weird if Kris Bryant signed there as well, but it appears right now that it's the Phils or Rockies for KB.
And Javy Baez is a Tiger.
If any of these guys ever sat near me at my fav Portage Park restaurant, Community Tavern, I'd offer to buy dinner. And I'll root for them forever.
Okay that's all I got.
Except WHEN WILL THIS MOVIE END?
And lastly, I don't really pray, but I do for Ukraine, their people, and Volodymyr Zelenskyy.