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1  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Cubs Offseason 2014: So, what did your team do this offseason? Isn't that cute. on: December 19, 2014, 03:04:18 PM
The Padres trading everything that isn't nailed down and even some things that are is pretty fun to watch. Wonder if that's what the Cubs might be doing had they not spent all this time collecting bats.
2  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Bears 2015 Draft Discussion on: December 17, 2014, 08:30:42 PM


Jimmy time.

I hate this team.
3  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Cubs Offseason 2014: So, what did your team do this offseason? Isn't that cute. on: December 16, 2014, 10:44:26 PM
It's early yet, but in Winter Ball in PR, Baez has 6 Ks in 11 ABs.

I keep hanging my hopes on Rizzo's disastrous first MLB stint showing that guys can bounce back (both were 21, similar mid-.500 OPS) to still become stars. But I don't feel very confident in it.

Baez played a better shortstop than I expected.  His hands, quickness...there was a fluid quality that I thought merited him to possibly rate higher than Castro defensively already, and I think Castro is greatly improved and is pretty good himself to be honest.  Maybe my expectations were so low for Baez upon hearing that he made 40 errors in 2013, but I think I saw enough of him to think he might be really, really good at that position.  And, if Baez really can play shortstop...if he can just cut down on his K rate a leetle, and drive up his ability to reach base somewhat, then I have to think he's a pretty valuable player if he's doing this while clobbering 30 home runs...for the Cubs or somebody else.
Yes.  He will hit 30 homeruns.  But his batting average will be .133, all of his 30 hits In 400 at bats will be homeruns coming in the late innings of 30 games that the Cubs will lose by a score of 7 to 1.

Jesus

You alright over there, Stew?
4  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Bears 2015 Draft Discussion on: December 16, 2014, 12:44:40 AM
Go Bears!
5  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Cubs Offseason 2014: So, what did your team do this offseason? Isn't that cute. on: December 15, 2014, 06:27:49 PM
Jason Motte a Bosio reclamation project?  Or, maybe, an injury reclamation project.
6  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Cubs Offseason 2014: So, what did your team do this offseason? Isn't that cute. on: December 15, 2014, 02:46:21 PM
Cue all the stupid Cubs fans freaking the fuck out that Lester is going to wear #34, WHICH IS KERRY WOOD'S NUMBER AND I DON'T THINK I LIKE THE IDEA OF ANYONE ELSE EVER WEARING IT EVER AGAIN FOREVER!  We are the worst.
7  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Cubs Offseason 2014: So, what did your team do this offseason? Isn't that cute. on: December 10, 2014, 05:59:34 PM
I'm not even really that sold on Headley either. I'd probably rather see them live with a bit of a LF black hole for a year and get a better idea what they have in Bryant, Soler, Schwarber, etc., then address that need either midseason or next winter. Just mentioned it as a way they could shore that up a bit going into 2015 if they were totally all-in.

That's why I'd really be interested in Upton if they could get him without giving up too much presumably due to him not being under contract past this year. You get a guy that can be a big part of contending in 2015, and then they could either try to extend him or let him go if they feel confident in the guys they've got coming up.

I believe the Cubs are one of the teams on Upton's limited no-trade list, which could complicate matters a bit.
8  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Cubs Offseason 2014: So, what did your team do this offseason? Isn't that cute. on: December 10, 2014, 04:30:23 PM
I know I need to get less mad at stupid people but the guys like Yellon and that Vlahos guy and that fucking Gieryna fellow who criticized every step of the rebuild because they were stupid, impatient twits and now want to say OKAY THEO YOU'VE WON ME OVER can rot. This was the plan all along and they spelled it out in clear terms at every stop. There was never any time where they didn't do exactly what they said they'd do, so fuck you. You don't get to act like they came around to your way of thinking or something.

Nicely played. That was so out of context that I read my own last name and my first thought was, "What a weird name."

I was proud of it. But really, fuck Yellon too. " I GET TO BE OPTIMISTIC NOW". DIE IN A FIRE.

Al is too busy having civil conversations:

http://www.bleedcubbieblue.com/2014/12/10/7369619/jon-lester-dh-national-league#276556100

So childish, and yet I laffed like a hyena.

How about trading for Hamels and signing Price next year to put three frontline lefties in the same rotation? I'll hang up and wait for my answer.

I thought signing Lester meant that giving up top prospects for Hamels was no longer necessary. Let the Red Sox do that. Sign Ervin Santana and let's go.

Not necessary, but I'd be happy about it. With Lester getting 6/$155 million, 4/$96 million for Hamels almost looks like a bargain.

I'd still be interested in taking a chance on Masterson as well.

Get them all.

Okay. Out of the following options:

1) Sign Masterson, McCarthy, or Santana
2) Trade prospects for Hamels
3) Roll with the guys you've got

Which do you prefer and why?

I'd do #2 if I could get away with not giving up any of my top ranking guys. I might give up Baez in a Hamels deal but that's about it. Otherwise I like McCarthy, Masterson, Santana in that order.
9  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Cubs Offseason 2014: So, what did your team do this offseason? Isn't that cute. on: December 10, 2014, 01:54:04 PM
I know I need to get less mad at stupid people but the guys like Yellon and that Vlahos guy and that fucking Gieryna fellow who criticized every step of the rebuild because they were stupid, impatient twits and now want to say OKAY THEO YOU'VE WON ME OVER can rot. This was the plan all along and they spelled it out in clear terms at every stop. There was never any time where they didn't do exactly what they said they'd do, so fuck you. You don't get to act like they came around to your way of thinking or something.

Nicely played. That was so out of context that I read my own last name and my first thought was, "What a weird name."

I was proud of it. But really, fuck Yellon too. " I GET TO BE OPTIMISTIC NOW". DIE IN A FIRE.

Al is too busy having civil conversations:

http://www.bleedcubbieblue.com/2014/12/10/7369619/jon-lester-dh-national-league#276556100

So childish, and yet I laffed like a hyena.

How about trading for Hamels and signing Price next year to put three frontline lefties in the same rotation? I'll hang up and wait for my answer.
10  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Cubs Offseason 2014: So, what did your team do this offseason? Isn't that cute. on: December 10, 2014, 10:49:15 AM
Boston fans are taking this well.

Quote from: @BigGameShaneO
Quote from: @JLester31
To Red Sox Nation, I understand the disappointment. Boston will always have a big place in my heart and we'll always consider y'all family!
@JLester31 I hope you enjoy taking Joe Maddon's hard dick up the ass.
11  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Cubs Offseason 2014: We're Maddon as hell and we're not going to take it anymore on: December 10, 2014, 02:25:22 AM
Now it's real. We don't have to go to plan B. They actually got the guy they wanted. Fuck this changes everything.

The Cubs won a bidding war? That can't be right.

It turns out they were already more than 60% of the way toward signing Jon Lester all along. That is absolutely staggering.
12  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Cubs Offseason 2014: We're Maddon as hell and we're not going to take it anymore on: December 10, 2014, 02:23:26 AM
Now it's real. We don't have to go to plan B. They actually got the guy they wanted. Fuck this changes everything.

Can't wait to see what's next. Also, this passage from the Yahoo Sports story kindly invites all the people who love claiming Theo and his team are incompetent/idiots/not as smart as they think they are to go fuck themselves.

Quote
All the while, Lester became a great ally of the pediatric cancer community with the NVRQT campaign. During meetings with teams, he stressed the importance of his charity work. The Cubs’ emphasis on it during their mid-November meeting – while most of his other get-togethers included strictly ownership and baseball-operations people, Chicago brought in community-relations personnel – stuck with Lester, as did the straightforwardness of Epstein and Hoyer.

“The thing I liked about ’em is it wasn’t forced and wasn’t a sales pitch,” Lester said after his meeting with the Cubs. “It was like, ‘This is what we can do.’ I don’t want BS. I don’t want show. I don’t want glitz and glamour. I don’t want to walk out to the field with your name and number on the JumboTron. I’m not 18 anymore. I want you to tell me what you can do for me and my family.”
13  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Cubs Offseason 2014: We're Maddon as hell and we're not going to take it anymore on: December 10, 2014, 01:40:03 AM
Per Rosenthal, the Cubs and Jon Lester have agreed on a deal. Passan has it at 6/155. Red Sox offered 20 million less. He even took less money and one fewer guaranteed year than the Giants were offering to pitch for Chicago.
14  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Cubs Offseason 2014: We're Maddon as hell and we're not going to take it anymore on: December 08, 2014, 10:33:21 AM
Advanced metrics?  Hell no.  It's batting average and counting stats all the way down for Carrie Muskat.  Luis Valbuena hit .249 last season, so he kinda sucks.  I bet she felt icky even typing BABIP.
15  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Cubs Offseason 2014: We're Maddon as hell and we're not going to take it anymore on: December 08, 2014, 12:34:44 AM
JON LESTER WHO
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