Chicago Cubs Week in Review
It is a slow time in the life of a Cubs fan. REAL slow time. College football is winding down which means we get to hear the gripes and complains from all the fans of the #5 team in the nation soon. College basketball is getting revved up while the NBA continues to bore the living lights out of me. Let’s look at some of the top stories this week dealing with the Cubs:
- Scott Boras Challenges the Cubs: Boras is an idiot. I am sure that it was said somewhere in “official” print but I am laying it out here on this site as well. He gets paid good money to represent some of the top athletes in the game. Two of the top athletes on the market this off-season, JD Martinez and Jake Arrieta, are under the guidance of Boras. This week Boras said something to the fact about Arrieta and a lot of nuts. And trees. And how the Cubs would be stupid not to give him many years with many dollars. I didn’t get the reference but if he meant that Arrieta was the workhorse for the pitching staff the past two seasons, he is wrong. That title goes to 1) Jon Lester and 2) Kyle Hendricks. Workhorse and nuts….paint your own picture.
2. Alex Cobb: We have known for about 3 years, it seems like, that the Cubs have been after Alex Cobb. I think this off-season the Cubs can’t hide the fact that they will be going after this pitcher from the Tampa Rays. This past season it was known that the Cubs would probably be without two of its starters heading into next season (Arrieta and John Lackey gone). Now the Cubs must decide how to gain some traction with some free agent pitchers or make a trade for an established-controllable starter. Cobb is at the top of the free agent pitcher list this off-season. Cobb is well versed with the Cubs coaching staff (played for both Joe Maddon and Jim Hickey) and is reportedly seeking a 5-year deal. What shall the Cubs do?????
3. GM Meetings: Which brings us to this point. Theo Epstein did not have a whole lot to say at the conclusion of the GM meetings this week. As we Cub fans know, this is not bad. Epstein usually plays everything close to his vest. I doubt many of us saw the Wade Davis for Jorge Soler trade coming last off-season. The Lester signing was talked about but was never a sure thing to get done until the pen hit the paper. As Cub fans have done for the past few years, and what we should continue to do, is trust what Theo is doing. The GM meetings is where the ground work gets laid. I am betting that he already has a trade or two in the works (we need starters, bullpen, lead-off guy, etc.) and is farther along with some free agents than we might think. Winter meetings happen in December. It is a long off-season….lets just pray that another Justin Wilson trade occurs. Lawd, what happened there?!?!?
Cub fans, have a great Thanksgiving. Important to remember….eat until you are on the verge of puking. Unbutton your britches and enjoy family/football. Not necessarily in that order.