Stuff to Know for Monday
It was just a little bit of a crazy weekend, with two major news stories (Stanton and Ohtani) coming across the wire since last week. Let’s get you caught up on where things stand as we head into this week’s winter meetings and then let’s get to our usual discussion and nonsensical banter about nothing.
The Cubs signed a couple guys over the weekend. The first being Tyler Chatwood. While Chatwood hasn’t been all that good, he throws hard and gets ground balls. Couple that with the fact that he was pitching in Coors field and he’s only 28, and you’ve got a decent upscale lottery ticket project for new pitching coach, Jim Hickey to work on. Chatwood’s deal is a three year deal worth $38 million guaranteed, so low risk.
Brandon Morrow also signed a deal to pitch out of the pen. Two year deal with an option for a third. You’d have to guess that he would immediately slot in as the closer, given the money spent on him, which means the Cubs have gone from Hector Rondon to Aroldis Chapman to Wade Davis to Morrow. A new name in each of the last four years.
Lastly, this guy is trying to make a comeback. (Read the Story – Subscription Required) – Let’s be real. The only reason this clown is trying to come back is to make himself eligible for hall of fame consideration by the veterans committee. I’m not sure if, by coming back, he’d then be put back on the regular ballot or not, nor do I care. I’m a fan of steroid users getting into the Hall of Fame. It doesn’t bother me in the least, but when you go before congress and wag your finger at us all, you insult my intelligence, and are dead to me.