Manny Machado to the Cubs
The MLB winter meetings are in full swing and the Cubs made a little news yesterday that we need to talk about.
Hopefully my title worked as a proper click bait. Unfortunately, Jerry Crasnick tweeted that the Cubs were not showing early interest in trading for Manny Machado.
This could change, obviously, but I was told the #Cubs are not one of the teams that have come out strong early in pursuit of Manny Machado.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 12, 2017
Instead, I’d like to ask you this. If the Cubs were offered Machado for Addison Russell and two smaller pieces in the farm that were not considered to be major components going forward, would you do it? My first thought was “No”, but the more I toyed with it in my mind, it made sense, and he’s why.
- Machado is better – That one is a no brainer. You move him to 3B, put Javier Baez at SS, Ian Happ at 2B and move Kris Bryant to LF.
- Russell still hasn’t shown he can be elite – He’s shown flashes of greatness, but nothing elite as of yet, and I’m not convinced he can be. I feel like it’s a situation where we’re waiting on the potential we saw from Starlin Castro and if we wait too long he’ll turn into a pumpkin.
- If Machado leaves, you get a draft pick and can sign Bryce Harper – As long as we’d have him for the entire year, if he signs an extension, great. If not, then you offer him the qualifying offer and get the comp pick. Then you spend the money on Harper.
If I’m the Cubs, I’m at least making a call to see what the cost would be, especially if you could get Zach Britton as part of the package.
- Mike Montgomery wants to pitch as a starter and has voiced that to his “sources”, or at least that’s what Ken Rosenthal is reporting on the Athletic. It may be just hogwash, but this reminds me a lot of the Travis Wood situation where the Cubs took a guy that could probably be an above average back end starter and turned him into a good arm out of the pen. You can understand the frustration from the player from a financial end as starters, even bad ones, get more money. We’ll have to wait and see how this shakes out.
- Another arm has been added to the bullpen, as the Cubs signed LH Drew Smyly to the pen on a two year deal
- Kyle Schwarber is in the best shape of his life. I wanted to provide a picture of the work in progress to get Doc Raker’s seeds hot.
- The Cubs had some issues with the Tyler Chatwood contract verbiage, but that has been cleared up and finalized. The issue came in the fact that the deal included a bonus if he received even one vote for the Cy Young award. Because those are voted by the baseball writers, the MLBPA felt there was a conflict of interest there.
- The Angels have already broken their new toy, Shohei Ohtani. I just feel like this is gonna end badly for them.
- The Nationals are looking at adding Hector Rondon to their pen.