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Yu Darvish Signing with the Cubs

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The Cubs and Yu Darvish have agreed to terms on a four year deal worth roughly $100 million dollars.

Is that the headline we’ll be seeing soon?

There is a lot of talk out there about Yu Darvish and how the Cubs are kicking the tires in a more serious manner than just a phone call. This leads me to the question I’d like to pose to you.

Why sign Darvish, when we can just try to re-sign Jake Arrieta, who we’re already familiar with and who we know has a workout regime that is insane? What am I missing?

Let’s discuss.

P.S. – Sorry for the click bait title. Blame the internet.

  • Gary J Dilbaitis

    Click bait title definitely got me.

  • Buddy

    I’m interested at four years or less, but I doubt he signs for that. Probably five years plus, which would likely take the Cubs out of the running.

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      There are probably two reasons why the Cubs could get it down to four years, 1) He crapped the bed in the series and teams are leery of signing him, and 2) he crapped the bed in the series and he wants to sign with a team that could go to the series, so he can prove it was a fluke.

      • Buddy

        I hope you’re right! Personally, I don’t think teams are leery of signing him. I think they will be lining up to bring him on board.

  • JTBarrett16

    More clickbait. Also, why is Disqus logging me out every time?

  • JTBarrett16

    I agree Joe. If we’re going to sign Darvish we should re-sign Arrieta because he’s a proven commodity and he has very low mileage on him for his age.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    It looks like Paul Sullivan reads your stuff Joe, he used the same Arrieta line.

  • Allan Birmantas

    Arrietta would not sign that contract.

  • MICHAEL

    Got me too lol… Was wondering why only saw one article titled this.

    • Agree. It cheapens us.

      • Much better. Boobs are honest. Not trying to trick you or cheat you out of anything. They are what they are.

      • Seymour Butts

        I’m all for honest!

      • Doc Raker

        Which is why you voted for the Clintons 3 times, makes sense.

      • Seymour Butts

        Well there you do have to make choices of the lesser of 2 evils. I’m good with my choices.
        I’m sure you were just as screwed by the limit on property and state income taxes as I was. Congratulations.

      • JTBarrett16

        How? There’s no state income tax in Washington state

      • Seymour Butts

        property tax deduction is limited to 10K. I take a big hit on that one.

      • JTBarrett16

        Yes but you and your wife get 24K standard deduction now instead of itemizing.

      • And of course you know more about Seymour’s finances than he does.

      • Seymour Butts

        1 Find wall
        2 strike wall with forehead
        3 repeat

      • You’re right. I just should have stuck with the boobs.

      • I’d personally like to know if Sey hands his accountant a shoebox full of mustard Subway “business” receipts before we put this to bed.

      • JTBarrett16

        I don’t know his situation you’re correct. I don’t know what his property tax bill is nor do I want to know. This tax bill is bad for people who have a house, live in a high tax state, and/or have kids in college.

      • Still missing the point. You don’t know his property tax bill, you don’t know his salary, you don’t know his wife’s salary, you don’t know about his charitable contributions, you don’t know whether he is self-employed or works for a physician group. If he is self-employed, you don’t know whether he is incorporated or an LLC or a partnership. Everyone’s situation is different, and the tax bill is bad for lots of people regardless of whether they have kids, home, or live in a high tax state. It’s also good for some people. But you can’t generalize or say someone won’t pay more simply because the standard deduction is more or will pay less when their kid graduates. It’s just not that simple.

      • JTBarrett16

        You’re right. The tax code in this country is a mess. I do agree with Raker though, that not being able to write off state and local income tax, and property tax is double taxation, and that these should be above the line deductions. Everything in this country is designed to work against you if you’re young poor and single, of which I am all 3. I get peanuts on this cut, because the standard deduction and personal exemption come out to 11K, and I’ll get 12K now. If I didn’t live in MA, I’d be screwed on my health insurance. MA had ObamaCare before it was ObamaCare, and it was compulsory to have health insurance here before it was required everywhere.

      • Adam Peters

        Or went to college or Grad school themselves. Or are currently, or wanted to go to grad school.

        It now counts waived tuition as income, raising your typical grad students taxes by $4k or more.

        It will prevent many talented Americans from getting advanced degrees at a time when other countries are already leaving the U.S. in the dust in this area. This will only exacerbate that. Great domestic policy.

        Just another piece of the new American Aristocracy’s assault on anyone who is not one of them.

      • JTBarrett16

        The GOP are the real terrorists. They’re bigger terrorists than ISIS or Al-Qaeda.

      • Sherm

        That’s a ridiculous and irresponsible comment.

        Think before you type. It’s getting harder and harder to read the comments here…

      • JTBarrett16

        They’re out to destroy this country. That’s my opinion of them and nothing will change my opinion of them.

      • Sherm

        You are out to destroy this blog. That’s my opinion of you and nothing will change my opinion of you.

        Merry Christmas, everyone else! May or may not see you in 2018…time will tell.

        Sherm

      • I’m a liberal and even I think he’s ridiculous. It’s not a bad thing to have a reasonable discussion of people’s gains and losses. It’s not reasonable to try to have that discussion when Caps is making 98% of the comments.

      • Seymour Butts

        Yeah I don’t buy it either. Rotten, selfish and just plain mean, sure. But equating them with terrorists crosses the line (of sanity).

      • Doc Raker

        CAPS- that is absurd. Here is what bothers me about that ignorant comment. Too many other people think the same thing which means we have a lot of ignorant people in America. Please do me a favor, research the horrors of ISIS and alike. Learn what they have been doing. I know CNN, NY Times and the previous administration haven’t told you about the horrors of ISIS but learn for yourself how evil they are before saying anything like that again.

      • Adam, as luck would have it they struck that provision at the final hour. Graduate students won’t have to pay taxes on that. Thank goodness.

      • Adam Peters

        Thanks for the update, Lizzie. And that’s great. But the idea that somebody ever put that in there really speaks to these a$$holes contempt for the common man.

      • Agree.

      • JTBarrett16

        They’re only out for themselves and their rich butt buddies

      • I liked it better when you were regaling us with insurance stories.

      • JTBarrett16

        Customer: My friend just called and was told she should to go XYZ agency for insurance. That’s not who I have.
        Me: Yes it was me who spoke to your friend. She asked for insurance and I told her we write through local agents, and that was the closest agent to her house
        Customer: Well that’s not my agent
        Me (in my head): Well then why didn’t you give her your agent’s phone #?

      • Doc Raker

        It is really unbelievable. If you are going to cut taxes then just cut taxes, this idea that you have to give back lost government revenue by adding some other tax is folly if you believe the growth in the economy will grow the tax base. Tax collections were higher after the JFK and Reagan tax cust because the economy grew. The fact that Republicans will put in other taxes in their tax cut bill says they don’t believe the history and fall to the oppositions talking points of, “How are you going to pay for the tax cuts?” The answer should be one sentence- “Everyone will pay less tax and the government will collect more money because the economy will grow.” The GOP is just Liberal Lite.

      • JTBarrett16

        Except that’s what they said in 2001 when Bush Jr. cut taxes. Instead he ran up more debt than the previous 42 presidents combined.

      • Brad Lyerla

        Tex revenues did not increase after Reagan’s cuts.. This is mostly mythology. Though it is possible to debate the proper way to measure it. What is not debatable is that Reagan left office with the largest deficit in history (until W).

        But why are folks debating tax policy on this blog?

        The discussion of taking a knee, though sports-related, taught me a lesson. We should steer clear of politics. Takes the fun out of baseball, which should be a respite from all of that.

      • Doc Raker

        OK, let’s get back to talking about the fake news story of Yu Darvish signing.

      • We’ve been doing this blog a long time Brad. We’re friends. Friends talk about stuff. We don’t get paid to do this, thus we’re not taking orders from anyone about what to talk about. No harm done. As you can see when things get gamey we’re perfectly capable of reining ourselves in, and that’s because we’re friends. (Besides that it’s not cool to spend a full paragraph talking about something then saying we can’t talk about it. If you don’t want to talk about it, don’t.)

      • Brad Lyerla

        Of course. Thanks Lizzie. Merry Christmas.

      • Doc Raker

        Pay your 2018 property tax in 2017. Over pay now while it is tax deductible. Tax cuts are good but double taxation is wrong. I hope the courts strike it down.

      • JTBarrett16

        I thought the bill explicitly excluded that as a fuck you to everyone? The GOP has long said corporate profits are double taxed because shareholder dividends are paid with after tax dollars and those dividends are then taxable, but this isn’t double taxation? They must be a special kind of stupid!

      • Eddie Von White

        Everybody calm down!

      • Seymour Butts

        Not like we have any baseball to talk about, despite the headline giving us a glimmer.

      • JTBarrett16

        It’s not a tax cut. It’s republican double speak for an increase disguised as a cut.

      • Seymour Butts

        I was able to do that with my properties in Nebraska, but here in WA, they would not allow it. I’m not holding out much hope for the courts, but it would be nice.

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    You once had an editor who never would’ve let you get away with such obvious and shameless clickbait.

    • Johnson spotting…a true Christmas miracle!

      Stick around for a bit JJ.. miss having you around.

    • Jeremiah Johnson

      For the record, I’ll take Arrieta over Darvish every day of the week.

    • O
      M
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      !!!!!!!!!!!
      A Johnson for Christmas!!! 🎄Great to see you Jeremiah, hope all is well with you and yours! xoxo

      • Jeremiah Johnson

        Doing well. Hope you are, too.

        I can’t look in on the discussion here as often as I’d like. What is everyone excited/annoyed about these days?

      • Seymour Butts

        Well for one, we’ve been painfully short on Johnsons for quite some time.

      • But jswan supplied boobs so there’s that.

      • Well let’s see. Most of us were happy the Cubs made it as far as they did but were annoyed by the way it ended, and we were split on what/who was to blame. Many of us think the coaching staff is not doing enough actual “coaching”of these fine young ball players thereby creating a cycle of poor performance/lack of confidence/poorer performance, etc, a sad spiral. However true to form we are anxiously awaiting 2018 and are pretty much desperate for anything to talk about as you can probably tell just from this very thread!

    • Doc Raker

      JJ, where you been? Welcome back. Seymour is always talking about you

  • Bartz

    If we’re going purely on stats, I’d still go with Arrieta if we can get him at the same price.

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  • Brad Lyerla

    Geez. Joe, you almost gave me a heart attack.

  • Doc Raker

    Click bait is annoying. Don’t throw up a falsehood to start a conversation. We have plenty to talk about, Arthur, condiment fingers. We don’t need bad click bait.

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      I am now sorry I brought up aardvarks.

      • Doc Raker

        Tell me about aardvarks

      • JTBarrett16

        A-A-R-D-V-A-R-K!

      • Seymour Butts

        Tell him… not spell him.

      • JTBarrett16

        Arthur is an aardvark and I learned how to spell aardvark because of Arthur

      • Doc Raker

        Thank you, had you not watched Arthur I would not know how to spell Aardvark. As we all know, speling and gramir is not my strong suit.

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        He was telling Doc all he knows about aardvarks one letter at a time.

      • Seymour Butts

        Point taken

  • Adam Peters

    If you could get them for anywhere near the same price it is a no-brainer to go with Arrieta, If only for the fact that he is a beast in the post-season where Darvish wilts under the bright lights.

    • JTBarrett16

      This. Even though Darvish’s struggles were the result of tipping pitches, which can easily be fixed.

  • Brad Lyerla

    Merry Christmas, everyone! A healthy and prosperous 2018 to all!

    • JTBarrett16

      Merry Christmas to you as well Brad. This is the first year since I’ve started working (2006), that I haven’t had to work on Xmas Eve.

      • Brad Lyerla

        JTB, l love the timelessness of Christmas. That’s something it shares with baseball.