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Will Tanaka be 'The Man' in Chicago?

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Bruce Levine got everyone excited with some tweets on Saturday that made the Cubs sound like the frontrunners for Tanaka. Here are some examples:

@MLBBruceLevine:

“Wake up tweeters! Cubs made Tanaka a real offer to be there ace and grow with their other talented young players.” [sic]

“Japanese source said Tanaka loves a challenge and wants to be the man. All that is waiting for him at Clark and Addison.”

“MLB source believes Cubs are lead team for Tanaka.”

David Kaplan (@thekapman) chimed in with this yesterday:

“Finally, NL scout I just talked to believes Tanaka is worth risk, + Cubs willing to spend huge. However, not a contender is huge impediment.”

Besides the obvious issue of landing a potential top-of-the-rotation arm, there are broader implications for the team. If the Cubs have made a serious offer, one that competes with and possibly beats other offers (and there have been many reports from various sources to indicate this) it is an indicator that the team is willing and able to spend money when the team needs it. If this is the case, it’s reassuring, since there have been doubts about ownership’s willingness to spend. As for Tanaka, it sounds like the Cubs are trying to sell him on the idea of “being the man” in Chicago – essentially, he’ll go down in baseball lore if he helps bring a championship to Chicago. We should know within the next few days if this strategy worked.

Speaking of finances, it appears that the Cubs and the rooftop owners are closing in on a deal that would allow the renovations of Wrigley Field to commence. The Ricketts have been unwilling to begin the renovations until the threat of a lawsuit from the rooftops was off the table. Tom Loxas over at Cubs Insider did some nice reporting on this issue.

What do you think about MLB’s expanded replay rules?

I love these alternate throwback jerseys the Cubs will be wearing this season. What do you think?

 

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    Oh No! They are bringing back the Cuba jersey!

  • Doug S.

    I’d be surprised if Tanaka is a Cub anytime soon.
    Replay has proven valuable in other sports to get calls right. Maybe a hiccup or two in baseball to come, but I like this move.
    I’m probably in a small group, but most throwback jersey’s don’t interest me, especially the really old ones.

    Dear Denver. Thank you for taking out the Patsies yesterday and giving me a stress free SB.

    • Seymour Butts

      Tanaka will be with somebody soon, I believe the window closes on the 24th.

  • Doug S.

    I’d be surprised if Tanaka is a Cub anytime soon.
    Replay has proven valuable in other sports to get calls right. Maybe a hiccup or two in baseball to come, but I like this move.
    I’m probably in a small group, but most throwback jersey’s don’t interest me, especially the really old ones.

    Dear Denver. Thank you for taking out the Patsies yesterday and giving me a stress free SB.

    • Seymour Butts

      Tanaka will be with somebody soon, I believe the window closes on the 24th.

  • Doc Raker

    Do not like the Cuba jersey. Our starting pitching was not the problem last year, th bull pen was horrendous as we don’t hit. If we land Tanaka we may have a top pitcher but we still need a lot of roster improvement.

    • Chuck

      I would argue that the Cubs inability to score runs was also an issue.

      • Doc Raker

        Yes, my grammar was poor. I meant, we don’t hit which means we don’t score runs. I agree.

      • PLCB3

        We need less hitters in the No Homers Club and more pitchers in the No Homers Club.

  • Doc Raker

    Do not like the Cuba jersey. Our starting pitching was not the problem last year, th bull pen was horrendous as we don’t hit. If we land Tanaka we may have a top pitcher but we still need a lot of roster improvement.

    • Chuck

      I would argue that the Cubs inability to score runs was also an issue.

      • Doc Raker

        Yes, my grammar was poor. I meant, we don’t hit which means we don’t score runs. I agree.

      • AC0000000

        We need less hitters in the No Homers Club and more pitchers in the No Homers Club.

  • Chuck

    If there ever is a player to “break the bank” for Tanaka is one of them. In this day and age very good players almost never hit free agency at the beginning of their prime. Usually you get the tail end of their prime and then the decline and you have to pay a premium for it. If a player does hit FA in their mid-20s there is usually something strange going on or the player is not that good.

    Usually, the only way to get impact players in their 20s is to trade for them and that will cost you dearly. All Tanaka will cost is money and no other assets.

  • Chuck

    If there ever is a player to “break the bank” for Tanaka is one of them. In this day and age very good players almost never hit free agency at the beginning of their prime. Usually you get the tail end of their prime and then the decline and you have to pay a premium for it. If a player does hit FA in their mid-20s there is usually something strange going on or the player is not that good.

    Usually, the only way to get impact players in their 20s is to trade for them and that will cost you dearly. All Tanaka will cost is money and no other assets.

  • PLCB3

    My thoughts:
    Renovations: I was at the Convention, and at the panel when the Ricketts family spoke. if you see any articles mentioning a fan asking if they have discussed buying out the rooftops, that was me. I brought up the question also that don’t the rooftops realize that if they keep playing hardball they can get cut out completely when the contract expires and they were like we don’t want to wait that long. Crane Kenney called them a $20M leach as well during the business operation panel discussion. During that panel as well, he mentioned how the Cubs pay a $17M amusement tax each year and have restrictions on them that no one else has. I asked in that panel, why the White Sox don’t have these restrictions and got a loud cheer for it. He said they play off the freeway, the Cubs play in a residential area. I also mentioned the taxes, and he said the trash don’t pay any because their stadium is a municipal stadium. So there’s 37M bucks right there that could be put into the team. Another $15M is spent on Band-Aid maintenance per year.
    Replay: We have the technology, get the calls right.
    Jerseys: I like them. I wonder if eventually the blue alternates from the Zambrano era will become one of the mainstays since Bozo loved them so much. On the 100th birthday game, April 23, 2014, when we play Arizona, they are going to wear the old Kansas City Packers uniforms since that was the Cubs opponent that day. The retro game vs. Miami, the Marlins will use a minor league team uniform from that time period.

    • Doc Raker

      That is interesting business info, thanks.

  • AC0000000

    My thoughts:
    Renovations: I was at the Convention, and at the panel when the Ricketts family spoke. if you see any articles mentioning a fan asking if they have discussed buying out the rooftops, that was me. I brought up the question also that don’t the rooftops realize that if they keep playing hardball they can get cut out completely when the contract expires and they were like we don’t want to wait that long. Crane Kenney called them a $20M leach as well during the business operation panel discussion. During that panel as well, he mentioned how the Cubs pay a $17M amusement tax each year and have restrictions on them that no one else has. I asked in that panel, why the White Sox don’t have these restrictions and got a loud cheer for it. He said they play off the freeway, the Cubs play in a residential area. I also mentioned the taxes, and he said the trash don’t pay any because their stadium is a municipal stadium. So there’s 37M bucks right there that could be put into the team. Another $15M is spent on Band-Aid maintenance per year.
    Replay: We have the technology, get the calls right.
    Jerseys: I like them. I wonder if eventually the blue alternates from the Zambrano era will become one of the mainstays since Bozo loved them so much. On the 100th birthday game, April 23, 2014, when we play Arizona, they are going to wear the old Kansas City Packers uniforms since that was the Cubs opponent that day. The retro game vs. Miami, the Marlins will use a minor league team uniform from that time period.

    • Doc Raker

      That is interesting business info, thanks.

  • PLCB3

    The Cubs also said that the rooftop owners aren’t just going to challenge their views being blocked, but also they will challenge the legality of the entire project in regards to zoning, permits, etc. even though it won’t have any impact on them. The Cubs are not happy with them at all. They are going to cut them out for good after the 2023 season.

    • Chuck

      That sword cuts both ways. If I were the Cubs, I would start investigating any and all permits and such for the the businesses that have rooftop stands.

      • PLCB3

        They have been and they did. Back when Tribune accused them of leeching, they said they weren’t enforcing capacity limits

      • PLCB3

        Imagine if Tribune corporation had just bought them out. It would have paid for itself by now. Plus it would have increased the value of the team and increased the purchase price.

      • PLCB3

        http://www.csnchicago.com/cubs/ricketts-vs-rooftops-cubs-pushing-start-wrigley-renovation
        Watch that video. They mention this stuff.

        The quote about buying out the rooftops is in response to my question.

  • AC0000000

    The Cubs also said that the rooftop owners aren’t just going to challenge their views being blocked, but also they will challenge the legality of the entire project in regards to zoning, permits, etc. even though it won’t have any impact on them. The Cubs are not happy with them at all. They are going to cut them out for good after the 2023 season.

    • Chuck

      That sword cuts both ways. If I were the Cubs, I would start investigating any and all permits and such for the the businesses that have rooftop stands.

      • AC0000000

        They have been and they did. Back when Tribune accused them of leeching, they said they weren’t enforcing capacity limits

      • AC0000000

        Imagine if Tribune corporation had just bought them out. It would have paid for itself by now. Plus it would have increased the value of the team and increased the purchase price.

      • AC0000000

        http://www.csnchicago.com/cubs/ricketts-vs-rooftops-cubs-pushing-start-wrigley-renovation
        Watch that video. They mention this stuff.

        The quote about buying out the rooftops is in response to my question.

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  • A) No