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Morning News – Javy, Schwarbs, and KB

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As spring training (and the World Baseball Classic) roll along full-steam toward the regular season, we will spend most of our time worrying about the regulars’ slash lines and pitchers’ ERAs–worrying about what those things may (or may not) portend for the regular season.  Along the way, though, there’s always room for ‘What if?’ type questions:

Baez, switch-hitter?

We learned during the postseason that the secret behind Javier Baez‘s great tagging skills are, at least in part, to his being a natural lefty.  However, he throws and bats right-handed–the former more a requirement of the position(s) he plays than anything else.  During high school, he evidently was a pinch-hitter, though, until a bad swing from the left side caused an injury, and since he’s been strictly a right-handed batter.  Could some consideration be given to trying to get him back to switch-hitting in an effort to maximize his value on offense?  You would certainly need Javy on board, but would Joe Maddon make use of him that way if the door was open to do so?

Why not Schwarber at first?

Let’s be honest: Kyle Schwarber, while arguably an upgrade over, say, Alfonso Soriano (toward the end of his time with the Cubs, at least) in LF, he’s not going to be an amazing defensive outfielder by any stretch.  His time behind the plate is also more likely to be the emergency catcher type role for at least the forseeable future.  Then why not, at least in the spring, get him some reps at first, and potentially look to him as the backup behind Anthony Rizzo when he needs/gets a day off?  He certainly won’t be a Gold Glover over there either, but I can’t imagine he would be a huge liability, either.  Besides, if you’re going to have a lineup with Schwarbs, but without Rizzo, would you rather a player the caliber of Albert Almora playing in left while Schwarber mans first, as opposed to Schwarber staying in left while Tommy La Stella fills in?

Bryant rakes it in

Thursday, as the team finalized contracts with their pre-arbitration players, word came around that the offer tendered to Kris Bryant was a whopper, at $1.05 million–just shy of twice the minimum of $535 thousand.  It certainly is money well earned, given what he has done in just under two years with the team, but also was not required by any stretch of the imagination; at this point, he essentially has to take whatever figure the Cubs put on paper.  That changes next year, though, when he gets to arbitration for the first of four years, a period where his salary is almost certain to start skyrocketing.  It makes one wonder how this might put financial pressure on the team down the road, or if it might be a maneuver to try and get him under a long-term deal before he hits free agency.

  • Doc Raker

    I thought Schwarbs and his 83 jacks at 1b on a Rizzo day off was a no brainer.

    • JTBarrett16

      Having him DH for the road interleauge games will help him towards the 104 round-trippers. He’s going to hit 7 when the Cubs come to Boston next month.

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    Today is my Birthday! Another day to get more World Champion Chicago Cubs stuff!

    • Eddie Von White

      Happy Birthday Jerry!! It’s my birthday today too!

      • cap’n realist

        Eddie Von Cumpleanos

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Happy Birthday Eddie!

      • Happy Birthday Jerry! Happy Birthday Eddie!

      • Happy birthdays VFTvonBuds

    • Doc Raker

      Happy Birthday Jerry Von Blanco

  • Eddie Von White

    I think I would rather not tinker with Baez’ or Schwarber’s mechanicals. Let’s see what they can do. Actually I’d rather not tinker with anything else either.

    • Jerry in Wisconsin

      Eddie Non Tinker! Our new shortstop.

      • Doc Raker

        Eddie Non Tinker to Jerry in Evers to Captain Chance

  • Doug S.

    Happy birthday guys, enjoy.

    I know it’s only spring training but the Cubs seem to be the least televised team for their games. I want Cubs baseball.

    • Doc Raker

      I know- but the Mets are on every day. East Coast Bias

      • Eddie Von White

        Thanks everybody! Those sports execs think there are only three teams that matter – the Yankees, Red Sox, and Mets. I dream of WGN Superstation again.

      • JTBarrett16

        I wish national WGN still had news and sports. That’s the only reason my landlord had it. He liked watching the Cubs. I told him he can get rid of it once they got rid of news and sports.

      • Doug S.

        I bitched too soon today. Wasn’t listed where I looked but I see today’s game is on Root NW.

  • Doc Raker

    I want to talk about something serious. Some of us are meeting up in San Diego for Cubs vs Padres Memorial day and the 2 following days, CAPS is included and right now we have 5 or 6 peoples. That is a small CAPS to regular people ratio and if Seymour shows up the ratio gets even smaller. We need a bigger group of people to increase the RP to CAPS/Seymour ratio.

    So if anyone can make the Cubs Padres in San Diego please join us. It will be lots of fun and if we get enough VFTB folks involved CAPS has promised to buy a suite for all of us for one of the games. I will supply the Irish Whiskey, Sherm will supply the Yoda wisdom and the Capt will poke fun at whoever is deserving. Bring your dollar bills for the outfield game.

    • Sherm

      Brought a tear to my eye, that did

    • Sherm
      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        I do not think that is far enough away if CAPS takes his shirt off.

      • JTBarrett16

        I am not taking my shirt off. Especially when an 8-year old will be joining us.

      • Sherm
      • Sherm
      • JTBarrett16

        Given what I can afford vs the rest of you that’s pretty accurate. And sad. One day I’ll make 6 figures a year and never have to worry about money again.

      • cap’n realist

        I remember when I thought a 6 figure income would solve my money problems. Then I built a 3400 sq foot house in Redondo Beach. Now I’m a six figure hamster on a wheel.

      • JTBarrett16

        I don’t want a big house. The house I rent from right now is good enough for me, and with 100k, I could easily afford mortgage, taxes, utilities, insurance, and maintenance on the house. My uncle had a huge house that his piece of shit ex-wife got, and now he has an apartment and the rent on it is a mortgage payment. 2200 a month for a 2-bedroom. When I moved to Boston he told me a single bedroom at his complex is $1600. There’s a complex outside his office where a studio goes for $1000 with only heat and hot water. I pay $600 for a room in a house and have all utilities included. Including cable and internet

    • JTBarrett16

      I have an idea for the game. Since there will likely be more than 6 people, we don’t we expand the game to every player?

      • cap’n realist

        Cripes

    • Doug S.

      I don’t think I qualify as regular unless you’re talking bathroom visits.

      • Doc Raker

        Perfect, you can sit with CAPS and Seymour

      • Doug S.
      • JTBarrett16

        He missed the tag! He missed the tag! That was me in San Diego the first game when Baez bash tagged the runner and fooled everyone. I didn’t know where the ball was

  • Doug S.

    Well, that 10-2 sweetheart turned into a 10-11 make cuts easier sourpuss.