Author Topic: Cubs in '20  (Read 41044 times)

craig

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Re: Cubs in '20
« Reply #30 on: September 30, 2019, 08:34:20 pm »
Theo is a master at those news conferences.  He made it clear that significant changes are needed, but the proof will be in the pudding. 

Yeah, we'll see.  It's one thing to "need" change, it's another for it to be "attainable".  Every-day CF types are few and will be VERY expensive.  It's one thing to want personnel changes; but if the only way is to make bad trades, unfavorable trades, is that the thing to do? 

He still thinks his guys are really good, had a lot of good years, and seemed to think he had a lot of trade fodder.  In particular, he used the word "studs".  I thought that was interesting.  I don't think you talk about "studs" when alluding to Almora, or Ademan, or Abbott or Happ.  Who would qualify as "studs" on this team?  Baez, Bryant, Contreras, Rizzo.  Maybe in Theo's world, Schwarber's hot stretch makes him a stud?  Certainly not Heyward.  I don't think Happ's good week qualifies, either.....   

I inferred two things from what I heard.  Like Ron, my sense is that Rossy is far from the preferred candidate.  Secondly, I was struck with Theo praising Contreras and then immediately talking up the season that Caratini had.  I might be reading too much into it, but I'm sensing that they will be ready to move Contreras for the right return

Maybe he's just trying to sell Contreras and Schwarber.  Who knows.  I thought it was fun that he was selling the idea that Contreras has fixed pitch-framing, and late in year he figured out what's going to work for him, that he's going to work at it this winter, and that he's going to be a MUCH improved framer next season.  I'm an optimist so love those spring camp hope-springs-eternal stories, so I'll be happy to believe it might be true.  :) But I admit I don't really see how you "work on" framing big-league velocity and movement during a winter hanging out at home?