Chicago Cubs 2018 Season

#1
Figured I'd get this started early :)

Should they pay big bucks to resign Arrieta?

So who should they try to pick up to get better next year?
 
#4
I would like Arrieta if we can kid him for the right deal of course but if not, it is what it is.
 
#5
I would like Arrieta if we can kid him for the right deal of course but if not, it is what it is.
I dont want that contract on the books for the next 8 years is the problem... The way he pitches does not set him up for a long career. Tseng looks competent as a 4/5 starter, and I'm fine calling Lester/Hendricks/Q as our top three.

I'd rather pay for a leadoff/CF guy. Jay was lights out second half, but a Dexter Fowler player was one of the many pieces we sorely needed this year.
 
#6
aka "Captain Oblivious"
Cynthiana, Kentucky
Arrieta is a stud and if you don't resign him you will just end up overpaying some other stud starting pitcher, and maybe giving up prospects in trade if the need is really pressing. I can certainly understand if Theo and Jed decide that the cost is too high once the market price presents itself, but give it time to do so. If nothing else, drive the price up for others.

In any case, I trust Theo not to pull an Edwin Jackson here.
 
#7
They're in a tough spot in regards to pitching. Lester - Hendricks - Quintana is a very good top 3, the problem is once you start filling in that rotation with the rest of the in house names, the depth is non-existent. And you when you start to realize that Lester's best years are behind him it starts looking very thin very fast. Filling out the bullpen likely requires a mid level $5mil/ acquisition as well.

Signing someone like Darvish gets them right back in the driver seat in the central, but the odds of that aren't very high. I'm assuming they'll sign somebody more on the Alex Cobb / Lance Lynn tier of FA pitchers, but that still requires a good chunk of money.

Outfield is an up gradable spot as well, but thats tough to do via FA. Zobrist and Heyward are eating a lot of $$ for not a lot of production. They'll likely run Schwarber out there in left again, but i doubt they'll be able to afford giving him another ~500 below average plate attempts.

The Cardinals are an infield upgrade and innings eater starter away from being within striking distance of the Cubs on paper as it stands now.
 
#8
A Legend in My Own Mind
Montgomery, IL
FTFY

Arrieta's decline from 2015 to 2017 has been huge. Take a look at this.

An 11% decline is his ground ball %, walking more than 1 more batter / 9 innings, and a nearly 2 point increase in his FIP lead to a 5 point decrease in his WAR.
 
#9
Regarding the rotation, I am in agreement with many of the previous posts in that I have confidence in the top three of Quintana, Hendricks, and Lester. If/when Arrieta leaves for free agency (his Chicago home is for sale), the back end of the rotations needs to be addressed. champaignchris and I are fully aboard the Tyler Chatwood bandwagon for the #4 spot. Where #5 comes from is a mystery to me. I'm don't think they'll overpay for relief help, rather I see them getting creative once again.
 
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#10
FTFY

Arrieta's decline from 2015 to 2017 has been huge. Take a look at this.

An 11% decline is his ground ball %, walking more than 1 more batter / 9 innings, and a nearly 2 point increase in his FIP lead to a 5 point decrease in his WAR.
Those are some numbers that definitely paint a picture. I think we can find someone else just as serviceable.

I really want us to get a good lead off guy. Maybe we have someone who can emerge as one, I don’t know. Not having one really killed us all year.
 
#14
aka "Captain Oblivious"
Cynthiana, Kentucky
FTFY

Arrieta's decline from 2015 to 2017 has been huge. Take a look at this.

An 11% decline is his ground ball %, walking more than 1 more batter / 9 innings, and a nearly 2 point increase in his FIP lead to a 5 point decrease in his WAR.
Fair enough, but a 2.4 WAR is only .3 less than Jon Lester's 2.7.
Arrieta was better than Lester in BABIP, LOB%, and HR/FB.
Is he past his prime too?

I never said we should break the bank for Arrieta, but if the market is soft for him due to these stats why would we not be interested?

http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.as...son=2017&month=0&season1=2017&ind=0&page=2_30
 
#15
A Legend in My Own Mind
Montgomery, IL
I never said we should break the bank for Arrieta, but if the market is soft for him due to these stats why would we not be interested?
Because he's gonna want a 5+ year contract. If you can get him for less than 5, I'd consider it.
 
#16
The odds of the Cubs re-signing Arrietta are lower than Ayo de-committing and going to Parkland.

That bridge is burned. Same reason Bryant will likely not sign the Trout/ Longoria/ Pujols pre-arbitration extension and will almost certainly hit FA at the first available opportunity.
 
#17
aka "Captain Oblivious"
Cynthiana, Kentucky
The odds of the Cubs re-signing Arrietta are lower than Ayo de-committing and going to Parkland.

That bridge is burned. Same reason Bryant will likely not sign the Trout/ Longoria/ Pujols pre-arbitration extension and will almost certainly hit FA at the first available opportunity.
This post made me laugh and sad at the same time. :(
 
#20
Understandably so. The pitching wasn't terrible, but the walks were a major concern. It'll be interesting to see who they bring in, especially if it's a Maddon guy.
Cubs interviewing Jim Hickey today. He was the Rays pitching coach and was with Maddon 8 years there so definitely a Maddon guy. He has (reportedly) already talked with the Cardinals and the Red Sox so it should be interesting to see where he ends up.

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2017/10/22/jim-hickey-cubs-interview-pitching-coach-job/
 
#21
Cubs interviewing Jim Hickey today. He was the Rays pitching coach and was with Maddon 8 years there so definitely a Maddon guy. He has (reportedly) already talked with the Cardinals and the Red Sox so it should be interesting to see where he ends up.]
If we want him, I'd be surprised if he wasnt here next year
 
#23
Hinske (1B coach) is leaving to become the hitting coach of the Angels. Nice promotion for him.

Martinez (bench coach) is interviewing for the Nat's manager job.

The inevitable brain drain is coming as less successful organizations look to get some of what the Cubs got. It's just a matter of time before someone offers McLeod or Hoyer a President of Baseball Ops position. Fortunately, I trust Maddon and Epstein to hire good replacements and Ricketts has not been shy about ponying up good dough to have a top flight staff.