Chicago Cubs 2019 Season

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They aren't trading Schwarber anyway.
They want to trade Heyward for sure due to money reasons, and Happ if they have to, to make the deal,
and have an outfield of Harper in RF, Almora in CF, and Schwarber/Zobrist in LF. All indications are they think the ceiling for Schwarbs is really much higher than that of Happ.
Part of that could be they think the DH is coming to the NL in the next bargaining agreement.
 
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They aren't trading Schwarber anyway.
They want to trade Heyward for sure due to money reasons, and Happ if they have to, to make the deal,
and have an outfield of Harper in RF, Almora in CF, and Schwarber/Zobrist in LF. All indications are they think the ceiling for Schwarbs is really much higher than that of Happ.
Part of that could be they think the DH is coming to the NL in the next bargaining agreement.
Theo & Jed love Schwarber. I don't see him going anywhere. And while I agree with your point on Schwarber having a much higher ceiling than Happ, I believe the front office views Happ as a successor to Zobrist in that he can play 2B/OF with a little bit of pop.

I'm not financially savvy enough to get into the ins and outs of a Heyward trade/Harper signing, so I'll stay in the "wait-and-see" camp until something of substance occurs.
 
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That trade has the Giants taking on Heyward's $106MM and only getting rid of Melancon's $28MM. So they're net future commitments up $78MM at a time where they should be shedding bad contracts and rebuilding. They get prospects too, but the level of prospects that Schwarber is getting at this point isn't much. He's basically at 26 year old Jose Martinez with a better pedigree but worse MLB performance. Happ is just a guy, he's not netting much of anything.
They aren't trading Schwarber anyway.
They want to trade Heyward for sure due to money reasons, and Happ if they have to, to make the deal,
and have an outfield of Harper in RF, Almora in CF, and Schwarber/Zobrist in LF. All indications are they think the ceiling for Schwarbs is really much higher than that of Happ.
Part of that could be they think the DH is coming to the NL in the next bargaining agreement.
Per what the commissioner has said in the recent past, DH won’t be coming to the NL next bargaining session. Things could change of course, but I’m not holding out hope for that change. Quote below was from a November 2018 article.

“I think since I became involved, and this may give too much credit to my deal-making ability, I could have made a deal with the MLPBA on extending the DH to the National League,” Manfred said. “I think that’s been a pretty consistent position of the players since 1987, so I don’t think there’s a real headline there. The most likely outcome at this point would be the status quo.”

Manfred cited the NL fans’ love for how the game is currently played as a primary reason that he doesn’t want to see the rule changed. He further explained such a switch would mean the NL style of baseball becomes extinct.
 
Actually DH is dead everywhere but NL. Many pitchers still hit in high school because they’re athletes but it’s not required. More DH in travel ball and definitely college. Some guys get to NL and haven’t stood in the box since they were 14.

I was die hard to keep NL “pure” for a long time. I liked all the strategy but I now think it is just a bad look having a pitcher swing.
 
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Actually DH is dead everywhere but NL. Many pitchers still hit in high school because they’re athletes but it’s not required. More DH in travel ball and definitely college. Some guys get to NL and haven’t stood in the box since they were 14.

I was die hard to keep NL “pure” for a long time. I liked all the strategy but I now think it is just a bad look having a pitcher swing.
I think it’s dumb t have separate rules in the two leagues. And since the union won’t get rid of the DH, the NL needs to adopt the DH.
 
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I suspect Manafort’s hardline stance on the NL DH is more a negotiating stance than anything. The owners are going to have to make some concessions to the players this time around and taking the DH to the NL would give the players something they want and be almost cost-free to the owners.
 
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I suspect Manafort’s hardline stance on the NL DH is more a negotiating stance than anything. The owners are going to have to make some concessions to the players this time around and taking the DH to the NL would give the players something they want and be almost cost-free to the owners.
this is my take on Manaforts stance. You NEVER show your cards on an issue like this until you have to.
Does someone really expect him to come out and say "We're really all in favor of the DH" and totally give away his leverage ???
the NL owners would fire him if he said that prior to the meetings.

with the continued trend downward in BA and offense, there is even more internal pressure to find ways to increase offense in games played in NL parks
 
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this is my take on Manaforts stance. You NEVER show your cards on an issue like this until you have to.
Does someone really expect him to come out and say "We're really all in favor of the DH" and totally give away his leverage ???
the NL owners would fire him if he said that prior to the meetings.

with the continued trend downward in BA and offense, there is even more internal pressure to find ways to increase offense in games played in NL parks
To me, seems like the perfect thing to say. We want the DH in both leagues but we have to negotiate it into the CBA. This is their concession to the union when they want to pass some dumb rule that changes the pace of the game or something else equally stupid. So when they make the proposal for the dumb rule change, he can go back and say, we gave the DH to the NL which opens up more spots for potentially high salaried roster players. Thanks for agreeing to our (dumb) rule change. Love, Rob.

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Your anti-Cubs bias is showing through here. Schwarber was a 3.2 WAR player last year which, in comparison, was only 0.3 less than Bryce Harper. To think that Schwarber is not attracting heavy interest is just wrong. Jose Martinez has never been a 3+ WAR player.
Schwarber and Martinez arent even in the same ballpark. Schwarber gets heavy interest, because he is flat out a better player. Martinez, while still a weapon offensively, you simply can't play him in the field. I dont have the statistics to back me up, but I challenge anyone to find a worse defensive 1b and I will double down, find me a worse defensive player. With that said, no AL team will take JM just to Dh, KS can still play in the outfield.
I'm sorry to my felow Cards fan, but I agree with the Cubs fand here, as much as that pains me.