Cubs Need a New Back-Up-Back-Up Catcher, Gold Shoes, Gobble Gobble, and Other Cubs Bullets

A really pleased Thanksgiving to you and yours. I’m gonna zip by way of these Bullets so I can get again to the household, however I did wish to say: yearly, I’m reminded how grateful I’m for this place. For the chums it has made me. For the job it gives me. For the nice coworkers I get to put in writing with. For the day by day alternative to only THINK about baseball. And for the very sort readers who maintain coming again to learn sappy paragraphs like this one.

  • John Hicks was an impressive fourth catcher for the Cubs at Triple-A Iowa final yr (behind Willson Contreras, Yan Gomes, and PJ Higgins), however he was by no means wanted on the huge league stage, which I’m positive was disappointing at this stage in his profession. It was the 33-year-old’s first non-pandemic season not reaching the massive leagues since 2014. Hicks hit .261/.313/.510/112 wRC+ with Iowa, enjoying completely stable protection, and he was precisely what you’d hope to have on the prepared at Triple-A in case of emergency. But the Cubs have been capable of cowl their wants with the three guys who have been already on the 40-man roster.
  • Which is all to say, Hicks is understandably headed off to a new group, signing a minor league take care of the Phillies, who’re very skinny behind JT Realmuto. It’s a affordable transfer for Hicks, who most likely obtained a good minor league deal within the course of.
  • For the Cubs, meaning they’re going to have to seek out a new veteran-type-Triple-A catcher to have on the prepared, no matter whether or not they add a 1A catcher to the massive league roster. All else equal, you’d like to get that man now (1) simply in case you possibly can’t add one other huge league catcher and Yan Gomes/PJ Higgins are it, and (2) whilst you may need the choose of the highest choices. But the flip facet of that’s that lots of the higher choices are going to be attempting to get huge league offers till they can not, and at that time they will wish to wait to settle into the perfect spot the place they’ve a likelihood of reaching the massive leagues. Since everybody is aware of the Cubs try to land a starter-ish catcher to pair with Gomes (and have already got Higgins), I doubt any of the perfect minor league catching choices are itching to signal with the Cubs simply but.
  • (And that is to say nothing of the small likelihood that Miguel Amaya emerges so wholesome and so prepared by midseason that he could be the “subsequent catcher up” in any case.)
  • I assume PCA is gonna win a Gold Shoe award now:
  • Cubs even have a number of Gold Shoe winners over the previous few years:
  • I get that the market is loaded with mid-rotation varieties, and there are a ton of ’em who I want to see within the Cubs rotation. That is perhaps the place the Cubs find yourself, getting a couple of these guys. But that does not change the truth that what the Cubs *NEED* is a true front-of-the-rotation affect kind. They are uncommon. They are exhausting to get. But there ARE some obtainable this offseason. Just sayin’.
  • The Brewers picked up a minor league free agent on a huge league deal, although I’ll admit I do not fairly see it once I take a look at his minor league numbers:
  • Usually we see a handful of these offers (guys who’re minor league free brokers, however have so many good choices that they will safe a 40-man spot). I feel that is the primary, although, and given the date, it’d wind up the final.
  • The transformation to a Winter Wonderland at Wrigley Field:
  • In conclusion, one thing very silly however enjoyable:

Yam Gomes
Mashed Mervis
Hayden Westurkey
Pumpkin Pie-a-strada
Michael Turducker
Seiya Suzuki
Adrian Hamson
Javier Asalad
Rowan Thick Gravy
Marcus Stuffing
David “Cranberry” Sauce
Christopher Mor- helpings
Ian Happy Thanksgiving

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