Do the Moves Pick Up Now? Non-Tender Decisions, the Loss of Marquez, Soriano Memory, and Other Cubs Bullets

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  • On the entire, it looks as if yesterday’s non-tender deadline featured some trades/participant motion (it is all the time minor, however Urshela to the Angels, Farmer to the Twins, Newman to the Reds, Suter to the Rockies – it is no less than fascinating to me). But the precise non-tenders this yr had been fairly skinny. Cody Bellinger was the huge title, however his non-tender was broadly anticipated, and he is principally a bounce-back candidate who would not have been mentioned THIS MUCH round the baseball sphere if he’d simply been a typical free agent heading into the offseason (To make sure, *we* would nonetheless be discussing him quite a bit as a result of of the match with the Cubs, however he is been getting consideration that’s disproportionate to his standing in free company.)
  • Otherwise, the largest names are all guys who could be greatest described as attainable complementary varieties, flier alternatives, or way-post-hype guys: RHP Alex Reyes, 1B Dominic Smith, 3B Jeimer Candelario, C Jorge Alfaro, OF/3B Brian Anderson , RHP Jeff Hoffman, LHP Manny Banuelos, 3B Jason Vosler, 1B Luke Voit, RHP Erick Fedde, 1B/3B Edwin Rios, RHP Luke Weaver, OF Adam Engel, INF Danny Mendick, RHP Touki Toussaint, LHP Ryan Yarbrough, OF Raimel Tapia , OF Franchy Cordero. I may discuss myself into desirous to see the Cubs add just a few of these guys on very modest offers (the first handful of guys, particularly). They aren’t needle-movers, however low-cost additions matter, too, if you happen to do nicely with them.
  • So, what occurs now? Historically, as soon as the non-tender deadline passes, we see free company and trades begin to explode. But the factor is, traditionally, the non-tender deadline has been two weeks later than it was this yr (December 2). With Thanksgiving coming subsequent week, I believe we’ll doubtless see a handful of strikes round the league by way of Wednesday, and then a bit of a lull, and then the explosion begins to reach that subsequent week (which is the week earlier than the Winter Meetings ). As I mentioned, although, this yr is so completely different chronologically than what we’re used to (nicely, pre-pandemic, anyway!) that I may very well be fallacious, and issues may actually begin to choose up after the non-tender deadline, regardless of the calendar. So keep tuned.
  • I’m nonetheless bummed about Brailyn Marquez. Not that the Cubs non-tendered him yesterday – after three seasons nearly totally away, it was not a shock – however as a substitute that it performed out the method it did, with the pandemic and the sicknesses and the accidents. You simply by no means know what might need in any other case been.
  • Thank goodness the Cubs have overhauled their pitcher improvement program, and loaded up on tons extra pitching prospects. Otherwise one thing like the loss of Marquez would’ve felt much more crushing. Maybe he finds his footing someplace else in a aid position, or possibly there’s an outdoor shot the Cubs carry him again on a minor league deal. In both case, the possibilities he emerges as a giant leaguer appear slim. Marquez, who’s recovering from shoulder surgical procedure, turns 24 in January.
  • If you missed it amidst the different stuff, long-time Brewers lefty Brent Suter was claimed on waivers by the Rockies, so he is gone. Dude held Cubs hitters to a .237/.288/.308 slash line over his years with the Brewers, and posted a 2.73 ERA in opposition to them. I cannot miss him or his ugly supply in the NL Central.
  • Classy as heck of Correa to need to inform his teammates as near face-to-face as attainable that he is signing with the Cubs:
  • In full catcher gear … muh coronary heart:
  • It actually did not go as badly as individuals wish to attempt to bear in mind it:
  • Things are going not-so-well for the Bulls proper now:

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