Category: Dailies

Yoenis Cespedes

Okay, this 26 year old Cuban outfielder is starting to generate a lot of interest with Spring Training right around the corner.  I’ve been reading a bit more on him as of late and here’s my thoughts that I would like to share with you.

First, he has a ton of talent and it’s obvious when you look at his stats from the Cuban league.  In 2011, he managed to hit .333 with 33 HR’s, 99RBI’s, 11 SB’s, with 49 Walks and 40 strikeouts in 354 at bats.  From 2004-2011 he hit under .300 only one time.  I truly believe he’s the real deal.

With that said, I think he’s capable of .285 average with over 20 HR’s in his first MLB season depending on how quickly he adjusts to MLB pitchers.  The quicker he adjusts the better his stats will be.

I think the Marlins will be the team that lands him and I think it’s going to happen soon.  I would love my Cubs to sign him, but I don’t think it’s going to happen.  Miami actually makes a lot of sense to me with its large Cuban population and the new stadium and all the money they’ve been spending this off-season.  Imagine Cespedes in a lineup with Stanton, Reyes, Ramirez, Sanchez and more.  It’s scary!!!

 

Cubs Sign Cuban

Wow, the Cubs signed a Cuban player but not the one I was expecting.  We ended up getting an 18 year old left handed starter named Gerardo Concepcion.  I’ve read that the Cubs are interested in Yoenis Cespedes and Jorge Soler, both outfielders, but didn’t realize we were interested in the young lefty.  I think this is a good sign by Theo & Jed and just adds another young arm to our farm system.  I may have to adjust my rankings for my 2012 Top Cubs Pitching Prospects.  I also hope the Cubs are able to sign one of the outfielders as well.

Mark Cuban and Other Thoughts

I really don’t care too much about who ends up buying the L.A. Dodgers.  I mean no disrespect by this, but I don’t have anyone that I think would be a great fit as owner.  I know there are several groups still alive in the bidding process and some of these groups include some famous names such as Magic Johnson and Joe Torre.  However, there was one potential owner that didn’t make the first cut from what I understand.  That is Mark Cuban.  A few years ago, I was hoping he would win the bidding for the Chicago Cubs.  I am pleased with the Ricketts family, but I must admit there is a part of me that would have liked to see what Cuban would have done with my favorite team.  For some reason, Cuban hasn’t been successful in any of his attempts to buy a Major League team.  I think this is a travesty and part of me feels that Bud Selig and an overwhelming majority of owners don’t want this young and charismatic man as an owner.  I think Cuban would be a breath of fresh air for baseball and would be a great owner.  I know several NBA players love how he takes care of his team, the Dallas Mavs.   For whatever reason, he has yet to be taken as a serious potential owner in baseball and I hope that changes in the near future.

With the upcoming season just around the corner I am already getting excited for opening day.  I know the Cubs appear to be out of contention this year and I’m okay with that.  I do think they will surprise some teams though as we get younger with guys like Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo being the future of our team.  I anticipate more trades by Theo & Jed and even a another money eating deal that involves us trading Alfonso Soriano.  I think Marlon Byrd will be traded this summer as well.

I keep reading about Yoenis Cespedes lately and wonder if the Cubs are truly interested in this guy.  I know he’s only 26 and possesses a lot of talent.  However, I don’t know if I want to see the Cubs spend a bunch of money on him.

I think the Cubs are going to be fun to watch this summer even if they finish well below .500.  The reason I say this is the fact we are getting younger.  I like this youth movement and I hope it continues throughout the season.

Oh well, that’s all I’ve got  for now.

 

Jim Hendry a Yankee Now

Even though I thought things got out of hand towards the end of Jim Hendry’s tenure with the Cubs I was happy to read today that he will be working for the Yankees as a special assignment scout.  Good move by the Yankees and glad to see Jim is back in baseball.  He had some good years with the Cubs, but it was definitely time for change.

Best of luck to Hendry in his new role.

Who will Cubs lose as compensation pick for Theo Epstein?

Fearing Bud Selig

Okay, I didn’t really know what to title this post.  First, let me say that I am not a fan of Commissioner Bud Selig.  As a matter of fact, I think he is the worst commissioner of all major sports in this great country of ours.  He turned a blind eye during the whole “steroid era”, helped create inter-league play, was acting commissioner during the strike in 1994 and is a former owner.  My list of negatives could actually go on and on, but that’s not the focal point of this post.  You see, I am afraid of what Selig is going to do with the upcoming compensation that the Red Sox will get from the Cubs for hiring Theo Epstein.  The Red Sox didn’t have to let the Cubs talk to Theo, but I think after the epic collapse in September their organization was ready to wipe the slate clean.  This allowed for the exits of Terry Francona and Theo.

Anyway, I fear that Selig is going to force the Cubs to give up one of their better minor league prospects.  As a former owner, I can see him punishing the Cubs and Epstein for leaving an organization before his contract was up.  I really hope I am wrong on this and my fear is not warranted.  However, I do not trust Selig to make a legitimate and fair decision for either team.

When it’s all said and done, I don’t have a say in this at all.  All I can do is share my thoughts and feelings on this simple blog.  I hope Selig doesn’t punish the Cubs and force us to give the Red Sox someone like Brett Jackson.  If he does, it will be just another reason for me to not like him as Commissioner of baseball.