MLB Approves Cubs Sale

The major league baseball owners have unanimously approved the sale of the Cubs to the Ricketts family. According to the Sporting News article, there are still a few hoops to jump through before the Ricketts officially take over day-to-day control of the team, which should hopefully happen before the end of the month.

The franchise still has to go through a 24-hour "pre-packaged
bankruptcy," which the Tribune reports will take place next Monday or
Tuesday. When that step is finalized, the banks financing the deal will
have a "10 day cooling off period" before they have to fund the deal.

When they do take over, Ricketts and Hendry will get to have this conversation (the following brilliance is from Andy Dolan at Desipio):


Jim Hendry: Mr. Ricketts, I need to talk to you about what we’re going to do with Milton Bradley.

Tom Ricketts: Sure, I knew this was coming.

JH: We owe him $21 million the next two years, but
we have to move him.  We can’t possibly try to put him back in that
clubhouse with those players.  They hate him.

TR: Fine.  What are we looking at in return?

JH: Honestly, not much.  There are only a few teams
that have any interest at all, and they don’t want to pay much of his
salary, and they don’t want to give up any real prospects.  The best we
could do would be to trade for a player with a bigger contract, like
Aaron Rowand or Chris Young, and even then we’ll have to eat some of
Milton’s contract.

TR: So we’re in a position where we’re going to pay a guy to not play for us?

JH: I think we have to.  It’s better to pay him to not play here, than have him here poisoning the team and not producing.

TR: So it’s your opinion, that the best solution to
this is to not try to make something that’s not working, work, but
instead to cut the cord and eat the money and bring in somebody better
equipped to do the job?

JH: Exactly.  Sometimes it’s the best thing.

TR: For example, you have three years and $9 million left on your deal, right?

JH: Uh…yeah.

TR: So how about this?  How about I eat that nine
million bucks, and pay you to not screw up our roster and our payroll
anymore, and bring in somebody else to do the job, instead of having
you try…again…to find somebody to bat lefthanded and not poison the
clubhouse and underperform?  Because, as you read in the papers for
months, I need to decide what to do with Kenney.  He thinks he’s going
to stay on to handle the Wrigley Field renovations and be your boss. 
But I could bring in a baseball guy like John Schuerholz or Sandy
Alderson to be the president, and instead of having them be your boss,
they could just do your job.

JH: Uh…I guess.

TR: Great.  Now why don’t you and Crane leak that
to your little toadies, Levine and Kaplan?  I’ve got a completely
fucked up payroll to worry about.


Speaking of the payroll, Arizona Phil has updated the right sidebar with the latest estimates. The Cubs are on the hook for $118M in guaranteed contracts and an estimated $18 million if they auto-renew and sign all their arbitration eligible players (which they probably won't). That puts the grand total at around $136M before any dealmaking gets under way.

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but Miggy the town drunk just dropped a 400+ foot two run bomb on the Twins. He's got a double and a HR so far.

3-0 Tigers bottom of the third.

he also blew 3x the legal limit 12-ish hours before the game before this one.

way to prepare for an important game.

3-0, HR by fat Miggy

http://itmightbedangerous.blogspot.com/2009/10/las...

neat entry on the personal side of the business...

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs...

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/18082...

Grabow wants a 3-yr deal according to Sullivan(dear god don't give it to him unless it's for $1M a year),

Johnson or Fuld (why not both?)...Gordy thinks they'll resign Reed if he doesn't get too expensive

Fox, Fontenot likely on the block (think we can get Lincecum for them?)

Gordy thinks they can unload Bradley and not have to eat 80% or more of his contract (I guess 75% is okay)

help...please take our .370-.400 ob% hitter off our hands...he's prone to being unhappy. we'll pay you!

i still can't believe hendry/lou bought a pit bull, ignored it, let it socialize itself around the house without much guidance, and then was shocked when it bit someone. way to go.

Why do you always mention that he is a .370-.400 OBP hitter? Why don't you also mention he will miss 2 months worth of AB's a season, struggle to get 50 RBI or even over 100 hits in a single season and his slugging % was a pathetic .397.

His career OPS is .821, his OPS this season is .775. So he isn't going to be much better than what he was this past season. What he did in Texas is out of proportion from what he did the rest of his career. It screams career year to never be matched again.

But not many guys are hanging their hats on a 22 HR 77 RBI season as their best ever and thinking their a great hitter. Well unless your Jim Hendry and the Chicago Cubs offering 3 years 30 million for a 1 season 70 RBI hitter at age 31.

well, the main point is the cubs are giving away a .370+ ob% guy...paying him to go away...because they bought a dog and decided to tie it up in the yard.

and we've gone over the "texas thing" before...i expect 30+doubles, 15-25 HR production out of him...it wouldn't be even mildly shocking to see milton hit 25 homers. i don't...and never have...expected him to be some ungodly power hitter. he does have gap+ power, though.

the cubs are about to pay a team to take a .370+ ob% who has more power potential than fuku away for things unrelated to what he does on the field. great stuff.

I liked the pit bull analogy, btw.

i'm just geting sick of called bradley a baby...paying homage to his irrational side.

$10 million for 15 HR's or so? He's never hit 25 HR's in a season...so why expect that? At age 31...seriously? 30 doubles? it's not like he does that every season.

Who knew that you only paid money for home runs these days?

BTW... ya'll should check out a pretty decent GM talking about home runs and RBI compared to OBP, SLUG, OPS, etc..

Money quote (paraphrased), in saying why JD Drew is good: "He is always going to have low RBI totals - I couldn't care less. ...
He does the single most important thing you can do in baseball - not make outs."

I agree. And a guy being a prick and prima donna hanging around the clubhouse doesn't have any effect on the team. Stats are what really matter.

Can you imagine? Montreal, Cleveland, Los Angeles(AL), Los Angeles (NL), Oakland, San Diego, Texas, and now the Cubs... getting rid of this guy. If they could just uncover the great and secret stat "OBP" they would realize his true value. Alas! how naive are these GMs?

Maybe Theo Epstein would take Milton Bradley since he loves OBP so much? Something tells me, though, Milton Bradley doesn't suit up as a Red Sox next year.

Just for the sake of Milty accuracy, he never played for the Angels.

You are a broken record.

I didn't say anything about Bradley's attitude (though, of course, JD Drew has often been criticized for many of the same things that Bradley gets criticized for).

I was simply responding to the silly, "$10M for 15 HR" comment.

But, FWIW, I think that if Bradley was better in April and May, then yea, his attitude wouldn't have mattered.

Ok....$10 million for the turd of a season MB had?

Oh...and his June wan't too hot either...273/.377/.348, 0 HR, 3 RBI, but an amazing 5 doubles. Please note sarcasm.

Bradley didn't get paid $10M for this past season. Good try though.

Ok. $7 million for this turd of a season??

Is that better?

Hey...another often injured, low production guy. Couldn't we get a guy who gets on base...AND drives in runs?

Yup... you are right. You know more about baseball and putting together a team than Theo Epstein does.

Did you even listen to what Epstein said?

I certainly don't know more than him. More than you? go get your magnifying glass to find any more rounding errors or something...

More than you? go get your magnifying glass to find any more rounding errors or something...

Awesome... when you have nothing of substance to day, resort to personal attacks. Are you MikeC/Real Neal now?

Once again - did you even listen to the Epstein piece?

...says the King of personal attacks..ok the Prince...Silent Towel, RIP...

say what? Dave may argue a point strongly, but there's not of personal attacks that come from him...

I would say Real Neal was the King of personal attacks, but he's backed off that significantly in recent months unless provoked.

As always, I'm the King of Idiots.

"For I am Costanza, Lord of the Idiots."

Fine..I humbly apologize, I am in awe of his knowledge and poignancy in his posts.

Seriously?

Huh? Please point out these alleged personal attacks.

I am not saying that I have never made any, but I try very hard to avoid them, and I don't think that you will be able to find many of them.

Dave is king of the Huh?, not personal attacks.

Well played.

finally had a chance to listen to it...

thanks for the link.

"based on his skillset, he'll always have underwhelming RBI totals and I couldn't care less. When you're putting together a winning team, that honestly doesn't matter. When you have a player that takes a ton of walks, who doesn't put the ball in play at an above average rate and is a certain type of hitter, he's not gonna drive in a lot of runs."

ah, music to my ears...

He then goes into JD scoring a ton of runs on a rate basis...quick look and he scores a run around 14-17% per plate appearance, 16% for his career. Bradley scored at just 12.9% this year, around 15% the few years prior, but just 13.23% for his career. I don't know what the league average is, Pujols scored at a 17.7% rate per plate appearance, Pedroia at 16.1%, Ryan Howard scored at a 14.9% rate, Soriano at 12.2%

Runs scored is of course a function of getting on-base, baserunning,  as well as the hitters behind you..and the HR's you hit...

Bradley sort of bounced around the order this year, he had Lee an Ramirez behind him briefly in April/May and part of June, then a good stretch of Fontenot, Soto and Soriano, then back to Lee and Ramirez in August.

Back to Theo, GM of 2 World Series champion teams...

"he does the single most important thing you can do in baseball as an offensive player, that's not make outs.......and he's a real good baserunner."

(slight paraphrasing) "you can talk about RBI's if you want, we ignore them in the front office, and we built a pretty good offense, if you want to talk about RBI's, talk about them as a percentage of opportunities. It's just simply not something we use to evaluate offensive players."

 

Reading those links gives me no confidence that this organization is going to make the right moves this offseason.

hammels supposedly getting the game 3 start over marquis for COL for those keeping track...delarosa out due to a groin thing

Hammel vs Hamels?

pickle surprise!

The sale is finally (99%) over, thank the gods.

I'd like to have the cash Ricketts will spend just to furnish his spiffy new office at Wrigley. I see a solid gold urinal and a bust of Marla Collins.

"a busty Marla Collins."

is there another kind?

with a 2-run HR, 4-3 Twins in the 7th...fun stuff.

"Johnson or Fuld (why not both?)...Gordy thinks they'll resign Reed if he doesn't get too expensive

Fox, Fontenot likely on the block (think we can get Lincecum for them?)

Gordy thinks they can unload Bradley and not have to eat 80% or more of his contract (I guess 75% is okay)"

Fuld. Johnson is gonna want too much. Or, rather, Hendry will OFFER him TOO much. They are the same guy. Reed can hit a little better. Fuld is younger, faster, with a better arm.

Also, can Hendry pay some of the Bradley salary loss?

I agree on the Fuld and Hendry remarks, though Fuld has also been a bit more injury prone throughout his career.

I was going to say it seems like Hendry is the only one he doesn't hold responsible for the sub-par season, but it looks like Lou is getting off pretty easy as well.

Who resurrected Magglio Ordonez?

the most ridiculously named award ever...

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_relea...

"Sharp, the presenting sponsor of the National League Player of the Month Award, presents Derrek Lee with a 52" AQUOS®."

...well damn.

don't teams usually have 5 OF'ers? Why can't we have both?

Fox and Hoff aren't going to be around imo, Lou barely used them in the outfield, I don't think he's going to have en epiphany about it this offseason, especially with there supposed stress on speed.

Reed's a better platoon partner for Fukudome than Fuld and Fuld can be their speed guy off the bench that they want and not too bad a fill-in when Soriano, Fuku or new RFer (or CFer if they move Fuku over).

Now if they sign Figgins, who can play all 3 OF spots if needed, I could see them going with just one extra OF'er.

Speaking of deals, heard Kelly Johnson could be on the block? Any interest? Always liked him, but he's also been rather disappointing the last 2 years...has had some knee problems.

always important to check the option years here...

Fuld - 1, Hoff - 1, Fox - 0

I'll be amazed if Fox isn't traded this offseason.

Gorzelanny is also out of options which should make that 5th starter race interesting

I think Fuld and Fox should constitute OFer's #4 and 5

No arbitration to Reed Johnson. Why overpay for him when he is nothing close to a difference maker?

Grabow asking for 3 years makes me think he will turn down arbitration. So offer it to him. Take the picks and build up the system.

sure, we all may think Fox should be one of the bench guys, but Lou played Taguchi, Scales, Fuld, Colvin all ahead of him. And he's got no options left....

Your team would have to be run by someone exceptionally stupid to sign John Grabow and cost a first round draft pick. Didn't almost all the LOOGIES last year last until March and end up on one year deals?

The downside is?..... Bringing Grabow back on a 1yr deal. Certainly better than letting Hendry figure out his market value over a 3 year deal IMHO.

If the dude couldn't get ABs at third base instead of Miles and Fontenot, it's utterly hopeless. Let's trade him for a non-prospect, then figure out how to get Lou his "big RBI bat."

Puke.

This Det @ Min game is one for the ages.

Let the line drives go through.

Theriot flew into Detroit yesterday to give them some baserunning lessons.

The play by Inge in the bottom of the 9th probably supplants Wise's grab as the money defensive play of the year.

from the Orlando Cabrera game to the Inge game...

epic in progress...tied again.

WOW! Twins!!!

I had the pleasure of seeing the Twins pound the Cubs twice this summer. Once with CUBSTER.

There cannot be two different organizations.

Incredible.

EDIT: "pleasure" in a facetious way.

The Twins also beat the Cubbies two of three their last trip to the Dome. Not much of a surprise there.

...and OVER! As the Twins win it in 12 with a walk-off single, 6-5.

Twins now 1-1 in game #163, also averaging 163 games over the last two years

from the redundant dept of redundancy

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  • I assume Chapman will replace Richard on the roster, but who goes down when Cahill gets activated? Maybe Grimm?

    And when Soler and Coghlan get healthy, how do they fit them on the roster when they're ready to be activated?

    chitownmvp01 0 sec ago view
  • The only player in the deal that would cause me a second thought is Gleyber Torres. McKinney and Crawford are redundant in the system and Warren was really only a middle-reliever or #6 starter), so to me it's really just Torres for Chapman, and if Chapman is nails as a cl;oser and trhen walks as a FA, I would still make that trade  

    Arizona Phil 1 min 39 sec ago view
  • We are giving up a lot, but it's not like we're trading Addison Russell for 2+ months of Jason Hammel. When impact players become available, they are going to cost you. The other bids could also have been high.

    Having Chapman as a rental is potentially less disruptive than having him come in with an extension in place. 

    CTSteve 1 min 45 sec ago view
  • Billy McKinney had season-ending knee surgery last August and came to Minor League Camp this year somewhat restricted. (He was used mostly as a DH in Cactus League Minor League Camp games), and I'm not sure he's 100% right now (he's repeating AA, and his XBH numbers are way down, like he's not getting good rotation in his lowev half). That might have been part of the reason why the trade wasn't completed right away.

    Arizona Phil 9 min 4 sec ago view
  • Rashad Crawford was a basketball star in HS (he was known as "Baby Jordan", and baseball was only his second sport) and he has plus-speed and athleticism, so when the Cubs drafted him (Keith Lockhart was the scout)  he was seen as a long-term project.  

    I was at Fitch Park the day that Rashad Crawford became a LH hitter, He waa never a switch-hitter, He went directly from being a RH hitter to a LH hitter, which I had never seen before. 

    Arizona Phil 16 min 59 sec ago view
  • I'm with Rob G and Johann here. It's not about Chapman as a pitcher. I just don't want to have to block out a real problem (the domestic violence) in order to try to enjoy the frivolous ball and stick game.

    Charlie 25 min 4 sec ago view
  • ROB G & BOB R: You're right. The QO can only be extended if the player spends the entire previous season with one club, so only the Yankees could have offered one to Chapman (if he wasn't traded). If an Article XX-B FA is traded during the season, the new club can't offer a QO. .

    Arizona Phil 25 min 54 sec ago view
  • i was going off what AZPhil said above...they keep talking about tweaking the rules, i didn't know if that had been changed or not. my winter/spring was way too hectic aside from a couple weeks vacation in janurary and i missed a lot of stuff.

    if not, this is one hell of an expensive trade for what looks to be 30-40 innings of play...including the playoffs. damn.

    crunch 37 min 10 sec ago view
  • Did the QO rules change?

    unless there's a TARDIS involved, I dont believe that's a possibility

    Rob G. 41 min 15 sec ago view
  • I didn't think you could offer a QO to a player who was traded during the season? For example, Lester was not offered a QO when the Cubs signed him.

    Rob Richardson 42 min 40 sec ago view
  • I think the assumption is that make him a Qualify Offer and he signs elsewhere next year.

    billybucks 45 min 43 sec ago view
  • cubs QO, chapman declines, cubs get a draft pick, brewers sign him for 6/90m, brewers win world series in a sweep as chapman strikes out g.torres in game 4 vs the yanks.

    crunch 46 min 14 sec ago view
  • Sorry, how are the Cubs getting a pick out of this?

    Rob G. 1 hour 3 min ago view
  • Besides what he adds to the Cubs bullpen, getting Aroldis Chapman means the Giants and Nationals (and Indians) can't get him, and that could be important come the post-season. 

    When the opponent knows Chapman is out there ready to pitch in the 9th, it can cause the other team to alter their strategy and play things differently than they otherwise might prefer to play things in the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings. 

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 5 min ago view
  • thats a lot for 2-3 months....beyond Torres it's a lot of organizational depth, but hate to use your best prospect for a rental.

    Rob G. 1 hour 7 min ago view
  • chap's a FA after this season. 2-3 months of chapman and a sandwich pick after the 1st round (stay healthy chap) seems to be the "worst" outcome, but damn they're giving up a hell of a piece in torres.

    i don't care that torres is blocked...i just think something more valuable/controlled can come from trading away a guy like him.

    crunch 1 hour 19 min ago view