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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken View Post
    I can't imagine spending $120 million in annual salary in one offseason on free agents being a good strategy, either financially OR on the field. You want your team to build up a base through the system and then add free agents to fill the holes.

    The problem with building through free agency is that you have zero discounts. You are competing against teams with extra value due to pre-arb players, and you have fully bloated contracts. Unless you just vastly outspend them, or out-luck them, you aren't going to keep up with those teams.
    You make very good points and I appreciate them.

    It is probably why one writer suggested we work out deals with players in the last year of their contracts on teams that want to shed salary. The A's are one of those teams.

    As for me I do not want to wait another 5 years for the process you describe. They need to get some at market value players to fill the stat sheets as well as the seats and tv viewership.

    Cubs you want my money, you want to use your sponsor's products, you better not make me more sad at you! Make your team exciting and competitive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregg View Post
    2018-2020 the Cubs were in the top 3 for team salary with about $191m.

    Now they are down to $39m in guaranteed contracts.

    I doubt they will go back to the top 3, but what is reasonable to spend this coming year? How about $160m?

    There are a lot of free agents. Now is a time to go buy some good core building blocks.

    They can actually afford anyone they want. Of course that does not mean the player wants to come here and be part of rebuilding. I hope not to be sad at you in the Spring.
    I think you're going to be sad at them. My read is your owners are more focused on cash stream than winning games.
    I'm just here for the baseball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chancellor View Post
    I think you're going to be sad at them. My read is your owners are more focused on cash stream than winning games.
    Pirates owner Bob Nutting has proven to the other owners that losing is very profitable. And some are going to follow his lead.
    “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregg View Post
    You make very good points and I appreciate them.

    It is probably why one writer suggested we work out deals with players in the last year of their contracts on teams that want to shed salary. The A's are one of those teams.

    As for me I do not want to wait another 5 years for the process you describe. They need to get some at market value players to fill the stat sheets as well as the seats and tv viewership.

    Cubs you want my money, you want to use your sponsor's products, you better not make me more sad at you! Make your team exciting and competitive.
    I think the Miley signing is a good move. Now go get one of the top FA pitching studs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by madducks View Post
    Pirates owner Bob Nutting has proven to the other owners that losing is very profitable. And some are going to follow his lead.
    This just in: Cubs reportedly among the teams at least "gauging the market" for the top shortstops.

    I have seen this before. They make an offer that they are certain will not get the player and then tell the fan base they did their best to sign them. I sure hope they prove me wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregg View Post
    This just in: Cubs reportedly among the teams at least "gauging the market" for the top shortstops.

    I have seen this before. They make an offer that they are certain will not get the player and then tell the fan base they did their best to sign them. I sure hope they prove me wrong.
    What is the over/under on the most the Cubs will spend for a single free agent this off season?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregg View Post
    What is the over/under on the most the Cubs will spend for a single free agent this off season?
    Whatever Niko Goodrum's asking price is, i'm sure the Cubs will give it to him.
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