I thought about making this a daily facepalm post, but the 'daily' in it stretches the incredulity even beyond our level of discreditedness. So I have revived its predecessor instead.
- I had been waiting for the Cubs to hire Jim Hickey as the new pitching coach to write a new post, but they took something like four weeks to announce it and by that point everyone just kind of assumed that he had already been hired and it was barely news.
- Brandon Hyde is the new bench coach, with Dave Martinez heading to the Nationals.
- Former Padre Will Venable retired and is the Cubs new first base coach.
- They also hired special assistant Jim Benedict, who may or may not be some kind of pitching guru who was axed in the Marlins new ownership purge.
- As expected, the Cubs made QOs to Arrieta and Davis, who turned them down.
- Under the current rules, the Cubs will net two picks at the end of the second round.
- Anthony Rizzo won the Clemente Award, which honors players for community involvement and contributions off the field.
- Soon to be former Miami Marlin Giancarlo Stanton won the MVP award in a surprisingly close vote, edging out Joey Votto by just two points. KB also picked up a first place vote somehow.
- The only other Cubs to pick up votes in the major awards were Ian Happ and Joe Maddon, who got lone back of the ballot votes from someone(s).
Ice Cold Stove
- Pretty much nothing has happened so far this offseason. It seems like things are going to start happening more quickly once the two giant dominoes fall, namely, Giancarlo Stanton being traded and Ohtani selecting some team. I don't have particularly high hopes that the Cubs pick up either of them.
- Alex Cobb seems like the most likely guy for the Cubs to pick up. After that, we'll have to take a wait and see approach.