Tom Ricketts Talks Shop

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Looks like Tom Ricketts has seen fit to talk to the media today. My vantage point is that the Cubs have drawn their line in the sand, and Scott Boras has drawn his, now they just have to compromise because Ricketts won’t undermine Jed Hoyer by directly negotiating with Boras. It also does sound like he would very much prefer Cody Bellinger return to the club.

Here’s some snippets from Meghan:

There might be more as she tacks on but you can click through if you wish.

Just a quick add-on re: intelligent spending:

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  1. andcounting

    They asked him what would have to happen to increase spending and he said, “More revenue.” Not sure if he unintentionally blurted out the quiet part, but a flat-out admission that you’re not going to let on-the-field success cut into your embarrassingly high profits is not what you want to hear from ownership. Not even a mention that spending on the roster is an investment in further revenue . . . just incredible.

    Up until that remark, you could have interpreted his comments as half PR spin and half attempts at negotiation. But capping it off with what amounts to “we ain’t spending any more” shows it was pure spin with 0% intention of adding a free agent at anything other than a discount.

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    Rice Cube

    andcounting,

    For that we really have to wait and see, as precedent suggests that teams can load up and still suck ass while others can surprise, especially with the Counsell effect. Whatever they end up doing, I just want it to work.

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  3. Perkins

    It’s weird to me that the first round draft pick column doesn’t need to be picked by that team.

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  4. Perkins

    Lot of Moneyball fans playing today, judging by Hatteberg above 10%.

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  5. Perkins

    That .300 career average column was not my friend.

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    Rice Cube

    Hardest part was trying to guess which of the 3 most common catchers batting .300 would be least guessed (dying laughing)

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  7. andcounting

    I’m hearing Boog say, β€œGrounder to 2nd and wisely throws to first for the final out,” and I’m like . . . what else would he do? But the second baseman’s name is Wisely.

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  8. dmick89

    berselius,

    Probably true for NFL and NHL too. Wouldn’t surprise me if it’s true for the NBA too. Seems all athletes are religious nutbags.

    In better news, Bellinger re-signed with the Cubs. 3/80 with two opt outs. 30/30/20

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