2019-20 Offseason Discussion


SoSH Member
Aug 1, 2006
But we're getting a guy who provides 92.4% of the speed of a 100mph reliever at less than 1/10 the cost!

In all seriousness, he seems to be a hard sinkerballer, for which 92 isn't bad but he is not exactly throwing bowling balls either.

To me it looks like Valdez has a Pedro-esque delivery with a very wiry frame. Actually perhaps a little more Ramon than Pedro.
It was only 16 innings, but Phillips Valdez’s sinker had an elite spin rate last year, for what it’s worth. Makes sense to me that a guy who can throw that pitch with above-average velocity and pair it with a change up might be an interesting project.


SoSH Member
Apr 5, 2007
So maybe "filthy" would be more apropos than "hard-throwing".
Maybe we should move beyond the limited phraseology we have and break new ground. Perhaps a high spin-rate, good velocity fastball paired with a solid change-up should be referred to as "funkadelic." Just throwing that out there.


SoSH Member
Nov 14, 2005
Xander was interviewed on MLB and mentioned that he hurt himself when he was back home and that's why he is not playing. He didn't give details. First I've heard of this. Anyone know what happened?


SoSH Member
Jul 16, 2005
Rogers Park
Xander was interviewed on MLB and mentioned that he hurt himself when he was back home and that's why he is not playing. He didn't give details. First I've heard of this. Anyone know what happened?
He's been dealing with a residual ankle injury all camp. It's been covered in the media; it doesn't sound too bad.


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Sep 30, 2010
Interestingly, Theo is running into the same issues in Chicago that the Sox are. This was clear from their do-nothing offseason, but Theo's now stating explicitly what's to come.

And the Cubs begin this season with Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras and Kyle Schwarber free agents two years away — the same for Jon Lester and Anthony Rizzo should their 2021 options be picked up. Attempts to extend Baez, Bryant, Contreras, Schwarber and Ian Happ have failed. And the Cubs know they will not keep all of them long term and send their payroll to $300 million or more.

To try to diversify how they spend their money and deepen a depleted farm system, the Cubs particularly shopped Bryant and Contreras in the offseason. For now, though, it looks as if the Cubs will begin the season with their core group. But the Cubs know players have much greater value if they are available for two postseason runs rather than one (like Betts), so a July appraisal looms.

“It puts us in a position in which we have to be very objective about what we have,” Epstein said. “In the middle of this season, if we have a legit World Series contender, that is really meaningful. But if we don’t, you can’t be blind to the realities of the following 18 months.”

Translation: If the Cubs think they can win it all, they will keep it together. If not, they could be one of the biggest sellers of July.


SoSH Member
Sep 17, 2011
They could do a full reset and be pretty well set for 2022. Kind of a fortunate situation that many of their FAs hit the market the same year.Trading away a lot of that talent would get them a massive haul of prospects

The Gray Eagle

SoSH Member
Aug 1, 2001
Finally we get another minor league catcher named Jhon, we've been out of them ever since we traded Jhon Nunez.

Jhonny Pereda is a different guy than longtime major leaguer Jhonny Peralta, who we signed but who never made it out of Pawtucket with us.

Savin Hillbilly

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SoSH Member
Jul 10, 2007
The wrong side of the bridge....
Pereda has fine K/BB numbers but apparently dismal quality-of-contact; no power and a low BABIP despite high GB rates. Sounds like a solid backstop. He was mentioned under "Bench Bats" in a FG top-31 Cubs prospects feature from last offseason, and they had this to say:

Pereda might get popped in the Rule 5 draft because he’s an okay catcher with an approach. Long term, he projects as a third catcher.
So, Dan Butler v. 2.