Waiting for the Cubs to spend in the off-season? Don’t hold your breath

Before we get to tonight’s game thread, we should talk a bit about the rumors circulating that the Chicago Cubs are going to pursue Sin-Soo Choo, David Price, or any number of other high-priced free agents in the 2013-2o14 off-season. According to one source, the Cubs don’t plan to spend much in the coming off-season, and don’t plan to increase the current payroll by much, if at all. Judging by the reaction on Twitter, this comes as a shock and a surprise to a lot of Cubs fans.

wrgleywallFirst, the Cubs top priority right now is renovating Wrigley. The panned renovations (videoboard, additional advertising, etc) will enable new revenue streams. Once those revenue streams kick in, the Ricketts will be prepared to increase payroll, but probably not before then. Getting that videoboard up quickly is huge,  because that’s where the big bucks are going to come from.

Secondly, while many fans are counting on seeing players like Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, and Javier Baez in Wrigley in 2014, the odds are that the Cubs are going to keep those guys in the minors as long as they possibly can. Jed and Theo like their young guys to get a ton of at-bats down on the farm, and they’re going to come up later rather than sooner. That is, of course, assuming they don’t flame out. Not every highly-touted prospect makes it to the majors. At any rate, we’re not going to see the Cubs go after big time free agents until more of the kids are major league-ready.

Early in the 2012 season, one member of the Cubs organization told me that fans were looking ahead to 2013-2014 season, when they really needed to be looking at 2015 and 2016. It’s the worse kept secret in Chicago that Theo found the organization in much worse shape than he anticipated when he took over, just as the Ricketts found Wrigley Field in much worse shape than they expected when they bought the team. One is completely intertwined with the other. When Wrigley starts bringing in money rather than hemorrhaging it,  we’ll see the Cubs up the payroll.

So while another year or two of stop-gap players and building up the farm system seems unbearable to most fans, that’s probably what we’re looking at.  On the bright side, maybe they’ll bring David DeJesus back!

Assuming you’re watching the Cubs instead of the Bears tonight, you’ll see Edwin Jackson (7-13, 4.89 — I have ZERO memory of Edwin Jackson winning seven games this season) take the hill at PetCo Park against Edinson Volquez (9-10, 5.72).

Tonight’s lineup:

Castro
Rizzo
Navarro
Schierhotlz
Lake
Murphy
Bogusevc
Barney
Jackson

First pitch is at 9:10 pm CT on CSN.

Bears are on FOX at 9:00 pm CT.

30 thoughts on “Waiting for the Cubs to spend in the off-season? Don’t hold your breath

  1. Doc Blume says:

    The renovation is never going to happen.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      No it’s not.

        1. Doc Blume says:

          No

          It’s not.

          (The longer we keep thinking it is going to happen, the longer it takes for it to actually happen. Once we all accept it’s never going to happen, only then will it actually happen.)

  2. juliedicaro says:

    I missed a 6-run first? What?

    1. johnnywest333 says:

      It was just an illusion.

      1. sloanpeterson2 says:

        The hitters giveth, the pitchers taketh away…

  3. juliedicaro says:

    When the Cubs were up 6-0, I said I had no confidence in Jackson’s ability to hold a 6-run lead. People on Twitter yelled at me and called me “negative.” Then he blew the lead.

    Game. Set. Match, Julie

    1. Doc Blume says:

      You know why Jackson blew the lead? He was reading his Twitter feed in the dugout and saw your posts. He got depressed, lost his confidence and the rest is history.

  4. sloanpeterson2 says:

    That’s right, blame the messinger…:)

  5. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Barney goes yard!

  6. sloanpeterson2 says:

    By the way, where they were showing the lady on the stationary bike, I think is a hotel that I have stayed at for pension plan meetings. ..

  7. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Castro hit by pitch on his hand. Still in game for now…

  8. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Cubs ahead 3-1 for now…

  9. sloanpeterson2 says:

    And spellcheck is about to give it all back.

  10. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Ugly beard Goggles manages the save. Cubs win 3-2!

  11. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Cubs start the last game in San Diego. When they start in L.A., they are going to miss the terrifc weather in san diego…

  12. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Where is everyone?

    1. johnnywest333 says:

      I just turned the game on. No score top 5th.

  13. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Hopefully, the Cubs can get a run or two…

  14. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Second day in a row that Castro gets hurt batting…

  15. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Now that Rusin has been pulled, look for the Padres to score…

  16. sloanpeterson2 says:

    John Kruk taken out of booth at Dodger stadium,is on his way to the hospital. Hope he is okay…

    1. Doc Blume says:

      Probably a heart attack…surprised it hasn’t happened yet.

      (I am eternally stuck thinking of John Kruk as nothing more than Chris Farley…especially after the SNL episode where Farley played Kruk.)

      1. sloanpeterson2 says:

        Dehydration according to ESPN. It’s been close to 90 degrees in LA today. If they did the booth outdoors, it would make anyone sick…

  17. sloanpeterson2 says:

    What a painful way to get a run in. Hope Batman is o.k….

  18. sloanpeterson2 says:

    And they blow it. Make them walk to L.A….

  19. Doc Blume says:

    I can honestly say that this was the craziest 13th inning that I have ever seen.

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