This offseason has been much like the last two for the Chicago Cubs. They’ve scoured the waiver wires and made a couple minor trades. With the exception of the courtship of Masahiro Tanaka, the most exciting thing to happen was the Cubs trading Brian Bogusevic for Justin Ruggiano. There still may be another starting pitcher signed, but by all accounts, it will be someone to fill in at the end of the rotation. While we feel disappointed about missing out on Tanaka, Gordon Wittenmyer wants you to know that you should feel a lot worse than you already do.
Internal attendance projections that estimated another 300,000 drop from last year — to 2.3 million — could be even worse after the unrealistically high hopes created by some of the exaggerated reports that suggested the Cubs were favorites.
Are people really going to spitefully stay away from Wrigley because there was hope that the Cubs might sign a player that chose to sign elsewhere? I understand that Tanaka would have helped attendance, but this just seems ludicrous to me. But wait, it gets worse!
But make no mistake, said one rival executive: “Today was a huge day for them. They needed to get this guy.”
The exec said that’s not only because of the declining faith among the fan base in what the Cubs are selling for the third-highest ticket prices in the game. There’s also a perception developing within the industry that the Cubs’ business plan won’t support the planned baseball renaissance.
That would be a lot bigger loss than any pitcher.
The Cubs will never be able to make any money! It’s all a lost cause! Every player who’s currently in the minors will be a bust, and we should all hop ship to a different team. They’ll be lucky to ever finish ahead of the Brewers.
In other news, the Cubs avoided arbitration with Travis Wood on Friday.
The Cubs avoided an arbitration hearing with Travis Wood, signing the left-hander to a one-year, $3.9 million contract on Friday.
The salary is slightly closer to the $4.250 million that Wood filed for last Friday than it is to the Cubs’ $3.5 million counter.
Wood made $527,500 last year, so good for him. I hope he bought himself something nice. That leaves Darwin Barney, Justin Ruggiano and Jeff Samardzija as the only arbitration-eligible players who haven’t signed.