Originally Posted by OLADIPO DA GOD
The Royals are moving forward w/ Moose as their everyday 3rd baseman, eh? I suspect they'll reverse that decision fairly quickly. Moose's .196/.256/.290 against lefties is pretty disgusting, especially when compared to Valencia's .371/.392/.639. Hosmer bounced back after a very rough season in 2012 though, so perhaps Moose can do the same.
The Royals' apparent dismissal of a platoon seems quite suspect. They would be wise to at least consider, if not revise, that game plan.
Originally Posted by Evilerk
I have come to terms that the Cubs are not going to get Tanaka..but there are just a crop of pitching sitting there..do I have to beg so you can make a move
I'm on record as saying that I have faith that Theo is going to eventually rebuild that club, but there's something to be said for the sentiment you're delivering here. Unless one or all of Kershaw, Scherzer and Bailey reach free agency this next offseason--fairly unlikely, though it's certainly very possible at least one of them will--the 2014/2015 offseason is quite weak in the free agent pitching market (and in the free agent market in general). The Cubs have a protected pick, too.
At the same time, I'm not sure if any of the remaining pitchers on the market--not named Tanaka, anyway--is worth the lengthy contracts they will probably command. Edwin Jackson isn't a bad signing as a middle-of-your-rotation type of guy but the Cubs should start aiming a bit higher.
Probably the best approach would be drafting one of those tantalizing power arms in the 2014 draft with the fourth overall pick. If he pans out and is anything close to MLB-ready, the mystery pitcher could be ready to make waves when the team is actually transitioning toward being competitive. Of course, any team should draft the best player available; this is merely me thinking with my fingers.