Cubs Notes: Epstein, Extensions, Catchers

Theo Epstein has actually mostly led his clubs with favorable, progressive messaging that, if anything, arrive at the overly-diplomatic end of the spectrum. True to form, he and the Chicago Cubs company are motivating their gamers to speak their minds as they so pick, composes Tim Stebbins of NBCSports Though Epstein’s remarks might come off as hollow, there’s little to recommend he’s being anything however genuine. He’s been in advance about wishing to organizationally (and personally) take a long, inward take a look at themselves for traces of the systemic bigotry that’s been at the fore of the nation’s cultural discussion. These remarks originated from a tweet from Adbert Alzolay that voiced a few of his issues about camp in SouthBend That tweet, nevertheless, was erased after a few of his truths showed to be incorrect, per The Athletic’s SahadevSharma This Here’s more from Chicago …

  • Epstein more-or-less put the kibosh on any possible extensions for Chicago’s numerous popular, star gamers, per’s JordanBastian After Kris Bryant just recently re-iterated his desire to remain in Chicago, it’s a little disquieting to hear Epstein so completely closed down the concept of extending much-beloved Cubs like Bryant, Javier Baez, or Willson Contreras On the other hand, it’s definitely a complicated time in baseball, and there are a lot of logistics to keep the company hectic simply in attempting to keep gamers safe and go back to the video game of baseball. The market for star gamers like Bryant and Baez might not be anymore unsure, and with a minimum of 2 seasons prior to any of their core gamers reach complimentary firm, the Cubs have the high-end of time. If absolutely nothing else, next offseason will provide a remarkable information point as Mookie Betts strikes the free market. The Cubs definitely have the funds to re-up their stars, however they may simply wish to wait to see the going rate for a super star in these unsure times.
  • On the field, supervisor David Ross is mulling the possibility of bring 3 catchers as soon as the season begins, per Bastian (by means of Twitter). Given the rather disorderly regards to the 2020 season, it would not be unexpected to see numerous groups go this path. For the Cubs particularly, Victor Caratini showed enough with the bat last season to get some at-bats initially base or designated player while Contreras continues to work as the daily catcher. The switch-hitting Caratini, 26, hit.266/.348/.447 throughout 279 plate looks. He saw 23 begins initially base and 2 at 3rd base to support 59 begins behind the plate. Josh Phegley would figure to be the 3rd catcher. Phegley hasn’t ranked all that well defensively, however the previous Oakland Athletic did pop 12 homers with a.411 punching portion last season.

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