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The Cubs are going to spend some money this winter

Sep 27, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

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The Cubs stink and need to get better. The new CBA makes it really hard to get better via the draft and international signings. So it’s free agency or bust for Chicago. And they’re going into the market with their wallets open, reports Patrick Mooney of

“We will have some financial flexibility,” Hoyer said. “We’ve been diligent about making sure that we do have flexibility and we’re efficient going forward. We’re obviously going to be active in the free-agent market. I don’t think there’s any question about that.

Mooney notes that, after years of crappy contracts on the book, they only have $40 million guaranteed to players next year before you figure in arbitration cases, and that leaves a lot of room for Chicago to operate.

Between there being several teams with a lot of money having big needs and the fact that everyone is getting richer with TV deals, I think this winter is going to make us feel like we’re back in the early 2000s, free-agency wise.  And I don’t mean with top-ticket signings, because the real blue chippers aren’t on the market as early or as often as they used to be.  I’m talking about middle class free agents getting big deals. Think Pat Mears with the Pirates and stuff.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    The Cubs stink and need to get better. The new CBA makes it really hard to get better via the draft and international signings.

    And fans still wonder WHY the MLBPA sold out would be draftees…

  2. papichulo55 - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Why spend? Wont cause a meaningful increase in revenue. Its all about rate of return on investments. Fans need to get real and understand that owners are not obligated to make bad investments decisions. They will spend money when they see that it is a good business move. You want a winner? Stop supporting losers!

  3. prosourcetalk - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    If they can dump Soriano, they’ll only have 21 mil on the books!

  4. dcfan4life - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    They better not be active in the free agent market. Cuz if they really do go out and spend money all we will see is more Soriano, Werth, or Carl Crawford contracts. And thats just a waste of money.

  5. pens5829 - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Just schedule the Pirates for a 3-game series each week…

  6. mazblast - Sep 27, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    I can hardly wait to see what signings Boy Wonder Theo is going to make this off-season. Will they be as brilliant as his signings of Carl Crawford and John Lackey?

  7. ktourek - Sep 28, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Somewhere, Pat Meares is saying, ‘Hey, what the hell?’

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