Before we delve into discussion about the various Chicago sports teams, I wanted to take a minute to talk about Moneyball. Moneyball, of course, is the movie portrayal of Oakland Athletics’ General Manager Billy Beane. It may be a year late, but I finally gave Moneyball a watch last night. Not only was I greatly impressed, but I now have a man crush on Beane. Nonetheless, it got me thinking to the position the Cubs will be in this off-season. The Cubs have a significant amount of money available to them this off-season, and Cubs’ General Manager Jed Hoyer has admitted that the Cubs will be one of the most active teams on the free agent market. But as was displayed in the movie when the Athletics were trying to replace Jason Giambi, don’t expect the Cubs to invest all of their available resources into one player.
Josh Hamilton is the premier free agent on the market this winter in terms of position players. The Cubs will not be in the market for Hamilton as there is not an opening in their outfield. But, Hamilton provides a good example for not only the Moneyball philosophy but the Cubs’ as well this winter. For the price that it would cost to sign Josh Hamilton, the Cubs could find three other players on the market that collectively would provide the same type of value that Hamilton does. Nonetheless, keep this philosophy in mind when the Hot Stove season officially starts.
Now, lets talk about Chicago Sports
- Chicago White Sox
- Chicago Bears
- Chicago Bulls
- Chicago Blackhawks