Life After Tanaka: What`s Next For The Cubs?


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Tommy Giglio-USA TODAY Sports

After the news came out today that made Cubs fans everywhere collectively cry in despair and Yankee fans rejoice in their new righty pitcher, unfortunately we have to focus on what is next for Chicago.

In a month or so long debacle including bogus reports and conserving cash, Tanaka finally decided and obviously he chose the Bronx. This is extremely disappointing to the overwhelming majority of Cubs Nation, as he has literally been the whole offseason for Chicago. Theo and Jed passed on targets ranging from Jacoby Ellsbury to Brian McCann, saving money for their one true offseason target: Masahiro Tanaka. For a player that made so much sense for the Cubs to end up with the Yankees is truly tear-worthy.

You might ask, what could they possibly do now to redeem the whole offseason of minor league deals and more “patience”? Honestly it does not look too good for Cubs fans. Tuesday night I talked to a source very involved in the industry and he said he would be shocked if the Cubs did anything noteworthy after Tanaka is gone. That is very discouraging, to say the least. Get ready for an upstick of Paul Maholm, Jason Hammel, and more decent, cheap starters to fill out the rotation rumors, instead of a 25-year-old fireballer from Japan or a 29-year-old righty who turned his career around last year with Cleveland.

Here`s another side effect to this whole situation: Jeff Samardzija. The Cubs’ current ace has publicly expressed his desire to play with Tanaka and his desire to speed along this tough rebuild, and now with Tanaka off the board, Samardzija signing a long-term deal to stay with this team seems less and less likely. The Cubs may very well have just lost two significant players in missing out on Tanaka. On the bright side, if there is one, the team could very well strike next offseason in pursuit of a top notch starter, as the James Shields/Jon Lester/Homer Bailey/Max Scherzer, etc. group will be available barring extensions.

Cubs fans, we would love to hear your input and thoughts on what the Cubs could realistically do next t salvage some art of the offseason. Arroyo? Jimenez? Garza? Let us hear it!


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  • Austin Reardon

    I would love to see Ervin Santana in a Cubs uni next year. The Cubs said they don’t have interest in him but he’s perfect for them. The Cubs won’t lose a draft pick because they have a top 10 pick (4), he has really good stuff to slot in between Samardzija and Wood, and he’s used to not being on winning teams (Angels & Royals). It makes perfect sense for the Cubs

    • Steven

      The projected contract for the 31 year old Santana is 5 years, 90 million right now. I see no way the Cubs sign him given the current state of the team. The absolute bare minimum Santana will get would be 3 years, 45 million…and even that deal wouldn’t make sense to the Cubs

    • mefromme

      Santana isn’t worth the money. He throws too many walks and we all know how hurtful those are for us. I think his contract if signed would be one that we would regret not long after it was signed like Soriano ended up being and like some see Jackson’s contract being. I’d rather see 1 of 2 things happen…..sign a couple vets to a 1 year contract and trade them off when/if they show they are worth something to a contender or just give a couple of the young guys a shot and see what they have. But Santana isn’t a great option, at least not in my opinion.

  • Sonny Wright

    I think the Cub upper mgmt. are counting too much on the minor league crop. You need to put as good a product as possible on the field. The new owners look to me like the old ones. ” Lets see how many has beens and never was we can find at bargain basement prices.” Hey Theo why not give Ron Cey a call he will play for $7 an hour. SANTANA-CRUZ lots of good players out there. If you want Rizzo to bloom, you better put someone (Cruz) in there to protect his bat. Still bleeding Cubbie blue-CC Cowboy

  • mefromme

    I, like a lot of Cubs fans, woke up Wednesday morning with the hope that later in that day we’d finally start to see some of that light that Theo and Company promised us that we would all see…..only to have our hopes fall and shatter like a glass plate. Yes it stings, especially when you hear all the talk of Cubs were not going to be outbid by anyone and come to find out, they did by the Yanks. While I have not lost complete faith in “the plan” because of guys like Baez and Bryant being acquired, it is a little frustrating to see not a lot of progress being made on the major league level, especially with the pitching core. Hearing that Shark may be gone now too also stinks. I’ve been Cubbie blue since I was 6 years old and I plan on dying Cubbie blue, I really just would love to see this team finally make it; I think it will happen its just a matter of when.