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  1. the one difference is neither Baker or Feldman seem to have 1 year team options attached. That was a significant part of Maholm’s trade value right?

    Comment by glenstein — November 27, 2012 @ 11:24 am

  2. My guess is that when Theo took the job in Chicago, his basic plan was to dump a sh*tton of money into the draft and the IFA market, buying as many prospects as he could, while selling off anything not tied down. Throw huge money at Cuban imports (this one slipped in right before the new CBA). Look toward a window about 3 years down the road to compete.

    Then the new CBA came along and took a dump on that plan. Now he is looking for new ways to “buy” prospects. Sign undervalued free agents and sell at the deadline. I see both Baker and Feldman in that mold. He was probably looking at Haren in the same way before the medicals (maybe?) scared him off.

    Comment by Steve — November 27, 2012 @ 11:35 am

  3. Yes, exactly my thoughts. I mean, it’s not like this is a bad move, but heaping praise on the Cubs for signing a back-end starter to a one-year deal seems odd to me.

    Comment by TKDC — November 27, 2012 @ 11:38 am

  4. This is the Cubs. The move won’t work out. Assuming a move the Cubs make is going to work out is like saying that bringing back 493 year old Andy Pettitte won’t work out for the Yankees (of course it will some how work out, it’s the Yankees). And before anyone votes me down… we have 104 years of proof saying it won’t work.

    Comment by Otter — November 27, 2012 @ 11:41 am

  5. I am now going to re-watch ‘Kingpin’ thanks to Dave’s “pump and dump” comment.

    Comment by Grand Admiral Braun — November 27, 2012 @ 11:42 am

  6. If memory serves, Scott Baker only wanted a 1 year deal and was against having an option year on it.

    Comment by Melrosepad — November 27, 2012 @ 11:43 am

  7. I have been thrilled with most of the moves the Cubs have made.

    I do question the signing of Rob Deer as an assistant hitting coach. Rob Deer? Really?

    Comment by Joel — November 27, 2012 @ 11:48 am

  8. My only concern with Feldman is how his numbers were actually better at home while with Texas. I’m glad they’re not giving him much, because I’m not expecting much.

    Comment by JamesDaBear — November 27, 2012 @ 11:52 am

  9. Good move for thet Cubs. Low risk, moderate reward.

    Comment by Anon — November 27, 2012 @ 11:59 am

  10. What are the circumstances that explain Feldman’s working out of the bullpen in parts of the past few years? Without digging too deep, it would appear that he’s had some injury issues in the past, but I’m wondering if that’s the only reason he hasn’t been used exclusively as a starter.

    Comment by Jack — November 27, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

  11. Yes, but that 1908 team was the greatest ever.

    Comment by Baltar — November 27, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

  12. Perhaps the Cubs want their players to hit home runs only.

    Comment by Baltar — November 27, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

  13. All-in-all a good analysis, Dave, but I don’t follow the reasoning in the penultimate paragraph about how this well help in a few years when the Cubs might be competitive.

    Comment by Baltar — November 27, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

  14. Another difference is that Maholm (and Baker) are much better than Feldman with longer track records of acceptable pitching.

    Comment by Kyle — November 27, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

  15. Spending money on prospects = good

    Spending MLB seasons on prospects = bad

    Bad Theo! Bad!

    Comment by Kyle — November 27, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

  16. A guy who hasn’t thrown 180 innings since 2009 is “a good bet” to do it this year? I’d put the over/under at 140.

    Comment by Marty — November 27, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

  17. The Rangers have had a very deep pitching staff. They had Ogando back in the bullpen too last year.

    Comment by Detroit Michael — November 27, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

  18. RIght, see I thought I’d hear something like that, but I was wondering if any big Ranger fans can recall specific instances where he was replaced in the rotation, and by whom.

    Comment by Jack — November 27, 2012 @ 12:53 pm

  19. when they’re not striking out.

    I wonder what “3 true outcomes” Rob Deer will preach to the Cubs’ hitters.

    Comment by chuckb — November 27, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

  20. How does signing Feldman and Baker to 1 year deals make them candidates to be part of the next good Cub team 3 years from now any more than if somebody else had signed them? How is a one year contract not a stopgap?

    Comment by Ivan Grushenko — November 27, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

  21. Because both of them are good enough and young enough that for any team that signs them to a short-term deal could be rewarded with the inside track in resigning them because they prove to have been worth the initial investment.

    Comment by Jack — November 27, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

  22. Also my initial reaction to that part of the post, which is why I’m wondering what the biggest reason is for him pitching out of the bullpen in parts of recent seasons.

    Comment by Jack — November 27, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

  23. they arent meant to be “thrilling” moves, merely efficient, non costly moves. And, as such, they are perfectly acceptable, at least the pitcher ones mentioned. Rob Deer at hitting coach… boggles the imagination. But, did we really see McGwire succeeding as he has lately in the same role?

    Comment by Cidron — November 27, 2012 @ 1:13 pm

  24. I think the good bet is that he’ll have the opportunity to start (presuming health and some level of competence) with the Cubs while he did not previously with the Rangers. I don’t know much about Feldman with respect to injury risk, but this is why pitchers will actually sign with the Cubs – there’s no one blocking them and relegating them to the pen.

    Comment by jumbo — November 27, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

  25. Here’s an oddity. In 2012 and 2010, Feldman’s ERA was *much* higher on the road (.75-1). But most of his his other stats on the road (K%, OBP, SLG, etc) were better, as you’d expect when he’s out of Arlington.

    The difference? In 2012 he gave up one unearned run on the road, and eight at home. In 2010, he gave up one unearned run on the road, and 11 at home. He gave up similar numbers of runs per innings pitched, but the unearned/earned runs were way different.

    Comment by whetstone — November 27, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

  26. I don’t like Feldman. 25% line drive rate? Looks like his H/9 wasn’t just a result of bad luck. The guy has a lot more innings logged as a bad pitcher than a good one and 29 isn’t exactly an age where guys typically get better. “TEH CLIFF LEEZ!!!!” Outlier. Glad I got that out of the way.

    I really don’t see it. His FIP wasn’t bad and sure the ballpark probably hurt his HR/FB, and moving to the NL will help. I just don’t see as much value. Maholm had value. Baker has value. Feldman just seems like cheap filler.

    Comment by Antonio Bananas — November 27, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

  27. A pitcher with high injury risk is never a “bargain”. Their price reflects the risk.

    Comment by Not_Sure — November 27, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

  28. He pitched out of the bullpen because he sucked.

    Comment by l1ay — November 27, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

  29. Can you elaborate on why this is a concern?

    Comment by LK — November 27, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

  30. Feldman works slow and sucks…

    Comment by Aggie E — November 27, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

  31. Because he had one decent starting season in 2009 and whined for the last 2 years that he should start and when given the chance he was pretty bad. Although the fact that he works so slow may have caused the defense to be somewhat poor behind him…

    Comment by Aggie E — November 27, 2012 @ 5:27 pm

  32. Feldmen’s career FIP and xFIP are both around 4.5,,,, doesn’t strike me as league average or close to it.

    These articles more and more are like ESPN type articles where the statistical analysis is eschewed and a bunch of handwaving is done to support a conclusion. Why not just look at actual advanced stats then resorting to park effects and stranding runners.

    (I guess that would paint a different picture and not fit the Hoyer/Theo… it must be a good move conckusiion

    Comment by Tom — November 27, 2012 @ 8:06 pm

  33. huh?

    Comment by Loren — May 30, 2013 @ 9:50 am

  34. what does he see like now

    Comment by Loren — May 30, 2013 @ 9:57 am

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