It’s another Tuesday night here at BCB After Dark: the grooviest get-together for night owls, early risers, new parents and Cubs fans abroad. Come on in out of the cold. There will be more action here tonight than in Nashville. There’s no cover charge this evening. Let us check your coat for you. There’s still a couple tables available. Bring your own beverage.
BCB After Dark is the place for you to talk baseball, music, movies, or anything else you need to get off your chest, as long as it is within the rules of the site. The late-nighters are encouraged to get the party started, but everyone else is invited to join in as you wake up the next morning and into the afternoon.
Last night I asked you if you thought the Cubs should try to trade for Guardians closer Emmanuel Clase. It was a very close vote, but 52 percent of you were against making a deal if it would cost about what a writer from SB Nation’s Guardians site said it would cost—Christopher Morel and Ben Brown. Another 48 percent of you would make that deal.
So here’s the part where I put the music and the movies. Those of you who skip that can do so now. You wont hurt my feelings.
I’m trying to ease you into the Christmas jazz this week. So tonight we’ve got Dave Brubeck playing “Linus and Lucy” from 1988. I always think it’s funny that “Linus and Lucy” has become a Christmas song since the whole point of it in A Charlie Brown Christmas was that the kids were off-task and weren’t doing Christmas stuff.
Other than Brubeck on piano, this has Randy Jones on drums, Bobby Militello on flute and Dave’s son Chris Brubeck on bass.
Just a reminder that you still have time to vote in the latest BCB Winter Western Classic matchup between Winchester ‘73 and Django. Tomorrow, we’ll wrap up that contest and move on to one between The Ox Bow Incident (1943) and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1950).
Welcome back to everyone who skips the music and movies.
This has got to be the worst baseball Winter Meetings ever. No one wants to make a move until Shohei Ohtani picks a team and Ohtani, understandably, is in no mood to rush what is going to be one of the most important decisions of his life. And the media is getting chippy about it.
There was a wild back-and-forth going on in the Cubs world, as Bob Nightengale announced that the Cubs were out of the Ohtani bidding, adding that the Cubs weren’t willing to go to ten years and $500 million. Cubs team president Jed Hoyer flatly denied that story and said that he’s heard nothing about the Cubs being out. He also apparently had some angry words with Nightengale, who then doubled down on his report.
But whether the Cubs are out on Ohtani, it did come out later that the Cubs are starting to explore other options. (The Athletic sub. req.) So it does look like Ohtani signing with the Cubs is a longshot at this point, but that Nightengale’s report probably jumped the gun. After all, it seems foolish to think that the Cubs wouldn’t go to $500 million on Ohtani, since every estimate this offseason had him getting at least that much. It might be true that the Cubs are unwilling to go to $550 million or $600 million, but the Cubs wouldn’t waste weeks of their time preparing offers that they knew were highly unlikely to be good enough.
There were also more rumors connecting Rays pitcher Tyler Glasnow to the Cubs, but a rumor that the Cubs would send Christopher Morel to Tampa Bay for a one-year rental of Glasnow also seemed ridiculous. And indeed, even Bob Nightengale shot that deal down, while still saying that the Cubs were talking to the Rays about Glasnow, but that they wouldn’t deal Morel for him.
So without a lot of other news to bounce off of, tonight I’m just going to ask you if Tyler Glasnow will be a Cub on Opening Day 2024. I asked you last week if you would trade for either Glasnow or the Guardians’ Shane Bieber and there wasn’t a lot of enthusiasm for Glasnow. But tonight I’m not asking should the Cubs acquire Glasnow, but rather will the Cubs acquire Glasnow.
The reports are that both the Cubs and the Reds are talking to Tampa Bay about Glasnow, so even if the Rays are determined to deal him, there’s no guarantee that he’ll come to the North Side. There could be other teams involved too as the off-season goes on.
And please, if you think Glasnow is coming to the Cubs, feel free to make your trade offer to the Rays. No, Morel is not going to be involved unless Isaac Paredes or Randy Arozarena is also coming to Chicago, but that’s not very likely. But the Cubs aren’t likely to get Glasnow for Miles Mastrobuoni and Kohl Franklin either. Especially since the Rays could just take Franklin in the Rule 5 draft later today.
So will Glasnow start next season as a Cub?
Will Tyler Glasnow be a Cub by Opening Day?
This poll is closed
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