Top 5 Free Agents the Chicago Cubs Should Sign

Credit: Thomas A. Ferrara/Newsday

Credit: Thomas A. Ferrara/Newsday

Zack Greinke

Zack Greinke opted out of his contract in search of a bigger payday, and he will surely get it. Greinke opted out of the remaining three years on the contract at $71 million dollars. He and his representatives are well aware that he will get more than the average $23.7 million he would have gotten if he honored his contract. So let the bidding war start on one of the most dominant pitchers in recent memory.

Greinke went 19-3 last year with a 1.66 ERA and a 0.844 WHIP. He has been flat-out nasty since joining the Dodgers. He is 51-15 in three seasons with the Dodgers. He has a 2.30 ERA and a 1.027 WHIP in just over 600 total innings.  The 31-year-old is very dominant right now and will easily get $30 million a year for four years from somebody.

If the Cubs want to go deep into the playoffs they can do it by bolstering their starting staff. Greinke would more than solidify their staff. He, teamed with Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester would form one of the best trios in the game of baseball. In a playoff series, facing those three pitchers could be a daunting task for a team. Especially when you factor in all the great young offensive weapons the Cubs have right now.

One Response

  1. Rqdbears

    James, right now the Cubs don’t have the ability to spend money you think like a big market team. In the purchase of the Cubs in 2010, the Ricketts, in order to get a lower purchase price and some tax breaks of their own, agreed to terms that would restrict what they could spend until 2019. They can only spend annually on baseball salaries what they generate in revenue plus 5 or 10% at most. The have to stay within certain debt ratios (deterrent revenue and costs), so that former owner Sam Zell can get a huge tax write off annually until 2019. So, the Cubs, in essence have a type of salary cap that no other team in MLB has.
    Now, they generate a lot of revenue, but to generate enough under the current sale contract restrictions to spend like a typical large market team and get multiple high priced free agents in any given year, they would have to get one of those huge, new TV deals, or start their own Cable channel/ network. Unfortunately, they are currently under contract with Comcast SportsNet until 2019. So, the Ricketts can’t spend whatever they want until then, even if they wanted to. Of course, they willingly put themselves in this predicament for business and financial reasons.
    So, they don’t publicize the situation much, because it is difficult to comprehend and would just tick off the fan base. Comcast also has no interest in clarifying the situation, as they would fear becoming the target of public pressure to redo their TV deal before the current one expires in 2019, to “help the Cubs out.”


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