I’m a little behind on addressing Crane Kenny’s comments last weekend on 670 The Score’s “Inside the Clubhouse,” the result of a trip home to a high school reunion. But Bret Taylor tribune nation was capable of write an excerpt from this interviewIn particular, he focused on the fact that the Cubs still have plenty of money from this year’s baseball budget that will carry over to next year and likely beyond.
Rather than knowing much about how the Cubs’ general manager is saying the cool part out loud here, or questioning the veracity of repeated claims about how much revenue actually goes to the product on the field, I want to dig in Why?More specifically, I want to examine some of the possible reasons why Jade Hoyer and the front office are running under budget playing in one of MLB’s two weakest divisions.
First, it’s good to provide a little context. For those of you wanting even more, the full interview is embedded below.
“Like I said, all of these resources that weren’t used and that got us up the payroll this year will go into next year’s budget,” Kenny explained. “I’m really lucky that Tom never said, ‘No, I don’t want to spend anything.’ Whatever’s in the system goes to our baseball department to try and win.”
citing their frequent concerts – Dead & Company played this past weekend – and new sports betting That will be completed in time for next season, Kenny explained of the organization’s ability to generate revenue. The Cubs have repeatedly said that any additional profits flow back into baseball’s budget, although it’s impossible to know how true that is without looking at the books.
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“They obviously take care of your fixed costs, which are the labor and other expenses that go into running our operations,” Kenny said. “And we were really lucky to have the Ricketts family, they’re not a public company, they don’t have to please the shareholders. They let us keep every dollar not used to get the company back on the payroll.”
“So, as you point out, at the end of this year we still have a lot of money left to spend. That’s the end of it for next year. And then we can use that revenue to make good decisions.” And they’re going to use it either next year or something like that. But even here they remain in the system. And I find it boring, I say that every year, but it’s a closed loop. When the time is right, we will use these resources to build a great team.”
That last line is reminiscent of Jade Hoyer Said on the same radio waves A few days ago, which I don’t think should be blamed on coincidence. The problem, however, is that this doesn’t line up with what either Hoyer or Tom Ricketts said in the offseason when both publicly stated it necessary resources are available To immediately build a competitive team.
How were the Cubs? “We will definitely spend this winter … to be competitive.” [in 2022]”All resources not used” in the budget of 23? Here are five possibilities and thoughts on the broader reality.
He lied in the offseason
We obviously don’t know how much money is coming in, so it’s possible Kenny is referring to an amount so insignificant that it doesn’t matter. Except there’s not really water since the Cubs have spent to bring Seiya Suzuki, Marcus Strowman, Yann Gomes and Wade Miley together. While the roster would never be able to win 95 games, better health and a bit of luck would have been around the 500 record.
the fact that the boys did Just don’t spend last winter enough to really put them in competition. We’ll add some more color to that later, but I don’t think they were totally dishonest, rather they presented a best position with slim chances of a game.
Rollover is based on current salary
While Kenny has said this about all extracurricular activities that raise a lot of money, it’s possible he’s just looking at the trade deadline and the money will go down as players move. I think it could very well be part of that, especially considering they may have considered expansion potential as part of the budget.
From the simplest point of view, you can consider Miley, Smiley, and possibly Wilson Contreras and/or Kyle Hendrix as baseball issues that won’t matter next year. It’s not exactly the same as “rolling over” budget funds, but I’m not sure we should trust Kenny to be the clearest person on the planet.
Don’t adjust lockout time/be cute
It’s almost certainly a trend, especially when we consider how Hoyer talks about spending “in the smartest way.” The Cubs went haggling off-season, thinking they’d found one in Strowman just before lockdown. But it really just fell into their laps as free agents descended from shelves in a massive spending spree in anticipation of a transaction freeze in November.
After lockdown ended, the Cubs misjudged the market and Goldilocks attempted to ‘thread the needle’ deals. Hoyer has spoken several times about not wanting to put Payroll on a big deal, but he hasn’t been willing to do anything for a very short period of time either.
Although I’ve almost made it my category, I think there’s an aspect of being too cute or trying to be perfect that colors the overall picture. With free agents unsigned, the Cubs had an opportunity to strike deals for “bad” contracts that would have given them top prospects in return. The most prominent of them was Eric Hosmer and A deal was apparently close as pure speculation.
Setting your risk tolerance to one of the lowest settings will limit your chance of getting burned, but it will make the path to success narrower and longer.
Carlos Correa Chase
More specifically, we can look at the market’s top shortstop as an example of the Cubs being unwilling or unable to take the risk necessary to be competitive. There were reports that they were try to persuade her Accepting a seven-year deal at a time when it was still believed he was aiming for 10 or more, rumor went around that he had More than 30 million US dollars are offered annually,
Korea instead opted for a three-year deal with Minnesota that would have netted him $105 million, but also dropped out after each of the first two seasons. While I wrote at the time that it didn’t make sense for a Cubs team that needed fixing a little longer, the Twins currently sit in first place on the AL Central. If the goal was to spend on a winner while limiting long-term commitment, Korea is certainly for you.
If there’s any truth to the Cubs willing to go over Korea with $30 million AAV, they absolutely have money to flip. Well, the rumor above is more than a little suspicious as it suggests Korea’s previous agents didn’t pass the resolution with him and the Cubs never approached Scott Boras after the change of representation.
Either way, the offer would have come before Suzuki paid $17 million annually. When you put it all together, you can see how another $13 million to $15 million can just sit there. It’s not hard to believe that Hoyer received a $160 million baseball budget and the surplus is not being used at this time.
You are dishonest now
You can also assume Kenny is full of it, and the call for more money for next year is a ploy to keep fans interested at a time when nostalgia is nearing an all-time high.
The real answer is that it’s probably a mix of everything, although I’ll allow you to use my own assessment of the degree to which the organization is honest. Hoyer talks about threading needles and spending wisely, reminding everyone of the need for thin edges and impeccable timing. From the outside, it appears the Cubs were badly timed and the resulting margins were too small to provide a buffer against reality.
This has launched a team for almost 100% of the losses and has led to repeated explanations of how the organization’s money works. Now let’s just sit back and hope we never have to hear those explanations again.