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When nothing happens in Vegas, it stays in Vegas. Luke, Kap and Tony talk about the Cubs lack of moves during the Winter Meetings
In this episode of The Cubs Talk Podcast with Luke Stuckmeyer, David Kaplan and Tony Andracki:
00:10 - What happen in Vegas stays in Vegas and this year that means nothing. Luke, Kap & Tony talk Cubs lack of moves at Winter Meetings.
00:50 - Where the heck is all the money? This was supposed to be a wide-open window - we step on the accelerator.
01:25 - Cubs keep throwing money at the problem (Chatwood, Darvish) and it has become a cautionary tale.
02:50 - Are the Cubs playing at the shallow end of the kiddie pool?
03:50 - Tony talks about the volatility of the relief market.
05:15 - Where is the bullpen market? Brewers are making moves, but it's still "crickets" for the Cubs
06:20 - Tony: Other than bullpen - Cubs have to address backup middle infielder most of all.
06:57 - Daniel Descalso rumors. Kap describes him as a grinder who fits the leadership mold.
07:47 - Luke is a little worried about Steve Cishek. He threw a career-high 70 innings last season
09:34 - The guys talk about the possibility of a "second deadline" for the Winter Meetings to force clubs to make more moves.
11:06 - Luke: "I wanted to see Machado and Harper walking down the strip and making it rain!"
12:45 - Cubs still have so much to address. Some Cubs fans are starting to get a little itchy. Teams in the division are making moves. What about us?
14:45 - Question: Is Anthony Rizzo the third-best 1st baseman in the Central Division?
15:50 - Prediction time: What's biggest move the Cubs will make before opening day? Kap believes that Ian Happ will not be a Cub before the regular season starts.