It’s not all bad news, though, as McDaniel reiterates something he’s said before (and he tends to be right on these things): he hears the Cubs will blow their IFA budget next year once again, as they did last year when they brought in Gleyber Torres, Eloy Jimenez, Jen-Ho Tseng, and several other top prospects in the class. Although that would subject them to the new harshest penalty – the inability to sign any player for more than $300,000 for two years – no one is really sure what’s going to happen after the current CBA expires at the end of 2016. If you want a chance to blow out the budget (a strategy that pretty clearly brings in more talent than going year to year, assuming you really pony up), next year might be the last crack. In that way, the 2015/16 IFA period might look a lot like the 2011 draft, in which many teams spent wildly (including the Cubs) knowing that the 2012 CBA would probably change things.
So, I guess pencil in July 2, 2015 for some fun.
I like the sound of this.
We have all these prospects building up. Yet, Theo still spent a ton of money last year on 16-17-18 year olds to develop over the next 3-4 years. (when we will likely be good)
He can use those pieces either as filler to bolster the roster, or, trade bait if we need to add a vet somewhere.
Then, next summer, he spends more money on X amount of teens, again, and let's THAT crop grow behind the scenes, while we figure to be a pretty good team. In 3-4-5 years, we could have another influx of talent coming up and ready to contribute, or be traded.
WAVES of talent, rolling in.