6 years, 3 months, and 24 days. That’s how many days that Theo Epstein has been President of Baseball operation with the Cubs. Through that time we have seen it all from him and his regime. From a total tear down, to a complete rebuild of the farm system, to the Cubs first World Series Championship in 108 years, Theo and Company have done everything that you could imagine with the Cubs. Well almost everything.
In the whole time Theo has been in charge of the on-field baseball operations he has never gone to an arbitration hearing with a player. The two parties have always agreed on a deal to avoid arbitration. That streak has come to an end.
According to reports the Cubs and relief pitcher Justin Grimm could not agree to a deal and are going to head to an arbitration hearing. Jesse Rogers, of ESPN Chicago, reports on Twitter that Grimm is seeking $2.475 million for the 2018 season. The Cubs countered with $2.2 million for 2018.
Grimm, who was a huge part of the Cubs championship run in 2016 and had a career year in 2015, with a 1.99 ERA, struggled mightily in 2017, when he posted a 5.53 ERA in 55.1 innings pitched.
Grimm has been a very important pitcher for the Cubs the last few years, but he just seemed lost on the mound last year. He is not the same pitcher he was in 2015, and I don’t believe we will ever see that pitcher again.
This Cub’s regime should be coming out as winners during their first arbitration hearing , but realistically are there any winners?
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