A few days after the first wave of news broke about the first of many Black Label players coming up the middle, another one arrived.
And this one was far more serious: the Mets had signed two of the most highly touted prospects in the game.
The second of the two was Jared Hoynes, who was in his second season with the Braves, and had been among the most touted players in baseball when he was drafted out of high school by the Cubs.
A few months later, the Cubs acquired him from the Marlins in a blockbuster that sent Marlon Byrd, Michael Bourn, and Josh Donaldson to the Dodgers for prospects Andrew Heaney and Kyle Schwarber.
The Cubs, who had drafted Bryce Harper and Aaron Judge before Hoynes was signed, were about to be in the thick of the NLDS, which meant that the Cubs were in a position to be at least a wild card team, which was a major advantage in the NL Central.
But after they got to the World Series, they couldn’t make the playoffs.
The first thing you learn about the Cubs is that they are, at their core, an organization that cares about the future of its young players.
They’ve signed and developed top-tier prospects like Tyler Chatwood and Mitch Haniger, and they’ve brought in some big-name free agents like Carlos Carrasco and Jorge Soler.
The Cubs had just finished their best year since 2009 and were headed toward their second straight division title.
So the team made the decision to re-sign Hoynes to a three-year, $13 million deal.
The next thing you know, Hoynes is a two-time All-Star, batting .281/.344/.566 in 2016, good for a career-high in OPS+ and WAR, and has a .939 OPS and a .879 WAR over the last two seasons.
When you look at Hoynes’s stats, you can see why the Cubs are getting so much out of him.
He’s a very, very good hitter.
He hit over .300 in 2016 and .300 and .400 in 2017, with his most impressive year coming in 2018, when he batted .324/.376/.560.
He also hit .317/.348/.534 with 21 homers and 83 RBIs in the postseason.
In fact, Hoyles has a career WAR of 1.5, which is not a bad number in the big leagues.
It’s a good number, especially considering that he’s just 27 years old and is hitting in a slump that may have contributed to his injury problems.
He is not going to become a Hall of Famer, but he is going to be a great player and a very good prospect for the Cubs to have in the future.
If you look back at the big-league rosters of years past, Hoymes’s name has come up a lot.
There are plenty of players with good, solid careers who have been linked to the Cubs: Nolan Arenado, Michael Brantley, Michael Conforto, Anthony Rizzo, Mike Moustakas, and Matt Kemp.
They all had strong seasons and were very, quite good at their positions, but it’s not as if they had to play for the team or a team in the National League.
If you were an elite prospect and you were signed by a team like the Cubs, you were going to get a big contract and have a great career.
Hoynes’s deal is a little different.
He has a very nice career, but this is his first major league deal and he was going to play the outfield at the high school level and have some contact, too.
So he’ll be the guy behind the plate in the minors and in the outfield in the majors.
Hondnes’s career WAR comes to 3.6, which has been good enough for him to be on the short list of prospects to win the NL MVP Award in 2017.
The reason he was not in the top five is because he was playing only a few minor league seasons.
He had a lot of success, but I think you can get a sense of how good he was in the minor leagues, and you can probably tell why he was left off the list.
It may be the same reason you didn’t get the first-overall pick in the draft in 2017: he didn’t play enough minor league games.
He had a great year, but not the best.
He did a great job, and he had a very solid minor league career.
He was playing every day and not taking as many swings, but there are certain things that happen that can cause a hitter to struggle.
There was a lot that went wrong for him in the second half of the season, which ended up costing him a couple of games in a crucial game against the Cubs in May.
Hoya is still