After two second place finishes in 2015 and 2016 (one Championship Series appearance) the Chicago Architects fell to 58-82 in 2017. It was the third straight year they reduced the payroll ($114M). Following the mandate of the owner Gregory Boquet they reduced the 2018 payroll even further to $101M. But, then the team got busy.
Todd Walter was inked to a 2 year extension (2.52 ERA)
Nathan Ball signed a 5 year deal (35 saves 0.79 ERA)
Ivan Diaz signed a 4 year deal (3-3/3.07 ERA)
Greg Myers 1 year deal (5-0, 1 Saves, 2.25 ERA)
Cyrill Leclerc 2 year deal (.283/.360/.511 w/27 HR’s)
Larry Dares 2 year deal (.278/.345/.438)
Lewis McTeel 3 year deal (7-10, 3.10 ERA)
Chris Dunlap signed in June (4-1, 2 Saves, 1.56 ERA)
Traded for Jean Cheron (3-2, 2.70 ERA for CHI)
With existing stars C Bill Durand, SP Arvin Northeast, SP Carl Cardny, Edward ‘Avenger’ Hudson, the Architects were the ball club with the most wins in the regular season (84) while winning both of their playoff series by 4-1 margins over Milwaukee and then ultimately the Canadian champs Windsor, 4-1.
Congratulations to Al and his Chicago Architects, 2018 Champs!