"Marry/F**k/Kill" is a game of the Internet age, and the rules are simple: name a group of three people ("Iron Man and Thor and Captain America," "Blanche, Rose or Dorothy"), and ask the crowd to choose one fate for each of them - one to partner with for good, one explored for a connection but not kept, and one cast off into the outer darkness. Fans of the dearly-departed sitcom 30 Rock will recognize this game in its safe-for-primetime version, Marry/Boff/Kill, which name we're borrowing because this is SB Nation, and there's, like, kids in here, maaaaaaan.
Here at Hot Time, we're going to use the game to talk about players - specifically Chicago Fire players. We're going to use it as a way to talk about the roster, player by player, in terms of their performance, contract details*, and potential going forward. And we'll do it all with an eye toward 2016 and beyond.
It works like this:
- ‘Marry' indicates a desire to keep the player at their current number or sometimes a bit more;
- ‘Boff' (i.e., ‘F**k) means that we're, uhh, f**king the player over, asking for modifications to their contract or running them through the Re-Entry Draft process - we're interested, but not on these terms; and
- ‘Kill' means we're not even interesting in hooking up - a 'nope.' If under contract for 2016, we'd prefer terminating the player's contact with CF97.
2015 stats: 26 appearances, 22 starts, 2005 minutes. 2 goals, 3 assists.
MLS career stats: 36 appearances, 30 starts, 2718 minutes; 2 goals, 3 assists.
32-year-old central midfielder. $220,000 base, $226,667 guaranteed.
The Case for 'Marry:' Cocis has been a good soldier on some really bad Fire teams; maybe a freshening of the environment around him would pull superior football out of him? The second half of 2015 had the Romanian both wearing the captain's armband for the first time and fighting a losing battle for playing time.
The Case for 'Boff:' Possibly the clearest 'boff' candidate to this point, Cocis can expect a difficult negotiation. $220k isn't great money in world-football terms, but it's certainly not part-time starter money in MLS. If Razvan is enjoying Chicago, maybe a little haircut is in order?
The Case for 'Kill:' Cocis already has his green card, so there's no roster-slot shenanigans in play. But maybe he's just not the guy to build around? He'll be 33 before a ball is kicked in anger again. A central midfield that already has Matt Polster, Michael Stephens and Harry Shipp is younger and cheaper than any core that includes Razvan.
Have your say, Fire family: Razvan Cocis: Marry? Boff? or Kill?
*Please note that we are taking the MLSPU salary information at face value in this exercise. It's common knowledge that the information isn't 100 percent correct, yes. If someone from the front office would like to provide us with superior data, we would be deeply appreciative.