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Gordo claims Jeff Samardzija extension is unlikely

Gordon Whittenmeyer has an article up that claims the Cubs and Jeff Samardzija are quite far apart on a possible contract extension. He says that getting one done this offseason, or ever with the Cubs, seems unlikely at this point. He also claims the Cubs would trade him by the deadline or even this offseason […]

Masahiro Tanaka Stats and Scouting Report, Why the Cubs are Interested

Masahiro Tanaka is among the leaders in who the OV crowd predicts the Cubs will sign and not too surprisingly, we've already learned they are interested. According to Phil Rogers, Tanaka will be the Cubs top priority this offseason. There's good reason for that, but I wanted to compare him to some other Japanese pitchers, […]

Stars of Tomorrow: Cubs Minor League Recaps 10-26-13

No Cub did much of importance, but here they are anyway. Surprise 6 @ Mesa 1 Albert Almora: 0-4 Albert Almora flies out to right fielder Dariel Alvarez. Albert Almora grounds out, second baseman Mookie Betts to first baseman Brett Nicholas. Albert Almora strikes out swinging Albert Almora grounds out to first baseman Brett Nicholas. […]

Kris Bryant is good at sports: Cubs minor league recap 10-25-13

Big days for Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler. Mesa 7 @ Peoria 5 Albert Almora: 0-4, BB Albert Almora flies out to left fielder Stefen Romero. Albert Almora grounds into a force out, shortstop Nolan Fontana to second baseman Cory Spangenberg. Max Muncy out at 2nd. Albert Almora walks. Max Muncy to 2nd. Albert Almora […]

Crowdsourcing free agent contracts

Fangraphs spent several days asking their readers what they thought the better free agents would end up signing for. They released the results and there are a couple things that may surprise some people. I was going to include only the top 10, but since the 11th player on the list is someone who was […]

Stars of Tomorrow: Cubs Minor League Recap 10/19/13

Despite a huge night in the previous game, Kris Bryant was not in the lineup last night. Jorge Soler and Wes Darvill were. Jorge Soler, 1-4, R, K, 0/1/2 FB/GB/LD Jorge Soler lines out to right fielder Stephen Piscotty. Jorge Soler called out on strikes. Jorge Soler singles on a line drive to right fielder […]

Mike Olt wants to win the 3rd base job

Mike Olt was acquired in July, along with CJ Edwards, Justin Grimm and a player to be named later (Neil Ramirez), for Matt Garza. Olt was having a horrible season and there were vision concerns at the time of the trade. I seem to recall it being better or even all fixed at the time […]

Kris Bryant Goes Crazy: Minor League Recap 10/18/13

Lots of Cubs got some action in Arizona today. The best day was Kris Bryant who hit 2 home runs and now has 4 on the season in the Arizona Fall League. Albert Almora: 1-6, 1 2B, 0 R, 0 RBI, 0/2/4 FB/GB/LD Albert Almora grounds out, second baseman Joe Wendle to first baseman Travis […]

2014 Cubs Projections: MusingsMarcel, Position Players

Baseball Musings published an early version of the Marels projection (MusingsMarcel). They did only position players right now, but it's always fun to look at projections. The Marcels are usually done by Tangotiger and he'll probably do them for 2014. These are based on Tango's Marcels method. Below are the Cubs players currently on their […]

10 years ago today

John Allen Muhammad, one of the two DC Snipers, plead not guilty. He was later found guilty and sentenced to death. He was killed by the government in November 2009.

Yahoo Sports: MLB reaches deal to allow players to participate in winter leagues

Starting this year, Double-A starting pitchers – those on the 40-man roster with a majority of their time spent at Double-A – cannot participate in winter ball if they threw 140 or more innings. The previous threshold was 155. Similarly, Double-A relievers cannot have appeared in more than 45 games, while in years past it […]

Stars of Tomorrow: Cubs Minor League Recap 10-11-13

Mesa vs. Surpsise Jorge Soler, 1-5, 2 R, 2 K Jorge Soler reaches on a fielding error by third baseman Ryan Rua. Jorge Soler singles on a soft line drive to center fielder Mitch Haniger. Zach Borenstein to 3rd. Jorge Soler strikes out swinging. Jorge Soler grounds out, shortstop Derrik Gibson to first baseman Jorge […]

Cubs free agent contest

I'll just say right now that there is nothing to win, but bragging rights. So if you're someone wanting to win something, well, we can give you a Kyuji Fujikawa bobblehead and that's it. Seriously, if you really want the bobblehead, we'll send it along. So if that's incentive, great. Otherwise, there is none. It's […]

Breaking Bad: Felina

Well, tomorrow is the final Breaking Bad episode. I figured I’d go ahead and post this early. If you don’t want spoilers up to and including the series finale, go away. Felina could simply be an anagram. Vince Gilligan mentioned this. It could mean Blood (Fe), Meth (Li), Tears (Na). There’s been enough blood throughout […]

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