Non-tender deadline is today

The Cubs have 11 arbitration eligible players and today they have to decide which ones to tender a contract to. Those 11, and their projected salaries (Matt Swartz) are below. The service time for each player is in parentheses. Jeff Samardzija (4.028): $4.9MM Nate Schierholtz (5.078): $3.8MM Travis Wood (3.004): $3.6MM Darwin Barney (3.053): $2.1MM […]

Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury

Remember to vote for the Hall of Fame here at Obstructed View. Jacoby Ellsbury's agent, Scott Boras, has said that he wants Carl Crawford money for his client. Crawford, who signed with the Red Sox after the 2010 season got $142 million over 7 years (that's the benchmark for Boras for his newest client). Is […]

Blue Jays talking to Cubs about Jeff Samardzija

Teams have inquired on Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija and the Blue Jays are putting together a package of young players to try and land him, a source tells Bruce Levine of (on Twitter).  Even though Anthopoulos is looking into starters, he insisted that he has yet to make an offer to anyone (

Cubs have talked extension with Jeff Samardzija

From Jed Hoyer via David Kaplan: "We've had discussions w/Samardzija because we like him + want to keep him. We'll see where things go. We like hearing he wants to be here." — David Kaplan (@thekapman)

2014 Cubs Projections: CAIRO

SG has released version 0.1 of his annual project, CAIRO, to the public. Now it's time to post some of the Cubs players here and talk about a few things. First, this is version 0.1 and there are still some errors. Mike Olt is listed as a 1st baseman. He's not, but that will get fixed. […]

Muskat: Cubs poised to name Rick Renteria next manager

From Muskat: Theo Epstein hired Dale Sveum to help establish the Cubs Way, and now he's picked Rick Renteria to take the team to the next level. On Thursday, the Cubs will introduce Renteria as their 53rd manager and fourth in the last five years, according to a Major League source. There will be no […]

Cubs Free Agent Contest Update

The World Series ended and so did time to enter the OV Cubs free agent contest. Since I can no longer do math in spreadsheets, I handed the job off to GW who was politely agreed I'm useless. He did the work and here is who we bet our points on, in order. Player Totals […]

2014 Cubs Projections: Bill James ***UPDATED***

The 2014 Cubs Projections are available now in the Bill James Handbook, or online. I thought I'd post them here and discuss a few things. First, the BJ projections tend to use a higher league average so please consider that when viewing the projections. In fact, please consider the league average of each projection system […]

Red Sox continue to be assholes

I wish I could say this was surprising, but the Red Sox ownership couldn’t do anything that would surprise me. The Cubs have been denied permission to ask about Lovullo’s availability for their managerial job, at least for now, as Red Sox higher-ups are claiming their agreement to allow Theo Epstein to leave to become […]

Stars of Tomorrow: Cubs Minor League Recap 11-1-13

Peoria 5 @ Mesa 4 Albert Almora: 2-4, 2B, 3B, BB, K Albert Almora doubles (5) on a line drive to right fielder Lane Adams. Albert Almora walks.  Albert Almora flies out to center fielder Aaron Altherr. Albert Almora strikes out swinging. Albert Almora triples (2) on a line drive to center fielder Aaron Altherr. Wes […]

Stars of Tomorrow: Cubs Minor League Recap 10-31-13

Lots of the Cubs top prospects getting game action on this Halloween. Kris Bryant: 1-4, BB, 2K, 2 R Kris Bryant strikes out swinging. Kris Bryant grounds out, shortstop Alen Hanson to first baseman Angel Villalona. Kris Bryant walks. Kris Bryant singles on a soft ground ball to catcher Peter O’Brien. David Freitas to 3rd. […]

Guessing at the possible posting fee changes between MLB and NPB

Earlier today, we talked about the real possibility that there could soon be changes to the posting fee system. I had read this summer that the leagues, or at least one of them anyway, was trying to get the Japanese teams to take less money in the fee while the player gets more. Let's start […]

Changes coming to the posting system as early as November 1st

When a Japanese team decides he’s willing to let a player negotiate with US teams, there’s a process that I’m sure you’re all familiar with. It’s called the posting system. Currently, the highest bid wins the right to negotiate exclusively with the player. I mentioned yesterday that changes could be coming, but changes could be […]