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 […]

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 […]