Are the Cubs 29th of 30?

The topic du jour in the Cubs Blogosphere is the Passan "hit" piece on the Cubs. To whit: Brett's take: Let’s be clear on some things: no one could, or should, argue that it isn’t deeply disappointing that the Cubs are where they are right now, in terms of big league competitiveness. We’re five years […]

Ken Gurnick: Professional Asshole

I'm not going to link it, because that would be giving him publicity he doesn't deserve. Instead, I'll just copy and paste Gurnick's "reasoning" behind his HOF ballot. KEN GURNICK, Dodgers beat reporter Morris Morris has flaws — a 3.90 ERA, for example. But he gets my vote for more than a decade of ace […]

John Sickels' Top 40 Prospects, by position

John Sickels whittled his Cubs prospect list from 49 to 40. Here's the list, not sorted alphabetically or via actual ranking, but just by what position they play. First Base Rock Shoulders Daniel Vogelbach Second Base Arismendy Alcantara Gioskar Amaya Logan Watkins Shortstops Javier Baez Gleyber Torres Third Base Kris Bryant Jeimer Candelario Mike Olt […]

Why I Wouldn't Post Masahiro Tanaka

When the MLB strongarmed the NPB into this new posting system, we heard a lot of arguments as to why Tanaka would still be posted. 20 million dollars is a ton of money, even if it isn't the perhaps 75 million that the Golden Eagles were on track to get. However, as of late, the […]

Better Know a Cub: Jose Veras

As GW astutely pointed out, the 2014 Cubs are headhunting directly from the 2013 Astros bullpen. On the surface, that sounds terrible. In practice, the Cubs have poached the only two good members of that pen, for a collective $5 million and change. $4 million of that this year will go to Jose Veras, the […]

The Case for 7/$140 on Choo

Let me preface this article with the admission that I'm really not sure I still believe Shin-Soo Choo is worth 20 AAV for 7 years. Perhaps that's just the market, but it's a lot of money (and would be the first contract exceeding 100 MM for a player never even voted in an ASG). However, […]

Better Know A Cub: George Kottaras

George Kottaras and Theo Epstein have a history. Acquired in 2006 for 5 starts of David Wells, Kottaras spent the first few years of his career as a top catching prospect, with great patience, moderate pop, and the ability to play passable defense. As time took hold of George, he lost most of those talents, […]

Free Agent Contract Prediction Contest!

We already have a contest trying to determine who will sign with the Cubs. I thought this one would be similarly interesting. It'll also be very simple.  I'm going to ask everyone to guess the total dollar amount (including posting fees, if applicable) that each of the Top 5 free agents receive. We'll play golf style, […]

Semi-annual Facepalm – 11.21.2013

Fielder who can't field now Ranger with no range (h/t to Sam Miller for that headline) Huge trade, both in landscape and girth, as Detroit swaps Prince Fielder for Ian Kinsler from the Rangers. This is a really interesting trade, and one that I think makes both teams better. First, the outlays:  Detroit gets Ian […]

Stars of Tomorrow: Cubs AFL Recap 11/12/13

Peoria 1 v Mesa 8 Albert Almora: 1-4, RBI, 2 SO Albert Almora grounds out, shortstop Nolan Fontana to first baseman Tommy Medica. Addison Russell to 2nd. Albert Almora singles on a ground ball to left fielder Cameron Perkins. Tyler Collins scores. Max Muncy out at home on the throw, left fielder Cameron Perkins to […]

On Rick Porcello

The Tigers are putting Porcello on the market, reportedly. I think it makes sense to investigate was his worth might be. The Cubs have surplus infield prospects, so maybe there's a trade that makes sense.  Rick Porcello Profile Porcello has always been a pitcher that had great peripherals and bad results. I don't like xFIP, […]

Stars of Tomorrow: Cubs AFL Recap 11/11/13

Mesa 4 v Peoria 0 Kris Bryant: 2-3, 2B, 2 BB, R, of course Kris Bryant doubles (7) on a sharp fly ball to center fielder Aaron Altherr. C. J. Cron to 3rd. Kris Bryant walks. C. J. Cron to 2nd. Kris Bryant reaches on a fielder's choice out, third baseman Patrick Kivlehan unassisted. Taylor […]

2013 Baseball America Top Prospects Teaser

Baseball America is one of the leading providers of minor league baseball content. Today, their list came out for the Cubs top prospects. I'm going to tease the list here, and ask you to please support them by subscribing. 1. Javier Baez 2. Kris Bryant 3. C.J. Edwards 4. Albert Almora 5. Jorge Soler 6. […]

On the Lack of Bears Coverage

Hello everyone. The astute among you will notice that I haven't done anything for football in the past few weeks. This is sort-of intentional, sort of not.  Last week, my wife and daughter were both pretty sick. I had to care for them both, so I decided against writing something for that game (especially because […]