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Cubs theoretical offseasons on dynamic payrolls

I’ve recently speculated, as has Bleacher Nation, that the Cubs’ payroll obligations at the moment is around $65 million. MLBTR just came out with a graphic touting the number as $61 million. I trust Brett and myself more than Tim, but we can all agree that $65 million is close. Since that number is so […]

Let’s talk about Torii Hunter

There are a few reports that link Torii Hunter to the Cubs out there.   A number of teams have expressed preliminary interest in Torii Hunter, including

Bulls 102, Pistons 91 (11/11/14)

Sometimes Bulls fans don’t appreciate just how good of a basketball player Derrick Rose is. Sure, Rose has missed an awful lot of time in the past 3 years, and it’s robbed a player on a HOF trajectory of some prime years. That sucks. When Rose is even close to healthy, though, he can drastically […]

Should the Cubs pursue Evan Gattis?

The rumor around the water cooler is that the Braves are aggressively shopping Evan Gattis. The Cubs are in the market for an upgrade at catcher, kicking the tires on Russell Martin (who wants a 5/75 deal. move along, little doggie.). Martin is known for great pitch framing and plate discipline. Evan Gattis isn’t known […]

Bulls 95, Bucks 86 (11/5/14)

Full Disclosure: I didn’t watch this game, as I was (and am) battling a fever at the moment. Where has Doug McDermott gone? Dougie McBuckets has seen his minutes shrink from 24, to 17, to 11, to 11, and now to 7 minutes this season. It doesn’t seem as if Thibs trusts the young fella […]

I hope we miss

Today is the first day of free agency. The Cubs are linked to many of the top free agents; from Max Scherzer to Jon Lester to David Robertson (wtf). If I’m being completely honest, I hope we miss on all of the top free agent pitchers we are linked to. My reasoning is very simple. […]

Bulls 104, Knicks 80 (10-30-14)

Honestly, it wasn’t even that close. One of the great strengths of the Bulls this year is how extraordinarily deep they are. Evocative of the Bench Mob 3-4 years ago (and headlined by the same player), the combination of Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott, Nikola Mirotic, Aaron Brooks, and Tony Snell are going to bury second […]

Rest in Peace, Oscar Taveras

The baseball world received a terrible piece of news yesterday night, as Oscar Taveras died in a car accident at age of 22. His girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo, also passed away. My thoughts go out to both families. May they find peace. Baseball is a game that I, among many others at this site, have a […]

Coming up with the current 2015 payroll/roster

There was a little confusion about my $65 million number in my last article. The Cubs have a $65 million payroll next year, but it doesn’t (at first glance) appear that way. I assure you it is. Major League Contracts Starlin Castro: $6M Anthony Rizzo: $5M Edwin Jackson: $11M Ryan Sweeney: $1.5M Kyuji Fujikawa: $500K […]

Cubs and Effective Walk Rate

Theo Epstein held a presser to debrief on the 2014 season. I look forward to those happening in October or November, but that should come relatively soon. The tone of the conference was near-universally positive, and that makes sense. There are a lot of things to be optimistic about, chief among them our cheap, dynamic […]

Cubs’ 2014 trades in retrospect

The Cubs were fairly active at the trading deadline this year. How did they do? All numbers are post-trade. July 5 Cubs trade Jeff Samardzija (5-5, 2.92 ERA, 3.23 FIP, 16 GS) Jason Hammel (2-6, 4.52 ERA, 5.44 FIP, 11 GS) for Addison Russell (.295/.333/.539, .390 wOBA, 204 PA) (AA) Billy McKinney (.301/.390/.432, .379 wOBA, […]

A Journey Through Rookie Breakouts

Jorge Soler has been an absolute Bad Dude during his first go-round in the majors. His 176 OPS+ is 8th among post-Integration rookies with 80 or more PA. Let’s look at the 10 best seasons to see what company Soler is in. 1. Willie McCovey – .354/.429/.656, 219 PA Willie McCovey is a HOF, who […]

Will the Cubs divest themselves of Edwin Jackson?

One thing the Cubs have a preponderance of is #5-#6-#7-type starters. From Dallas Beeler to Eric Jokisch to Chris Rusin to Travis Wood to Felix Doubront to Justin Turner to Dan Straily the really deep cuts (Yoanner Negrin or Carlos Pimentel, anyone? Dae-Eun Rhee?), the Cubs have plenty of options to plug into the back […]

What qualifies as an offseason success?

Now that 2014 is coming to a close (for the Cubs, it came to a close roughly May 15, but bear with me), we turn to the Hot Stove League. One bonus of the Cubs’ situation right now is that there are very clear places to upgrade, and very clear places the Cubs do not […]

Not Bad…For a Rookie

With the 11-1 ass-whipping the Cubs received yesterday, the Cubs fell to 64-82 and guaranteed themselves a losing record. It’s been a rough week, and after a really nice run of baseball, we’ve been thoroughly outclassed by some not-very-good teams (though they aren’t slouches, either). As the 2014 season draws to it’s merciful close, I’d […]

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