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Ten Reasons I’m Watching The 2014 Cubs

The last time I posted here, the dinosaurs roamed the earth the Cubs were still in the hunt for the NL pennant I swore I didn’t care about the 2014 Cubs. I said there would be no reason to watch the 2014 Cubs. I pretty much made it clear I wouldn’t so much as accidentally watch […]

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Weekend Roster Moves of note Darnell McDonald —-> AAA Chang-Yong Lim —-> Korea Tsuyoshi Wada —–> released Tsuyoshi Wada —–> re-signed to a minor league deal Neil Ramirez —–> AAA Javier Baez —–> AAA Jonathan Sanchez —-> AAA Casper Wells —-> AAA Blake Parker —–> AAA No real surprises here, except maybe Blake Parker, who […]

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Aroldis Chapman hit in face by line drive There was a scary moment in last night's Reds game, as Aroldis Chapman was hit in the face by a line drive. Trainers from both teams rushed to the mound immediately (and his father too from the stands), and he was taken off the field in a […]

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McDonald hurt, fifth starter competition winding down James Mcdonald threw two pitches in his start yesterday, the second one to the backstop before being pulled from the game. The Cubs are calling it shoulder soreness, which is not great news for McDonald as he only pitched in six games last year because of shoulder problems. […]

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Weekend spring training recap Brett Jackson had a big day on Saturday, homering and driving in five runs. He also hit a double off Justin Masterson on Sunday before finishing his day with two more strikeouts. Travis Wood had a rocky first inning on Sunday, capped off by a 2 RBI double by Jeff Francouer […]

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Lots of HRs, lots of walks Baez and Olt both hit bombs off of Randy Wolf (video here and here), a not uncommon occurance for Randy Wolf. Olt later hit another bomb against against a Mariners reliever. Likely fifth starter James McDonald issued five walks in 2 2/3 innings in his start last night. First round of […]

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WBBM favorite to land Cubs radio broadcasts, WGN radio's slow march to doom continues WGN exercised an out clause in their deal last year in an attempt to renegotiate, since they're supposedly losing a ton of money on Cubs broadcasts. According to the Trib's Ed Sherman, WBBM is now viewed as the front-runner. It feels odd […]

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BA Review of Cubs international signings Ben Badler put up a recap of the Cubs international signings over at BA ($). Most of it is just a collection of scouting stuff we saw back at signing time, but still a good read since I don't remember any of it. Most of what seems new to me […]

OV "Daily" Facepalm 03-07-2014

Minor League Camp is open 4 squads were on the field yesterday, Iowa down to Kane County. Full rosters courtesy of the inimitable Arizona Phil. A few words: Due to numbers, some people are a fair bit higher than they will be when the season opens. This is because some of the fringe talent is still […]

OV "Daily" Facepalm 03-05-2014

Castellanos on waivers Alex Castellanos was just put on waivers for the second time this year. I wrote about it the first time, concluding: I'm not saying that Castellanos could ever start for the Cubs (though I'm not sure he's not better than Sweeney), but he makes so much sense as the RH side of the […]

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Ted Lilly Added to Cubs front office Ted Lilly signed on with the Cubs FO as a special assistant, and should be around as an instructor in spring training as well as doing some scouting and stuff during the season. Even though he struggled with injuries last year and retired this offseason, he might still […]

“Daily” Facepalm 11.26.13

Anything happening with Samardzija? Tom Loxas reported that the Cubs and Jays might be close last weekend, but since then nothing as happened, and other sources (i.e. Julie's) say not much is happening. I don't really see much happening either. Still, Loxas's sources seem to think that the Cubs want to get some resolution on Samardzija […]

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 […]

“Daily” Facepalm – 11.3.13 : Deckchair removed from Titanic

Brad Ausmus to manage Tigers Ausmus is currently in Detroit finalizing the deal. Hopefully the contact includes a clause requiring Ausmus to smoke five packs a day to ensure continuity with previous leadership. Gammons originally quasi-connected the Cubs with Ausmus weeks ago, though it was unclear whether there was actually any interest or if it […]

Daily Facepalm 7.10.13

Cubs 'closing in' on deal with Taiwanese RHP Jen-Ho Tseng MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez says the Cubs are close to a deal with the Taiwanese pitcher, who is ranked 29th in mlb.com's list and 23rd on BA's. For a while he projected to be the #1 prospect in this year's class, but he scuffled a bit […]

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