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Dalier Hinojosa Stats, and a Comparison with Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

Updates: If interested in more defector profiles and comparisons, here are Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, Odrisamer Despaigne, Aledmis Diaz, Dariel Alvarez, Alexander Guerrero, and Misael Siverio. Last week, I profiled Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, a Cuban defector drawing lots of attention on the free agent market. Gonzalez is still seeking approval from the US Treasury, but could sign with the Dodgers an […]

Ben Badler on the Cubs’ IFA Pickle

Baseball America’s international free agency guru Ben Badler was on the Baseball America Podcast today, where he discussed many of the issues we’ve been debating around these parts related to the Cubs’ sticky situation. It was a very informative interview, so I have transcribed extensively. To date, Badler has correctly predicted the signing team for 20 of the 22 […]

2013 International Free Agency: Did the Cubs Expect to Exceed Their Pool Space All Along?

Phil Rogers reported this morning that the Cubs may well continue spending in 2013 international free agency, ignoring imposed spending limits in continued pursuit of the best remaining players. I have my doubts, but let's assume for the moment it's true. Is this a stroke of genius by the front office in exploiting available loopholes, […]

*UPDATES* Eloy Jimenez Signs and the Rest of the Cubs’ Moves Through Two Days

The Cubs have been very active for the last two days in the 2013 IFA market. They have clearly prioritized the acquisition of a number of top-level players and made moves to facilitate signing those players. I think it's likely that those moves are not done yet, despite the relative quiet on the rumor mill […]

Cubs sign top international free agent Eloy Jimenez

The Cubs added to their big day by signing the top ranked international free agent Eloy Jimenez. The dollar figures aren’t known, but it was reported earlier yesterday that he would sign for about $2.7 million. The Cubs also signed Jefferson Mejia yesterday for $850,000. Top international prospect Eloy Jimenez has decided to turn down […]

Cubs Acquire Moreno, Arrieta, Strop, Guerrier, Go All In on 2013 IFAs

The Cubs made a series of moves today, the net result being the acquisition of a few marginal players and some additional pool space to sign international free agents. Trade Roundup Trade 1: Cubs give up Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger for Jake Arrieta, Pedro Strop, and pool space Feldman had been good this year, […]

Matt Garza’s trade value

It's assumed by many that Matt Garza's trade value is high enough that he will almost certainly be traded. As I was last year, I remain unconvinced. Before we get into his actual trade value, the Cubs have three options with Garza. Trade Qualifying offer at the end of the season Sign extension The first […]

Matt Garza and 2013 International Free Agency

The 2013 international free agency signing period starts July 2nd (Hey, that's tomorrow!). All international players who turn 16 by August 31st are eligible for free agency. Top prospects from Latin America typically sign shortly after they turn 16. Korean and Taiwanese prospects, on the other hand, are usually not signed until they graduate from high […]

Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez Stats

Updates: The Dodgers are reportedly out on Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez. If interested in more defector profiles, and comparisons to MAG, here are Dalier Hinojosa, Odrisamer Despaigne, Aledmis Diaz, Dariel Alvarez, Alexander Guerrero, and Misael Siverio. The latest Cuban defector to draw serious attention from Major League teams is Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez. I’m not sure who is representing […]

2013 MLB Draft: The Cubs and Kris Bryant are Not Close to an Agreement

  Jon Heyman is hearing that negotiations between the Cubs and second overall pick Kris Bryant are not progressing well. Bryant, the slugging junior third baseman out of the University of San Diego, is said to be seeking in excess of $6.7 million to sign, which is the slot value allotted for the pick, whereas […]

Cubs DFA Carlos Marmol, release Ian Stewart

The Cubs have DFA'd Carlos Marmol and released Ian Stewart. They've also called up Brian Bogusevic. Marmol had been terrible and Ian Stewart didn't know how to tweet. It says quite a bit about Marmol that the Cubs didn't even wait until mid-July to see if some team might trade for him, but they do […]

Cubs trade Brent Lillibridge, Hisanori Takahashi and other notes

Yesterday the Cubs traded Brent Lillibridge to the Yankees for a player to be named later or cash. Lillibridge had only 24 PA for the Cubs before being sent to the minors. He managed a .042/.042/.042 batting line and provided -0.5 fWAR. The city of Des Moines is thankful the Cubs have traded him. The […]

If you had Luis Valbuena in the office pool, raise your hand

It’s June 19th and the Cubs are 69 games into their season. You and I probably picked Anthony Rizzo as the most productive position player on the team through this many games, assuming he remained healthy. I think most everybody would have taken Rizzo and almost no one would have taken Luis Valbuena. Well, Valbuena […]

Cubs Prospects on the Rise, June edition

Myles already posted the Cubs prospects who have fallen so now it's time to look at the ones who have risen. We'll also have an updated Cubs top prospects list for you. 3. Pierce Johnson – The 22 year old supplemental first round pick from 2012 is probably a little too old for his level, […]

BS of the Day: 6-12-13

Alright, let's find some sunshine through all the shit, eh? Your Bright Spots for today: Fairly decent day for the trade bait on the major league club: Nate Schierholtz was 1-3, with a home run that briefly gave the Cubs the lead. James Russell, after giving up a leadoff double in the eighth, got through […]

Should Javier Baez be promoted to AA?

Let me start by saying that I cannot answer this question. The Cubs have way more information than I do and I won't criticize them if at some point they choose to promote him. I won't criticize them if they leave him in High A. I want to talk about something specifically. It's a comment […]

2013 MLB Draft: Cubs Draft Breakdown

More Zastryzny There was some speculation here over the weekend that Mizzou lefty Rob Zastryzny was a signability pick at #41. That may still end up being true, but it’s now clear that he wouldn’t have been available to the Cubs in the third round, as the Blue Jays were set to take him six […]

Ian Stewart twitter OMG

So you probably know, Ian Stewart isn't very good at twitter. That's putting it mildly. The guy is an idiot. Everybody complains about their employer, but most people do so to their friends and family. They also complain frequently to coworkers who also feel the same as you. As it turns out, people like to […]

BS of the Day: 6-10-13

It's depressing being a Cubs fan lately. The offense is terrible, the rotation seems to be coming back to earth, Starlin Castro is mired in the worst slump of his career, the best bullpen arm we have is Kevin Gregg…it's not pretty. Given all this, it seems worthwhile to try and find something to be optimistic […]

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