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Happy Rule 5 Day!

Today is the Rule 5 draft. Courtesy of the inimitable Arizona Phil, here’s the list of Rule 5 eligible players. A few of these players are in danger of being selected. Gioskar Amaya: 2B/C prospect who has fallen on lean times. I like Amaya, but he might be too far to be stashed for a […]

The New Cubs

wOBAs Steamer projected: Position Player wOBA lwOBA pwRC+ C Montero 0.319 0.305 105 1B Rizzo 0.374 0.328 114 2B Baez 0.306 0.298 103 SS Castro 0.321 0.297 108 3B Valbuena 0.319 0.316 101 LF Coghlan 0.312 0.318 98 CF Alcantara 0.303 0.32 95 RF Soler 0.346 0.316 109 – – – – – Position Player […]

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Cubs sign Jon Lester

Per many reports, the Cubs have signed Jon Lester to a 6/155 deal, with a vesting option for a seventh year. The Cubs have a protected pick, but since Lester was traded last season there is no draft pick compensation so all this costs is money and however many years Cubs fans took off their […]

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Cubs sign Jason Hammel

It is not a common occurrence that a player re-signs with the team that just traded him (*cough* Jon Lester *cough*), but Jason Hammel is proof positive that it can happen. The Cubs signed Hammel to a 2-year, $18 million deal with an option that could bring the final tally to $28 million. As far […]

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And Now His Cubs Watch Has Ended

My baseball family suffered the loss today of our most senior and most loved member, Mike Lagattuta. Mike loved singing. He loved Italian food. He loved teaching. He loved his friends as he loved family. And he loved the Cubs. He grew up in the Wrigley neighborhood and he would tell us stories of getting out […]

Mavericks 132, Bulls 129 (2OT) 11/3/14

Kirk Hinrich pretty much lost this game. With 3 seconds to go and the Bulls up 3, Monta Ellis (a good 3-point shooter to be sure) drove up to the right side of the court to take a desperation 3 as time expired. Hinrich fouled as Ellis went into his shot, with 1.2 seconds left. […]

Bulls 97, Jazz 95 (11/24/14)

Hot damn, is this team fun to watch. This is the third time we’ve seen the Butler-Dunleavy-Gasol-Noah-Rose starting 5 this season, and each time they’ve started those 5 they’ve won the first quarter (twice convincingly). Chicago played probably it’s strongest 12 minutes of the year in the first quarter, dominating both offensively and defensively. Listening to the […]

Predicting a Max Scherzer Contract

I figure it makes sense to perform the same calculations I did for Jon Lester for Max Scherzer. I think the chance he signs with the Cubs is a lot lower than Jon Lester, but it’s theoretically possible. Basically, we only need to calculate a starting WAR, and I’ll be using a depreciation schedule of Year(N+1) […]

Predicting a Jon Lester contract

The Cubs are meeting with Jon Lester, who already has a contract offer from the Red Sox. He’ll probably take that contract offer, but we’ll see. It’s expected that the totals for Lester will be at minimum 6/$120MM, and is in all likelihood going to be way off. Just how much value does Lester have, […]

Bulls 105, Clippers 89 (11/17/14)

Link. Jimmy Butler has been playing like a max guy this season (both in usage and minutes). Year MPG Usage PP36 PER 2012 8.5 14.9 10.9 12.5 2013 26 14.6 11.9 15.2 2014 38.7 16.8 12.2 13.5 2015 40.3 21.3 19 22.6 PP36 is points per 36 minutes on the floor. Butler is near or […]

Bulls 100, Raptors 93 (11/13/14)

I’m getting ready to see Tom Thibodeau lose his job, honestly. There are some things that are inexcusable, and using a 7-man rotation on November 13, 2014 is certainly one of them. I realize that the Toronto Raptors were 7-1, and a likely playoff team that you want to beat. That being said, you have […]

Let’s talk about Colby Rasmus

For some inexplicable reason, I’ve always been a Colby Rasmus fan. Actually, I can explain it – Tony La Russa hates Colby Rasmus, so I must love him. Traded for pennies on the dollar to Toronto, Rasmus (the former #3 prospect in baseball) has had a very up-and-down career so far. He’s now a free […]

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 […]

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