Fantasy Waiver Wire: Week 12

The waiver wire is getting fairly thin. The Super-2 callups have mostly passed. Kris Bryant and Joey Gallo aren’t seeing any time in the majors this year. FWW favorites Corey Dickerson and Alex Wood are owned in most leagues. As a result, I’m skipping the position players this week, and some of the SP’s might […]

Journeymen of Tomorrow: 6-20-14

Since the Cubs didn’t play yesterday, let’s dust this off. El Paso Chihuahuas 2 @ Iowa Cubs 6 Prospecting Arismendy Alcantara went 2-5 with an RBI and 2 strikeouts, putting his season totals at .280/.322/.506. It’s the most power he’s shown in his career, but the lack of walks is a serious issue that threatens […]

10 Oddities About the Chicago Cubs’ Payroll

This isn’t a Gordo cash flow story about the Cubs being cheap on payroll, nor is it a judgement on Theo/Jed’s fiduciary prowess. Baseball salaries are weird things because the final figures depend on more than just performance. Service time, the market at the time of the contract, and even past salary all play a […]

Cubs 5, Marlins 4

Did The Cubs Win? OSS: Starlin Castro and Travis Wood laying down the big lumber! 1. Starlin Castro went 3-6 with a 3-run bomb. His OPS sits at .802 (15 points over yesterday numbers). He’s never had an OPS over 800 over a whole season, but he’s also never shown power quite like this. His […]

My Small Brush With Tony Gwynn’s Greatness

Tony Gwynn was probably the best pure hitter I’ve ever seen play in my life. I also saw Pete Rose and Wade Boggs play, but those are the only two I would consider an argument about and I believe Gwynn was better. He was always one of my favorite players even though he was a […]

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Are the Cubs Being Cagey About Signing Bonuses?

The Cubs appear to be making steady progress in signing their most recent draft class. Updated information can be found here.* Top pick Kyle Schwarber is in Boise, and no less than 15 others have given strong indication in one form or another that they have agreed to terms. Notably absent, though, is any indication […]

Fantasy Waiver Wire: Week 11

Starting Pitchers Andrew Heaney Heaney has almost everything I look for in a pitching callup. He’s a premium prospect. He has a track record of high strikeouts, low walks, and reasonable groundball rates. If and when he gets the call for the Marlins, he’ll be pitching for a National League team in a good park […]

Kyle Schwarber signs for well, well under slot

When the Cubs drafted standout C/LF/1B/DH Kyle Schwarber with the 4th overall pick on June 5, it was fair to assume that the Cubs stood to gain a pretty nifty underslot deal here. Most pundits thought it would be Michael Conforto (who fell to #10), but Schwarber was the recipient of some very late helium […]

Pirates 6, Cubs…screw it, here’s some Kris Bryant stuff for you

Let’s be honest. You don’t care about yesterday’s game. Two bad teams played, and the slightly less bad team won. Castro finished a triple short of the cycle, and the rest of the team sucked (as a team, they drew 0 walks). Who cares. Instead, I’m going to try to describe how awesome Kris Bryant […]

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Series Preview: Chicago Cubs (25-35) at Pittsburgh Pirates (29-33)

The Cubs just finished a 5-1 homestand, which was nice to see and had people half-ironically pointing out that the team was only 5 or 6 games out in the Wild Card. But we all know what this version of the team is. I felt a lot better though upon seeing several members of the […]

Fantasy Waiver Wire: Week 10

Position Players Kendrys Morales The Twins picked him up as soon as the draft pick compensation disappeared. Target Field suppresses power somewhat, but only slightly less so than Los Angeles of Anaheim, and not quite as much as Safeco. In short, there’s not much reason to change expectations. The Twins let go of Jason Kubel […]

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MLB Draft: Live Thread, Day Three

Coverage The draft reconvenes at noon today, and will cover rounds 11-40. I believe day three is strictly the conference call. The link is here. What to Expect For the most part, day three is filled with future “Org. guys.” The exceptions tend to be at the beginning (rounds 11-13) and the end. At the […]

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MLB Draft: Cubs Recap, The First Two Days

Cub Picks So Far As in 2012 and 2013, the Cubs loaded up on pitching on day two. After taking catcher Mark Zagunis in the third, seven straight pitchers were selected, three out of high school and four from the college ranks. RD PICK PLAYER POS Ht Wt B/T CLASS 1 4 Schwarber, Kyle C […]

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MLB Draft: Live Thread, Day Two *UPDATES*

The 2014 Draft continues today, with the 3rd-10th rounds starting at noon. MLBN has the coverage again; I believe it’s strictly experts today (Jim Callis, John Manuel, Jonathan Mayo, etc..), so that’s nice. We will be following along here at OV. The most probable scenario is that this thread will just be updated with the […]

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Series Preview – Marlins (32-28) at Cubs (23-34)

Here’s our active draft thread. Color me less than whelmed with the Cubs strategy so far. With their sweep of the Mets and the Rays ten game losing streak, the Cubs have lost their position at the top of the reverse standings. The Marlins meanwhile have been one of, if not *the* biggest surprises of […]

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