Assume the Position: CF

Apparently, CF isn't as loaded as I thought (for my purposes, Soler is a RF, not a CF). There's at least one top 3-5 teamwide prospect in here, and a few ok-ish prospects as well, but it's not a surplus of value like I thought when I started.       Last Year 2013 Career […]

Has Junior Lake passed Josh Vitters on the depth chart?

Ian Stewart is injured. It's not his wrist this time, but he'll be out a few weeks. Luis Valbuena has already made the team. Josh Vitters is also out an other 2-3 weeks, but I thought this was interesting. The Cubs do face some decisions regarding Stewart. His $2 million contract is non-guaranteed, which is […]

Bunt Tournament Update!

The Bunt Tournament signups are now closed. We had 34 entrants, and 48 spots to for these contestants. That means I randomly assigned 14 people a BONUS CONTESTANT! Here are your players: mikeakaelroy 1 37 DeJesus Feldman SVB 2   Soler   John 3   Barney   Ruben 4   Lake   SK 5   […]

Assume the Position: LF

Bad news and good news: Bad News: The Cubs have terrible prospects at left field. There isn't even really a projectable major-league starter here (maybe Pin-Chieh Chen? Maybe?). It might be more barren than catcher. Good News: The Cubs are loaded at CF and RF. It's extremely likely that one of those prospects could just […]

What’s wrong with the 2013 Cubs Oliver projections?

I noticed yesterday on Fangraphs that they had published the 2013 Cubs Oliver Projections. Actually, they'd posted all the teams in their projections section, but I was interested in the Cubs. Here they are. Name PA AVG OBP SLG wOBA Fld BsR WAR Starlin Castro 647 .302 .346 .449 .343 8.6 -0.3 5.4 Anthony Rizzo […]

2013 Cubs Projections: Ian Stewart and Luis Valbuena

Our 2013 Cubs Projections series continues with a look at 3rd base. The starting job is Ian Stewart's according to Dale Sveum, which leaves Luis Valbuena as a back-up, but even that job may be in question. It's hard to see both Valbuena and Brent Lillibridge making the roster. I wrote a little bit about […]

Baseball America Top 100 Prospects

Don't forget to check out the OV Bunt Tournament Contest if you haven't already entered. The Baseball America top 100 prospects are out today and Javier Baez is the highest ranked Cub, at 18. Albert Almora is 33rd and Jorge Soler 34th. Arodys Vizcaino is the final Cub in the top 100 at 83. This […]

Cubs trade Tony Campana to Arizona

Don't forget to check out the OV Bunt Tournament Contest if you haven't already entered. The Cubs and Diamondbacks completed a trade that sends recently DFA'd Tony Campana to Arizona while the Cubs acquire two 17-year old pitching prospects. The Cubs dealt popular speedster Tony Campana to the Diamondbacks for a pair of 17-year-old Venezuelan […]

OV Bunt Tournament Contest!

Spring Training is finally here! The next month or so is probably my favorite part of the year, because it's when I can delude myself into thinking that maybe the Cubs could get close to resembling a competitive team, sorta. This year looks to be no different; I've tricked myself into thinking the Cubs could […]

Assume the Position: 3B

The Cubs have a few interesting names at third, but most of them are quite far away. Depending on how you feel about Vitters (and Baez), you could see some pretty sub-standard production from the hot corner for quite a long time. Where's Aramis when you need him?       Last Year 2013 Career […]

Garza Leaves Throwing Live BP Early with Trainers

Everybody was in the best shape of their lives and having fun watching Jed and Theo try their hand at bunting. Good times were had by all. That was yesterday. Today, Matt Garza stepped up on the mound to face live hitters for the first time since July. It did not go well. He ended up […]

Cubs Bunting Tournament 2: Electric Boogaloo

The 2013 version of the Cubs Bunting Tournament is rapidly approaching and the Cubs beat writers seem pretty psyched about it. Carrie Muskat, Paul Sullivan, and Jesse Rogers are all Twitpic-ing the shit out of the brackets they've seen so far this morning. The first bracket is actually a play-in tourney for the 64th spot in […]

Cubs players who are out of options

There are 6 Cubs players who are out of options meaning they cannot be optioned to the minor leagues. They would have to be placed on waivers instead. Those players are: Michael Bowden, Welington Castillo, Rafael Dolis, Jeff Samardzija, Luis Valbuena and Travis Wood. There are no concerns that Jeff Samardzija would need to be […]

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