Tigers re-sign Anibal Sanchez

The Cubs had reportedly reached an agreement on a 5-year deal for around $75 million with Anibal Sanchez, but then the report was contradicted by many people. We learned this morning that the Tigers had reached an agreement with Sanchez on a 5-year deal for $80 million. CAIRO projects a 3.87 ERA, 3.56 FIP and […]

Cubs Swing And Miss on Sanchez

There 17 minutes where we were all pretty certain that the Cubs were going to sign Anibal Sanchez to a 5 year, 75 million dollar contract. Those were some great times… Obviously, we know what happened next (or at least have a pretty good idea). Sanchez’ agent took the deal back to the Tigers and […]

Better Know a Cub: Travis Wood

Travis Wood is traveling in the wrong direction. Wood made his debut in the majors in 2010, throwing 102.2 innings of 3.51 ERA ball. He wasn’t lucky, either: his FIP was 3.42. As an age-23 season, it was quite impressive: he even threw a 3.31 K/BB ratio in there for good measure. He hasn’t repeated […]

Better Know a Cub: Darwin Barney

Darwin Barney is an odd duck. He doesn’t get on base all that often (.299 OBP last year, .305 career). He has no power (7 HR last year is more than double the amount he has hit in any other year of his professional career).  He doesn’t walk (5.6% last year, 2.4% less than the […]

Cubs sign Anibal Sanchez

According to Bob Nightengale, the Cubs have signed Anibal Sanchez to a 5-year, $75 million-ish contract. And the

The opposite of the World Series

The World Series is played at the end of the season and is supposed to include the two best teams in baseball, or at least the best team in each league. It doesn't often work out that way, but luck and all, it's a series that's almost certainly going to include a couple of good […]

OV Hall of Fame Survey Results

The BBWAA gets ripped a lot for terrible decision-making when it comes to voting on the Baseball Hall of Fame. This yea's' ballot is particularly interesting because it pits a lot of guys who get points/votes for being gutty winners despite stats that don't clearly portray a Hall of Fame career against guys that have […]

The Hope Monster Strikes Back : how the Cubs can contend in 2013

Julie posed this series of questions over at LOHO today.  1) Where does this team finish in the 2013 NL Central? 2) Do the 2013 Cubs lose 100 games? 3) What moves still need to be made to make this team competitive (and be realistic, no “sign ARod” or any of that baloney). The easy answers […]

Fixing the 2013 Cubs

In my last post, I detailed the 10 places (what a high number!) that the Cubs could stand to upgrade by merely getting an average player. Those 10 places were: 1. Centerfielder2. Third baseman3. Ace Pitcher4. Rightfielder5. Ace reliever (closer)6. #2 pitcher7. #3 pitcher8. Fireman reliever9. Utility infielder10. Utility outfielderWhat have the Cubs done to fix […]

Anatomy of the 2012 Cubs

C     2.0 [1.2]1B   2.0 [1.8]2B   2.5 [2.5]SS   2.5 [3.3]3B   2.8 [0.9]RF   2.7 [1.7]CF   3.0 [1.0]LF   2.5 [4.0]C2 [0.5] [0.5]O4 [0.5] [0.6]O5 [0.5] [-2.1]I5   [0.5] [0.7]I6   [0.5] [0.0]Position: 22.5 [16.0] SP   4.5 [3.3]SP   2.7 [2.1]SP   2.0 [1.4]SP   1.3 [1.2]SP   0.6 […]

Anatomy of an Average Team

In FanGraphs, a “replacement-level” team would win 43 games. That is to say, a team that is only comprised of AAA fodder, talent freely available to any team, would expect to win that amount. I wondered, then, how a team could take that and be average. I looked at the FanGraphs leaders at each position […]

Where Will the Cubs’ Wins Come From?

Let’s take a closer look at the Cubs in 2012. I’m going to include the projected starters for 2012 (if they are still on the team) in green, and the players no longer expected to make the opening 25 in red. Bench players are in blue.CCastillo 1.2Soto 0.5Recker 0.2Hill -0.1Lalli -0.4Clevenger -0.7 1B Rizzo 1.8LaHair 0.7 […]

Where Did the Cubs’ Wins Come From?

Last year, the Cubs won 61 games and lost 101. That poor performance was “good” enough to grab us the 2nd pick in the draft next year; however, I’m not keen on a repeat performance next year. One way to diagnose where are problems were last year is to go by position and see where […]

Better Know a Cub: Hector Rondon

The Rule V draft affected the Cubs likely more than any other team in baseball this year. Theo & Co. lost Starling Peralta in the major league portion, and Michael Burgess/Matt Cerda/Alvy Jimenez in the minor league portion. However, it wasn’t all bad for the Cubs, as they landed a flamethrower in Hector Rondon. Will he stick? I […]

How much value does Alfonso Soriano have?

News broke yesterday that the Cubs talked about swapping Alfonso Soriano for Domonic Brown. At first blush, it seems like a steal for the Cubs. After digging into the numbers, now I’m not so sure… First, I’d like to try to determine Fonzie’s worth. He had an OPS+ of 121 last year, following years of 114 and […]