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Revisiting the Cubs offseason transactions

Since the Cubs changed management this past offseason I thought it might be fun to look back at the transactions and see how they've turned out so far. Keep in mind these are a final analysis. There's still much time left for some of these deals to look different than they currently do. I considered […]

Daily Facepalm 2.22.12

We just have the point-after-try to kick, or something Several months ago, we were on the "five yard line" in the Theo compensation situation. Since then we've crossed the blue line, stepped into the paint, crossed the box, and veered right at the fireworks factory exit, and now it's finally been decided that Cubs prospect […]

Cubs and Red Sox finally complete Theo Epstein compensation

Several months after being on the 5-yard line the two sides have agreed to a compensation package. The details were released this morning. The Cubs send Chris Carpenter and a player to be named later. The Cubs will also receive a player to be named later. That part is confusing to me. They said a […]

Teams interested in Matt Garza and Sean Marshall

The rumors surrounding teams interested in Matt Garza have been around for a long time. Every year teams have inquired on his availability so it’s no surprise he’s once again the target of trade speculation. Ken Rosenthal reported yesterday that teams were also interested in Sean Marshall. The Cubs are set to undergo a rebuilding […]

“You better know who your ninth starter’s going to be”

I’ve been a bit confused by one of Theo’s comments since taking over as President of Baseball Operations. “We need starting pitching. You can’t take your chances very seriously as a club if you go in to the season without, not just five guys you can point to, but six, seven and eight guys. You […]

What the Cubs have to consider at the Winter Meetings

We haven’t talked a lot about what the Cubs need to do this offseason. When the season ended they were without a GM so it made no sense. After they hired Theo and he assembled his front office it was difficult to know which direction the Cubs may go. There have been indications they’re willing […]

More on compensation for Theo

We’ve talked a bit about compensation for Theo Epstein here and it’s been discussed a lot all over the internet. I thought it would be interesting to compare what the Marlins gave up for Ozzie Guillen to what the Cubs might have to give up. The Marlins sent the White Sox as compensation for hiring […]

Series Preview: St. Louis Cardinals (90-72) vs Philadelphia Phillies (102-60)

St. Louis squeaked its way into the playoffs thanks to a late-season collapse by the Braves. Again, I find it crazy that there are 2 NL Central teams in the playoffs. Team Overviews Team stats, with NL rank in parentheses Cardinals Phillies wOBA .332 (1st) .316 (6th) UBR 4.0 (5th) -5.7 (14th) UZR -29.8 (15th) […]

Midseason look at the Cubs top prospects, part 2

A few days ago we looked at Sickel’s Cubs prospects ranked 11-20 entering the season and how they’ve done so far. This time we’ll look at the top 10. 10) Alberto Cabrera, RHP, Grade C+: Another live arm that needs polish. Cabrera made 9 starts for AA Tennessee and then was promoted to Iowa. I’m […]

Series Preview: Iowa Cubs (23-31) at St. Louis Cardinals (33-24)

Team overview Team stats and NL ranks Cubs Cardinals wOBA .323 (5th) .344 (1st) UBR -7.3 (16th) -1.7 (12th) UZR -12.1 (14th) 6.9 (4th) SP FIP 4.07 (11th) 3.74 (4th) RP FIP 4.08 (16th) 3.78 (11th) I’m too lazy to breakdown the individual player stats. Blame the Cubs shittiness (laughing). I’ll hit the highlights. “RF” […]

St. Louis Cardinals @ Chicago Cubs

GamedayBref Preview Cardinals wOBA wRC Def Cubs wOBA wRC Def Ryan Theriot .298 .39 -.01 Kosuke Fukudome .343 .57 -.06 Colby Rasmus .348 .57 .01 Darwin Barney .297 .38 .03 Albert Pujols .413 .79 .02 Marlon Byrd .334 .50 -.01 Matt Holliday .389 .68 .02 Aramis Ramirez .347 .53 -.03 Lance Berkman .378 .62 .00 […]

Series Preview: St. Louis Cardinals (20-15) at Chicago Cubs (15-18)

The Cubs stranded approximately 215 baserunners in the last series against the Reds, and I don’t know if I should be encouraged by the numbers of batters who got on base or discouraged by the fact that the only win the Cubs got in the series was on a 9th inning, down by one rally […]

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