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Gordo claims Jeff Samardzija extension is unlikely

Gordon Whittenmeyer has an article up that claims the Cubs and Jeff Samardzija are quite far apart on a possible contract extension. He says that getting one done this offseason, or ever with the Cubs, seems unlikely at this point. He also claims the Cubs would trade him by the deadline or even this offseason […]

Series Preview: Chicago Cubs (66-93) at St. Louis Cardinals (94-65)

As long and tedious as this disappointing season has been, I'm still kind of surprised that it's now ending. Given that I haven't written a post in over a month (other than a quick aside about Marvin Miller's legacy on Labor Day), it's safe to say that I haven't been paying much attention to watching the […]

Series Preview: Reds (65-52) at Cubs (52-65)

The Reds have had a great season, and all they have to show for it is looking up at two teams above them in the standings. At least they have a relatively solid grip on that last wild card spot, though that (thankfully) isn't as great of a position as a team would like. Joey […]

2014 Contending Cubs, Part 2: Depth

We've taken a look at the 2014 Cubs Payroll as part of this series and we learned that it's unlikely the Cubs are going to have enough money to buy themselves a championship. They'll have about $25-35 million to spend this offseason, which is a considerable amount, but not large enough to sign multiple big-name […]

2014 Contending Cubs, Part 1: Payroll

I thought it was about time to take a more thorough look at the 2014 Cubs and eventually discuss ways in which they could contend. The first thing to look at is how much money the Cubs may have to spend, which means we need to know how much money they currently have on the […]

Anatomy of an Ace Pitcher

Now that the trade deadline is almost here, baseball fans are excited to see who might be dealt, and what prospect might be had. Invariably, people are looking for the "impact bat" or the "ace pitcher." When we talk about an ace, though, people can have different definitions of the word. For some people, it […]

Jeff Samardzija seems open to talking long-term contract after the season

The Cubs have locked up two of their core talents in Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo already. There have been rumors about the Cubs interest in locking up Jeff Samardzija, but it hasn't happened. Samardzija isn't thinking about it, but he certainly seems open to the idea. "I haven't thought about that too much, to […]

A Jeff Samardzija Extension

Let's talk about a possible Jeff Samardzija extension for a bit.  ​Jeff Samardzija has been mentioned in some trade rumors though I find it unlikely he'll be traded. He's in his first year of arbitration this season and has two more before he can file for free agency after the 2015 season. The Cubs have […]

Series Preview: Anaheim Angels of Disneyland (43-45) at Chicago Cubs (39-48)

On June 9th, the Cubs (25-35) and Angels (27-36) had very similar records, and things weren't looking so rosy for the Angels. Since then they've begun digging themselves out of their hole, going 16-9 over that span including two road series sweeps…and climbed into third place in their stacked division.    Angels Cubs wRC+ 109 (5th) […]

Series Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates (52-32) at Chicago Cubs (36-47)

The Pirates now have the best record in baseball. Let that sink in for a second. Will they be able to avoid the second half collapse that they suffered in the previous two seasons? They've got a big hurdle to clear right now in the middle of the season, as four of the five pitchers […]

Matt Garza’s trade value

It's assumed by many that Matt Garza's trade value is high enough that he will almost certainly be traded. As I was last year, I remain unconvinced. Before we get into his actual trade value, the Cubs have three options with Garza. Trade Qualifying offer at the end of the season Sign extension The first […]

What the hell am I missing? Can the Cubs contend in 2014 or 2015?

Over the last two or three days, I've read a few articles that have mentioned that the Cubs could contend as early as next season. I don't want to single anybody out, because I have a lot of respect for both of these writers. The first time I read it, I thought "what the hell?". […]

Series Preview: Chicago Cubs (28-39) at St. Louis Cardinals (44-25)

I had to stop and ask myself if the Cubs had even played the Cardinals yet this year. Two and a half months into the season, the Cubs and Cardinals have only played a two game series back in May that they split. This is probably a good thing for the Cubs win-loss record (or […]

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