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Better Know a Cub: Jason Hammel

After the Cubs missed on Masahiro "We think he's a No. 3 Starter – Cashman" Tanaka, the Cubs went to a fall back plan. They signed Jason Hammel to a 1-year, $6 million dollar deal. Hammel, who has been good at times and bad most others, is a classic pump-and-dump candidate a la Feldman/Baker/numerous others. Do […]

Mike Olt wants to win the 3rd base job

Mike Olt was acquired in July, along with CJ Edwards, Justin Grimm and a player to be named later (Neil Ramirez), for Matt Garza. Olt was having a horrible season and there were vision concerns at the time of the trade. I seem to recall it being better or even all fixed at the time […]

2013 Cubs Prospects in Review: Neil Ramirez

Neil Ramirez was drafted in the supplemental first round of the 2007 Draft (44th overall). He turned 24 at the end of May so he's not exactly young. He's 6-4 and weighs 190 pounds and is a right-handed starting pitcher. The Cubs acquired him, along with Mike Olt, Justin Grimm and CJ Edwards for Matt […]

2013 Cubs Prospects in Review: Justin Grimm

Continuing with the trend of pieces acquired via the Texas Rangers, today I'll look at Justin Grimm. Taken in the 5th round of the 2010 draft after a successful college career at the Univeristy of Georgia, Justin debuted at Class A and pitched the majority of the season at A+ ball (in 2011). It didn't […]

Updated Cubs Top Prospects List

Around a month ago, dmick and I updated our Cubs Top Prospects list. It's way too early to reassess any of those player's impact, but we have quite a few new prospects that would make the Top 20 list now. I'm going to repost that list with new players inserted and bolded. Javier Baez 9F Kris […]

Justin Grimm Profile

Yesterday the Cubs traded Matt Garza to the Rangers for a package of prospects that included Mike Olt, CJ Edwards, Justin Grimm and at least one, but maybe two players to be named later. We already wrote about Mike Olt last night. Earlier today we covered CJ Edwards and now it's Justin Grimm. Grimm is a 6-3, 200 pound right handed starting pitcher. […]

CJ Edwards Profile

Yesterday the Cubs traded Matt Garza to the Rangers for a package of prospects that included Mike Olt, CJ Edwards, Justin Grimm and at least one, but maybe two players to be named later. We already wrote about Mike Olt here and now it's CJ Edwards turn.  Before we talk too much about Edwards, the Cubs should […]

Poll Question: Which Garza Trade Would You Choose Today?

On Monday, the Cubs completed the Matt Garza Trade Part II, sending him to the Rangers for C.J. Edwards, Justin Grimm, Mike Olt, and a PTBNL (either Neil Ramirez or presumably two lower-level arms). Olt is a potential power-hitting third baseman with a good glove, though there are questions about his ability to make contact. Edwards […]

Mini Profile for Mike Olt

Earlier the Cubs acquired Mike Olt, CJ Edwards, Justin Grimm and a player to be named later for Matt Garza. Over the next two days I'm going to write short pieces on each of these players before a final analysis.  Mike Olt is the center piece of the trade. He was ranked the 22nd best prospect […]

Series Preview: Texas Rangers (8-5) at Chicago Cubs (4-8)

Team Overviews Here are how the teams stacked up in 2012. Respective league ranks in parentheses.   Rangers Cubs wRC+ 105 (4th) 80 (16th) BSR 1.0 (8th) -8.1 (14th) UZR 13.7 (5th) 30.5 (2nd) DRS -6 (10th) -7 (7th) SP FIP- 90 (2nd) 108 (13th) RP FIP- 83 (2nd) 116 (16th) The Rangers are a […]

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