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Doubleheader Preview: Chicago Cubs (4-8) at New York Yankees (7-6)

Rain turned this short series into a day-night doubleheader. The two teams will meet again in mid-May, and hopefully we won’t have to get bummed out yet again by seeing Tanaka on the mound in a Yankees jersey. Aside from Tanaka, the Yankees also picked up Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann, Kelly Johnson, Brian Roberts, and Jacoby […]

Top 10 2014 Free Agents – The Story So Far

No game to talk about yesterday, so this will be a quick little hit on how the top FA of 2014 have performed so far. 1. Robinson Cano – .326/.396/.370 (109 wRC+) Cano hasn’t exactly done the heavy lifting for the Mariners, but Smoak, Zunino, and Ackley have been more than sufficient so far. 2. […]

Cubs 4, Cardinals 6 (4/14/14)

OSS: Edwin Jackson dodges the first bullet and gets hit by the second. Three Up 1. Junior Lake, sure. He went 2-4 with a triple. Pretty cool. 2. Mike Olt, why not. 2-3, with a double and an RBI. 3. Anthony Rizzo hit a home run! It was fun, because we had a lead before […]

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 […]

Theo Epstein On Building Under the Current CBA

Theo Epstein was interviewed on WEEI Thursday night (partial transcript). He shared thoughts on a variety of Cub-related topics alongside musings about the Red Sox. There was nothing really groundbreaking in his comments, but they were infused with an undercurrent of pessimism similar to that which you’ve been picking up around these parts since the current CBA was ratified […]

Cubs Lose Out on Tanaka

The Cubs’ primary free agent target of the offseason is now off the table. Masahiro Tanaka agreed to terms with the Yankees today on a 7 year/ $155 million deal. Ken Rosenthal broke

Tanaka to the Cubs Seems More and More Likely, So Prepare Yourself For Doom

Over the last few days, we've seen ramblings here and there that have indicated the Cubs are heavily in on Masahiro Tanaka. Jayson Stark tweeted about owners talking about the Cubs. Bruce Levine tweeted this morning that he had a source that the Cubs were believed to be the front-runners. Now, Tom Loxas has tweeted specifics […]

Masahiro Tanaka posted, Cubs won't be outbid?

The Golden Eagles will post Masahiro Tanaka and David Kaplan says that one source told him the Cubs will not be outbid. I just spoke w/an MLB source who believes Cubs will not be outbid on Tanaka. He also said convincing Tanaka to come to Chgo will be hard. — David Kaplan (@thekapman)

Why I Wouldn't Post Masahiro Tanaka

When the MLB strongarmed the NPB into this new posting system, we heard a lot of arguments as to why Tanaka would still be posted. 20 million dollars is a ton of money, even if it isn't the perhaps 75 million that the Golden Eagles were on track to get. However, as of late, the […]

Patrick Newman and The Japan Times on NPB posting fees

The Japan Times published an article yesterday about how the new posting system agreement puts Rakuten (Masahiro Tanaka's team) in an unfavorable position.  The Eagles were widely expected to post Tanaka this offseason, but the newly agreed upon system, complete with a $20 million cap on posting fees, seems to have the team rethinking things. […]

Rakuten President won't post Masahiro Tanaka?

Following the announced agreement that the maximum bid for a posted Japanase player would be $20 million, it made it less likely that Masahiro Tanaka would be posted. According to this, the team president has said he will not be posted (h/t to RC). Rakuten was the lone NPB team to vote against the agreement and were […]

More on the potential MLB and NPB posting system

There may or may not be an agreement between Major League Baseball and NPB as far as a new posting system goes. A few days ago it was reported that the two had reached an agreement, but were just waiting to sign the final deal. Berselius wrote about this potential deal a few days ago. Anyway, […]

Guessing at the possible posting fee changes between MLB and NPB

Earlier today, we talked about the real possibility that there could soon be changes to the posting fee system. I had read this summer that the leagues, or at least one of them anyway, was trying to get the Japanese teams to take less money in the fee while the player gets more. Let's start […]

Changes coming to the posting system as early as November 1st

When a Japanese team decides he’s willing to let a player negotiate with US teams, there’s a process that I’m sure you’re all familiar with. It’s called the posting system. Currently, the highest bid wins the right to negotiate exclusively with the player. I mentioned yesterday that changes could be coming, but changes could be […]

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