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Rest in Peace, Oscar Taveras

The baseball world received a terrible piece of news yesterday night, as Oscar Taveras died in a car accident at age of 22. His girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo, also passed away. My thoughts go out to both families. May they find peace. Baseball is a game that I, among many others at this site, have a […]

Coming up with the current 2015 payroll/roster

There was a little confusion about my $65 million number in my last article. The Cubs have a $65 million payroll next year, but it doesn’t (at first glance) appear that way. I assure you it is. Major League Contracts Starlin Castro: $6M Anthony Rizzo: $5M Edwin Jackson: $11M Ryan Sweeney: $1.5M Kyuji Fujikawa: $500K […]

Cubs and Effective Walk Rate

Theo Epstein held a presser to debrief on the 2014 season. I look forward to those happening in October or November, but that should come relatively soon. The tone of the conference was near-universally positive, and that makes sense. There are a lot of things to be optimistic about, chief among them our cheap, dynamic […]

Cubs’ 2014 trades in retrospect

The Cubs were fairly active at the trading deadline this year. How did they do? All numbers are post-trade. July 5 Cubs trade Jeff Samardzija (5-5, 2.92 ERA, 3.23 FIP, 16 GS) Jason Hammel (2-6, 4.52 ERA, 5.44 FIP, 11 GS) for Addison Russell (.295/.333/.539, .390 wOBA, 204 PA) (AA) Billy McKinney (.301/.390/.432, .379 wOBA, […]

A Journey Through Rookie Breakouts

Jorge Soler has been an absolute Bad Dude during his first go-round in the majors. His 176 OPS+ is 8th among post-Integration rookies with 80 or more PA. Let’s look at the 10 best seasons to see what company Soler is in. 1. Willie McCovey – .354/.429/.656, 219 PA Willie McCovey is a HOF, who […]

Will the Cubs divest themselves of Edwin Jackson?

One thing the Cubs have a preponderance of is #5-#6-#7-type starters. From Dallas Beeler to Eric Jokisch to Chris Rusin to Travis Wood to Felix Doubront to Justin Turner to Dan Straily the really deep cuts (Yoanner Negrin or Carlos Pimentel, anyone? Dae-Eun Rhee?), the Cubs have plenty of options to plug into the back […]

What qualifies as an offseason success?

Now that 2014 is coming to a close (for the Cubs, it came to a close roughly May 15, but bear with me), we turn to the Hot Stove League. One bonus of the Cubs’ situation right now is that there are very clear places to upgrade, and very clear places the Cubs do not […]

Not Bad…For a Rookie

With the 11-1 ass-whipping the Cubs received yesterday, the Cubs fell to 64-82 and guaranteed themselves a losing record. It’s been a rough week, and after a really nice run of baseball, we’ve been thoroughly outclassed by some not-very-good teams (though they aren’t slouches, either). As the 2014 season draws to it’s merciful close, I’d […]

Your Football Organization Sucks

Baseball is not perfect. From the crooked Black Sox, to Cap Anson’s refusal to play with black players, to Ty Cobb maybe being a murderer, to the drunk drivers, to the widespread steroid use, it has a fairly checkered past. It treats its future employees like garbage (it uses its incredible leverage and willing replacements to […]

How Far Have the Cubs Come?

It has been almost three years, nearly three hundred losses, and three drafts since the Cubs hired Theo Epstein to save the Cubs from their sins and rescue them from eternal damnation in their permanent subterranean dwelling in the Central Division’s fiery core. And if you think that metaphor is overblown and ridiculous, it was […]

The Struggle

Baez debuted at A in May 28, 2012. In his first month, he “struggled,” hitting .298/.330/.500. Sure, his career line at A was .333/.383/.596, but you have to stretch pretty hard to get struggling out of that. His strikeout rate was 21.7% and his walk rate was 6.6%. He was eventually promoted to A+, and […]

Don’t Say the Cubs Never Listen to You

The people have spoken and the Cubs have heard the pleas from their fans. The people wanted change and times they are a’changin’. No, Kris Bryant isn’t coming up. No, they are not getting rid of Clark the Cub. No, they aren’t adding better beer options in the stadium. No, Al, they aren’t going to […]

Better Know A Cub: Javier Baez

Pedigree Ednel Javier Baez was the last 1st round pick of the Jim Hendry regime, taken right after Francisco Lindor and right before Cory Spangenberg (if I remember correctly, the Padres (Hoyer) had Baez on their Big Board put he was popped right before thanks to Mario Sanchez, I had this completely opposite). Drafted from relatively […]

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