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Theo Epstein: Taskmaster Grammarian

Theo Epstein: Taskmaster Grammarian

Use proper writing conventions, scouts. The Cubs care about it.

by February 13, 2013 Chicago Cubs News
BN Podcast Episode 16: Player Projections, Carlos Marmol Trade Value, and a Moment for Tony Campana

BN Podcast Episode 16: Player Projections, Carlos Marmol Trade Value, and a Moment for Tony Campana

How should we feel about Tony Campana being DFA’d? And how will the 2013 Cubs fare without him? Am I being serious right now?

by February 13, 2013 Podcasts
You Know, I’m Not So Sure Scott Baker is Going to Be Interested in an Extension

You Know, I’m Not So Sure Scott Baker is Going to Be Interested in an Extension

Recent comments suggest he’s looking forward to a crack at free agency after a healthy season with the Cubs.

by February 13, 2013 Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Rumors
Darwin Barney Wonders What Fans View as Success in 2013 and Other Bullets

Darwin Barney Wonders What Fans View as Success in 2013 and Other Bullets

The Cubs’ Gold Glove second baseman says he doesn’t know if fans would be happy with .500, but that’s not what the Cubs are looking for.

by February 13, 2013 Chicago Cubs News
On the Unlikely – But Plausible – 2013 Major League Debut of Javier Baez

On the Unlikely – But Plausible – 2013 Major League Debut of Javier Baez

What seemed impossible three months ago now seems merely very unlikely. But there’s an interesting comparison to be made.

by February 12, 2013 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
Jeff Samardzija Isn’t Too Keen on a Long-Term Deal Just Yet, Is Pretty Smart

Jeff Samardzija Isn’t Too Keen on a Long-Term Deal Just Yet, Is Pretty Smart

Samardzija knows he stands to gain a whole lot with a solid 2013 season, and he’s got the bank account in place to take that risk.

by February 12, 2013 Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Rumors
Turning Old Quarterbacks into Knuckleball Pitchers – This is Actually Happening

Turning Old Quarterbacks into Knuckleball Pitchers – This is Actually Happening

MLB Network has a new show starting tomorrow night. It is completely ridiculous, and I can’t help but watch.

by February 12, 2013 MLB News and Rumors
Matt Garza is Focused on Pitching Well for that Next Contract – Can the Cubs Ensure it Comes from Them?

Matt Garza is Focused on Pitching Well for that Next Contract – Can the Cubs Ensure it Comes from Them?

Will the threat of being weighed down by draft pick compensation make Garza more inclined to accept a reasonable extension offer?

Dioner Navarro Could Be Huge for Welington Castillo and Other Bullets

Dioner Navarro Could Be Huge for Welington Castillo and Other Bullets

As Castillo develops into (hopefully) a quality starter, Navarro could help mold him into the best catcher he can be.

Michael Bourn Reportedly Agrees to Terms with the Indians – Four Years and $48 Million

Michael Bourn Reportedly Agrees to Terms with the Indians – Four Years and $48 Million

Well, how about that. It sounds about right for Bourn, and it’s not such a steal that I have any bad feelings about this one.

by February 11, 2013 MLB News and Rumors
Baseball Prospectus’s Initial PECOTA Projections Are Out for 2013

Baseball Prospectus’s Initial PECOTA Projections Are Out for 2013

The projection system really likes Matt Garza, but not too many Cubs fare quite as well.

by February 11, 2013 Chicago Cubs News
Meta Site Note: There’s a Baby Coming Soon-ish

Meta Site Note: There’s a Baby Coming Soon-ish

We’ve entered the window of plausible arrival, so you should be alerted of some coverage issues.

by February 11, 2013 Meta
Carlos Marmol Addresses the Sexual Assault Allegations – He’s “Very Pissed Off”

Carlos Marmol Addresses the Sexual Assault Allegations – He’s “Very Pissed Off”

Another strong denial. Indeed, Marmol says he and his lawyers are trying to put his accuser in jail.

by February 11, 2013 Chicago Cubs News
Lukewarm Stove: Bourn, Hernandez, Samardzija, Prior, More

Lukewarm Stove: Bourn, Hernandez, Samardzija, Prior, More

Ken Rosenthal keeps connecting the Cubs to Michael Bourn. Also, Mark Prior is still looking for a shot.

by February 11, 2013 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
The Front Office Speaks: Campana Gone, Hairston Signed, Baez’s Future, Marmol’s Status, More

The Front Office Speaks: Campana Gone, Hairston Signed, Baez’s Future, Marmol’s Status, More

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer offer a State of the Cubs, and talk about things to come in the future.

Dale Sveum is Done with 2012 and Other Bullets

Dale Sveum is Done with 2012 and Other Bullets

He doesn’t see much value in harping on last year anymore. It happened, it was a learning experience, and it’s time for 2013.

by February 11, 2013 Chicago Cubs News
There is No Santa Claus: Tony Campana DFA’d to Make Room for Scott Hairston

There is No Santa Claus: Tony Campana DFA’d to Make Room for Scott Hairston

Campana is a fan favorite, but he was superfluous on this particular roster. Now we’ll see what happens. Hairston’s deal is official.

Bunt Tournament Details! and Other Bullets

Bunt Tournament Details! and Other Bullets

This year, you might see Theo Epstein or Jed Hoyer laying them down. Seriously.

Pitchers and Catchers … REPORT!

Pitchers and Catchers … REPORT!

Today is, for me, the start of the baseball season.

by February 10, 2013 Chicago Cubs News
Carlos Marmol’s Court Case Was Just Kicked to a Higher Court

Carlos Marmol’s Court Case Was Just Kicked to a Higher Court

It’s unclear whether the change in venue is anything other than a procedural requirement, but Marmol still expects to be in camp by Monday.

by February 9, 2013 Chicago Cubs News

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