Archive for November, 2013


Lukewarm Stove: Samardzija, Posting System, Tanaka, Maeda, Hughes, Cruz

Lukewarm Stove: Samardzija, Posting System, Tanaka, Maeda, Hughes, Cruz

Probably your last pre-Thanksgiving dose of the Stove. Are teams willing to meet the price for Jeff Samardzija?

by November 27, 2013 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Obsessive Wrigley Renovation Watch: Get Your Drink On, Plaza-Style

Obsessive Wrigley Renovation Watch: Get Your Drink On, Plaza-Style

Alderman Tunney has introduced an ordinance that would allow alcohol sales in the planned plaza outside of Wrigley Field.

by November 27, 2013 Chicago Cubs News

CSN Houston is in Serious Trouble, and it Could Impact the Sports TV Landscape and Other Bullets

CSN Houston is in Serious Trouble, and it Could Impact the Sports TV Landscape and Other Bullets

If a team-owned RSN like CSN Houston is flailing so badly, should we be concerned about those future big bucks for the Cubs?

BN Podcast Episode 45: Dealing (with) Jeff Samardzija, Email Blowout

BN Podcast Episode 45: Dealing (with) Jeff Samardzija, Email Blowout

What’s the appropriate course with Jeff Samardzija? Also: emails out the wazoo.

by November 26, 2013 Podcasts
Chicago Cubs Acquire Catcher George Kottaras from Kansas City Royals

Chicago Cubs Acquire Catcher George Kottaras from Kansas City Royals

The back-up catching option I suggested just a few days ago. I like this move.

2014 Hall of Fame Ballot is Out: Maddux, Glavine, Thomas, Mussina, Kent, and So Many More

2014 Hall of Fame Ballot is Out: Maddux, Glavine, Thomas, Mussina, Kent, and So Many More

It’s a densely packed ballot, and picking the right guys could be tricky.

by November 26, 2013 MLB News and Rumors
The Complexities of the Jeff Samardzija Situation, and Impact of the Outcome

The Complexities of the Jeff Samardzija Situation, and Impact of the Outcome

Sahadev Sharma writes about extending or trading Samardzija, and whether a trade necessarily signals a longer rebuild.


BP’s Jason Parks on Bryant, Soler, Almora, Castro, Samardzija, and More

BP’s Jason Parks on Bryant, Soler, Almora, Castro, Samardzija, and More

Not just praise, but insight. Interesting thoughts all around.

by November 26, 2013 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
The Cubs’ New Arizona Ballpark Will Be Called … Cubs Park

The Cubs’ New Arizona Ballpark Will Be Called … Cubs Park

The Cubs’ park is Cubs Park. Fitting, I guess, but also fairly sterile. I suspect a sponsor will come at some point.

by November 26, 2013 Chicago Cubs News
Prospects Progress: Shawon Dunston Jr.

Prospects Progress: Shawon Dunston Jr.

It’s not often you see a prospect with a .358 slugging also put up a .358 wOBA. It takes a whole lot of walking.

by November 26, 2013 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
Wrigley Field is Number One and Other Bullets

Wrigley Field is Number One and Other Bullets

The top ballpark in baseball? Is that even a serious question?

by November 26, 2013 Chicago Cubs News
Lukewarm Stove: Haren, Cano, Tanaka, Navarro, Jones, McPherson, Abad

Lukewarm Stove: Haren, Cano, Tanaka, Navarro, Jones, McPherson, Abad

The Dodgers grab another starting pitcher, but it might not have a huge impact on the landscape.


A Little More on the Cubs’ New Coaching Staff

A Little More on the Cubs’ New Coaching Staff

Some more background on the guys you might not know as well.

by November 25, 2013 Chicago Cubs News
Jeff Samardzija Rumors: Steep Price, Rapid Resolution, Orioles Involvement, More

Jeff Samardzija Rumors: Steep Price, Rapid Resolution, Orioles Involvement, More

If the Cubs are going to part with Samardzija now, it’ll be expensive. As it should be.

by November 25, 2013 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Chicago Cubs Sign Minor League Pitchers Carlos Pimentel and Paolo Espino

Chicago Cubs Sign Minor League Pitchers Carlos Pimentel and Paolo Espino

Each is about as good as a minor league free agent pitcher signing gets. Which is to say, not super sexy, but interesting.