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Starlin Castro Reportedly Came in for Questioning Regarding D.R. Shooting (UPDATES)

Starlin Castro Reportedly Came in for Questioning Regarding D.R. Shooting (UPDATES)

The reports indicate the shooting took place last night, and persons close to Castro may be involved.

by December 27, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
Envisioning Edwin Jackson in the Bullpen – Or Anywhere

Envisioning Edwin Jackson in the Bullpen – Or Anywhere

Could Jackson’s stuff play up in a one-inning role? Even if so, will there be a spot for him on the Cubs in 2015?

by December 27, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Remembering Brandon Webb and Thinking About Kyle Hendricks and Other Bullets

Remembering Brandon Webb and Thinking About Kyle Hendricks and Other Bullets

Not that you should hope on Hendricks to be the next Webb, but the latter’s story makes for an interesting reminder.

Thinking About the Projected 2015 Chicago Cubs Offense

Thinking About the Projected 2015 Chicago Cubs Offense

It’s hard not to really want another bat right now.

by December 26, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs Rumors
Prospecting Love for Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, and Jorge Soler

Prospecting Love for Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, and Jorge Soler

And dreaming on the fun of fighting about how to accommodate all of the Cubs’ talent.

by December 26, 2014 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
The Chicago Cubs’ World Series Odds Continue to Be a Little Silly

The Chicago Cubs’ World Series Odds Continue to Be a Little Silly

Anything better than 20-1 seems nuts to me, and the odds right now are way higher than that.

by December 26, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Checking Out New Cubs Pitcher Mike Kickham (with Video)

Checking Out New Cubs Pitcher Mike Kickham (with Video)

A power lefty who hasn’t quite broken through at the big league level. Might the Cubs see what he can do in relief?

The Relationship Between Pitching Styles and Defense and Other Bullets

The Relationship Between Pitching Styles and Defense and Other Bullets

Understanding the importance of defense is one thing, but understanding how the defense will perform relative to the kinds of pitchers it plays behind is another.

by December 26, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News
Meta: Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas, Hearty Thanks

Meta: Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas, Hearty Thanks

I hope you enjoy a wonderful holiday with folks you love. Thanks for another great year at BN.

by December 24, 2014 Meta
Lukewarm Stove: Padres Outfielders, Shields, Starting Pitcher Extensions, More

Lukewarm Stove: Padres Outfielders, Shields, Starting Pitcher Extensions, More

Some rumor-y bits to float you through the very lukewarm holiday period.

by December 24, 2014 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
Kris Bryant and Emphasizing the Distinction Between Extra Control and Super Two

Kris Bryant and Emphasizing the Distinction Between Extra Control and Super Two

This figures to be one of the least fun topics over the next few months. I’ll do my best to keep our collective heads on straight.

Waving Goodbye to Waiver Claims and Other Bullets

Waving Goodbye to Waiver Claims and Other Bullets

Gone as quickly as they arrived. Also: the cat is waving. Can you tell?

The David Ross Signing is Officially Official

The David Ross Signing is Officially Official

With space on the 40-man roster, the Cubs could now make things official.

by December 23, 2014 Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Transactions
Cubs Claim Lefty Mike Kickham, Lose Peterson and Lavarnway

Cubs Claim Lefty Mike Kickham, Lose Peterson and Lavarnway

A flurry of waiver moves.

by December 23, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
If the Cubs Start Shopping Welington Castillo, What Kind of Deal is Likely or Desirable?

If the Cubs Start Shopping Welington Castillo, What Kind of Deal is Likely or Desirable?

How much value does Castillo offer in trade, and how do the Cubs best utilize that value to improve the 2015 team?

by December 23, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs Rumors
Could Cubs Be Getting a Substantial Rate Increase in the ABC TV Rights Deal?

Could Cubs Be Getting a Substantial Rate Increase in the ABC TV Rights Deal?

One pundit suggests the value of the games is $750,000 per, which would triple what the Cubs were getting previously.

by December 23, 2014 Chicago Cubs News

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