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Closing Down 2014 is Really Just a Wind-Up for 2015

Closing Down 2014 is Really Just a Wind-Up for 2015

It was a great year at BN, and became a great year for the Cubs, too. Let’s shut down 2014 by dreaming on 2015.

by December 31, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Meta
Chris Denorfia Could Be an Outfield Option for the Cubs (UPDATES: Reportedly Signing)

Chris Denorfia Could Be an Outfield Option for the Cubs (UPDATES: Reportedly Signing)

His name has come up a couple times before, and John Baker just sent out a pointed message on Twitter, which was confirmed by Ken Rosenthal.

by December 31, 2014 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Reds Reportedly Acquiring Marlon Byrd for Some Reason

Reds Reportedly Acquiring Marlon Byrd for Some Reason

I see the merit in some team picking up Byrd, but the Reds? Giving up a quality pitching prospect to get him?

by December 31, 2014 MLB News and Rumors
Lukewarm Stove: Smith, Rasmus, Orioles, Zobrist, Outfield

Lukewarm Stove: Smith, Rasmus, Orioles, Zobrist, Outfield

A final Lukewarm Stove to close out the year, mostly looking at the outfield.

by December 31, 2014 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
The Pros and Cons of a Crazy Draft Strategy for the Cubs in 2015

The Pros and Cons of a Crazy Draft Strategy for the Cubs in 2015

You’d never advocate blowing the budget in the draft, right? And losing two first rounders for doing it? Probably not, but there’s an interesting angle to discuss.

Enjoying the Strange of Baseball and Other Bullets

Enjoying the Strange of Baseball and Other Bullets

Some of the strange moments from 2014, and a couple highlights, too.

by December 31, 2014 Chicago Cubs News, MLB News and Rumors
You Could Argue Cubs Adding Joe Maddon Has Been Baseball’s Top Offseason Move

You Could Argue Cubs Adding Joe Maddon Has Been Baseball’s Top Offseason Move

I’m not sure I would make that argument, myself, but there’s probably something there. In any case, it’s still pretty awesome.

by December 30, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Mariners and Padres Reportedly Nearing a Trade for Seth Smith

Mariners and Padres Reportedly Nearing a Trade for Seth Smith

Smith’s lefty bat would fit very nicely into the Mariners’ outfield. Well, he’d fit into many outfields …

by December 30, 2014 MLB News and Rumors
Cubs Still Show Up as Possible Landing Spot for Max Scherzer, Remains Very Unlikely

Cubs Still Show Up as Possible Landing Spot for Max Scherzer, Remains Very Unlikely

The Scherzer market is likely to heat up soon. You may even see the Cubs mentioned, as they already have been. But I don’t see it.

by December 30, 2014 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
Rays Reportedly Agree to Sign Infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, Which Leads to Questions

Rays Reportedly Agree to Sign Infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, Which Leads to Questions

Does this mean a Ben Zobrist trade is on the way? Or a Yunel Escobar deal? Are the Rays rebuilding or retooling?

by December 30, 2014 MLB News and Rumors
Not That You Didn’t Know, But the Cardinals Are Projected to Be Pretty Darn Good

Not That You Didn’t Know, But the Cardinals Are Projected to Be Pretty Darn Good

Know thy enemy.

by December 30, 2014 MLB News and Rumors
Another Report Indicates the Cubs Are Interested in Stephen Drew, But There’s a But

Another Report Indicates the Cubs Are Interested in Stephen Drew, But There’s a But

As expected, Drew is looking for a healthy salary in 2015, and it’s hard to see a fit with the Cubs.

by December 30, 2014 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Don’t Forget About Christian Villanueva Redux and Other Bullets

Don’t Forget About Christian Villanueva Redux and Other Bullets

Villanueva fell off the prospect radar a bit last year, but he’s still a guy to be following.

Lukewarm Stove: Gomes, Outfield Options, Drew, Hamels, Price, Padres Trade, More

Lukewarm Stove: Gomes, Outfield Options, Drew, Hamels, Price, Padres Trade, More

Unsexy and unlikely names, and the outfield trade activity that could be on the way.

by December 29, 2014 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
Starlin Castro May Move to the United States, Per His Agent

Starlin Castro May Move to the United States, Per His Agent

It may be the best next step for Castro, all things considered.

by December 29, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
From the Department of Weird Rumors: The Cubs and Stephen Drew

From the Department of Weird Rumors: The Cubs and Stephen Drew

A strange fit to say the least, which makes you very suspicious about why this is out there suddenly.

by December 29, 2014 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Does Jon Lester Have a Little Matt Garza in Him?

Does Jon Lester Have a Little Matt Garza in Him?

Let’s talk about pitching defense, and making the throw to first base.

by December 29, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Ben Zobrist Connected to Cubs, Among Other Teams – But Couldn’t Every Team Use Him?

Ben Zobrist Connected to Cubs, Among Other Teams – But Couldn’t Every Team Use Him?

It’s fun to discuss Zobrist because of his unique value. But if he’s traded, it seems like there will be stronger suitors than the Cubs.

by December 29, 2014 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
How Tommy La Stella Could Become Very Important and Other Bullets

How Tommy La Stella Could Become Very Important and Other Bullets

You just never know what’s going to happen in the Cubs’ infield, and second base could conceivably open up.

Catching Up on a Difficult Weekend: Starlin Castro, Offensive Uncertainty, Pitching Questions

Catching Up on a Difficult Weekend: Starlin Castro, Offensive Uncertainty, Pitching Questions

Starlin Castro was all over the headlines, fair or not. But there was quite a bit of other stuff to discuss.

by December 29, 2014 Chicago Cubs News

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