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.
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.
I see the merit in some team picking up Byrd, but the Reds? Giving up a quality pitching prospect to get him?
A final Lukewarm Stove to close out the year, mostly looking at the outfield.
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.
Some of the strange moments from 2014, and a couple highlights, too.
I’m not sure I would make that argument, myself, but there’s probably something there. In any case, it’s still pretty awesome.
Smith’s lefty bat would fit very nicely into the Mariners’ outfield. Well, he’d fit into many outfields …
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.
Does this mean a Ben Zobrist trade is on the way? Or a Yunel Escobar deal? Are the Rays rebuilding or retooling?
As expected, Drew is looking for a healthy salary in 2015, and it’s hard to see a fit with the Cubs.
Villanueva fell off the prospect radar a bit last year, but he’s still a guy to be following.
Unsexy and unlikely names, and the outfield trade activity that could be on the way.
It may be the best next step for Castro, all things considered.
A strange fit to say the least, which makes you very suspicious about why this is out there suddenly.
Let’s talk about pitching defense, and making the throw to first base.
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.
You just never know what’s going to happen in the Cubs’ infield, and second base could conceivably open up.
Starlin Castro was all over the headlines, fair or not. But there was quite a bit of other stuff to discuss.
Cubs pitchers were among the best at keeping flyballs from leaving the ballpark last year. Will that continue into 2015?
Whatever Castro’s connection to the incident, it increasingly seems like an unsafe situation for him.
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?
Castro does not, however, appear to be a suspect.
Not that you should hope on Hendricks to be the next Webb, but the latter’s story makes for an interesting reminder.
It’s hard not to really want another bat right now.