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Archive for February, 2014

MLB Officially Adopts No Collisions Rule for Home Plate

MLB Officially Adopts No Collisions Rule for Home Plate

Don’t jack the catcher unless you have to, and don’t block the plate without the ball. That’s the gist.

by February 24, 2014 MLB News and Rumors
The Desire for Hearty Spending and the Reality of Crummy Contracts

The Desire for Hearty Spending and the Reality of Crummy Contracts

The worst transactions of the offseason? Many were the ones for which Cubs fans were pining.

by February 24, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs Rumors
Will Junior Lake Get a Shot in Center Field?

Will Junior Lake Get a Shot in Center Field?

It sounds like he’s at least getting a little work out there now.

by February 24, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
Three Compensation Free Agents Remain Unsigned, Dramatic Steps to Follow?

Three Compensation Free Agents Remain Unsigned, Dramatic Steps to Follow?

Might they sit out until June? Might the system change soon? How would the Cubs’ plans be impacted?

by February 24, 2014 MLB News and Rumors
Just For the Lulz: Scott Boras on Blue Jays Ownership

Just For the Lulz: Scott Boras on Blue Jays Ownership

The Blue Jays didn’t spend much this offseason … think Boras approves?

by February 24, 2014 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
The First Not So Net Neutral Deal and Other Bullets

The First Not So Net Neutral Deal and Other Bullets

That’s your meta piece of the Bullets. The Cubs stuff includes more good Olt news and a Lake foul ball accident.

The Year of the Extension Continues: Yankees and Brett Gardner Re-Up

The Year of the Extension Continues: Yankees and Brett Gardner Re-Up

I’m not sure Gardner would have been a likely Cubs target anyway.

by February 23, 2014 MLB News and Rumors
More Positive Reports for Arodys Vizcaino and Other Bullets

More Positive Reports for Arodys Vizcaino and Other Bullets

Fellow hard-throwing righty Armando Rivero getting some love, too. Olt still seeing well, Arrieta coming along.

A Few Minor Injury Notes: Arrieta, Schierholtz, McDonald

A Few Minor Injury Notes: Arrieta, Schierholtz, McDonald

Arrieta didn’t make it off of a mound this week, Schierholtz sent him, McDonald throws.

by February 22, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
Nelson Cruz Gets paid (lower-case) and Other Bullets

Nelson Cruz Gets paid (lower-case) and Other Bullets

Nelson Cruz gets a little deal from the Orioles. Also many Cubs outfield bits.

Did Javier Baez Actually Break Two Windows?

Did Javier Baez Actually Break Two Windows?

Or maybe five? Ten? A hundred!? BREAK ALL THE WINDOWS.

by February 22, 2014 Cubs Humor, Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
BREAKING: Windows of Cars Near Javier Baez Batting Practice

BREAKING: Windows of Cars Near Javier Baez Batting Practice

Protip: Don’t park your car within three miles of Cubs Park in Arizona. It’s not safe.

by February 21, 2014 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
Prospect Notes: Jimenez, Torres, Almora, Encarnacion, Vogelbach, More

Prospect Notes: Jimenez, Torres, Almora, Encarnacion, Vogelbach, More

Are Eloy Jimenez and Gleyber Torres going to start the year in the AZL? Update on Kevin Encarnacion, props for Albert Almora.

by February 21, 2014 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
Theo Epstein on the Importance of Established Talent to Surround Youngsters

Theo Epstein on the Importance of Established Talent to Surround Youngsters

Setting aside all other reasons to acquire veteran, impact talent, it’s important for the development of prospects.

by February 21, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs Rumors
The Importance of Mike Olt’s Spring, and a Tentatively Good Start

The Importance of Mike Olt’s Spring, and a Tentatively Good Start

The slim chance that the Cubs can reclaim 2012 Mike Olt starts this week. The extremely early returns are good.

Should Emilio Bonifacio Be the Starting Second Baseman? And Other Bullets

Should Emilio Bonifacio Be the Starting Second Baseman? And Other Bullets

Bonifacio gets all of the Bullets these days. Let’s check out his projections for 2014.

by February 21, 2014 Chicago Cubs News

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