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Archive for February, 2014

Will Jeff Samardzija Be a Cub on Opening Day?

Will Jeff Samardzija Be a Cub on Opening Day?

Major trades in Spring Training are rare, but this offseason has been unusual.

by February 25, 2014 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Cubs Prospects Getting Defensive Love: Javier Baez and Christian Villanueva

Cubs Prospects Getting Defensive Love: Javier Baez and Christian Villanueva

Villanueva, in particular, gets serious praise. He may be the top defensive third baseman in the minors.

by February 25, 2014 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
Projecting Opening Day Payrolls Around Baseball and Other Bullets

Projecting Opening Day Payrolls Around Baseball and Other Bullets

Right now, the Cubs just slide into the bottom third, below the median MLB level of about $100 million.

by February 25, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
In One Week, I’ll Be at Spring Training Watching Rizzo and Castro Do This

In One Week, I’ll Be at Spring Training Watching Rizzo and Castro Do This

I’ll be in Mesa for Spring Training the week of March 3.

by February 24, 2014 Chicago Cubs News, Meta
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.

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