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Archive for February, 2014

Developing Prospects in the Minors and the Majors and Other Bullets

Developing Prospects in the Minors and the Majors and Other Bullets

Anthony Rizzo has some thoughts on developing the next wave of youngsters for the Cubs.

Well at Least Justin Masterson and the Indians Aren’t Close to an Extension Just Yet

Well at Least Justin Masterson and the Indians Aren’t Close to an Extension Just Yet

Hope remains that at least a few of the big name would-be free agent starters will actually make it to the market.

by February 18, 2014 MLB News and Rumors
Cubs Players Shooting Hoops, or, Is There Anything Javier Baez Can’t Do?

Cubs Players Shooting Hoops, or, Is There Anything Javier Baez Can’t Do?

Don’t play him in HORSE. You will lose. Well, unless you’re Ryan Sweeney.

Checking in on TV Deals Around Baseball: Dodgers, Padres, Astros

Checking in on TV Deals Around Baseball: Dodgers, Padres, Astros

Of note to the Cubs: even after inking a big money deal, the potential problems don’t go away.

by February 18, 2014 Chicago Cubs News, MLB News and Rumors
Among the Craziest – and Baseball Bat-iest – Baseball Fights You’ll Ever See

Among the Craziest – and Baseball Bat-iest – Baseball Fights You’ll Ever See

Featuring a dude swinging a bat at the pitcher’s head … and it wasn’t even the batter.

by February 18, 2014 MLB News and Rumors
Jason Hammel Doesn’t Want to Be Flipped – How Can We Make That Happen?

Jason Hammel Doesn’t Want to Be Flipped – How Can We Make That Happen?

Pondering the scenarios in which Hammel is not traded by the Cubs midseason.

Positional Players Report Today, and We’re Off and Running

Positional Players Report Today, and We’re Off and Running

The first full squad workout is tomorrow. Baseball!

by February 18, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
Javier Baez Arrives in Arizona to Destroy Spring Training and Other Bullets

Javier Baez Arrives in Arizona to Destroy Spring Training and Other Bullets

Take heed, ye pitchers of the Cactus League. Javier the Destroyer is upon you.

Orioles Reportedly Agree to Terms with Ubaldo Jimenez – Jeff Samardzija Impact?

Orioles Reportedly Agree to Terms with Ubaldo Jimenez – Jeff Samardzija Impact?

The Orioles were believed to be among the leading, and most logical, suitors for Samardzija.

by February 17, 2014 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
Around the League: Cardinals Insurance, Garza Vacation, Yankees Questions, Raccoon

Around the League: Cardinals Insurance, Garza Vacation, Yankees Questions, Raccoon

Why didn’t Matt Garza accept an offer from the Angels? And how do the Cardinals replace injured players so easily?

by February 17, 2014 MLB News and Rumors
Let’s Talk About Extensions: Homer Bailey, Jeff Samardzija, FA Starters, Atlanta Braves

Let’s Talk About Extensions: Homer Bailey, Jeff Samardzija, FA Starters, Atlanta Braves

The Reds are on the verge of extending Homer Bailey, and it bums me out. Also: is a no-trade clause the Samardzija hang-up?

by February 17, 2014 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
Details on Emilio Bonifacio’s Contract and Chances to Make the Team

Details on Emilio Bonifacio’s Contract and Chances to Make the Team

Bonifacio gets $2.5 million plus incentives if he makes the big league team, which seems likely at this point.

by February 17, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
The Past and Future for Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson Continue to Be Linked

The Past and Future for Josh Vitters and Brett Jackson Continue to Be Linked

Pre-Epstein first round picks, legacy top prospects, called up on the same day, and now trying to recover from lost 2013 seasons.

WGN Radio Opening Up an FM Shop, Too, and Other Bullets

WGN Radio Opening Up an FM Shop, Too, and Other Bullets

Any impact on the future broadcast of Cubs games on the radio? Also: lots of Spring Training stuff.

Ryan Dempster Announces He Won’t Play in 2014, May Retire

Ryan Dempster Announces He Won’t Play in 2014, May Retire

It sounds like family and health reasons are causing Dempster to take a step back.

by February 16, 2014 MLB News and Rumors
The Arodys Vizcaino Hype Monster is Building and Other Bullets

The Arodys Vizcaino Hype Monster is Building and Other Bullets

Vizcaino threw a bullpen yesterday before an impressive crowd, and, in turn, impressed.

Chicago Cubs Sign Emilio Bonifacio to Minor League Deal

Chicago Cubs Sign Emilio Bonifacio to Minor League Deal

Bonifacio would provide excellent depth and versatility. He could also compete for a starting gig.

Jeff Samardzija Speaks: Extension Talks, Valuing Performance, and What’s Next

Jeff Samardzija Speaks: Extension Talks, Valuing Performance, and What’s Next

How does Samardzija feel about the gap in the extension talks? What does winning do to the equation?

by February 15, 2014 Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Rumors
Another Kind of “Protection” and Other Bullets

Another Kind of “Protection” and Other Bullets

Forget lineup protection. Having quality vets serves another purpose for the young hitters in the lineup.

What’s An Appropriate Plan for Arodys Vizcaino This Year?

What’s An Appropriate Plan for Arodys Vizcaino This Year?

The 23-year-old righty has electric stuff and is finally healthy. So, should he break camp with the big club?

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