Archive for February, 2014


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.

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
Lukewarm Stove: Rangers, Dempster, Diaz, Simmons, More

Lukewarm Stove: Rangers, Dempster, Diaz, Simmons, More

The Rangers may soon need another pitcher, and the Braves will probably never have another free agent.

Chicago Cubs’ Deal with Budweiser Will Reportedly Pay $140 Million

Chicago Cubs’ Deal with Budweiser Will Reportedly Pay $140 Million

Two reports have that over 10 years, and two others have it over 14 years. Either way, it’s a healthy chunk of change.

by February 20, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
Theo Epstein and Rick Renteria Also Say the Cubs Can Make the Playoffs

Theo Epstein and Rick Renteria Also Say the Cubs Can Make the Playoffs

Optimism is the order of the day in the Spring. It’s just the way things are.

by February 20, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
Cubs Release 2014 TV Broadcast Schedule

Cubs Release 2014 TV Broadcast Schedule

There are 71 games on WGN, including the opener against the Pirates.

by February 20, 2014 Chicago Cubs News

No, Emilio Bonifacio Didn’t Have Other Major League Offers and Other Bullets

No, Emilio Bonifacio Didn’t Have Other Major League Offers and Other Bullets

He simply believed he had the best shot at making the Cubs’ roster over other interested teams. Probably fair.

by February 20, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
Seven Cubs Make Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects, Including Two of the Top Eight

Seven Cubs Make Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects, Including Two of the Top Eight

It’s actually two of the top seven if you don’t count Masahiro Tanaka as a prospect.

by February 20, 2014 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
Cuban Infielder Aledmys Diaz Could Sign Soon, Will Reportedly Receive Offer from Cardinals

Cuban Infielder Aledmys Diaz Could Sign Soon, Will Reportedly Receive Offer from Cardinals

The Cubs were connected to Diaz last year, but we haven’t heard much lately. He could get $20 to $30 million.

Tom Ricketts Speaks: Rooftops, Outfield Signage, Spending, Playoffs

Tom Ricketts Speaks: Rooftops, Outfield Signage, Spending, Playoffs

Is a rooftop deal close? Is the right field sign going up? Is there spending on the way? Playoffs? PLAYOFFS?!? (Relax, Jim.)

by February 19, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
Starlin Castro is in Great Shape, Did Some Hitting, is Ready to Go, and All That Good Stuff

Starlin Castro is in Great Shape, Did Some Hitting, is Ready to Go, and All That Good Stuff

Does any single player mean more to the 2014 – and beyond – Cubs than Castro?

by February 19, 2014 Chicago Cubs News

Reds Set to Extend Homer Bailey – Six Years, $105 Million

Reds Set to Extend Homer Bailey – Six Years, $105 Million

What do the numbers look like if Jeff Samardzija were to get a similar deal?

They Have THE POWER – Two Cubs Prospects Among Those with the Best Power Tool

They Have THE POWER – Two Cubs Prospects Among Those with the Best Power Tool

You know one of ’em is Javier Baez, but who’s the other one? And who has the top power tool overall? Spoiler: it’s Baez.

by February 19, 2014 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
Building the Cubs: Parallel Fronts and Adjusting “The Plan”

Building the Cubs: Parallel Fronts and Adjusting “The Plan”

Were the Cubs ever really going to try and build on parallel fronts? If so, why haven’t they? What do we make of more losing?

by February 19, 2014 Analysis and Commentary