Once again, I’ll catch folks up a little past the weekend, given the holiday that may have had you on the road, on a bender, or just away from the web.
And for those who really were checked out, I want to make sure and highlight the look back at the best Cubs moments in 2015 – if you missed that one, you’ll especially want to un-miss it.
Wednesday, December 30
- The Dodgers finally got a pitcher, signing Scott Kazmir to a unique “three-year” deal.
- Luis took a look at Jon Lester’s contract and future projections in the wake of many much larger deals this offseason. It’s a steal.
- A report suggests the Cubs might go after Andrew Miller, which merits quite a bit of discussion.
- There’s going to be a single-team MLB.tv option this season.
- Kris Bryant is now engaged, dashing the hopes of many Cubs fans.
Thursday, December 31
- It’s pretty incredible to think about how much the Cubs have upgraded in free agency without taking on the usual long-term risk.
- A look at Carl Edwards, Jr.’s year at three levels and the year to come.
- I’ll be getting into it in much more detail this week, but if you haven’t seen it yet, the ZiPS projections for the Cubs in 2016 have dropped.
- Winding down 2015 with many of baseball’s – and Cubs’ – oddities from the year.
Friday, January 1
- It’s officially 2016, which means new baseball THIS year.
- The Dodgers reportedly will be the team to land Japanese ace Kenta Maeda.
Saturday, January 2
- Should Jake Arrieta or Joe Maddon be considered the person of the year in baseball for 2015? Pretty good argument for it.
- Notable updates and discussion on two of the big Cuban players out there, Lazaro Armenteros and Yaisel Sierra.
Sunday, January 3
- Is Jason Heyward the most interesting man in baseball?
- The Kenta Maeda deal is reportedly worth just $24 to $25 million guaranteed, which is both surprising and suggestive.
- The Cubs are still looking at pitchers, according to various reports and speculation, and I tend to think going after a low-risk reclamation/depth arm makes a whole lot of sense.