Super Bowl weekend is over, and with it the NFL season. That means it can all just be about baseball now …
Friday, February 5
- Among Friday morning’s Bullets, a look at the impending free agent bonanza in 2018, and how the Yankees may already be positioning themselves to spend big.
- Other players around the league have a whole lot of respect for Cubs catcher David Ross.
- The Wrigley Field renovation continues, with some changes coming to the marquee.
- Phish are playing at Wrigley Field for a couple shows in June.
- If you were going to spend a lot in free agency one of these years, the Cubs picked a good one to do it.
- A host of notes on Cubs prospects, including the required patience in development of the top guys, even if you’re not otherwise used to that.
- Late Friday night, word broke that the Cubs and Jake Arrieta had successfully agreed to avoid arbitration. Separately, I discussed the possibility of a long-term extension.
Saturday, February 6
- The morning Bullets got into exit velocity and how much of it the Cubs have (spoiler: lots), among many other things.
- Joe Maddon doesn’t really care for the DH in the NL, and that might actually be a good thing for the Cubs anyway.
- Michael looked into Clayton Richard’s versatility and prime role.
- Thanks to an editorial failure (my bad), Michael’s Ask Away segment ran on Saturday rather than Friday. It’s quite good.
- For the late night Saturday crew, I took a look at a video many folks forgot from the 2015 season: that time an umpire charged at Jon Lester.
Sunday, February 7
- There was some kind of big football game on Sunday, so the content was a bit lighter than usual. Among many other things, the morning Bullets looked at the disconnect between a minor leaguer who hits for a huge average and then tapers off up the ladder despite a great K:BB ratio.
- MLB is examining the strike zone and may consider raising the bottom … Michael looked into potential consequences for Cubs pitchers.
- Luis wrote about the Cubs’ last decade in free agency, and how players have fared before and after signing with the Cubs. Deeply interesting stuff.