Articles by: Brett Taylor

Phillies Trade Lefty Jesse Biddle to Pirates for Former Cubs Pitcher Yoervis Medina (UPDATE)

Phillies Trade Lefty Jesse Biddle to Pirates for Former Cubs Pitcher Yoervis Medina (UPDATE)

The Pirates have success reclaiming pitchers, and Biddle is incredibly talented.

by February 3, 2016 MLB News and Rumors
Visa Delay Holding Up New Cardinals Reliever Seung-Hwan Oh

Visa Delay Holding Up New Cardinals Reliever Seung-Hwan Oh

Oh was to be one of the Cardinals’ big moves in the bullpen this year.

by February 3, 2016 MLB News and Rumors
Using Relievers Well, Fixing the Draft, Losing Ryan, and Other Bullets

Using Relievers Well, Fixing the Draft, Losing Ryan, and Other Bullets

No more traditional save usage. No more huge bonus pool discrepancies. No more Brendan Ryan free agency. Things!

If Executives Could Have a Deal Do-Over: Jed Hoyer and Corey Kluber

If Executives Could Have a Deal Do-Over: Jed Hoyer and Corey Kluber

Hoyer once green-lit a trade that sent out a future ace – but he’s far from alone in thinking about a do-over.

Greg Maddux Joins the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Front Office

Greg Maddux Joins the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Front Office

Are you a bright baseball mind looking for a job? Then the Dodgers will hire you. No doubt about it.

by February 2, 2016 MLB News and Rumors
Braves Reportedly Hot on Cuban Prospect Lazarito, Who Could Command $15 to $20 Million

Braves Reportedly Hot on Cuban Prospect Lazarito, Who Could Command $15 to $20 Million

That would bring the Braves into the max penalty range, which could turn the international market around quite a bit.

Has Tanking Become a Problem in Baseball? If So, It’s a Complicated One

Has Tanking Become a Problem in Baseball? If So, It’s a Complicated One

Given the rebuilding approaches of many teams, it’s not so simple as saying that “tanking” is bad and should be stopped.

The Damaging Qualifying Offer and Dexter Fowler and Other Bullets

The Damaging Qualifying Offer and Dexter Fowler and Other Bullets

Fixing the problem for players like Fowler could come soon. Also: Russell’s rates poorly in one defensive metric, Cubs marriages, skiing at Wrigley, more.

Latest on Dexter Fowler’s Market: White Sox and Rangers, Maybe – Cubs, Maybe Not

Latest on Dexter Fowler’s Market: White Sox and Rangers, Maybe – Cubs, Maybe Not

It’s February, and Dexter Fowler is still unsigned. I did not see that one coming.

Building a Great Roster is Step One, But Being Flexible In-Season is a Critical Step Two

Building a Great Roster is Step One, But Being Flexible In-Season is a Critical Step Two

To that end, the Cubs have set themselves up very well for success this year in more ways than one.

The Cardinals’ Outfield Could Be Good or Terrible and Other Bullets

The Cardinals’ Outfield Could Be Good or Terrible and Other Bullets

Questions all over that St. Louis outfield. Also: Jake Arrieta’s health, David Ross’s awesomeness, and much more.

by February 1, 2016 Chicago Cubs News, MLB News and Rumors
Weekend Catch-Up: Lineup Questions, Prospects, Non-Roster Invites, Trade and Signing, More

Weekend Catch-Up: Lineup Questions, Prospects, Non-Roster Invites, Trade and Signing, More

Some notable transactions around the league, plenty of analysis, and tons of prospect items for you.

Are You Taking the Cubs’ Rotation or the Mets’ Rotation? And Other Bullets

Are You Taking the Cubs’ Rotation or the Mets’ Rotation? And Other Bullets

One writer takes the Cubs, and Mets fans don’t much care for it. That, plus a bit on platoons, the history of the DH, and more.

by January 31, 2016 Chicago Cubs News