Analysis and Commentary

Ask Away: Outfield Moves, Option Rules, Sabermetric Gaps, Brett as a Boss, and More

Ask Away: Outfield Moves, Option Rules, Sabermetric Gaps, Brett as a Boss, and More

In this week’s Ask Away, we check in on the remaining roster moves, gaps in sabermetrics, Brett as a Michael’s boss, and much more.

Clayton Richard’s Versatility Should Provide the Cubs Value and Options in 2016

Clayton Richard’s Versatility Should Provide the Cubs Value and Options in 2016

Richard was used a variety of ways in 2015, and that could happen again in 2016. Or, when you dig in, maybe he’ll mostly just be a match-up reliever.

by February 6, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Joe Maddon is Just Fine Without the DH – And Is That a Separate Edge for the Cubs?

Joe Maddon is Just Fine Without the DH – And Is That a Separate Edge for the Cubs?

No DH in the National League? No problem for Joe Maddon, who is among the best at what he does.

Exit Velocity Matters, and Cubs Are Going to Crush It and Other Bullets

Exit Velocity Matters, and Cubs Are Going to Crush It and Other Bullets

The Cubs have some of the hardest hitters in baseball, which does matter.

The Cubs Picked A Really Good Year To Be Hyper-Active In Free Agency

The Cubs Picked A Really Good Year To Be Hyper-Active In Free Agency

It appears as if the Cubs and other big spenders picked a good year to invest in the free agent market.

by February 5, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
David Ross Gets a Ton of Love from Other Players About His Future

David Ross Gets a Ton of Love from Other Players About His Future

You probably already felt like Ross was a future coach or manager – and you’re not alone.

by February 5, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
The Value of a Manager Like Joe Maddon and Other Bullets

The Value of a Manager Like Joe Maddon and Other Bullets

So much value is provided to the Cubs that we simply can’t quantify. Also: arbitration reminder, fun with billboards, fun with beards, more.

The John Lackey Signing Was One of the Offseason’s Best Moves

The John Lackey Signing Was One of the Offseason’s Best Moves

The Cubs’ low-cost John Lackey signing might have been one of the best moves of the offseason.

by February 3, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Chris Coghlan Shouldn’t Be the Forgotten Man – What’s His Role Next Year?

Chris Coghlan Shouldn’t Be the Forgotten Man – What’s His Role Next Year?

Everyone just assumes the Cubs have a starting outfield trio of Schwarber-Heyward-Soler, but where does that leave Coghlan?

by February 3, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
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.

Early Payroll Estimates Have Cubs Making Biggest Leap in Baseball from Last Year

Early Payroll Estimates Have Cubs Making Biggest Leap in Baseball from Last Year

And their payroll was already climbing substantially as of last year.

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.