Analysis and Commentary


The Commissioner Heads to the Hall of Fame, the Value of Extensions, and Other Bullets

The Commissioner Heads to the Hall of Fame, the Value of Extensions, and Other Bullets

Bud Selig gets enshrinement. Also: all the more reason to lock up the Cubs’ youngsters.

The 2016 Cubs Were Like Almost No Other Team, And It Bodes Well for the Future

The 2016 Cubs Were Like Almost No Other Team, And It Bodes Well for the Future

There are reasons you can start thinking about that dynasty word.


One System Projects Cubs May Have Some of the Best Rule 5 Eligible Prospects

One System Projects Cubs May Have Some of the Best Rule 5 Eligible Prospects

If the projections are accurate, the Cubs might lose a player or two next week.

Looking at Less-Discussed Cubs In-House Relief Options: Pena, Zastryzny, Johnson

Looking at Less-Discussed Cubs In-House Relief Options: Pena, Zastryzny, Johnson

The Cubs have some intriguing, but inexperienced internal options to fill relief roles in 2017.

by December 3, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Losing a Bet, Losing a Negotiation, Keeping an Exec, and Other Bullets

Losing a Bet, Losing a Negotiation, Keeping an Exec, and Other Bullets

LeBron James dons the Cubs gear. More on the CBA negotiations and implications.

OK, So Here’s Everything We Know So Far About the New 2017 CBA

OK, So Here’s Everything We Know So Far About the New 2017 CBA

We simultaneously know a lot and a little. But a bunch of stuff is changing.

If Roster Sizes Increase to 26, What Are the Side Effects?

If Roster Sizes Increase to 26, What Are the Side Effects?

It sounds like a good idea from a roster management perspective, but there are some thorny sub-issues.

by November 29, 2016 Analysis and Commentary

Digging Into the Cubs 2017 ZiPS Projections – Surprise: They Are Good

Digging Into the Cubs 2017 ZiPS Projections – Surprise: They Are Good

The Cubs are shaping up for a strong 2017 already.

by November 29, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
How Do You Even Go About Valuing a Top Executive, Anyway?

How Do You Even Go About Valuing a Top Executive, Anyway?

The Cubs signed a long-term extension with President Theo Epstein shortly before the playoffs, but was he adequately compensated?

by November 28, 2016 Analysis and Commentary
Spend Big in the Bullpen? Value Provided By the 10 Highest-Paid Closers in MLB History

Spend Big in the Bullpen? Value Provided By the 10 Highest-Paid Closers in MLB History

There will be a new record contract for a closer by average annual value, but how have the highest paid relievers performed?

An Early Look at Early 2017 Cubs Projections Shows Early Good Things and Other Bullets

An Early Look at Early 2017 Cubs Projections Shows Early Good Things and Other Bullets

Interesting side notes aplenty from the ZiPS projections for the Cubs in 2017, plus the Cubs are better than the Bears.


The Cardinals Will Probably Be Good Again Next Year and Other Bullets

The Cardinals Will Probably Be Good Again Next Year and Other Bullets

Don’t toll any bells just yet on the Cardinals, and it’s not even going to take a dramatic offseason to get them back to 90+ wins.

Brian Cashman Credits the Cubs for the Chapman-Torres Trade, Which Took Guts

Brian Cashman Credits the Cubs for the Chapman-Torres Trade, Which Took Guts

Watching Gleyber Torres blow up is going to be tough, so I suppose it’s easy for Brian Cashman to say it was the right move.