It’s probably part of the reason the Rays were willing to move Wil Myers – low contact rates can derail a career. Which makes me nervous for the Cubs.
Analysis and Commentary
As expected, the deal features a healthy bonus up front, and is backloaded from there.
The Cubs have a wide variety of options for the left-handed side of the pen, but it’s not at all clear what route they’ll take.
Not only is the comparison a superficial fit, it’s impressive how similar the two are as pitchers.
The Cubs have learned in recent years that what looks like a strength on paper can easily become something far short of that.
It’ll be official later today, but Jon Lester is coming. More on his contract and what it means for the Cubs, plus many nice words about the future.
It really is fantastic to have this guy back in the rotation, and back in the Cubs’ family – as he puts it.
Based on the team’s trajectory and additions, the answer seems like yes. But what do the early numbers say?
Everything you need to know about today’s draft, and about the related PTBNL transactions that are likely coming.
What we know about the deal so far, as well as the offers Lester declined.
It’s just one signing, but it signals a whole lot. You already knew the Cubs were building a behemoth, and now you’re seeing the next significant step.
In the DWL this year, Junior Lake is doing something fairly extraordinary.
The Cubs are being aggressive, but always with a balance in mind. Teams want Valbuena, the Cubs’ catching situation, and other groovy stuff.
For me, it’s not about PED allegations or hurt feelings. It’s just a statistical analysis.
Each decision makes a lot of sense when you drill down on the performances and the state of the Cubs.
Tomorrow is the deadline for tendering contracts to arbitration-eligible players, and I’m surprised to be here talking about Wood.