Even Joe Maddon concedes you can probably put together the likely 25-man roster right now.
Category: Analysis and Commentary
It doesn’t work quite as well as “A Man, A Plan, A Canal, Panama”, but it does sum up where we’re going with this post.
If the front office is viewing this year as something of a “reset,” then … well, you see where this is going.
This year’s Cubs roster looks really, really, really good. Like, 2016 good.
Versatile, powerful, nasty, and deceptive. That’s new Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish.
The last time they had at least three was nearly 15 years ago. Is this the year for more Cubs power?
That’s kind of a weird quirk that’s sure to frustrate quick-trigger fans.
It’s fun to see these lists with tons of Cubs, but what’s up with the constant lack of love for Jose Quintana?
This offseason may be only the beginning of creative contracts for top free agents. I can see an approach that makes sense for guys like Bryce Harper.
The Cubs landed one of the best hitting coaches in the business, and he’s got two really important projects on his plate.
Zobrist is fired up for 2018, but also knows it might be time to start passing the torch.
Yu Darvish, among his many awesome pitches, also has an awesome changeup. But he doesn’t throw it very often.
“The hunger is back for this team.”
If Heyward’s bat doesn’t do a 180 this year, at what point do you start having playing time conversations?
And despite some very strong staffs over the years, I think he might be right.
Even after adding Yu Darvish on a significant contract, the Cubs do still have some wiggle room.
I’m not saying they are the same pitcher or that Darvish is gonna explode, but there’s a certain similarity there.
So many things all came together in that one series that I simply don’t think the two bomb-out starts tell us much of anything.
Can Mike Montgomery really be expected to give the Cubs another 130+ innings bouncing back and forth between the bullpen and rotation?
Yu Darvish can throw lots of pitches, some of them really hard. What was working for him last year, and what wasn’t?
The Cubs are definitely up there now, after having added Yu Darvish.
Yu Darvish may have just made the Cubs the team to beat in the National League.
Raise that foundation with a little better defense and baserunning? And the total value of Schwarber skyrockets.
Darvish’s deal has escalators, no-trade rights, and an early opt-out, but it still looks like a fantastic one for the Cubs.
There will be a time for farewells eventually, but let’s talk about some functional stuff with respect to Arrieta and the Cubs.