Not only did the deal provide obvious value in its first two years, it’s looking really good going forward.
Analysis and Commentary
John Lackey knows what’s up in Spring Training. Also, when are bat flips acceptable?
Lester will be working without David Ross for the first time in a long time, but doesn’t anticipate any issues.
Working out deals for pre-arbitration players is a bit of a different animal, but in recent years, the Cubs have done it right.
They came in a Spring Training tie, but they’re still Cubs dingers! Let’s talk about three players’ level of power.
If that power comes along a little bit this year? Big things could happen quickly for Almora.
Statcast data is going to provide even more insight this season, and I’m pretty excited.
Will the Cubs be among Harper’s pursuers? Also: a Cubs pitching prospect goes under the knife, but David Price won’t have to.
He might be able to get that in free agency, but it won’t be coming on an extension.
What happened to Jason Heyward, it turns out, is extremely rare. And the work to fix it has clearly been put in.
If Russell’s second half trend continues into 2017, he could be a huge power threat in the middle of the Cubs’ lineup.
At last, the “core” of the bullpen will make their Spring Training debuts.
Let’s be quite clear that Eddie Butler was not great last year. However, his results were even worse than they “should” have been.
Can you imagine the Spring Training conversations we’d be having right now about the outfield if Soler were still a Cub?