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The Relationship Between Pitching Styles and Defense and Other Bullets

The Relationship Between Pitching Styles and Defense and Other Bullets

Understanding the importance of defense is one thing, but understanding how the defense will perform relative to the kinds of pitchers it plays behind is another.

by December 26, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News
Kris Bryant and Emphasizing the Distinction Between Extra Control and Super Two

Kris Bryant and Emphasizing the Distinction Between Extra Control and Super Two

This figures to be one of the least fun topics over the next few months. I’ll do my best to keep our collective heads on straight.

If the Cubs Start Shopping Welington Castillo, What Kind of Deal is Likely or Desirable?

If the Cubs Start Shopping Welington Castillo, What Kind of Deal is Likely or Desirable?

How much value does Castillo offer in trade, and how do the Cubs best utilize that value to improve the 2015 team?

by December 23, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs Rumors
The Looming Threat of Ugly Contact Rates and Other Bullets

The Looming Threat of Ugly Contact Rates and Other Bullets

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.

The Financial Particulars of Jon Lester’s Contract, Including Annual Salary Breakdown

The Financial Particulars of Jon Lester’s Contract, Including Annual Salary Breakdown

As expected, the deal features a healthy bonus up front, and is backloaded from there.

by December 17, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News
Wesley Wright Signs with Baltimore Orioles, Recapping Cubs Lefty Situation

Wesley Wright Signs with Baltimore Orioles, Recapping Cubs Lefty Situation

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.

If Jon Lester Becomes the Cubs’ Version of Andy Pettitte, That Would Be Swell

If Jon Lester Becomes the Cubs’ Version of Andy Pettitte, That Would Be Swell

Not only is the comparison a superficial fit, it’s impressive how similar the two are as pitchers.

by December 16, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
More on the Jason Motte Signing: Terms, 40-Man, Bullpen Depth, More

More on the Jason Motte Signing: Terms, 40-Man, Bullpen Depth, More

The Cubs have learned in recent years that what looks like a strength on paper can easily become something far short of that.

by December 16, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News
Happy Lester Day: Press Conference Info, Contract, Reactions, Love for Cubs, Etc.

Happy Lester Day: Press Conference Info, Contract, Reactions, Love for Cubs, Etc.

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.

by December 15, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News
Welcome Back Jason Hammel, Who Was Always Supposed to Return

Welcome Back Jason Hammel, Who Was Always Supposed to Return

It really is fantastic to have this guy back in the rotation, and back in the Cubs’ family – as he puts it.

by December 13, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News
Are the Chicago Cubs “Contenders” Already for 2015?

Are the Chicago Cubs “Contenders” Already for 2015?

Based on the team’s trajectory and additions, the answer seems like yes. But what do the early numbers say?

by December 12, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
The Rule 5 Draft is Today, and the Cubs Could Get and Lose a PTBNL

The Rule 5 Draft is Today, and the Cubs Could Get and Lose a PTBNL

Everything you need to know about today’s draft, and about the related PTBNL transactions that are likely coming.

Quick Procedural Look at the Jon Lester Signing: Contract Terms, Other Offers, 40-Man (UPDATE)

Quick Procedural Look at the Jon Lester Signing: Contract Terms, Other Offers, 40-Man (UPDATE)

What we know about the deal so far, as well as the offers Lester declined.

by December 10, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News
The Jon Lester Signing, and the Sound of What’s Coming

The Jon Lester Signing, and the Sound of What’s Coming

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.

by December 10, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Junior Lake’s Exploding Walk Rate and Other Bullets

Junior Lake’s Exploding Walk Rate and Other Bullets

In the DWL this year, Junior Lake is doing something fairly extraordinary.

by December 7, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News
Theo Epstein Speaks: Spending Approach, Catcher, Coaches, Valbuena, More

Theo Epstein Speaks: Spending Approach, Catcher, Coaches, Valbuena, More

The Cubs are being aggressive, but always with a balance in mind. Teams want Valbuena, the Cubs’ catching situation, and other groovy stuff.

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