McLeod is not calling Butler the next Jake Arrieta, but there sure are a lot of situational similarities.
Analysis and Commentary
If he’s healthy, Anderson is a perfect fit for this particular Cubs team. Of course, health is the big question.
31 years old. A professional life dedicated to basketball. Jordan picked up a bat, and competed.
Running game concerns are often overstated, but it’s something to consider, with David Ross retiring.
Yes, Jason Heyward struggled in 2016, but perhaps not as badly as he should have.
How close can Albert Almora and Jon Jay realistically get in a combination?
The Super Bowl is here, and everyone seems to be rooting against the Cardinals – er, I mean Patriots. Also, Joe Smith signs elsewhere.
It could take some time for Jason Heyward’s swing to really take hold. Also: the hole at Wrigley is gone, a potentially problematic law in Illinois, and much more.
Is the most compelling race going to come down to the Cubs, Cardinals, and Pirates? Or will the AL East be the must-watch division to most pundits (again)?
The new CBA appears to be causing problems for marginal free agents especially.
The Cubs build a championship-caliber outfield where line drives went to die in 2016. Can they do it again in 2017?
It’s fun to dream about more part-time catcher duty, but the biggest impact Schwarber will make on defense is in left field.
Thinking about pitch mix, and how things changed for Kyle Hendricks in the second half.
The Cubs have picked up former top pitching prospect with command issues related to a crossfire delivery, sound familiar?
An extremely reasonable deal for the Cardinals, who also get two team options at the end of the five years.