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