It was not a good first season, but that doesn’t mean you instantly regret the whole contract, right?
Analysis and Commentary
That is not what I would have expected.
How do players and managers feel about advanced defensive metrics? How does Joe Maddon feel?
Just how good is this guy, anyway? Very. Really quite very.
The Cubs aren’t necessarily looking to completely overhaul Jason Heyward’s swing.
We know that Baez’s offensive results last year were much better than the two partial years that came before, but will it carry forward?
A little background on that 2012 extension. Also, outgoing Cubs reliever Trevor Cahill is popular.
In time, the Cubs could have an MVP-caliber backstop on their hands.
You didn’t have to wait long for runs in 2016.
The Cubs’ bullpen currently projects really well. But there’s still a lot of risk, eh?
Should the Cubs have held onto Hammel, given the pitching depth situation? I still don’t think it’s that simple.
It looks like there are some subtle, and not-so-subtle changes being implemented to help Heyward.
The Cubs need more up-and-down types, if you’re asking me. You didn’t ask? Oh. Well, move on, then, I guess.
Encouraging data on the Cubs’ abilities with a still underrated skill. Also: Andrew Miller allowed runs, too, and a Marlins sale?
The Cubs spent big in 2016 for the first time in a long time, and it sets up some very interesting things for the years to come.