You knew it was coming eventually, and it sounds pretty much as you’d expect. And Theo Epstein responds as you’d expect.
Analysis and Commentary
Although we don’t want to go too far with this, it’s probably not entirely accurate to say that Spring stats are 100% meaningless.
Please do not offer an argument or a hot take about Bryant and the Cubs until an unless you full understand the rules.
Consistent, predictable pitchers are a good thing for a number of reasons. Hendricks could be that guy for the Cubs in 2015 and beyond.
Adding a touch of pop could make a world of difference for Szczur. So far this Spring, he’s doing it.
Every team has some semblance of depth, but the Cubs project to have more than usual in 2015.
Kerry Wood carried the staff as a rookie in 1998, which is a burden the 2015 Cubs won’t face.
Since he is out of options, the Cubs were going to have a tough decision to make on Turner. Now it’s a lot less tough for a little while.
ESPN seems to think so. Obviously the prospect talent is there, but will the big league club’s results show it?
Applying these plate discipline statistics to a handful of Chicago Cubs players can help us even better understand just how useful they are.
Understanding more about swing rates and contact rates can help illuminate the “why” lurking behind player performance.
The CBA comes up after the 2016 season, so negotiations are coming soon. Adding the DH in the NL sure seems to address a lot of issues.
Mike Olt has always had a ton of upside, and he’s hot early this Spring. What’s the scenario that keeps him in the starting lineup post-Bryant?
The Cubs have the 10th easiest projected strength of schedule in MLB, which sounds better than it really is.
In on a minor league deal, Coke’s experience could give him a leg up in a bullpen battle among Cubs southpaws.
The three might be the top contenders for the fifth starter job, but they aren’t alone. And, even if they were, the Cubs would have some tough choices.
There shouldn’t be any retaliation concerns, right? Everyone knows this was completely inadvertent.
You never take too much away from Spring Training performances, but sometimes they do help make decisions at the margins. And the Cubs have a ton of decisions to make.