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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.

Why Sammy Sosa Remains Just Shy of Hall of Fame Status

Why Sammy Sosa Remains Just Shy of Hall of Fame Status

For me, it’s not about PED allegations or hurt feelings. It’s just a statistical analysis.

by December 5, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Digging in on the John Baker and Wesley Wright Non-Tender Decisions

Digging in on the John Baker and Wesley Wright Non-Tender Decisions

Each decision makes a lot of sense when you drill down on the performances and the state of the Cubs.

by December 3, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
The Travis Wood Tender Decision

The Travis Wood Tender Decision

Tomorrow is the deadline for tendering contracts to arbitration-eligible players, and I’m surprised to be here talking about Wood.

by December 1, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs Rumors
Waiting Out the Arms This Year and Other Bullets

Waiting Out the Arms This Year and Other Bullets

The Cubs should be in a position to wait out the pitching market for value, at least in the second tier.

by November 29, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News
CSN, Dish Networks Carriage Dispute – Portend Troubles for Cubs Broadcast Rights?

CSN, Dish Networks Carriage Dispute – Portend Troubles for Cubs Broadcast Rights?

As CSN pushes to keep its channel on Dish, I’m reminded of just how difficult the Cubs’ TV rights situation is to navigate.

by November 25, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News
Will the Red Sox Turn to Jon Lester Next? Or Cole Hamels? How About the Luxury Tax?

Will the Red Sox Turn to Jon Lester Next? Or Cole Hamels? How About the Luxury Tax?

With Sandoval and Ramirez in the fold, what will the Red Sox do next? Is a trade – or several trades – imminent? And will they stop spending? (No.)

Let’s Compare Two Players for Kicks, and Maybe Some Surprise

Let’s Compare Two Players for Kicks, and Maybe Some Surprise

When you strip away the names, sometimes you can be really surprised by what you find.

by November 24, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
The Cubs Have Reportedly Checked in on Justin Masterson – There Is Upside and Downside

The Cubs Have Reportedly Checked in on Justin Masterson – There Is Upside and Downside

It’s amazing what a difference the 2014 season made. Masterson remains an interesting target.

by November 18, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs Rumors
Russell Martin Post-Mortem: Backloading Deal, Contextualizing Disappointment, Moving On

Russell Martin Post-Mortem: Backloading Deal, Contextualizing Disappointment, Moving On

Martin’s deal with the Blue Jays is heavily backloaded, which comes with plusses and minuses. More importantly, what’s next?

by November 18, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs Rumors
Tons More on New Cubs Infielder Tommy La Stella: Role, Numbers, Scouting, Rankings, Video

Tons More on New Cubs Infielder Tommy La Stella: Role, Numbers, Scouting, Rankings, Video

The things he does well, he does exceptionally well. La Stella is a guy with clear starter upside, which makes things interesting.

by November 17, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News

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