So much value is provided to the Cubs that we simply can’t quantify. Also: arbitration reminder, fun with billboards, fun with beards, more.
Category: Analysis and Commentary
The Cubs’ low-cost John Lackey signing might have been one of the best moves of the offseason.
Everyone just assumes the Cubs have a starting outfield trio of Schwarber-Heyward-Soler, but where does that leave Coghlan?
No more traditional save usage. No more huge bonus pool discrepancies. No more Brendan Ryan free agency. Things!
Hoyer once green-lit a trade that sent out a future ace – but he’s far from alone in thinking about a do-over.
And their payroll was already climbing substantially as of last year.
Given the rebuilding approaches of many teams, it’s not so simple as saying that “tanking” is bad and should be stopped.
Fixing the problem for players like Fowler could come soon. Also: Russell’s rates poorly in one defensive metric, Cubs marriages, skiing at Wrigley, more.
To that end, the Cubs have set themselves up very well for success this year in more ways than one.
Ramirez was a big part of the 2014 bullpen, but was injured for most of 2015. If he can’t return to form in time, might he be the toughest roster decision in Spring Training?
It’s fun to back a team-who-must-not-be-named.
Online sportsbooks think Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber could lead MLB in home runs.
I’m thrilled with the Cubs’ offseason, but what if it had gone very differently? What would have been next?
The first installment of your questions for Michael, including his take on the age old hot dog debate.
There’s a range of things you *could* do with this lineup, and it might not make much of a difference.
A super impressive interview with a guy who used statistics to help improve his game dramatically. Also: Matt Szczur’s a great guy, a terrible article, no Cubs outfield prospects, more.
He was the second hardest hitting pitcher in the game last year by exit velocity. It’s just that, well, there are other issues.
Jason Hammel has shown signs of wearing down in the second half of the season, but has been building up his endurance this winter.
Is that a fair spot for the Cubs’ star first baseman? Is there anyone you’d take over Rizzo?
How much will Zobrist be used outside of second base? How important is his relationship with Joe Maddon to the rest of the team?
There are definitely reasons to believe it wasn’t a mere small sample mirage.
The designated hitter coming to the NL could have an impact on so many players on the roster.
Although he took less money to sign with the Cubs, the 37-year-old Lackey could be a boon to the Cubs’ rotation.
Carl Edwards, Jr. could stick in the pen or become a starter, but Jason McLeod wants to see one particular improvement.
The Cardinals offense doesn’t carry lofty projections and their rotation is banged up. Will that show in 2016, or will they outperform their underlying statistics once again?
You weren’t, were you? Nah. Some of the projections seem to be, though.