Analysis and Commentary

The 2016 ZiPS Projections for the Chicago Cubs Have Landed

The 2016 ZiPS Projections for the Chicago Cubs Have Landed

Here’s an initial look at how good one of the best projection systems thinks the Cubs are.

Considering Pitching Contracts This Offseason, is Jon Lester’s Deal a Relative Steal?

Considering Pitching Contracts This Offseason, is Jon Lester’s Deal a Relative Steal?

Lester is guaranteed at least $115 million over the next five years … and that’s looking like a really good deal.

by December 30, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Why Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, Specifically, Should Now Be in the Hall of Fame

Why Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, Specifically, Should Now Be in the Hall of Fame

It’s time to include these two players.

Unspectacular, But Steady: Looking At Ben Zobrist’s Reliability and Defensive Stats

Unspectacular, But Steady: Looking At Ben Zobrist’s Reliability and Defensive Stats

Ben Zobrist has been among the most dependable defenders at three different positions since 2012.

by December 28, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
The Why of Opt-Out Clauses and Non-Monetary Value and Other Bullets

The Why of Opt-Out Clauses and Non-Monetary Value and Other Bullets

Boy, that’s a sexy headline, eh? That’ll get ’em clicking, Brett.

Javy Baez’s Formative (Hopefully) 2015 Year and Other Bullets

Javy Baez’s Formative (Hopefully) 2015 Year and Other Bullets

It was an impressive year, all told, from the young, multi-positional talent. Improvements came, and more are on the way.

What’s Dexter Fowler’s Market? Is There Any Scenario Where He Re-Signs with Cubs?

What’s Dexter Fowler’s Market? Is There Any Scenario Where He Re-Signs with Cubs?

I suppose there’s a conceivable path, but it seems very unlikely. And maybe even undesirable.

Believe It or Not, the Cubs Currently Have the Top Projected Rotation for 2016

Believe It or Not, the Cubs Currently Have the Top Projected Rotation for 2016

The positional group gets most of the love, and some think the Cubs still need to add another starter.

by December 23, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Expect the Cubs to Pull Starters Early Again Next Year and Other Bullets

Expect the Cubs to Pull Starters Early Again Next Year and Other Bullets

And it’s a good thing!

Ben Zobrist, John Lackey Project To Be Major Upgrades For Cubs In 2016

Ben Zobrist, John Lackey Project To Be Major Upgrades For Cubs In 2016

Jason Heyward is good, but would you believe he didn’t land among MLB’s 10 most significant upgrades.

by December 22, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
The Offensive Upgrade from Dexter Fowler to Jason Heyward is Also Significant

The Offensive Upgrade from Dexter Fowler to Jason Heyward is Also Significant

We talk about overall player value, but what about just the offensive side? After all, Fowler was really good with the stick.

by December 21, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
Mike Matheny Takes Issue with Jason Heyward’s Reasons for Choosing the Cubs

Mike Matheny Takes Issue with Jason Heyward’s Reasons for Choosing the Cubs

I actually think Matheny’s response was reasonable, even if it raises a potentially significant divide between the two organizations.

by December 20, 2015 Analysis and Commentary
The Starlin Castro and Ben Zobrist Swap by ZiPS and Steamer Projections

The Starlin Castro and Ben Zobrist Swap by ZiPS and Steamer Projections

For 2016, the Cubs improved the team quite a bit – on paper – with the swap at second base.

by December 19, 2015 Analysis and Commentary