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Starlin Castro Got Short Shrift in Comeback Player of the Year Awards Talk

Starlin Castro Got Short Shrift in Comeback Player of the Year Awards Talk

I just think the guy should get some recognition.

by November 10, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Luis Valbuena Deserves Some Love and Other Bullets

Luis Valbuena Deserves Some Love and Other Bullets

It was a great year for the Cubs’ third baseman, and it’s probably been under discussed. So, what happens next for him?

by November 10, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News
Myles: The Cubs Should Pursue The Kung Fu Panda

Myles: The Cubs Should Pursue The Kung Fu Panda

A thought exercise on why Pablo Sandoval might actually be a quality pick-up. Well, a fun exercise, anyway.

by November 7, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Chicago Cubs Current Payroll Commitments, Arbitration Estimates, and Money to Spend

Chicago Cubs Current Payroll Commitments, Arbitration Estimates, and Money to Spend

How much do the Cubs already have committed for 2015, and how much might they have to play with this offseason?

by November 6, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs Rumors
The Value in the Tsuyoshi Wada Signing, and Thoughts on His Role

The Value in the Tsuyoshi Wada Signing, and Thoughts on His Role

Wada needn’t be better than league average in order to provide a ton of value on his contract. And how might he look in the pen?

by November 4, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Let’s Talk About Lefty Reliever Andrew Miller for a Moment

Let’s Talk About Lefty Reliever Andrew Miller for a Moment

Sure, the Cubs could use him. Every team probably could. But is he the best use of resources?

by October 31, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs Rumors
The Potentially Ugly Bits: Maddon Backlash? Tampering Troubles?

The Potentially Ugly Bits: Maddon Backlash? Tampering Troubles?

If the Cubs land Joe Maddon, there will be plenty about which to be happy. But at least two things could still cause waves.

by October 30, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs Rumors
Addressing Joe Maddon Questions: The Trouble With Predictions, the Impact of a Move

Addressing Joe Maddon Questions: The Trouble With Predictions, the Impact of a Move

Folks keep asking me how likely I think it is that the Cubs get Maddon, and how impactful that move would be. I’ll relent and answer.

by October 28, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs Rumors
Balancing Value: Why Kris Bryant May Need Miss Only 9 Big League Games Next Year

Balancing Value: Why Kris Bryant May Need Miss Only 9 Big League Games Next Year

We know that holding Bryant down could provide the Cubs value in 2021 in the form of an extra year of control. But how much is lost in 2015?

by October 21, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Rumor: Jake Peavy Interested in Chicago Cubs? How’s that Second Tier of Pitching Looking?

Rumor: Jake Peavy Interested in Chicago Cubs? How’s that Second Tier of Pitching Looking?

Let’s dig in on Peavy’s down 2014 season, and whether he could provide good value to the Cubs.

by October 20, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs Rumors
On the Possible Unique Value of Guys on One-Year Deals for the Chicago Cubs in 2015

On the Possible Unique Value of Guys on One-Year Deals for the Chicago Cubs in 2015

Can I convince you that the 2016 – not 2015 – draft figures, in a small way, into the Cubs’ offseason plans?

by October 17, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs Rumors
The Best Breaking Pitch in Baseball This Year? It Was Arguably Pedro Strop’s Slider

The Best Breaking Pitch in Baseball This Year? It Was Arguably Pedro Strop’s Slider

Not only that, but, generally speaking, Strop was crazy awesome this year.

by October 15, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Ugly Pitch-Framing for the Chicago Cubs This Year May Have Cost Them Several Wins

Ugly Pitch-Framing for the Chicago Cubs This Year May Have Cost Them Several Wins

However you feel about pitch framing data, it’s all in agreement: the Cubs lost a whole bunch of strikes this year.

by October 13, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
The 2014 Chicago Cubs As a Team: Decent Pitching, Rough Offense, Bad Luck

The 2014 Chicago Cubs As a Team: Decent Pitching, Rough Offense, Bad Luck

78 wins wasn’t that far away, and the Cubs actually could have swung into a winning record with better bounces.

by October 10, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Arismendy Alcantara Started Out Hot – So Why Did He Cool Down So Swiftly?

Arismendy Alcantara Started Out Hot – So Why Did He Cool Down So Swiftly?

Let’s take a look at the numbers and break down what pitchers did, and what went wrong.

by October 8, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, BNTV
Will Cubs Look to Sign Torii Hunter or Jonny Gomes? How Would It Impact the Outfield?

Will Cubs Look to Sign Torii Hunter or Jonny Gomes? How Would It Impact the Outfield?

Each could check the “veteran” box while providing platoon-ish offense. But how does the rest of the outfield shake out?

by October 7, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs Rumors

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