Mostly, imported players help with their performance on the field. But they also have to fit in the clubhouse.
Category: Analysis and Commentary
Just how badly would you have wanted to see the 2015 Cubs win it all?
As we sit here today, the Cubs look like the best team in the NL.
In the wake of one of the biggest deals of the year, there’s so much more to break down on the Cubs’ signing of Jason Heyward.
It seems like the Cubs could, for example, deal Jorge Soler for pitching now. But they really don’t have to.
ZiPS likes Heyward to be steadily good for a very long time.
While we await the decision on Heyward, there are other things to consider.
It’s a tough time of year to really do the winners and losers thing.
The Cubs’ newest pitcher is probably better than you think. Maybe even a lot better.
Even after adding Zobrist, the talk is still that Javy Baez could be the Cubs’ Ben Zobrist.
Adding Adam Warren to a group that already includes Travis Wood, Trevor Cahill, and Clayton Richard is mighty interesting.
With Zobrist now in the fold, is it even financially realistic to hope for Heyward?
The Rays have an array of interesting young arms, but are they worth pulling the trigger on dealing Baez?
The Cubs found value in low-cost arms with upside in their rebuilding years, but can they find one now?
Finding production at age 37 and 38 isn’t easy, but there is some precedent among John Lackey’s similar pitchers.
The Cubs are showing other teams how to do it.
The 31-year-old lefty has been consistently solid for three years running.