It was the largely unspoken bitter part of the Cubs’ almost exclusively sweet run in 2015.
Category: Analysis and Commentary
Jon Heyman’s annual projections are usually fairly solid, and this year’s set provides a lot of food for thought.
The cost of pitching is generally high, but it is expected to reach new heights this offseason.
The 29-year-old righty presents questions, but also opportunities.
Teams may now negotiate with any free agent they please. Early thoughts on which direction the Cubs go?
Kyle Schwarber has room for improvement on defense, but the blueprint for development is there.
The Cubs farm system sits outside of the top-10 in one stats-based ranking system.
David Price will be the most rumored and discussed pitcher for the coming offseason. Heck, he’s already been connected to the Cubs for years.
Only four years and $56 million for Dexter Fowler? What about some of the other big names out there?
A starting pitcher with some health and performance questions, Johnny Cueto might be a dark horse offseason target for the Chicago Cubs.
Not that you weren’t already on alert, pitchers of baseball.
Might Span be looking for a one-year prove-it deal? Might the Cubs be the perfect spot for him, then?
The Royals won it all, and they did it a particular way, but that doesn’t mean the Cubs have to become them.
Here it is. Your complete road map for what’s coming this offseason. Put it on your calendar, bookmark it, etc.
One of the Cubs’ best relievers over the last two years, Grimm will hit arbitration for the first time in 2016.
An epilogue on the 2015 Chicago Cubs season.
Here’s where things start for this offseason: 41 players on the 40-man roster.
Ross figures to be the primary back-up again next year, and that’s probably fine. Also: thoughts on shoulder injuries.
Umpires are not calling a bad zone, per the rule book. It’s just that the size of the zone is becoming a clear issue.
Given the chance that he could still emerge as passable behind the plate, and given the extreme upside in the bat, I don’t see it.
Maybe Jorge Soler should be getting all of the attention.
Seemingly, Price hasn’t been at his most dominant in the playoffs. Is that really a concern? And has he really been that bad?
Jason Hammel saw a decline in pitch effectiveness in a rough second half that did not mirror his strong start.
The 2015 season is at a close, and it’s time to both reflect and look ahead.
I can’t say it would have changed the game result, but I did think it worth confirming your suspicions.
In a literal sense, of course it can. But cosmically, can it? Is this really the way 2015 comes to a close?