Analysis and Commentary


Russell Martin Post-Mortem: Backloading Deal, Contextualizing Disappointment, Moving On

Russell Martin Post-Mortem: Backloading Deal, Contextualizing Disappointment, Moving On

Martin’s deal with the Blue Jays is heavily backloaded, which comes with plusses and minuses. More importantly, what’s next?

Tons More on New Cubs Infielder Tommy La Stella: Role, Numbers, Scouting, Rankings, Video

Tons More on New Cubs Infielder Tommy La Stella: Role, Numbers, Scouting, Rankings, Video

The things he does well, he does exceptionally well. La Stella is a guy with clear starter upside, which makes things interesting.


Very Early Analysis on Cubs Picking Up Tommy La Stella, Losing Arodys Vizcaino

Very Early Analysis on Cubs Picking Up Tommy La Stella, Losing Arodys Vizcaino

On inspection, it doesn’t look like the kind of deal that necessarily precedes another move. This might just be a guy the Cubs really like, position notwithstanding.

Cubs May Re-Up with WGN-TV, and an Early Discussion of Complicated Streaming Issues

Cubs May Re-Up with WGN-TV, and an Early Discussion of Complicated Streaming Issues

But it would be short term as the Cubs continue to plan for the future. And that gets me down the streaming content wormhole.

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?


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?

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?

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.

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.

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