I land on a five-year deal that could arguably make sense for each side … and arguably be rejected by each side, too.
Category: Analysis and Commentary
So many hits and misses over the years in free agency. Can the Class of 2015 live up to what the group did in 2006?
The lack of power, on its own, is not the only problem. It causes other issues, and I’m not sure we discuss it enough.
In this week’s Ask Away, we check in on the remaining roster moves, gaps in sabermetrics, Brett as a Michael’s boss, and much more.
Richard was used a variety of ways in 2015, and that could happen again in 2016. Or, when you dig in, maybe he’ll mostly just be a match-up reliever.
No DH in the National League? No problem for Joe Maddon, who is among the best at what he does.
The Cubs have some of the hardest hitters in baseball, which does matter.
It appears as if the Cubs and other big spenders picked a good year to invest in the free agent market.
You probably already felt like Ross was a future coach or manager – and you’re not alone.
So much value is provided to the Cubs that we simply can’t quantify. Also: arbitration reminder, fun with billboards, fun with beards, more.
The Cubs’ low-cost John Lackey signing might have been one of the best moves of the offseason.
Everyone just assumes the Cubs have a starting outfield trio of Schwarber-Heyward-Soler, but where does that leave Coghlan?
No more traditional save usage. No more huge bonus pool discrepancies. No more Brendan Ryan free agency. Things!
Hoyer once green-lit a trade that sent out a future ace – but he’s far from alone in thinking about a do-over.
And their payroll was already climbing substantially as of last year.
Given the rebuilding approaches of many teams, it’s not so simple as saying that “tanking” is bad and should be stopped.
Fixing the problem for players like Fowler could come soon. Also: Russell’s rates poorly in one defensive metric, Cubs marriages, skiing at Wrigley, more.
To that end, the Cubs have set themselves up very well for success this year in more ways than one.
Ramirez was a big part of the 2014 bullpen, but was injured for most of 2015. If he can’t return to form in time, might he be the toughest roster decision in Spring Training?