Analysis and Commentary

2014 Chicago Cubs: True Talent Level, Win Curves, and the Lack of Moves

2014 Chicago Cubs: True Talent Level, Win Curves, and the Lack of Moves

Would spending a little more money have made a significant difference in the Cubs’ playoff odds this year?

by February 3, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
A Little More on the Jason Hammel Signing: Injury Risk, Flip Value, Bullpen Option

A Little More on the Jason Hammel Signing: Injury Risk, Flip Value, Bullpen Option

Are there arm concerns that drove Hammel’s price down?

by February 3, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Myles: Wrigley Field and Change

Myles: Wrigley Field and Change

Myles offers his take on renovating, restoring, and expanding Wrigley Field.

by February 3, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Guest Post: The Chicago Cubs, Baseball Currency, and the Importance of Prospects

Guest Post: The Chicago Cubs, Baseball Currency, and the Importance of Prospects

Accumulating young players and prospects isn’t solely about dreaming on their future productivity.

by January 30, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Obsessive Wrigley Renovation Watch: Finally, a Peek at the Contract, and Some Analysis

Obsessive Wrigley Renovation Watch: Finally, a Peek at the Contract, and Some Analysis

Are the Cubs in a good position to add outfield signage? How much does the contract really matter?

Jeff Samardzija Tries to Have the Right Perspective

Jeff Samardzija Tries to Have the Right Perspective

The Cubs missed on Masahiro Tanaka, which could impact Samardzija in a number of ways.

Obsessive Wrigley Renovation Watch: The Move-the-Cubs Drumbeat Has Returned

Obsessive Wrigley Renovation Watch: The Move-the-Cubs Drumbeat Has Returned

With a Cubs/rooftop impasse at hand, we get to have the conversation again.

The Final Cubs Tanaka Offer: Reportedly Just Six Years, $120 Million … However …

The Final Cubs Tanaka Offer: Reportedly Just Six Years, $120 Million … However …

If the Cubs’ final offer was so low, why did the Yankees climb so high?

The Tanaka Story, the Cubs’ Actual Chances, and the Importance of Narratives

The Tanaka Story, the Cubs’ Actual Chances, and the Importance of Narratives

The end-of-day summing up no one wants to read, but probably needs to be laid out for posterity.

by January 22, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Rapidly Reacting to the Probably Rapid Masahiro Tanaka Fallout

Rapidly Reacting to the Probably Rapid Masahiro Tanaka Fallout

A lot could happen now in a very short time, with Tanaka to the Yankees as only the beginning.

Sahadev: The Broader Implications of Landing Mashiro Tanaka

Sahadev: The Broader Implications of Landing Mashiro Tanaka

Sure, Tanaka might be a nice piece for the Cubs. But actually adding him would say a whole lot about the future.

Is the Cubs’ Window to Cash in on a Mega TV Deal Closing?

Is the Cubs’ Window to Cash in on a Mega TV Deal Closing?

The cable TV landscape is shifting rapidly enough that waiting six years for a rights deal is simply too risky.

by January 16, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Cubs Fans Unite to Blast Clark the Cub – And Then He Went to Visit Kids

Cubs Fans Unite to Blast Clark the Cub – And Then He Went to Visit Kids

There’s very little the Cubs could do right now, short of adding a star player, that wouldn’t be shredded.

by January 14, 2014 Analysis and Commentary