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Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara Are Crushing Postseason Ball and Other Bullets

Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara Are Crushing Postseason Ball and Other Bullets

Not that you can take too much from it, but crushing is always better than scuffling.

Cubs Claim Shane Peterson and Ryan Lavarnway, DFA Logan Watkins and Donn Roach

Cubs Claim Shane Peterson and Ryan Lavarnway, DFA Logan Watkins and Donn Roach

Lavarnway, 27, has always had a quality bat, but has never broken through.

The Jason Motte Signing is Now Officially Official

The Jason Motte Signing is Now Officially Official

Motte comes with big upside, and the ability to stabilize a young bullpen. If he’s healthy.

by December 19, 2014 Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Transactions
Projection Systems Are Fun, But Are They Accurate? And Other Bullets

Projection Systems Are Fun, But Are They Accurate? And Other Bullets

We like to discuss projections around this time of year, but is there much usefulness in it? Surprise: the answer is yes and no.

by December 19, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
Cubs Minor League Signings: RHP Anthony Carter, OF Yovanny Cuevas, OF Samir Lara

Cubs Minor League Signings: RHP Anthony Carter, OF Yovanny Cuevas, OF Samir Lara

The bring in a power righty for potential bullpen depth, and sign a couple young IFAs.

Chicago Cubs Announce Minor League Managers, Staff, and Coordinators

Chicago Cubs Announce Minor League Managers, Staff, and Coordinators

For the most part, the Cubs’ minor league infrastructure stays the same as last year. Given how well things went, I’d say that’s a good thing.

The Looming Threat of Ugly Contact Rates and Other Bullets

The Looming Threat of Ugly Contact Rates and Other Bullets

It’s probably part of the reason the Rays were willing to move Wil Myers – low contact rates can derail a career. Which makes me nervous for the Cubs.

The Financial Particulars of Jon Lester’s Contract, Including Annual Salary Breakdown

The Financial Particulars of Jon Lester’s Contract, Including Annual Salary Breakdown

As expected, the deal features a healthy bonus up front, and is backloaded from there.

by December 17, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News
More 2015 Chicago Cubs Convention Details Revealed

More 2015 Chicago Cubs Convention Details Revealed

Almost too many interesting panels to take in. It’s always a fun event, and I’m already getting excited.

by December 17, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
Maybe There Won’t Be Great Baseball All Around Chicago After All and Other Bullets

Maybe There Won’t Be Great Baseball All Around Chicago After All and Other Bullets

The White Sox are getting as much hype as the Cubs, but they don’t project to be nearly as good at this point.

by December 17, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
Competing, at Last, in the NL Central and Other Bullets

Competing, at Last, in the NL Central and Other Bullets

Stacking things up in the NL Central is actually now a fun, and realistic exercise.

by December 16, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
Simultaneously Cool and Terrifying: Jon Lester, Sports Illustrated Cover

Simultaneously Cool and Terrifying: Jon Lester, Sports Illustrated Cover

That’s pretty cool. It’s also pretty scary for the superstitious among you.

by December 16, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
More on the Jason Motte Signing: Terms, 40-Man, Bullpen Depth, More

More on the Jason Motte Signing: Terms, 40-Man, Bullpen Depth, More

The Cubs have learned in recent years that what looks like a strength on paper can easily become something far short of that.

by December 16, 2014 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs News
Cubs, A’s Trade Wrapped Up with Cash in Lieu of PTBNL

Cubs, A’s Trade Wrapped Up with Cash in Lieu of PTBNL

It would have been fun to discuss a new prospect, but it’s not like it wasn’t a great trade for the Cubs.

by December 16, 2014 Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Transactions
Chicago Cubs Agree to Deal with Reliever Jason Motte (UPDATES)

Chicago Cubs Agree to Deal with Reliever Jason Motte (UPDATES)

Motte returned from Tommy John surgery in mid-2014, and wasn’t quite himself yet. Before that, he was fantastic.

by December 15, 2014 Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Transactions
LIVE: Jon Lester Joins the Chicago Cubs, and Rainbows and Gumdrops and Kittens

LIVE: Jon Lester Joins the Chicago Cubs, and Rainbows and Gumdrops and Kittens

I’m sure there will be some important bits revealed today, but mostly, it’s a day to party.

by December 15, 2014 Chicago Cubs News

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