Not that you can take too much from it, but crushing is always better than scuffling.
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Lavarnway, 27, has always had a quality bat, but has never broken through.
Motte comes with big upside, and the ability to stabilize a young bullpen. If he’s healthy.
We like to discuss projections around this time of year, but is there much usefulness in it? Surprise: the answer is yes and no.
The bring in a power righty for potential bullpen depth, and sign a couple young IFAs.
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.
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.
As expected, the deal features a healthy bonus up front, and is backloaded from there.
Almost too many interesting panels to take in. It’s always a fun event, and I’m already getting excited.
The White Sox are getting as much hype as the Cubs, but they don’t project to be nearly as good at this point.
Stacking things up in the NL Central is actually now a fun, and realistic exercise.
That’s pretty cool. It’s also pretty scary for the superstitious among you.
The Cubs have learned in recent years that what looks like a strength on paper can easily become something far short of that.
It would have been fun to discuss a new prospect, but it’s not like it wasn’t a great trade for the Cubs.
Motte returned from Tommy John surgery in mid-2014, and wasn’t quite himself yet. Before that, he was fantastic.
I’m sure there will be some important bits revealed today, but mostly, it’s a day to party.