Happ’s breakout performance last year waned considerably in the final weeks of the season after the eye thing, but he says it was more mental than physical.
Some of it could come naturally with health, but there’s more to getting Jake Arrieta back to the best (realistic) version of himself.
Lindor and the Mets? Correa and the Astros? Things to watch closely. Also, who is already happy about the newly-deadened baseball?
If you hit it low, you better hit it hard.
And there he goes.
Cubs Make the Jake Marisnick Signing Official, But DFA Phillip Ervin to Make Room on the 40-Man Roster
It’s officially official, but with a roster casualty.
A perfectly fine deal.
The underlying metrics just don’t support the idea that he fell off a cliff or anything.
MLBits: Tatis Might Give Up Part of His Extension, Brewers Decent Additions, Darvish’s DH Idea, More
Fernando Tatis, Jr. might’ve traded a few hundred thousand dollars for $10+ million.
I really don’t understand how Kyle Hendricks is still so underrated. But he’s the Cubs’ deserving ace now.
A couple Cubs relievers will be behind the curve when pitchers and catchers get to work this week.
Remember this incredible moment?
Anthony Rizzo pulled rank on Ian Happ.
The Cubs saw Jake Arrieta depart for the Phillies three years ago in free agency. How did those three years look for him?
Lukewarm Stove: Finally Some Intel on Justin Turner, Mets Left Looking for a Starter, Another Flurry of Transactions, More
The thirdbase market is still humming.
Afternoon rumor mill around baseball, including pitcher chatter and a number of transactions.
The Cubs have reportedly shown interest in J.D. Davis in the past, and talks with the Mets have resumed. But it gets complicated from there.
On paper, the Cubs just aren’t the contender they’ve been in recent years. Not even close.
Something-something, the Chiefs receivers would’ve dropped it. Etc.
All 30 NBA teams will play the National Anthem before games.
It wasn’t just his big season in 2020. Jason Heyward’s been steadily getting it back.
Jed Hoyer Speaks: Walk-Year Bumps, 2B Options, Arenado Trade, Spring Concerns, Porter Reaction, More
Is it a benefit to the Cubs to have so many players in a walk year? What happens at second base? Much more.
This year was supposed to be a big stepping stone in Dach’s development.
You would think Javy Báez and Anthony Rizzo would be near the top of the Cubs’ list on coming extension discussions, right?
This will serve as a rolling preview for top prospects the Blackhawks could and should be targeting in the 2021 NHL Draft.
Lukewarm Stove: Andrus Traded for Davis+ (the Rare Big League Swap), Villar to the Reds (Probably?), Brewers Eyeing Choo, More
The rare big-league player swap.
Lukewarm Stove: Braves Completely Uninterested in Bryant? Rays Not Out on Ozuna Afterall? Hill’s Market in Milwaukee?
A report out of Atlanta does not mince words.
Lukewarm Stove: Mets and Bauer Deep in Talks? Jackie Bradley, Jr.’s Big Ask, Cardinals in on Other Starters
Seems like the smoke is billowing now on Bauer and the Mets, though they aren’t the only team left in on him.
MLBits: Theo for Commissioner (or is it Anyone but Manfred?), Minor League Deals, Changing Baseballs, More
Epstein was getting behind-the-scenes attention as a future Commissioner even before he took a gig with the league.
Lukewarm Stove: Every Offseason is Weird Now, Eventually Ozuna Will Sign, Conforto Extension Talk, More
Yes, this offseason is weird for very idiosyncratic reasons. But every offseason has been weird lately, and so will next offseason.
The Cubs budget is freeing up.
No universal DH? No problem.
With the season now set and – for now – no DH in the mix, how does that accelerate various markets? That, and much more.
Suddenly, we’re two weeks away from Spring Training starting. How would the Chicago Cubs line it up right now?