The weekend has come and gone, and I’d like to welcome you back to your friendly Cubs-related home on the web.
Did you miss anything while you were away? Catch yourself up here.
Friday, February 10
- Looking back at Jake Arrieta’s two no-hitters and the time he spent in Iowa (remember that?).
- Does 99 wins sound right for the Cubs this year?
- Theo Epstein got into why it’s so difficult to repeat as champions, as we note the road ahead of the Cubs.
- The Cubs announced a number of significant front office promotions.
- Addison Russell is a stud on the field and in life.
- Willson Contreras was among the most “quality contact” catchers in baseball last year as a rookie.
Saturday, February 11
- The Dodgers made two more signings to keep loading up on depth (and keep up with the Cubs, I can only assume … ).
- The Cubs’ bullpen is full of risks (apparently).
- Baseball America’s top 100 list is out, which led to a good bit of prospect discussion.
- The Cubs avoided arbitration with Pedro Strop, yielding another hearing-free year.
Sunday, February 12
- The Reds finally managed to pull off a trade involving Brandon Phillips.
- A report from ESPN indicated that part of the reason Jason Hammel was OK with the Cubs cutting him loose after the season was due to frustration with Joe Maddon’s quick hook the last two years. I had some thoughts on that.
- And the rumor of the weekend was the final installment of the weekend, as the Cubs have reportedly made an offer to Travis Wood.
Picking High in a Weak Draft, Free Agent Big Boards, Thad Young Crushes on the New Front Office, and Other Bulls Bullets