Welcome back to the Cubs world, and the world of tomorrow! Well, 2018 anyway. If you checked out for the holiday, catch up on what you might have missed below. (Which may have been all of it, since many folks were having trouble getting the BN home page to load new posts (I’m working on it, but a lotta necessary folks were out the last few days). If that’s happening to you, try clearing your cache and/or refreshing the home page. If all else fails, you can find new posts either in our Facebook or Twitter feeds, or by navigating to new posts via the various Categories.)
Friday, December 29
- The big news from the weekend happened on Friday, with the Rockies agreeing to a record three-year deal with Wade Davis.
- The strange-but-true baseball facts from the year, among other Bullets.
- The Yankees are still interested in Yu Darvish, and they might try to free up money to make it happen.
- The construction at Wrigley Field is still quite intense.
- The Cubs and Cardinals are(?)/were(?) the most aggressive on Manny Machado, and Mike Montgomery was in the Cubs’ offer.
- A rival executive believes the Cubs are the top bet for Bryce Harper.
- Remembering the Addison Russell walk-off shot against the Brewers from early in the season.
- The Cubs have no obvious leadoff hitter, but would they go way outside the box again … this time with Kris Bryant?
- Friday’s Lukewarm Stove got into the Marlins’ dealings, Zack Greinke’s availability, and more.
Saturday, December 30
- Saturday’s Bullets included thoughts on the bullpen post-Davis, the Miguel Sano investigation, and more.
- A Saturday night Lukewarm Stove, with the Cubs’ preference to save money for a starting pitcher (rather than a closer), and more.
Sunday, December 31
- Thinking on the contracts for Joe Maddon and Theo Epstein, among other things in the New Year’s Eve Bullets.
- I closed down the year with some thanks, some personal thoughts, and, of course, some fun retrospective Cubs videos.
Monday, January 1
- The New Year’s Day Bullets enjoyed Cubs outtakes and imagined the Cubs as the even-year magic team.
- The Cubs were still mentioned as a favorite for Alex Cobb, though the Brewers are also involved.