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Taxes and Cubs Signings, Phillies Needs, Cubs Minor League Signings, and Other Bullets

Chicago Cubs

Boo. Everybody who is off work already and out of school is crowding me out of my preferred working spot this morning. I just want to have some coffee and sit and type, people! Why are you here to do the very same thing! How DARE you?!

  • Just a fun financial factoid that doesn’t always seem to make an actual difference in these races, as setting records instead seems to be the top priority:

  • The Phillies ZiPS is out, and it is extremely easy to see how needy they still are:

  • The Phillies currently project to be below average in left field, center field, third base, catcher, and most of the rotation. Yeah, they really need to figure out a way to add a significant starting pitcher and Manny Machado or Bryce Harper. Because they are young and were competitive last year for a long stretch, I think I overestimated how ready they were.
  • More minor league deal additions for the Cubs (we talked about Evans here):

  • Adduci, 33, is a former Cubs prospect who has seen some time in the big leagues with the Tigers the last couple years as a reserve outfielder and sometimes first baseman. Marzilli, 27, is a long-time Diamondbacks outfield prospect who has seen time at AAA in each of the last three seasons, but has never made the big leagues. Ramirez, 27, is an interesting relief arm. We will probably talk about him separately since those guys do usually see big league action.
  • Obviously we know there’s a big difference in what we can see of a pitch thanks to the camera angles, but it’s pretty jarring to see it lined up like this:

  • Just sayin’, they’d make the argument and it would not be an utterly insane argument to make:

  • Cubs win:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.