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Chicago Cubs Internal Options for Post-Deadline Rotation
July 4th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** With the trade deadline fast approaching and much of the Chicago Cubs’ starting rotation apparently available, who could we taking the mound for the Northsiders in the second half?   Kyle Hendricks, RHP, Iowa Cubs Although it’s a thin field, Kyle Hendricks is considered the Cubs’ top pitching prospect and is doing a...

Is Jeff Samardzija Hurting His Trade Value?
July 4th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs are going to trade Jeff Samardzija in the next four weeks, that is a fact.  What is still up for debate is how much they are going to get for him.  A month ago Samardzija was pitching like the best pitcher in baseball but a rough month...

Cubs’ Arrieta Spins a Gem at Fenway
July 1st, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs starter Jake Arrieta turned in the best start of his career last night against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.  The 28 year old threw 7.2 innings of no-hit baseball before surrendering a single to Red Sox Shortstop Stephen Drew.  Arrieta’s final line for the night was...

Getting to Know Chicago Cubs Starting Pitcher Dallas Beeler
June 29th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Dallas Beeler made his major league debut yesterday and outpitched everyone’s expectations.  The Chicago Cubs’ former 41st round draft pick held the Washington Nationals to four hits and one unearned run over six innings, on his way to a tough loss.  He also struck out six while walking three. Beeler joined...

Diamond in the Rough: Cubs’ 41st Rounder Takes the Mound
June 28th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The MLB draft is stacked against late round picks because of the money that is invested into the early rounds (particularly the first round).  The slot bonuses for every single player taken in the first ten rounds is over $100,000, so its no wonder that teams give these kids absolutely...

The Mentality Behind Edwin Jackson’s Struggles
June 27th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Through 16 starts this season Chicago Cubs starter Edwin Jackson is 5-8 with an ERA of 5.22.  Clearly he’s in a rut.  As discussed in a previous article, Jackson is not worth the contract that the Cubs gave him back in January of 2013, but he has enough talent to...

Jason Hammel Learns the Danger of “Comebackers”
June 23rd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** “Comebackers,” line drives hit right back at the pitcher, can be the scariest play in sports.  Serious injuries to Alex Cobb (Tampa Bay Rays), Brandon McCarthy (Arizona Diamondbacks), and, most recently, Aroldis Chapman (Cincinnati Reds) have raised awareness and even prompted Major League Baseball to create a padded hat that...

Jeff Samardzija Turns Down Latest Cubs’ Offer… Thank God
June 19th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** It was reported yesterday by Gordon Wittenmyer, of the Chicago Sun-Times, that Chicago Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija turned down the team’s latest 5-year offer.  The proper reaction to this news is “Thank God!!” followed by an emphatic fist pump.  The deal the Cubs’ offered Samardzija was 5 years, 85 million...

Cubs Begin Shopping Samardzija and Hammel
June 15th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Here we are six weeks before the July 31st trade deadline and the market for Chicago Cubs Starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel is beginning to take shape, per Charlie Wilmoth of mlbtraderumors.com and others.  The buzz is that the Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners are the...

Reviewing the Chicago Cubs Draft: Picks 2 & 3
June 11th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Today we will be taking a look at the Cubs second and third round picks from last Thursday’s MLB draft, Jake Stinnett and Mark Zagunis.  According to Bleacher Report, players drafted in the second round have a 49% chance of making it to the big leagues, and for those drafted...

Reviewing the Chicago Cubs Draft: Picks 4 & 5
June 10th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Last Thursday, in the 2014 MLB draft, the Cubs selected 40 high school and college players to join their organization, but only a handful will ever make an impact at the major league level.  In all likelihood, it will be the top five selections in this year’s draft who we...

Why You Should Never Trust a Sports Writer
June 8th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Rule number one when reading the sports section: never trust a sports writer.  Sports writers are much like tabloid writers in a number of ways: 1) we need something to write about, and 2) we need to write every day.  So what happens when there is no exciting news to...

Making the Case for KEEPING Jason Hammel
June 6th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Yesterday we discussed why the Cubs should pull the trigger and trade Jason Hammel to the highest bidder.  But today we make the case for keeping the 31-year-old right-hander. ***PHOTO1*** As discussed yesterday, Jason Hammel has been the Cubs best overall pitcher in 2014 and they will have a need for him...

Making the Case for TRADING Jason Hammel
June 5th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
If you have been following along recently, you may have noticed that Jason Hammel was not included in the three part series, “Cubs that Need to Go”, published this past weekend.  In all likelihood, the Chicago Cubs will trade Jason Hammel at the trade deadline but there is a scenario...

Who Should the Cubs Target in the 2014 Draft?
June 3rd, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The 2014 amateur MLB draft is fast approaching and time is running thin for teams to nail down a plan of attack.  Unlike the other three “big four” sports (football, basketball, hockey), baseball does not have a pre-draft combine where prospects can improve their draft stock in front of general...

What Can the Orioles Offer for Samardzija?
May 30th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Recently, the Baltimore Orioles have showed a peaked interest in Chicago Cubs Starter Jeff Samardzija.  This is an interesting suitor for the Cubs big righty, especially since the New York Yankees have also shown interest.  Baltimore is a better trade partner than they Yanks because of their deeper farm system,...

Cubs Need to Sell High on Samardzija
May 27th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Lets be honest, the Chicago Cubs are going to trade Jeff Samardzija this year.   The only question left is when?  An argument can be made for dealing Samardzija tomorrow as well as waiting until the very last minute on July 31st, but either way, the Cubs are in a great...

Jeff Samardzija is Finally Exceeding Expectations
May 26th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** In order to be considered a success young prospect needs to exceed the franchise’s expectations, surpass his potential, otherwise, he’s just regular.  Jeff Samardzija has been battling his “potential” ever since he was a 5th round pick by the Chicago Cubs back in 2006.  And until recently, Samardzija was only...

Chicago Cubs Make Bid for Korean Pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu
November 9th, 2012 at 5:49 PM
The Cubs are looking overseas to bolster their pitching staff. MLB sources confirmed to the Chicago Tribune that the Cubs were one of the teams which submitted a bid for Korean pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu. ***PHOTO1*** If the Hanwha Eagles, Ryu's current team, accept the Cubs offer, then Chicago will have the exclusive right...

Chicago Cubs Set to Focus on Pitching During Offseason
November 8th, 2012 at 7:35 PM
As the general manager meetings of 2012 begin to heat up, the Chicago Cubs are ready to make some moves to improve upon their 101 loss season. Entering the second year of the Theo Epstein/Jed Hoyer regime, the team is blessed with some space in their payroll which should allow...