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Why Trading Justin Ruggiano was the Right Move
December 18th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Per Carrie Muskat, the Chicago Cubs finalized a deal to send OF Justin Ruggiano to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for, minor league RHP, Matt Brazis yesterday. The deal does not come as a huge shock as we have been talking about the Cubs logjam in the outfield for...

Chicago Cubs Off-Season Report: Winter League Updates
December 18th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Arizona Fall League has come and gone but the various winter leagues of the Caribbean are well under way. The Chicago Cubs have plenty of young players getting extra reps before spring training, Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez, Junior Lake and Manny Ramirez in particular: Player League Games .ave .obp HR RBI SB Alcantara DR 19 .324 .395 4 8 3 Baez PR 4 .357 .412 1 3 0 Lake DR 38 .256 .405 2 12 20 Ramirez DR 38 .300 .402 6 25 0 (Stats per MLB.com) Alcantara, Lake and...

MLB News: Cubs Acquire Flame-Throwing RHP Motte
December 17th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs continued their shopping spree when they came to terms with RHP Jason Motte on Monday. Motte, a former St. Louis Cardinals’ standout, will join the Cubs on a one-year deal worth $4.5 million but could earn as much as $6.5 with incentives. Motte only threw...

Cubs Introduce Lester: New Ace, Old Number
December 17th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs officially introduced Jon Lester at Wrigley Field yesterday. There had been some question about what number he would wear with the Cubs as the number that he has worn for most of his career, #31, has been retired by the Cubs in honor of Fergie Jenkins...

Breaking Down the Cubs’ New Catcher Miguel Montero
December 16th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs acquired Miguel Montero last week when they struck a deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks, but what are they really getting? As we discussed last week, Miguel Montero is not a huge statistical upgrade over the Cubs’ current backstop, Welington Castillo, but his resume is very impressive. Montero...

Bold Predictions: Jason Hammel Will not Replicate 2014 Success in 2015
December 15th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs made one heck of a splash last week when they added C Miguel Montero and free agent starters Jon Lester and Jason Hammel to their roster. Both Montero and Lester figure to play key roles on the 2015 Cubs, serving as the starting catcher and ace, but...

Sunday Spotlight: Could Jacob Turner Follow in the Footsteps of Andrew Miller?
December 14th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Last weekend, the New York Yankees signed LHP Andrew Miller to the richest contract ever for a reliever without closing experience; a 4-year, $36 million dollar deal. Miller has been one of baseball’s best relievers the past two seasons, posting ERAs of 2.64 and 2.02 for the Boston Red Sox...

Down on the Farm: Bill James’ Projections for Kris Bryant
December 13th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** In addition to pumping out his 2015 projections for the Chicago Cubs’ current lineup, Sabermetric guru Bill James also calculated what to expect from Kris Bryant in 2015. Predicting Bryant’s stats in 2015 are particularly difficult because he has no prior MLB experience and we do not know how the...

Chicago Cubs Trades: Where are They Now?
December 12th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs have one of baseball’s best farm systems and it seems like only a matter of time before Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer deal some of the organization’s quality prospects to fill needs on the major league roster. If the Cubs make one of those moves this off-season,...

Why Teams Should Get Rid of “Closers”
December 11th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Over the last 20 or so years, the Closer has become one of the most important jobs in baseball. It’s the job that every young pitchers dreams of having one day; being brought into a game in the bottom of the ninth with the game on the line and a...

BREAKING NEWS: Chicago Cubs Sign Jon Lester
December 10th, 2014 at 5:33 AM
***PHOTO1*** BREAKING NEWS: According to multiple sources, the Chicago Cubs have come to terms with, free agent starting pitcher, Jon Lester. The deal is believed to be worth $155 million over six years with an option for a seventh year. Lester, 31, went 16-11 for the Boston Red Sox...

BREAKING NEWS: Cubs Acquire Montero in 3-Player Swap
December 9th, 2014 at 4:01 PM
***PHOTO1*** BREAKING NEWS: According to Carrie Muskat, the Chicago Cubs have just acquired C Miguel Montero from the Arizona Diamondback for two minor league pitching prospects. Montero, 31, hit .243 with 13 home runs and 72 RBIs for Arizona in 2014. He is a career .264 hitter over the...

Dempster is Just One of Many to Join the Front Office Post-Retirement
December 9th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Last week, former Chicago Cubs starting pitcher, Ryan Dempster announced that he was officially retiring from baseball and that he would be joining he Chicago Cubs front office. Many believe that his primary role for the time being will be court, free agent starter, Jon Lester, whom he played...

BREAKING NEWS: Cubs Re-Sign Jason Hammel
December 8th, 2014 at 11:08 AM
***PHOTO1*** BREAKING NEWS: According to NBC Sports, the Chicago Cubs have come to terms with free agent starter Jason Hammel. The deal is believed to be worth $18 million over two years. Hammel pitched for the Chicago Cubs in the first half of the 2014 season, posting an 8-5 record with a...

Bold Predictions: Bill James’ Projections for the 2015 Cubs
December 8th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Projecting future performance in baseball has traditionally been about gut feeling and roughly right science, but thanks to Bill James’ sabermetric calculations we now have shockingly accurate projections for modern players. Here are what James’ calculations predict for some of the Chicago Cubs’ hitters in 2015: Player .ave .obp 2B HR RBI SB Alcantara .259 .317 38 19 70 32 Baez .242 .298 33 32 75 18 Rizzo .274 .362 39 34 99 6 Castro .284 .329 34 12 63 9 Soler .247 .330 36 28 94 2 Valbuena .241 .328 25 12 45 n/a Castillo .259 .323 23 14 53 n/a (Projections per cubbiescrib.com) As you can...

Sunday Spotlight: Impact of Martinez’s Addition to Cubs’ Staff
December 7th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Yesterday, the Chicago Cubs announced that they would be adding Dave Martinez to the team’s 2015 coaching staff as the bench coach. Martinez, 50, served as Joe Maddon’s bench coach for seven years with the Tampa Bay Rays and was originally viewed as Maddon’s successor after he left to join...

Down on the Farm: 2015 Draft Class
December 6th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** On Cubs.com, you will find an article by Jim Callis about the top prospects in the 2015 draft class. It’s a good read if you have the time, but the issue we’re going to touch on today is college players versus high school players. The top ranked prospect in the...

Fan of the Week: When Baseball Becomes a Family Affair
December 5th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** It’s finally Friday again, and that means it’s time for our Fan of the Week! When choosing our Fan of the Week, we like to select individuals who are true baseball people, but nowadays it seems like that term is thrown around so loosely and applied to anyone who claims...

How to Alter Javier Baez’s Approach at the Plate
December 4th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Javier Baez is an incredibly talented kid with a whole box full of tools; a bold statement about someone who didn’t hit his weight and had nearly three times as many strikeouts as hits last year, but hear me out. Those around Chicago who aren’t freaking out about Javier Baez’s...

Grading the Chicago Cubs’ Off-season So Far
December 3rd, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** With the addition of Joe Maddon this offseason, the Chicago Cubs were declared possible playoff contenders, putting the team about a year ahead of schedule. As they stand right now, though, the Cubs are not significantly better than they were in 2014, so Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer need to...