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Cubs claim CJ Riefenhauser, DFA Edgar Olmos

Cubs claim CJ Riefenhauser, DFA Edgar Olmos
The Cubs search for bullpen depth continues as today they claimed the recently waived C.J. Riefenhauser and waived another lefty pitcher in Edgar Olmos, per Carrie Muskat. #Cubs claim LHP Rifenhauser, DFA LHP Olmos — Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) February 12, 2016   Riefenhauser is a product of the Tampa Bay Rays farm system and last... Read more »

Jason Heyward takes BP (Video)

Jason Heyward takes BP (Video)
Sorry for sounding so out of breath but had to run down to get video before Heyward finished BP.  I didn’t want to edit out the sound either because we do want to hear the crack of the bat! Enjoy! Also apologize for the labels, something I didn’t want to have to do but found... Read more »

Around the League: Law's Top 100, Fowler, Gallardo, Lazarito Non-Update, Desmond, Otani, Wrigley McDonald's and More

Around the League: Law's Top 100, Fowler, Gallardo, Lazarito Non-Update, Desmond, Otani, Wrigley McDonald's and More
As John noted yesterday, Keith Law is higher on the Cubs farm system than most, ranking them #4 is his organizational rankings. Today we got to see why as Law placed six Cubs on his Top 100 Prospects List, led by Gleyber Torres at #15. Law calls Torres a “potential superstar” after succeeding in the... Read more »
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Staff Post: A team by team look at the NL Contenders

Staff Post: A team by team look at the NL Contenders
We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves.  The Cubs first goal is to win the NL Central and avoid a one and done wildcard match-up, especially when that one match=up could be against a Kershaw, Greinke, Bumgarner, or Scherzer, Cole, DeGrom or Harvey. At the same time, last year’s run to the NLCS means... Read more »

Cubs Notes: McLeod speaks, Law bullish on Cubs system, Lazarito to decide soon, and other notes

Cubs Notes: McLeod speaks, Law bullish on Cubs system, Lazarito to decide soon, and other notes
Here in AZ, the weather is getting warmer and we’re getting closer to baseball Until then, here are some news and notes to tide us over… McLeod talks prospects Recently I briefly mentioned that Jason McLeod was on MLB radio with Mike Ferrin and Jim Duquette in reference to Billy McKinney’s knee injury coming along... Read more »

Say Hey! Look who's in CF today!

Say Hey! Look who's in CF today!
Jason Heyward was among quite a few players taking some reps in BP and the OF.   While camp still has a casual feel to it and players are just getting loose, it was fun to watch Heyward run down fly balls.  He is such a fluid athlete and despite his big frame, he looks... Read more »
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Covering baseball through scouting, statistics, and the forever youthful eyes of a diehard Cubs fan

Covering baseball through scouting, statistics, and the forever youthful eyes of a diehard Cubs fan
I’m in love I’m in love and I don’t care who knows it!! – Buddy the Elf This may not sound like a big deal to most Cubs fans, but today I bought a pair of tickets to a spring game.  And not just any tickets, I went for the cheap seats out on the... Read more »

2016 Cubs pitching, according to PECOTA

2016 Cubs pitching, according to PECOTA
I said it in my very first post here, but going into the 2016 season, I expect that our pitching will be the subtle strength of this team, and with an offense like we are projected to have, my expectation is that many of us might not be as apt to take notice of the... Read more »

A first glimpse of spring: Photo Gallery of CF practice

A first glimpse of spring: Photo Gallery of CF practice
This is not news…nothing really exciting is going on yet.  But since we’re all starving for baseball and I am limited right now as to much as how much I can type (In case you missed it on Twitter, I went to the ER yesterday to get stitches after gashing my hand on a piece... Read more »
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The 2016 Cubs offense, according to PECOTA

The 2016 Cubs offense, according to PECOTA
I trust that most of us here are familiar with the PECOTA projections that Baseball Prospectus puts out each year, as well as roughly how they are put together. Those, along with the Steamer projections and the ZiPS projections, help give baseball fans a sense of what they might expect from the upcoming season. Or... Read more »