Cubs DFA Duensing as roster shuffle continues

Cubs DFA Duensing as roster shuffle continues
The Cubs have designated veteran reliever Brian Duensing for assignment. This removes the 36-year old from the 40-man roster, but his $3.5M salary is guaranteed and unlikely to attract interest on the waiver wire, so once he clears the Cubs will have the choice of sending him to Iowa or granting him his release. Given... Read more »

Ian Happ Will Begin the Season in AAA

Ian Happ Will Begin the Season in AAA
In what has to come as a big surprise to most observers, Manager Joe Maddon announced Ian Happ will begin the year in AAA Iowa. Happ has struggled mightily this spring with a batting average currently sitting at .135. After a very good rookie season, the versatile outfielder/infielder struggled in 2018 to a .233 average... Read more »

Less than a week away, Opening Day roster coming into focus

Less than a week away, Opening Day roster coming into focus
Darvish, Cishek and Strop eying Rangers series Yu Darvish will throw in a Minor League game on Sunday in order to stay on track for his first regular season start Pedro Strop is on schedule for a final spring tune up early in the week and if all goes well, he should begin the year... Read more »
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Spring Training Notes - Bullpen and Health Updates

Spring Training Notes - Bullpen and Health Updates
While Tyler Chatwood has done enough to secure his roster spot this spring, especially in light of his large contract, the same can’t be said for Brian Duensing. His 2018 struggles have carried over and I believe his roster spot is in serious doubt, despite the fact that the lefty signed to give him the... Read more »

Contreras, Zobrist, and the Nagging Question of How to Follow a Miracle

Up until 2016, you could always tell when a Chicago sportswriter was up against a deadline and a serious case of writer’s block. Because that would inevitably lead him to pen the latest in a never-ending series of columns asking “If the Cubs won a World Series, would Cub fans face an identity crisis?” It... Read more »

Spring Training Notes on MLB Opening Day

Spring Training Notes on MLB Opening Day
Good Morning! While all of us sane folks were sleeping the regular season kicked off with the Mariners edging out the A’s 9-7 over in Japan. Former Milwaukee outfielder Domingo Santana hit the first home run of the year. The game also featured a touching moment for Ichiro: All love for Ichiro! #MLB開幕戦 pic.twitter.com/tgiZDggKtz —... Read more »
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NL Central Previews: St. Louis Cardinals

NL Central Previews: St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals were under achieving early in the season, so much so that they fired manager Mike Matheny. Interim skipper Mike Shildt seemed to inspire the Cards who finished at 88-74, staying in the Wild Card race until the final week of the season. The Cubs and Brewers were never really in danger from the... Read more »

NL Central Previews: Pittsburgh Pirates

NL Central Previews: Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pirates were surprisingly competitive early in 2018, before slowing down and finishing with an 82-79 record. Big pieces Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole were traded and expectations were low. The Bucs start was so promising they even became buyers at the deadline, acquiring pitcher Chris Archer from the Rays. Unlike the Reds, Pittsburgh was... Read more »

Cubs make first roster cuts and a minor trade

Cubs make first roster cuts and a minor trade
Amidst the first round of cuts from Major League camp, the Cubs also made a surprising trade, re-acquiring former 2nd round pick Donnie Dewees from the Royals in exchange for 2015 8th round pick Stephen Ridings. Now 25, Dewees has spent the past two years in the Royals system at AA and AAA after the... Read more »
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Spring Training Notes 3/8

Spring Training Notes 3/8
AZ Phil, staying on top of all the pertinent contract details as usual, brought up a couple of topics in the comment section of TCR that are worth highlighting. Next Wednesday (3/13) is the deadline to release a player signed to a non-guaranteed contract in order to minimize their termination pay. He brings up Xavier Cedeno, and... Read more »