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Farewell to a Cubs Killer

Farewell to a Cubs Killer
There continues to be only crumbs for fans to digest in offseason news. The latest tidbit is that the Milwaukee Brewers have made an offer to Yu Darvish. There is no word about the size of the offer, and so it seems like the news only clouds the end date surrounding the top free agent... Read more »

The Last Puzzle Piece(s?)

The Last Puzzle Piece(s?)
One of John’s metaphors has been in my head a lot recently. He frequently stated that the optimal roster building strategy was no like assembling a jigsaw puzzle as he did in this piece, this one, another one, and this last one as well. John, like Ben Wyatt, preferred to play Settlers of Catan. The... Read more »

Cubs officially announce 2018 Minor League coordinators and field staff

Cubs officially announce 2018 Minor League coordinators and field staff
It took a little longer than usual for these announcements to be made but the Cubs finally released their Minor League coaching staff assignments and officially named their new Minor League pitching and hitting coordinators. Perhaps the changes made to the MLB coaching staff caused a trickle down effect in which the organization wanted to... Read more »
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Victor Caratini Interview and Personal News

Victor Caratini Interview and Personal News
The Cubs Convention was a success this past weekend thanks to the work of the Cubs’ organizational staff and the participation of the players, both past and present. It really is a special opportunity for fans to see their favorite team in a very different kind of context. My Facebook Live interview with Victor Caratini... Read more »

Bullpen is Duensing

Bullpen is Duensing
Forgive the lame pun as the title, but this offseason has done terrible things to many of our brains. The Cubs made a perfectly good and solid addition this morning bringing Brian Duensing back. Jon Heyman is reporting that the Cubs have inked the veteran lefty reliever to a 2 year $7 million deal. It... Read more »

2017-18 Offseason Cubs Prospect Rankings: Tier 3 Position Players

2017-18 Offseason Cubs Prospect Rankings: Tier 3 Position Players
In the first entry of this series I gave an overview of the entire system along with a scouting report on my top prospect, Jose Albertos. I moved on to the next tier of prospects earlier this month, covering five potential middle of the rotation starters and three teenage position players with the raw tools necessary to thrive... Read more »
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The Den Podcast - Ep 20: Cubs Con Recap/Tommy Pham said what?!

The Den Podcast - Ep 20: Cubs Con Recap/Tommy Pham said what?!
Luis and Myles chat about some the best 2018 Cubs Convention highlights as well as getting to some news around the league. Also Tommy Phan says he’s going to do something that hasn’t been done since the 2012 MLB season. Also, feel free to watch a video version below! (There were some brief technical difficulties... Read more »

Looking Backwards (to look ahead)

Looking Backwards (to look ahead)
The deep freeze of the offseason remains. The Gerrit Cole trade was the latest move that was going to break the impressive logjam in the starting pitching market. But we are less than a month before pitchers and catchers reporting with the four best free agent starting pitchers still unsure whether they are headed to... Read more »

Aqua Seafoam Shame

Aqua Seafoam Shame
As a general rule, I don't pay much attention to the Cubs Convention. It's a love-fest, and that's fine as in the middle of winter the thought of baseball can at least make the brain-freeze temps seems bearable...for like a minute and a half. The news is rare, and what there is is usually some player telling us he's changed his off-season regimen and/or this is the best he's felt in a long time. And you get your first look at free agent signings in Cubs jerseys I guess, though hoping they don't plan on playing with a turtleneck under it and suit pants when the season starts. Still, a more interesting nugget than usual popped up on Saturday when Tom Ricketts had a thought, even an original one if you can believe it, regarding Sammy Sosa...
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Thoughts About Windows

Thoughts About Windows
Cubs Convention opened this weekend with the usual pomp and circumstance, but there was not the same substance to this celebration as years past. The team is still a very good despite the incomplete grade for the offseason. The team had a World Series trophy to show off last Cubs Convention, and the two years... Read more »