Posts in category "2013 Offseason Series"

George Kottaras, losing Dioner, and Juan Uribe thoughts

Kottaras George Kottaras is not a sexy signing. He’s not Jarrod Saltalamacchia and he’s not Brian McCann. If we take this at surface value Kottaras is a .214 hitting part time catcher with a good defensive reputation. Seems a bit like Damian Miller. But he’s not just that. Kottaras has a damn good eye. Last year... Read more »

Meetings adjourned: Where do the Cubs go from here?

Meetings adjourned: Where do the Cubs go from here?
A couple days back, we talked about the 2013 Cubs team as it stands now.  We like what they’ve done so far, but it’s far from a finished product.  This Cubs roster is going to be a dynamic one that will change from here until the opener, during the season, at the trade deadline, and... Read more »

Haren deal falls through. So who's next on Cubs SP shopping list?

Haren deal falls through.  So who's next on Cubs SP shopping list?
The Cubs very nearly traded closer Carlos Marmol for starting RHP Dan Haren, but apparently backed out late.  We’re left to speculate as to why but we’re told that Marmol ok’d the deal, which seemingly makes this different from the Ryan Dempster fiasco. One guy we’ve come to trust here is David Kaplan and he... Read more »
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Rogers: Cubs will put Matt Garza on the block when healthy

Rogers: Cubs will put Matt Garza on the block when healthy
It was an ill-advised deal by Hendry.  He had the right idea, which was to trade for a 27 year old cost-controlled pitcher.  It’s the timing that was the problem.  Garza may have been entering his prime years, but the Cubs as a team were well past their peak performance years.  It was a team... Read more »

Dave Magadan would be a great fit for the Cubs

Dave Magadan would be a great fit for the Cubs
First off, I apologize for not having an article up the past two days.  I was at a resort in Wisconsin with my wife.  We had a nice relaxing weekend.  I played 3rd class golf on a world class golf course and my wife did the spa thing.  I was completely disconnected.  I did not... Read more »

Offseason Moves Series: Cubs could be in the market for CF

Offseason Moves Series: Cubs could be in the market for CF
Co-written with John Arguello Theo Epstein today said he’d operate as if Brett Jackson was going to start the year in AAA.  That leaves CF wide open.  He also implied today that the Cubs wouldn’t bid heavily on FAs, so that would seem to rule out someone like B.J. Upton. Theo also said the team... Read more »
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Cubs already planning for 2013, but looking ahead to 2014

Cubs already planning for 2013, but looking ahead to 2014
As many of you already know, the Cubs have chosen not to retain Pat Listach, their 3B coach.  Listach was a rising managerial star in the Cubs system and is highly thought of around the league, so I assume he’ll get a position somewhere fairly quickly.  Good luck to him. In somewhat related news, Bobby... Read more »

Offseason Moves Series Part 2: Third Base

Offseason Moves Series Part 2: Third Base
Co-written with John Arguello Yesterday we addressed the starting pitching.  Today it’s the 3rd base situation.  The Cubs took a flyer on a young, talented 3B in Ian Stewart, but it did not work out. At least not yet.  It remains to be seen whether Stewart will get that 2nd chance with the Cubs.  Bruce... Read more »

Offseason Moves Series, Part 1: Addressing the Starting rotation

Offseason Moves Series, Part 1: Addressing the Starting rotation
Co-written with John Arguello This is the first in a five part series that Tom and I will do together on the Cubs offseason.  We’ll start with an obvious place they need to address: the starting pitching.  Last year the Cubs actually had some pretty strong pitching through July, but then Matt Garza got hurt... Read more »
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