Category: Bullpen

Surplus Trade Assets and Future Roster Allocation Heading Into The Deadline

Surplus Trade Assets and Future Roster Allocation Heading Into The Deadline
Major League teams are no longer waiting until the trade deadline to begin making major moves. It is quite clear after the past couple of seasons that the All-Star break is now a key time of year in the trade market. With that in mind, lets take a look at the players throughout the Cubs organization the... Read more »

Is Carl Edwards Jr. joining the elite?

Is Carl Edwards Jr. joining the elite?
If you follow baseball long enough, this narrative has crossed your screen: A pitcher joins a new team, a new coach or makes a minor tweak and — voilá! — he’s transformed into a dominant force, for a short time at least. The Cubs enjoyed this story when former pitching coach Chris Bosio unleashed Jake... Read more »

Justin Grimm released or Grimm Endings or Grimm Released from Organization or Grimm Tidings or

Justin Grimm released or Grimm Endings or Grimm Released from Organization or Grimm Tidings or
Thank you, @GrimmReaper_52, for your time as a Cub and for helping bring a World Series title to Chicago. #Championpic.twitter.com/YvhfO72v3q — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) March 15, 2018 Those words were sent out at around 3:30 PM yesterday, and it took me until now to come up with the title of this post. The guy invites... Read more »
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Grimm Choice or Help Wanted? (or What Lame Pun Do I Get to Make Through April?)

Grimm Choice or Help Wanted? (or What Lame Pun Do I Get to Make Through April?)
This has been described as a low drama spring for the Cubs. The roster has been virtually set since the Yu Darvish signing in mid February. The only real questions were who would be the back up catcher, and who would be given the prestigous role of 13th pitcher in Joe Maddon’s staff. The decisions... Read more »

Cubs Organizational Depth: Relief Pitching

Cubs Organizational Depth: Relief Pitching
Chicago Cubs After a postseason bullpen meltdown many fans were anxious to see a complete tear down and rebuild. The opportunity certainly presented itself. Wade Davis and Brian Duensing were scheduled to become free agents. Hector Rondon and Justin Grimm were scheduled to receive potentially onerous raises in arbitration. Trade rumors swirled around Mike Montgomery after he... Read more »

Thinking About the Closer Again

Thinking About the Closer Again
The Cubs offseason appears to be taking its final shape. The will they or won’t they drama surrounding the top of the free agent starting pitcher class seems to be settling on Yu Darvish. It is an opportunity for the front office to make up for a rare miss. The Cubs came in a distant... Read more »
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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 »

A Closer Look: The Cubs new look bullpen depth

A Closer Look: The Cubs new look bullpen depth
This offseason may be slow when it comes to big name free agents flying off the board, but changes to the makeup of the bullpens in Chicago and Iowa have been rapid. After a postseason bullpen meltdown littered with walks and punctuated by home runs, the front office made a public proclamation they would look to improve the situation... Read more »

Small Ways the Cubs Can Improve in 2018: Pitching

Small Ways the Cubs Can Improve in 2018: Pitching
Any discussion of the Cubs getting better must always begin with the caveat that they are already very good. This is a supremely talented baseball team, and one that collectively has played in more postseason games in the last three years than anyone else; in fact, they are the only team in baseball to make... Read more »
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Steve Cishek Signs But What About The Closer?

Steve Cishek Signs But What About The Closer?
The Cubs have had a clear cut, top 5 closer in all of baseball since the July 25, 2016 acquistion of Aroldis Chapman. The Cubs managed to pull off the same feat a little four months later in trading for Wade Davis. It is a comforting luxury to have that kind of guy to make a 9... Read more »