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Posts in category "Cubs"

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 »

Facebook Live interview with Victor Caratini

Facebook Live interview with Victor Caratini
Hi all, just a quick word that I will be interviewing Victor Caratini at noon tomorrow from the Cubs Convention. If you are going to be there, come to the Mayfair Room (you can also see Cubs Insider’s Evan Altman interview Dillon Maples and Mark Zagunis if you hang out for a while), or if... Read more »

Gear Up for the Cubs Convention

Gear Up for the Cubs Convention
This weekend, the Cubs hold their annual winter convention, a nice bridge for the lull that comes between the winter meetings and spring training. This offseason has been especially slow moving, so a few days to hang out with Cubs fans might be a nice reprieve. If you’re planning to attend, the festivities really kick... Read more »
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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 »

Willson Contreras is One of the Best Catchers in Baseball

Willson Contreras is One of the Best Catchers in Baseball
Willson Contreras is in select company. Through his first three seasons in the Cubs system, he played almost exclusively third base, not suiting up behind the plate until 2012, when he was in Low-A. Now, as he enters his third season in the majors, he has become not only a steady and reliable presence in the... Read more »

Jake or Darvish? Yu tell me.

Jake or Darvish? Yu tell me.
It has been widely assumed that Jake Arrieta’s days with the Chicago Cubs were done. With agent Scott Boras at the helm asking for at least 200 million dollars to sign the TCU product, any chance of a needed hometown discount seemed a mere pipe dream. Meanwhile the attentions of Cubs management seemed to be... Read more »
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The Frozen Hot Stove

The Frozen Hot Stove
Mother Nature has provided the perfect metaphor for this offseason with the deep freeze this past week. It is hard to talk about much else since one of our favorite pastimes in the winter months has been so boring, but it isn’t just our imagination that this previous year’s activity was different. # of @mlbtraderumors... Read more »

Should Kris Bryant hit leadoff in 2018?

Should Kris Bryant hit leadoff in 2018?
Last season, Cubs manager Joe Maddon made a bold move with his lineup with established leadoff hitter Dexter Fowler in St. Louis. He hit young slugger Kyle Schwarber leadoff to begin 2017. Schwarber’s mix of power and on base skills (16 homers with a .355 OBP in 69 games his rookie year) made him an... Read more »

Baseball Biomechanics

Baseball Biomechanics
As the off-season moves away from the winter meetings and the ever-pounding drumbeat of the rumor mill, the thoughts of many turn to preparing for the upcoming 2018 season. When you ask baseball followers about off-season training, it often conjures images of players in endless lines of teammates playing long toss, coaches with a stream... Read more »
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The Case for Making a Splash Now (And for Yu Darvish)

The Case for Making a Splash Now (And for Yu Darvish)
There have been two large schools of thought on the Cubs offseason. One has been that the Cubs should execute a cautious approach. This approach is what the Cubs offseason has largely looked like so far. They have chosen to invest in short term deals with slightly higher AAV committed to the players. They have... Read more »