Posts in category "Free Agency"

The Now and the Near Future

The Now and the Near Future
For over a hundred years the next season always held some allure because the current one rarely did. There was only an occasional pennant race to hold our attention, and so there was always Next Year, floating just out of reach. Tempting us to look ahead, to dream about the potential World Series glory to come.... Read more »

Yu Darvish is a Cub

Yu Darvish is a Cub
A picture really is worth a thousand words. The Cubs unequivocally got better in 2018 with the signing of Yu Darvish. The news has been incredibly for positive for the Cubs. They have landed the top free agent starter on the market for a 6 year $126 million guaranteed deal. The deal may become worth up... Read more »

Cubs Can't Afford Free Agent Phobia

Cubs Can't Afford Free Agent Phobia
“How often does a hundred million dollar contract work out?” This is a common refrain that has been inextricably linked to the Cubs incomplete off-season. The Cubs are clearly done with their planned off-season except for a single move to bolster their rotation. There are three arms available that would represent a substantial upgrade and... Read more »
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Cubs Sign Catcher Chris Gimenez To Minor League Deal

Cubs Sign Catcher Chris Gimenez To Minor League Deal
The Cubs have added a candidate to battle Victor Caratini for the back up catcher role. Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reported the Cubs have signed Chris Gimenez to a minor league deal. Free-agent catcher Chris Gimenez is signing with the Cubs, source tells SB Nation. — Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) January 23, 2018 Gimenez debuted with the Indians in... 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 »

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 »
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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 »

If Not Yu, Who?

If Not Yu, Who?
On Monday, I wrongly predicted to a few friends that the Cubs would be announcing their signing of Yu Darvish by the end of the day on Wednesday. Such is the confidence sprung from the front office flying to Texas to meet with him and his sort of cryptic tweet afterward. But the day after... Read more »

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 »
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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 »