Category: Front Office

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 »

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »

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 »
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The Offseason Through the Lens of the Long Term

The Offseason Through the Lens of the Long Term
Set against the magnitude of what teams like the Angels and Yankees are doing this offseason, the Cubs’ approach to the winter might seem underwhelming or even disappointing to some. They have picked around the edges of the roster, adding Tyler Chatwood, Brandon Morrow, and Drew Smyly so far, but other than being among the... Read more »

What Now?

What Now?
The two biggest dominoes fell in less than 24 hours to finally break the logjam that has been the 2017-2018 off-season. The Cubs were reportedly a possibility for each of Shohei Ohtani and Giancarlo Stanton, but instead each went to an AL team as the hot stove might finally heat up. The extent of the... Read more »

Scary Collision and Leonys Martin

Scary Collision and Leonys Martin
Last night I had flashes of 2001. A good defensive Cubs fielder careened into part of a Busch Stadium and was left writhing in pain after the encounter. The initial news on Albert Almora is very positive, and suggests that this is likely to be a day to day injury. Albert Almora Jr. left tonight's... Read more »
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Cubs Add Rene Rivera Off Waivers

Cubs Add Rene Rivera Off Waivers
#Cubs today claimed catcher Rene Rivera off waivers from the #Mets. RHP Aaron Brooks has been designated for assignment. pic.twitter.com/qfe5BMWpAt — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) August 19, 2017 The Cubs made a move today to continue to maximize the 25 man roster spots. Veteran backup catcher Rene Rivera was placed on waivers by the Mets and... Read more »