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Could 23 year old outfielder Yasmani Tomas provide an answer in the Cubs OF? Maybe.

Could 23 year old outfielder Yasmani Tomas provide an answer in the Cubs OF? Maybe.
Once in a while I get asked about recent Cuban prospects (post Jose Abreu) and my answer has been largely, “Meh”.  I haven’t covered much on them because frankly, the word I heard was they were a collection of 5th OF’ers, utility infielders, and relief pitchers — maybe a fringe starter among them. Yasmani Tomas... Read more »

Looking back at how Cubs built their pitching inventory: The Top 11 moves and the areas that still need work

Looking back at how Cubs built their pitching inventory: The Top 11 moves and the areas that still need work
When Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, and Jason McLeod took over the organization, the pitching cupboard was almost bare.  There were no front line pitching candidates on the horizon — there really weren’t any good bets even lower in the system.  There were a few good arms: Trey McNutt, Dillon Maples, Dallas Beeler, and Ben Wells... Read more »

So you're saying there's a chance...are Dodgers out on Cuban RHP Miguel Gonzalez?

So you're saying there's a chance...are Dodgers out on Cuban RHP Miguel Gonzalez?
So while rummaging for news on Alfonso Soriano, I came across this tweet from MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez, I’m as surprised as anyone to see report that #Dodgers are no longer interested in Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez. That’s a big deal at this stage. He goes on to say that the Cubs remain interested as of last... Read more »
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Cubs in on top international free agents OF Eloy Jimenez and RHP Miguel Gonzalez

Cubs in on top international free agents OF Eloy Jimenez and RHP Miguel Gonzalez
There are a couple of interesting articles out today on two Cubs targets, one one Dominican OF Eloy Jimenez by Baseball America’s Ben Badler and another on Cuban RHP Miguel Gonzalez by MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez. Sanchez describes Gonzalez here, The hard-throwing right-hander has a fastball in the mid-90s, a changeup, fork and a curveball. He made a... Read more »

Why I'm not a fan of an international draft

Why I'm not a fan of an international draft
You may have heard that an international draft is inevitable and it could happen as soon as next year.  The powers that be are deciding that as we speak. We already know what the spin is: “It’s going to help small market teams!” Baloney. Small market teams like the Royals, Rays, and Pirates have wisely... Read more »

The Cubs will employ an aggressive strategy under the new CBA

The Cubs will employ an aggressive strategy under the new CBA
One of the interesting little subplots to the season has been the Cubs strategy as to the acquisition of amateur talent.  If you want insight into what the current front office is thinking and how they intend to build a contender, then it’s a good place to start. When it comes to amateur talent and... Read more »
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Cubs have signed Cuban fireballer Armando Rivero

Cubs have signed Cuban fireballer Armando Rivero
Updated: 9:48 AM The Cubs are beginning to become a presence in Cuba. It seems that while the Gerardo Concepcion signing may not have worked out yet, it may have helped land a couple of other players.  The most prominent is Jorge Soler, but the Cubs have now appeared to have signed Concepcion’s former teammate,... Read more »

Evaluating DSL Prospects: LHP Carlos A. Rodriguez

Evaluating DSL Prospects: LHP Carlos A. Rodriguez
One player I’ve been getting a lot of questions and comments about of late is Carlos A. Rodriguez.  He is a LHP out of Venezuela who had great success as a 17 year old in his debut season in the DSL. Rodriguez went 5-3 with a 2.01 ERA, had a strikeout rate of 9.2/9 IP... Read more »

Cubs continue to look for impact talent as international signing period nears

Cubs continue to look for impact talent as international signing period nears
When it comes to the international signing period, which begins on July 2nd, the rules have changed. Eventually there will be pools where, much like the draft,  the teams that have the lowest winning percentages will get the most money to spend, but for now, every team is on equal footing.  Every team gets $2.9M... Read more »
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Cubs, Oneri Fleita building big advantage with Dominican Academy

Cubs, Oneri Fleita building big advantage with Dominican Academy
Bruce Levine interviewed Theo Epstein today on ESPN 1000.  Much of it was the usual fodder, but Levine saved the most interesting question for last.  Well, it was actually more of an open-ended question so it was the answer that was really interesting. The question was about what Theo’s biggest surprise upon taking over the... Read more »
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