Category: Organizational Philosophy

Cubs should consider scaling back their usage of Willson Contreras behind the plate in 2019

Cubs should consider scaling back their usage of Willson Contreras behind the plate in 2019
Like the 300-inning starting pitcher, should the 1100-inning catcher be a thing relegated to baseball’s past? The position has evolved into a more demanding position than ever before. Catchers are under greater scrutiny in terms of pitch framing at a time when: Pitchers are throwing harder than ever before Pitchers are throwing more breaking balls than ever... Read more »

Chicago Cubs Offseason Primer

Chicago Cubs Offseason Primer
Congratulations To Boston and Their Fans First of all, a tip of the baseball cap to the 2018 Boston Red Sox on their World Series Championship. This was a juggernaut club with a valid argument to be considered among the greatest in baseball history. Few clubs achieve a 108-win season, and even among those that do,... Read more »

Spring Training Prospect Notes: Who's the next Isaac Paredes?

Spring Training Prospect Notes: Who's the next Isaac Paredes?
I’m not a fan of entitling articles by asking a question, but I promise you my intention behind the choice was not meant as click bait. There is competition playing out in Minor League camp among some of the Cubs young prospects for an opportunity to skip a level in the system and put themselves on the... Read more »
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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 »

A Framework for the Off-Season

A Framework for the Off-Season
Real fake baseball is fully back. It is still over a month away from having any meaning, but it is yet another marker to the true start of the year. There is little drama around this as there are few position battles to be determined, and everyone is aware of the trickiness of projecting spring... Read more »

Monty and Yu

Monty and Yu
Theo says Mike Montgomery will be considered the 6th starter this spring. That doesn't mean they'll go with 6-man rotation #Cubs — Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) February 13, 2018 The Cubs have another possibility that cuts against the grain of baseball thinking today. The Cubs could employ a six man rotation, and it is clear that... Read more »
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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 »

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 »

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 »
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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 »