Category: Rebuilding

Javier Baez and prospect hype

Javier Baez and prospect hype
In the coming weeks as Javier Baez continues to punish baseballs with authority and regularity you will hear all sorts of things about who he is as a player. We’ve all heard this with other, previous players; local radio host Dan Bernstein has, in the past, gone down the list of baseball reference most similar... Read more »

Where do the Cubs go from here? Here are my options...

Where do the Cubs go from here?  Here are my options...
The Cubs just lost out on Tanaka and what I’ve heard is that it was all about location and not money.  It’s quite possible the Cubs outbid the Yankees on this one but that would be speculation on my part.  We can take solace in that the Cubs can and will spend when needed, though... Read more »

2014 Cubs Questions

2014 Cubs Questions
Let’s do a quick recap of the more popular Cubs questions I’ve seen posed in various formats. I’ll be around all day to answer anything else in the comments as well. Q. What does Starlin Castro do in 2014? I don’t know, honestly. I know what my heart says. I’m a big time believer in... Read more »
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Cubs plan to attack power pitching with volume now...and spend later?

Cubs plan to attack power pitching with volume now...and spend later?
As we go into these meetings scouring for rumors about who is going to be traded, we should also think about what the Cubs should be getting in return. Not long ago, that wasn’t a difficult to question to answer.  The Cubs needed just one thing: Impact talent.  It didn’t matter what position or what... Read more »

With foundation set, Cubs now have multiple ways to improve team

With foundation set, Cubs now have multiple ways to improve team
These first two years of the rebuild were pretty painful. Record-wise, they’ve been the worst consecutive years in team history. The difference, though, is that the Cubs haven’t been losing aimlessly. When the Cubs started this thing, they knew they were going to lose. Funny things can happen in baseball and everything clicks and you... Read more »

Game Notes: Cubs look to stay on a roll

Game Notes: Cubs look to stay on a roll
Busy day today and now it’s time for some actual baseball, something the Cubs have done quite well of late despite all the news of the impending fire sale. Some good tidbits today other than the big news items and much of is coming from Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago… News and Notes… If you’re... Read more »
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What yesterday's big day means and why it's important

What yesterday's big day means and why it's important
The Cubs have a plan. We call it “rebuilding” as a simple catch-all word and to many, as Tom wrote the other day, it’s long overdue.  But “rebuilding” is something of an abstract concept and as such, it can mean different things to different people To some, rebuilding means losing and empty seats.  It means... Read more »

Improving Cubs should start thinking of adding wins in 2014, not just value

Improving Cubs should start thinking of adding wins in 2014, not just value
I  understand the concept of flipping players. You have a short term guy and you exchange him for a long term asset. When you’re rebuilding, it’s part of the process. If you don’t think you can win now — that is, if the probability of winning for this year becomes so low that you decide... Read more »

Travis Wood fits the Cubs plan to a tee -- so is he a core player?

Travis Wood fits the Cubs plan to a tee -- so is he a core player?
Let me start off by saying it’s May 14th and there is a lot of baseball left to be played — but even still there is no question to me that LHP Travis Wood has taken a step forward in his development. With that caveat out of the way, the question needs to be asked:... Read more »
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Despite noise from media and fans, front office needs to stay the course

Despite noise from media and fans, front office needs to stay the course
I still have my official Cubs 1984 bottle of champagne.  It’s still unopened.  I’m patiently waiting for the right time. As the proverb says, “Good things come to those who wait.“ Yet, I’m finding out early this season that this patience is not universal. This is fine with me — as long as this impatience... Read more »