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Posts in category "Roster decisions"

The Madness of March

The Madness of March
This month can be such a tease, especially if you live in the Midwest. It’s “spring,” and though we have been admittedly spoiled in this part of the country so far this year, March can go in vastly different directions. In fact, I think T.S. Eliot got it dead wrong. This is the cruelest month.... Read more »

The fight for the last bench spot

The fight for the last bench spot
This is a battle I know all too well. In fact, given my extensive personal history of watching a lot of high school games from some of the closest seats in the house with a uniform on, I feel I am perhaps extra qualified to delve into this topic, and it might explain my interest... Read more »

Room for Coghlan on defense?

Room for Coghlan on defense?
As the winter weeks run long and the spring training still feels very far away, my mind often turns to the Cubs and the upcoming season to occupy itself through what is easily the hardest part of the year for me, as the winter meetings and the flurry of activity that they bring are well... Read more »
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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 »

Cubs have decisions to make in the outfield this offseason

Cubs have decisions to make in the outfield this offseason
For a team that’s 20 games under .500, the Cubs don’t seem anxious to make a lot of changes next year, so they have to make the ones they do make count.  I don’t imagine much changing at catcher, the infield, or, barring the acquisition of Masahiro Tanaka, in the starting rotation.  I expect 2014... Read more »

Looking ahead to the Rule 5 Draft and some looming 40 Man Roster Decisions

Looking ahead to the Rule 5 Draft and some looming 40 Man Roster Decisions
September is a time for call-ups but it’s also our first look at where the Cubs may be going with some 40 man roster decisions this offseason as they head in to the Rule 5 Draft. The Cubs will soon start making decisions about who to drop and who to add to the 40 man... Read more »
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Forecasting Cubs September Call-ups

Forecasting Cubs September Call-ups
The first big prospect wave isn’t here yet.  There’s been some interesting guys trickle in over the past couple of years: Anthony Rizzo, Welington Castillo and Junior Lake to name a few.  The big time prospects, including Javier Baez, are likely still at least another year away, so this year may be more of a... Read more »

Finalizing the Cubs Opening Day Roster

Finalizing the Cubs Opening Day Roster
There is two weeks left to open the season and the Cubs have sent down star prospect Javier Baez and Jorge Soler to minor league camp.  It’s a signal that the Cubs are going to get down to the business of finalizing the Cubs roster.  Much of it is set, as it has been all... Read more »

Cubs prospect Logan Watkins looking to make an impression this spring

Cubs prospect Logan Watkins looking to make an impression this spring
Cubs prospect Logan Watkins might be a long shot for a major league job this year,  but it doesn’t mean he can’t make a good impression this spring.  In fact, he probably already has, scoring 670 in manager Dale Sveum’s annual bunt tournament.  Now I have to admit I don’t follow the tournament, but I’m... Read more »
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Your 2013 Cubs: Post Winter Meetings edition. UPDATE - Cubs re-sign Stewart

Your 2013 Cubs: Post Winter Meetings edition. UPDATE - Cubs re-sign Stewart
UPDATE:  The Cubs have re-signed  Ian Stewart per Jerry Crasnick via Twitter.  Terms undisclosed as of this writing.  Details to come. UPDATE 2: Bob Nightengale say it’s for $2M with 500K in incentives, but not setting that in stone until someone else confirms.  Seems like an MLB deal. UPDATE 3: Ian Stewart himself confirms the... Read more »