Happy Anniversary; Catching up on a few roster moves; And new rumors; UPDATE: Smyly traded

Happy Anniversary; Catching up on a few roster moves; And new rumors; UPDATE: Smyly traded
Two Years Ago Today The only anniversary that matters…#Cubs pic.twitter.com/Fw0eWnMJ6Z — Michael Ernst (@mj_ernst) November 2, 2018 Hats To The Left For One More Year As expected the Cubs exercised their $6.25M option on Pedro Strop for the 2019 season. This comes a day after the club picked up the $10.5M option on left handed starter... Read more »

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 »

A look at potential 2019 rebounds

A look at potential 2019 rebounds
Kris Bryant Two days ago marked the two year anniversary of Kris Bryant’s Game 5 home run which helped to force a Game 6. Today marks the two year anniversary of Kris Bryant’s first inning homer in Game 6 of the World Series which helped force a Game 7. Kris Bryant blasted 39 home runs... Read more »
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A look at potential 2019 regressions

A look at potential 2019 regressions
Jon Lester and Cole Hamels Jon Lester and Cole Hamels have been getting Major League hitters out since 2006. I wouldn’t be surprised if both continue to pitch well, but both posted ERAs a full run below their FIPs. They have both consistently out-pitched FIP during their careers but never to such an extreme degree. It bears... 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 »

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 3

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 3
Good Morning! The off-season has given Cubs followers plenty to smile about, as first round pick Nico Hoerner continues to dominate the Arizona Fall League. Meanwhile, catcher Erick Castillo is making some noise down in Venezuela. For more, come inside today’s report. Arizona Fall League Mesa Solar Sox Mesa scored all the runs they would... Read more »
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To spree, or not to spree...

We all have things we look forward to in the spring. Pitchers and catchers reporting, the first televised game of spring, and of course Opening Day. An odd quirk I’ve had since my childhood is keeping my eyes on the dormant ivy, eagerly awaiting those first visible pops of green. That’s usually a few weeks... Read more »

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 2

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 2
Good Morning! In today’s edition of Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues, Iowa pitcher Casey Coleman becomes a workhorse in the Mexican Pacific League, while first round pick Nico Hoerner continues to enjoy playing in the Arizona Fall League. For all that and more, take a look inside. Arizona Fall League Mesa Solar Sox It was a... Read more »

End of Season Prospect Review: Dakota Mekkes

End of Season Prospect Review: Dakota Mekkes
Developments I looked for in 2018 1) Improve his secondary offerings to not be so fastball dependent 2) Improve fastball command so that he can get ahead of hitters more frequently Season Review Mekkes proved that the deception created by his motion and the extension created by his 6’7″ 250 pound frame as he drives... Read more »
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Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 1

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 1
Good morning, and welcome to Cubs Den’s comprehensive coverage of off-season baseball. Three leagues, the Arizona Fall League, the Dominican Winter League, and Venezuelan Winter League, all began play this week. Note: Coverage runs from Sunday through Saturday. Arizona Fall League Mesa Solar Sox Opening night on Tuesday saw the Solar Sox rally from a... Read more »