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Anarchists' Brunch: New Toy Day

Anarchists' Brunch: New Toy Day
That's what we get today, as Jose Quintana will make his Cubs debut in Baltimore. It's perhaps the most exciting aspect of a big trade for your team, at least on this end where you're in contention and you're hoping this is the piece that pushes them over the top. You get the jarring of seeing that player in your team's jersey. It's not like free agency where you get all winter and spring training to picture it. Quintana was acquired on Thursday and now it's just a couple days later and here he is. It's something a little more when it's a pitcher, because of the control they exert over a game and they only pitch every fifth game. So there's something of a build up to it. And the bigger the name the more exciting it gets. I remember Rich Harden Day vividly. Sadly, that didn't end up all that well that season. We all recall Nomar Garciaparra Day. Again, that season didn't go our way. Say wait a minute...

The Sanity of the Jose Quintana Deal

The Sanity of the Jose Quintana Deal
So that happened. It is so nice to see everyone in town getting along so well. This trade just made so much sense for both sides of town. I just never thought it would happen. Thankfully, the GM on the south side is more interested in building an organization rather than about crosstown silliness. The... Read more »

Impressions from the First Half Of the Minor League Season

Impressions from the First Half Of the Minor League Season
Last week, the Cubs Den minor league reports gave you their take on the Mid-Season  All-Prospect team for the Cubs’ system. Today’s, I give five things I have taken away from the first half of the minor league season. Don’t look back Albert Almora, Charcer Burks is gaining on you! This is not meant to... Read more »
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The Cubs Den Mid-Season All-Prospect Team

The Cubs Den Mid-Season All-Prospect Team
With the minor league season reaching its midpoint last Monday, the Cubs Den minor league crew decided to get together and come up with the prospects that are having the best 2017 at this point. The panel included minor league update reporter Michael Ernst, along with feature writers Stephanie Lynn and me, Tom U. All... Read more »

The Show So Far: Advanced-A Myrtle Beach and Low-A South Bend

The Show So Far: Advanced-A Myrtle Beach and Low-A South Bend
Good Morning, and welcome to the show so far, part two! Today, we look at two of the four full-season minor league squads as they have completed their sixth week of play. The end of May is one of the major landmarks in the minor league season, as organizations ready themselves for the upcoming MLB... Read more »

The Show So Far: Triple-A Iowa and Double-A Tennessee

The Show So Far: Triple-A Iowa and Double-A Tennessee
Good Morning, and welcome to the show so far! Today, we look at two of the four full-season minor league squads as they complete their sixth week of play. The end of May is one of the major landmarks in the minor league season, as organizations ready themselves for the upcoming MLB Draft and the... Read more »
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The Cubs and the 800-Pound Gorilla

The Cubs and the 800-Pound Gorilla
For those not familiar with the analogy of the 800-pound gorilla, it is describing something that is so obvious that no one can ignore it, but at the same time so frightening and terrible that it is incomprehensible to acknowledge. The Cubs are now living with an 800-pound gorilla, and what they do with it... Read more »

Minor League Preview – Advanced-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Minor League Preview – Advanced-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Good morning to everyone! Today is the next installment previewing the 2017 minor league season.  Please note that the previews are based on current roster assignments and anticipated spring training success. All assignments, both as to position and level, are subject to change pending the completion of spring training. Advanced-A – Myrtle Beach Pelicans Can... Read more »

Minor League Preview – Double-A Tennessee

Minor League Preview – Double-A Tennessee
Good morning to everyone! Today is the next installment previewing the 2016 minor league season.  Please note that the previews are based on current roster assignments and anticipated spring training success. All assignments, both as to position and level, are subject to change pending the completion of spring training. Double-A – Tennessee Smokies Last season... Read more »
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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 »