Posts tagged "Rebuilding"

Will Cubs spend more money this offseason?

Will Cubs spend more money this offseason?
Most Cubs fans want the Cubs to rebuild their foundation and I am one of them, of course.   The Cubs have come a long way as far as building their farm system back up to respectability.  It’s a top 10 system by most accounts and it’s on the verge of becoming more than that.... Read more »

Can the Cubs be better than we think?

Can the Cubs be better than we think?
Maybe I am getting delirious from spring training fever, but is it possible that the Cubs might be a lot better than what many of us have projected them to be? Can this combination of good pitching, solid defense, and grinding/hustling out runs on offense really work during the regular season? Among other things, here... Read more »

In case there was any doubt, Sean Marshall won't be returning to the Cubs

In case there was any doubt, Sean Marshall won't be returning to the Cubs
When Sean Marshall was first traded to the Reds for Travis Wood, Dave Sappelt, and Ronald Torreyes, the thought among many Cubs fans is that perhaps they could re-sign their best bullpen arm when he becomes a free agent in 2013.  Gail Fischer further fueled this hope by asking him if he’d like to return... Read more »
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Spring Training Notes: Position Players to Report Today, Platooning, Compensation

Spring Training Notes: Position Players to Report Today, Platooning, Compensation
This is something of a formality because almost all the Cubs players are in camp early, but today is the official day for position players to report.  The only players who have not yet reported are Alfonso Soriano, Starlin Castro, Blake DeWitt, and prospect Jae Hoon Ha.  I’m going to be honest here and say... Read more »

Are the Cubs a better team in 2012?

Are the Cubs a better team in 2012?
The offseason is pretty close to being over.  Things can still happen, of course.  The Soler signing is still out there.  The compensation issue continues to be unresolved.  And, while it’s unlikely at this point, the Cubs could still trade Garza if and when the right deal ever comes along. The 2012 roster, however, is... Read more »

Cubs Aren't Willing to Face Reality

The usually ubiquitous Tom Ricketts has suddenly been hard to find. Mike Quade is lamenting a tough stretch in the schedule and eagerly anticipating the return of Jeff Baker and Reed Johnson. Things are looking pretty grim for Quade and the Cubs. Really? The Cubs are now 14 games under .500 with 40% of the season... Read more »
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5 changes the Cubs must make

After watching the Cubs implode yet again against the equally hapless Houston Astros, it’s starting to become clear that this team just isn’t good enough to compete consistently in 2011.  We can blame injuries, but it’s hard to believe things would be a lot different if they were healthy.  They’d probably be better, but good enough to win the NL Central?  Probably not. ... Read more »

Is this Jim Hendry's Last Stand with the Cubs?

Does Hendry deserve another chance? As I’ve said many times in the past, this is a transitional year for the Cubs.  Many of the Cubs financial mistakes are coming off the books after this season — up to $60M worth.   The team will have a lot of financial flexibility heading into a strong free... Read more »

Cleveland Indians are the Anti-Cubs

Cleveland Indians are the Anti-Cubs
It’s only a month and it’s too early to say whether the Cleveland Indians are for real.  It probably isn’t too early, however, to say the Cubs are pretty much who we think they are.  At the same time, it got me thinking how quickly things can turn around in baseball and how unpredictable the game... Read more »
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