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Posts tagged "Theo Epstein"

Looking Backwards (to look ahead)

Looking Backwards (to look ahead)
The deep freeze of the offseason remains. The Gerrit Cole trade was the latest move that was going to break the impressive logjam in the starting pitching market. But we are less than a month before pitchers and catchers reporting with the four best free agent starting pitchers still unsure whether they are headed to... Read more »

Thoughts About Windows

Thoughts About Windows
Cubs Convention opened this weekend with the usual pomp and circumstance, but there was not the same substance to this celebration as years past. The team is still a very good despite the incomplete grade for the offseason. The team had a World Series trophy to show off last Cubs Convention, and the two years... Read more »

The Frozen Hot Stove

The Frozen Hot Stove
Mother Nature has provided the perfect metaphor for this offseason with the deep freeze this past week. It is hard to talk about much else since one of our favorite pastimes in the winter months has been so boring, but it isn’t just our imagination that this previous year’s activity was different. # of @mlbtraderumors... Read more »
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Brandon Morrow Signs With Cubs

Brandon Morrow Signs With Cubs
The Cubs began the process of rebuilding their beleaguered bullpen on Sunday afternoon. Jon Heyman has reported that the Cubs have a deal with ex-Dodgers reliever Brandon Morrow. Morrow was leaned on heavily by Dave Roberts in the 2017 playoffs. The hard throwing right hander threw 13.2 innings in the Dodgers World Series run. In... Read more »

What Now?

What Now?
The two biggest dominoes fell in less than 24 hours to finally break the logjam that has been the 2017-2018 off-season. The Cubs were reportedly a possibility for each of Shohei Ohtani and Giancarlo Stanton, but instead each went to an AL team as the hot stove might finally heat up. The extent of the... Read more »

Cubs Make the First Cut for Ohtani

Cubs Make the First Cut for Ohtani
Shohei Ohtani is the most anticipated free agent signing of the offseason. He is perhaps the most unique player of the modern era. Ohtani is one of the youngest Japanese players to come over, and so any comparisons to previous imports is apples to oranges. He can hit 100 mph with his fastball, but is... Read more »
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Could The Cubs Do A Bad Contract Swap With Jason Heyward?

Could The Cubs Do A Bad Contract Swap With Jason Heyward?
On December 15, 2015 the Cubs signed Jason Heyward to an eight-year $184 million contract. The tall right fielder was one of the most highly sought-after players on the free agent market that year. Heyward had a lot of appeal due to his elite defense and offensive ability that showed flashes of emerging. Teams believed... Read more »

Coaching Changes and Knowing the Truth

Coaching Changes and Knowing the Truth
Last week, the Cubs shifted essentially the entire coaching staff behind manager Joe Maddon, and among the reactions to that news was the peculiar narrative that the Cubs had engaged in some sort of intentional misguiding of local media. We’ll dive into the complaints lofted by a few of the Chicago beats in a bit,... Read more »

Scary Collision and Leonys Martin

Scary Collision and Leonys Martin
Last night I had flashes of 2001. A good defensive Cubs fielder careened into part of a Busch Stadium and was left writhing in pain after the encounter. The initial news on Albert Almora is very positive, and suggests that this is likely to be a day to day injury. Albert Almora Jr. left tonight's... Read more »
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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 »