Tag: Trades

The Offseason Through the Lens of the Long Term

The Offseason Through the Lens of the Long Term
Set against the magnitude of what teams like the Angels and Yankees are doing this offseason, the Cubs’ approach to the winter might seem underwhelming or even disappointing to some. They have picked around the edges of the roster, adding Tyler Chatwood, Brandon Morrow, and Drew Smyly so far, but other than being among the... Read more »

On Trading Depth for Pitching

On Trading Depth for Pitching
One of the more pervasive assumptions about this offseason is that the Cubs are going to have to trade from their major league roster in order to fill holes in the rotation and bullpen. They do have needs in both of these areas and are currently not well-equipped to address them with what’s on the... Read more »

Anarchist's Brunch- The Bull Market of Spring…..

Anarchist's Brunch- The Bull Market of Spring…..
So the first pressing need is to work out a package deal of Darwin Barney and Nate Schierholtz to the Tigers. But if the Tigers sign Stephen Drew then that’s off but we could probably still trade Schierholtz and then send Barney to the Yankees or possibly the Mets or Marlins. Hammel is clearly this... Read more »
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Cubs plan to attack power pitching with volume now...and spend later?

Cubs plan to attack power pitching with volume now...and spend later?
As we go into these meetings scouring for rumors about who is going to be traded, we should also think about what the Cubs should be getting in return. Not long ago, that wasn’t a difficult to question to answer.  The Cubs needed just one thing: Impact talent.  It didn’t matter what position or what... Read more »

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 »
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13 Worst Cubs Trades since 1960

13 Worst Cubs Trades since 1960
We’ve done the best Cubs trades of the past 50 years, now let’s do the worst.  In some ways, this list was tougher, not because there weren’t enough bad trades but because there were too many.  I could have limited this list to just 11 terrible deals like last time, but that would have meant... Read more »

11 Best Cubs Trades in the Past 50 Years

11 Best Cubs Trades in the Past 50 Years
The Cubs made a big trade this winter when they acquired Matt Garza, Fernando Perez, and a minor league pitcher for top prospects Chris Archer, Hak Ju Lee, Brandon Guyer, and Robinson Chirnos.  Given Garza’s early spring performance, Cub fans are probably getting nervous that the Cubs have made yet another Lou Brock type disaster... Read more »