Archive for January 2014

Javy Baez questionable makeup?

Javy Baez questionable makeup?
By now, you probably have caught wind of the minor storm ESPN analyst Keith Law provided yesterday in regards to Cubs top prospect Javy Baez. During an online chat Law alluded to Baez as having some questionable makeup. James (Detroit) If you had to pick one player in your top 10 that will completely bust,... Read more »

Callis: Cubs young bats unmatched, will contend by 2016

Callis: Cubs young bats unmatched, will contend by 2016
The accolades keep pouring in for the Cubs system lately. Whether it is their prospects littering MLB.com’s top 100, rankings from the likes of Jim Callis, Jason Parks, or Keith Law, it’s high praise these days for the young Cubs. The bad news is most talent experts agree the Cubs come up short in the... Read more »

Rick Hahn would have been good alternative for Cubs

Rick Hahn would have been good alternative for Cubs
Rick Hahn was once considered the favorite to be the next Cubs GM. Soon after the search for Jim Hendry’s replacement began, Hahn was the name that popped up immediately in the press. Hahn was viewed around the game as one of the top GM candidates. He grew up a Cubs fan. As a 12... Read more »
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Cubs TV derby could be nearing finish line

Cubs TV derby could be nearing finish line
There are some rumblings out there that the Cubs could be closing in on that long rumored TV deal. However, like anything Cubs, it’s complicated. That’s a kinder phrase than the one I heard yesterday to describe things. I received indications that Fox Sports is feeling good about their chances of swooping in and taking... Read more »

Rooftop Association covienient villains, resolution could still come next week

Rooftop Association covienient villains, resolution could still come next week
There are some out there who simply want to blame or boycott the rooftops. It is not that easy. They aren’t the most sympathetic group mind you, but they have a contract. They are not stealing. They bargained for their rights up until 2025. If they were totally in the wrong, Wrigley would have already... Read more »

Black Wednesday: Cubs double their losses

Black Wednesday: Cubs double their losses
The Cubs have seen some dark days. Then there was Wednesday. Everyone expected the Masahiro Tanaka decision announcement to drop by Wednesday morning. By noon, it seemed as if a mushroom cloud had dropped over Wrigley Field. As if losing out on Tanaka wasn’t enough, the noted progress made with the Wrigley Rooftop Association blew... Read more »
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Tanaka update: Dodgers not out

Tanaka update: Dodgers not out
Info I passed along yesterday had the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes coming down to the Yankees and Cubs. I was told today that may not be the case after all. I was able to check in with two other well-placed sources who both think the Dodgers are still very much a part of this. One of... Read more »

Cubs and Rooftop Association deal appears imminent

Cubs and Rooftop Association deal appears imminent
Tom Ricketts and the Cubs have been pretty adamant in painting the Wrigleyville Rooftop Association as the biggest culprit in the delay of renovating Wrigley Field. The Cubs have long claimed the looming threat of lawsuits are holding up the start of construction, which in turn holds up revenue streams that can be used for... Read more »

Cubs Tanaka offer could exceed $160 million

Cubs Tanaka offer could exceed $160 million
Plenty of media reports have portrayed the Cubs as serious players for Masahiro Tanaka. Some even have them painted as the favorites. I was told tonight the industry buzz places the Cubs offer in the neighborhood of $160 million for 7 years. That offer does not include the $20 million posting fee, I’m told. Gordon... Read more »
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Quit asking Renteria dumb questions

Quit asking Renteria dumb questions
Rick Renteria will be officially introduced to Cubdom this weekend at the annual Cubs convention. This morning the new skipper was reintroduced to an old narrative. Renteria was questioned during an interview on how he would be different from the managers that have failed before him. Oh Rick, how will you ever be different from... Read more »