Posts in category "Minors and Scouting"

If it only costs money...

If it only costs money...
The quirks of MLB talent acquisition rules prevent teams from just signing whoever they want for whatever amount of money they can muster.  As a result, baseball franchises, including the Chicago Cubs, will have to be creative to grab available talent given restrictions and rather harsh financial and draft/signing penalties.  There are also competitive balance... Read more »

The Countdown to Bryant Day

The Countdown to Bryant Day
The other day, I did a non-scientific bit of “research” regarding when clubs decided to promote their top prospects, or if not top prospects, then eventual impact players.  I was mostly just bored but it was still an interesting exercise and showed that the Cubs aren’t the only ones being “prudent” or “cheap” when it... Read more »

Waiting For Bryant

Waiting For Bryant
The Cubs killed a few baseballs Friday night in St. Louis, marking one of the most entertaining games in recent Cub fan memories since…well, probably sometime last week actually.  It has been an incredibly splendid time to be a Cubs fan despite their non-contender status and their still-in-progress building process.  The time will come, and... Read more »
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When Will I See You?

When Will I See You?
With a small glimpse at the future already with the big league Chicago Cubs in the form of Arismendy Alcantara, it’s natural to wonder whether the front office will bring up some of his buddies from the minors to join him as well.  Alcantara had already been on the 40-man roster anyway, so his call-up... Read more »

The Rusney Castillo Sweepstakes

The Rusney Castillo Sweepstakes
Here’s an interesting bit of news:   Sources: Cuban OF Rusney Castillo already has his Office of Foreign Assets Control license, enabling him to sign with a club at any time. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 2, 2014 You may recall that Rusney Castillo defected from Cuba and because of a bunch of residency rules,... Read more »

James Russell and Emilio Bonifacio traded to the Braves

James Russell and Emilio Bonifacio traded to the Braves
James Russell and Emilio Bonifacio were the last Cubs players to be moved before the non-waiver trade deadline. The range of emotions that happened as news broke very slowly was interesting. From Atlanta RT @mlbbowman: Confirmed: The #Braves have acquired Emilio Bonafacio and LHP James Russell from the Cubs. — Bruce Miles (@BruceMiles2112) July 31,... Read more »
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Jonathan Martinez is PTBNL in Darwin Barney Trade

Jonathan Martinez is PTBNL in Darwin Barney Trade
Jonathan Martinez is the PTBNL in the Darwin Barney trade. It is somewhat surprising that this has happened on a number of levels. First is the fact that Jonathan Martinez is more than just an organizational filler type. The second is that there was a fair bit of smoke that it was Jonathan Martinez when... Read more »

The Competitive Balance Lottery and its implications for the Cubs

The Competitive Balance Lottery and its implications for the Cubs
Today, as we wade through a litany of Cubs roster shuffles, the Competitive Balance Lottery was held and these were the results:   Competitive Balance lottery results for 2015 @MLBDraft: Round A: 1. @marlins 2. @Rockies 3. @Cardinals 4. @Brewers 5. @Padres 6. @Indians — MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) July 23, 2014 Competitive Balance lottery results... Read more »

Javier Baez Moves Over (to 2B): What does it Mean?

Javier Baez Moves Over (to 2B): What does it Mean?
News about top Cubs prospect Javier Baez: Big news over in Round Rock. Iowa #Cubs shortstop Javier Baez starting at second base tonight. #PCL #MiLB — Tommy Birch (@TommyBirch) July 17, 2014   Javier Baez started at 2B tonight in Round Rock as mentioned in Behind the Ivy’s Minor League weekly update. The move sent... Read more »
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Scott Boras, Kris Bryant, and the Cubs

Scott Boras, Kris Bryant, and the Cubs
It’s kind of funny how Kris Bryant was good enough to play in the Double-A All-Star Game, but didn’t have enough playing time to play in Wednesday night’s Triple-A All-Star Game despite having even better stats at the higher level.  Then again, he got a chance to play in the Futures Game in Minnesota in... Read more »