Posts tagged "free agency"

Cubs Calculus

Cubs Calculus
This sometimes gets us in trouble with our commenters for some weird reason, but let’s start with a message that it’s not a good idea to drink and drive…in this story, it’s the late St. Louis Cardinals prospect, Oscar Taveras: In the aftermath of the crash we were reminded about the poor road conditions in the... Read more »

Something About Free Agents

Something About Free Agents
OK, so the Chicago Cubs are going to name Joe Maddon the new manager on Monday.  Until then, we have a stream of roster moves as a relatively big trade happened as the Milwaukee Brewers traded for Adam Lind and sent noted Cub-killer Marco Estrada to the Toronto Blue Jays.  The Jays also announced a... Read more »

Tweaking the Next Collective Bargaining Agreement

Tweaking the Next Collective Bargaining Agreement
There hasn’t been a work stoppage in Major League Baseball since 1995, and based god willing, there won’t be one when the current collective bargaining agreement expires in December 2016 and they (hopefully) ratify a new one to keep the game going.  The owners fought for so long to get certain concessions from the players... Read more »
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Avenues of Talent Acquisition, Revisited

Avenues of Talent Acquisition, Revisited
We begin with the requisite fapping to Cubs prospect porn and the (hopefully) impending promise of a juggernaut in the making: Organizational Overview by Dave Cameron The Cubs rebuild has methodical, but it’s almost over. After spending the last few years collecting prospects and building up an internal base of talent, the Cubs are on... Read more »

A Thought Exercise

A Thought Exercise
Let’s talk about Kris Bryant really quickly.  In fact, let’s watch a video of Theo Epstein talking about Kris Bryant from last month before we keep going… Okay, now that we’re caught up, let’s remember that Tom Ricketts and Theo Epstein had a plan and they’re sticking to it.  There are various statements within this... Read more »

While My Agent Gently Weeps...

While My Agent Gently Weeps...
As recently as maybe in the last minute (okay, so it was probably just a few days ago), super-agent Scott Boras was stumping for his client (that’s his job, so that’s reasonable) to get called up to the majors in September.  Of course, you probably know the client, Kris Bryant, by his $6.7MM smile and... Read more »
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Pondering a 2015 Cubs Contender

Pondering a 2015 Cubs Contender
Anno wrote a blog on our mother ship today that was thought-provoking.  That’s kind of a nice way for me to say he’s a bit nuts without getting fired, but there’s a rational explanation for his madness too.  Now I know that it is premature to put all our hopes in the Cubs’ farmhands, but... 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 »

If the Cubs have money, who do they spend it on?

If the Cubs have money, who do they spend it on?
Today, just for the sake of thought exercises, let’s pretend that the Cubs can indeed spend a lot of money this offseason and that they can get whomever they want to fill in the gaps in a roster on the rise.  We will have to work with a few assumptions here: As stated in the... 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 »