Countdown to 2016!

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I decided to check in on the Wrigley Field renovations, and oh my goodness are they going to town: I’m guessing they have to tear it all down to reinforce the support beams and to replace the worn-down panels and chain link fences. In other news, you can buy Cubs Continue reading Countdown to 2016!

Quickie Cubs 40-Man Preview

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Now that awards season is coming to a close (with the MVP awards still to be announced), we turn our attention to the Chicago Cubs’ 40-man roster, which stands at 31 now after free agent departures and recent claims and minor signings.  That leaves 9 spots to protect a good Continue reading Quickie Cubs 40-Man Preview

It’s Nice When Everyone Else Also Thinks the Cubs Are Good (UPDATE: 3-for-3)

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In between waiting for news of the Chicago Cubs preparing to negotiate a monster TV deal, wondering if this job with the Cubs is worth applying for, and watching the trade and free agent markets, let’s not forget that the Cubs have been making headlines in the trophy case.  Unfortunately Continue reading It’s Nice When Everyone Else Also Thinks the Cubs Are Good (UPDATE: 3-for-3)

Cubs’ Season Recognized During Rewards Season

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The Chicago Cubs’ magical season has been recognized by the awards-giving community (because folks need to vote and all that, right?).  There are a number of different agencies dealing out awards, but of course, the official awards come from the Baseball Writers Association of America, so they decided to reveal Continue reading Cubs’ Season Recognized During Rewards Season

Creatively Grabbing Pitching…

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Some notes from intrepid Chicago Cubs beat guy Patrick Mooney, who is a must-follow: Theo doubts #Cubs can sign two free agents in the $100-million range: "We have to get creative." https://t.co/VrLFrLYYuC — Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) November 10, 2015 We kind of figured that the Cubs wouldn’t blow their wad Continue reading Creatively Grabbing Pitching…

With Free Agency Underway, Let’s Make Our Wish List

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The offseason is here, and as of midnight last night, free agency is officially underway. Teams have submitted their qualifying offer of $15.8 Million to their pending free agents, as you know the lone player to receive this offer from the Chicago Cubs was centerfielder Dexter Fowler. In all likelihood, Continue reading With Free Agency Underway, Let’s Make Our Wish List

Are You Qualified? (2015 Edition)

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Well well…the deadline has passed, and it appears all the qualifying offers are in: Brett Anderson, SP (Dodgers) Wei-Yin Chen, SP (Orioles) Chris Davis, 1B (Orioles) Ian Desmond, SS (Nationals) Marco Estrada, SP (Blue Jays) Dexter Fowler, OF (Cubs) Yovani Gallardo, SP (Rangers) Alex Gordon, OF (Royals) Zack Greinke, SP Continue reading Are You Qualified? (2015 Edition)

Center Field and Depth Figure to Dominate Cubs Positional Off-Season

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Although the Cubs enter the off-season with much more stability in the field than they do on the mound, they do enter the off-season with some questions that need answering.  Those questions, though, were mitigated by the 2015 performance of a handful of rookies and the emergence of Anthony Rizzo Continue reading Center Field and Depth Figure to Dominate Cubs Positional Off-Season

The Unfortunate Side Effect of Being Loaded

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Wednesday afternoon, Chicago Cubs infield prospect Jeimer Candelario was voted into the final spot on the East Division squad for the Arizona Fall League’s Fall Stars Game.  This is quite a nice addition to the resume for Candelario, who has been quietly lighting it up in the Cubs’ lower minors as he’s Continue reading The Unfortunate Side Effect of Being Loaded

Amidst Uncertainty, Cubs Not Without Starting Options

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Theo Epstein said it explicitly.  The Cubs are going to seek to add to their starting rotation.  And that makes sense for a lot of reasons.  The biggest reason is that there is no way in the world that they can go into the 2016 season and have the possibility Continue reading Amidst Uncertainty, Cubs Not Without Starting Options