Cubs and Arbitration: The Future of the Payroll

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In the midst of another postseason with this Cubs core lineup, and with future Cub Bryce Harper on the other side, no less, we are just a few weeks from the offering of arbitration and the exchange of figures. MLB Trade Rumors has their projections, which are usually quite accurate Continue reading Cubs and Arbitration: The Future of the Payroll

Pondering Bryce Harper…Future Chicago Cubs All-Star?

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A fleeting statement from Peter Gammons quickly spread like wildfire across the internet and most of Chicago Cubs Twitter and other social media… That would be former and potentially repeat MVP Bryce Harper, he of the Washington Nationals and perennial All-Star appearances, five very solid-to-elite tools, and my goodness can’t Continue reading Pondering Bryce Harper…Future Chicago Cubs All-Star?

The Cubs’ Financial Flexibility

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While the Chicago Cubs continue tuning up for the regular season, when games actually count, I noted that the MLBTR folks had started talking about the free agents come next offseason.  MLBTR ranked the top ten impending free agents of that class, which is headlined by the Cubs’ own Jake Continue reading The Cubs’ Financial Flexibility

The Kris Bryant Extension Watch

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The Chicago Cubs drafted Kris Bryant in the summer of 2013, and I’m pretty sure he’s been all that we’ve dreamed of and so much more.  Of course, depending on who you talk to, Bryant might get even better, and he has even talked about this himself.  Winning all kinds Continue reading The Kris Bryant Extension Watch

Cubs Business As The Convention Begins (UPDATES)

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Aside from a surprise pitching acquisition or two (UPDATE: not Tyson Ross), the Chicago Cubs don’t have much else to do before the Cubs Convention starting Friday.  Most of the team that won the World Series remains intact, all a year older, and while some will likely be on the Continue reading Cubs Business As The Convention Begins (UPDATES)

So, about those greedy baseball players…

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They finally did release the Razzie “winners,” which are traditionally announced the night before the Oscar winners get their spotlight.  As expected, the “winners” were as bad as advertised, not that I watched any of the movies.  Except Fantastic Four, but I hate-watched it.  Grrr. There is yet another “winner” Continue reading So, about those greedy baseball players…

The Cubs Payroll Numbers, I Think

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It’s been a while since we’ve had any major news, but late Friday night, we heard from various sources that the Chicago Cubs and Jake Arrieta had settled on a contract prior to their arbitration hearing.  This is a good thing, and although many Cubs fans had hoped for an Continue reading The Cubs Payroll Numbers, I Think

Building the Cubs for now and forever

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Ever since the early stages of the “Plan,” we’ve known about the Theo Epstein/Jed Hoyer-led Cubs’ desire to make this franchise as healthy as possible.  That entails solid financial footing on the business side as well as depth at just about every level on the baseball side.  The Cubs so Continue reading Building the Cubs for now and forever

Try a little tenderness

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First, da tweetz: Donnie Murphy signed a one-year, $825K contract with incentives, first reported by Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago: Cubs avoid arbitration with Donnie Murphy. He signs a one year deal — Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) December 3, 2013 Chang-Yong Lim, Mat Gamel and Daniel Bard were non-tendered. Bard chose Continue reading Try a little tenderness

In Advance of the Non-Tender Deadline

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In random Cubs staffing news, former Milwaukee Brewer Rob Deer was hired as the assistant hitting coach today.  Hurray, they’re getting the Cheese Band back together!  At first glance the batting average looks terrible but then you also look at the peripherals and realize that Deer took his fair share Continue reading In Advance of the Non-Tender Deadline