Cubs Have Anti-Climactic, But Productive, Deadline

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Amid connections to the Indians for Carlos Carrasco (who has a 3.1 fWAR, 8th in the AL among starting pitchers), to the Padres for Tyson Ross (2.7 fWAR) and Craig Kimbrel (1.0 fWAR), among other or a late rumbling about being in talks with the Dodgers for Alex Wood (just Continue reading Cubs Have Anti-Climactic, But Productive, Deadline

The Value of Analytics is a Matter of Perspective

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The last couple of days have seen quite a bit of shot taking at Charles Barkley for his, uh, pointed comments on Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey.  For those unfamiliar with what Barkley had to say… “First of all I’ve always believed analytics was crap.  You know I never Continue reading The Value of Analytics is a Matter of Perspective

Cubs Need To Consider Trading Travis Wood

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The sentiment in this is going to be wildly unpopular for two reasons: 1. Because of the trade that just happened, sending Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland; and 2. Because Travis Wood is a fan favorite…but the Cubs need to seriously consider trading Travis Wood before the deadline Continue reading Cubs Need To Consider Trading Travis Wood

After Samardzija Dust Settles, Where Do the Cubs Go From Here?

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By now, we’ve gotten word that the Cubs have traded Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics for stud SS prospect Addison Russell, 2013 1st Round pick Billy McKinney, RHP Dan Straily and a player to be named later.  What is less clear is where the Cubs will Continue reading After Samardzija Dust Settles, Where Do the Cubs Go From Here?

The Shark List: Ranking the Potential Landing Spots

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As we move into June, and past the amateur draft next week, trade winds are going to start blowing just a bit harder than they have been over the first two months of the season.  With so few teams being “out of it” with the addition of the second wild Continue reading The Shark List: Ranking the Potential Landing Spots

Potential Darwin Barney Trade Partners

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As we sit today, the Cubs have a pretty well stocked system of position prospects.  With Starlin Castro being under contract for the next six years, there is one infielder whose value is tied to what he can bring back in a potential trade…and that infielder is Darwin Barney. With Continue reading Potential Darwin Barney Trade Partners

Grant Balfour probably hates the Orioles

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You may have heard that the Baltimore Orioles backed out of their agreement with former Oakland A’s reliever Grant Balfour after the physical examination.  In a vacuum that shouldn’t be a surprise, but the problem seems to be that…there was nothing actually wrong with him as Balfour himself and various Continue reading Grant Balfour probably hates the Orioles

Roster Construction

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For the past 2 months I’ve been kicking around the idea of breaking down playoff rosters in a few different ways and seeing how each part contributed to the team as a whole. There is the obvious Pitcher-Position Player break, but upon doing that I found a few different ways Continue reading Roster Construction

The 2012 Postseason, No Cubs Added

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The baseball universe, at least the ones who get to keep playing, will continue without the Chicago Cubs yet again.  It was a trying season for the North Siders but we’re hopefully moving in the right direction as the minor league and player development systems are rebuilt and the new Continue reading The 2012 Postseason, No Cubs Added