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

Sunday Thinks


The Chicago Cubs are on a tear, and it’s been fun to watch even as they’ve barely made up ground on the other two really good teams in the division/league/majors.  That’s the way the cookie crumbles sometimes, so we’ll just have to be happy that as of now, the Cubs Continue reading

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

And here…we…go! (Cubs Trade Deadline Updates Galore)


First up: Dan Haren! Source: Haren to Cubs from Marlins. — Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) July 31, 2015 Looks like the Chicago Cubs will send the Miami Marlins a couple of minor leaguers per multiple sources: Recap: Mark Lowe to Jays for three unnamed minor-lgrs, Dan Haren to Cubs for two Continue reading

Answer to Lester’s Pick Off Problems Could Be Welington Castillo

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The book on Jon Lester has been written.  He hates throwing to first base.  Because of that, teams are more aggressive in their leads and they are much more willing to attempt steals against him.  Already this season Lester has allowed 13 stolen bases, after today’s game.  That is well Continue reading

Let’s Pretend the Cubs Have to Add At the Deadline: Johnny Cueto Edition

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Okay, let’s start by saying that we have established that the 2015 Chicago Cubs season isn’t actually doomed yet.  Let’s further suggest that because the Cubs are expected to improve and should get reinforcements from the minors, they should be in contention for most of the year and might even Continue reading

After the Top Prospects, McKinney Goes Unnoticed

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Since Theo Epstein took over the Cubs in October of 2011, the Cubs have been stockpiling assets at a startling rate.  All of it was part of building a healthy organization, starting with foundation pieces in the minor league system, working up through the major league club.  After all of Continue reading

The Struggles of Selecting Hall of Famers

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Year after year, the hall of fame election draws all sorts of debate and discussion.  The rules are terrible.  Someone sells their ballot to Deadspin.  Players who everyone thinks should be in are left out.  PEDs are discussed again.  It’s really a terrible time when it should be a great Continue reading

False Narratives About Cubs, Rebuild Too Much to Handle

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Forgetting that the collective bargaining agreement instituted in 2011 changed the way teams are able to build a winning team and how quickly they are able to do it, the number of false narratives surrounding the Cubs and the way Theo Epstein is building the organization is a bit overwhelming.  Continue reading

Cubs Add Felix Doubront; Close to Trading Bonifacio

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The Cubs, led by Theo Epstein, have acquired another player that he knows from his time with the Red Sox. Cubs Acquire Felix Doubront — MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) July 30, 2014 Felix Doubront is a left-handed pitcher who has had some success in the Red Sox rotation the past Continue reading