Are You Qualified? New CBA Edition

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News from the wire about this coming offseason’s qualifying offer: Teams have been told that at the qualifying offer to free agents this offseason will be in the $18 million range, maybe $18.1 million. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 20, 2017 This is about a million dollars more than last Continue reading Are You Qualified? New CBA Edition

Cubs Sign Major Draft Picks Just Under the Deadline (UPDATES)

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I am pretty sure that the Chicago Cubs had deals for all their draft picks set up in advance, but they just did not announce every single one.  Even last week, we knew that the major draft picks from the first ten rounds were going to join the organization.  We Continue reading Cubs Sign Major Draft Picks Just Under the Deadline (UPDATES)

One Week to Cubs Draft Signing Deadline

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Now that Alex Lange is done with the College World Series, he can focus his attention towards signing with the Chicago Cubs as the highest-profile not-so-officially-signed draftee from the MLB Draft earlier in June.  From before: Wes Saver (@Savermetrics) has done us Cubs fans a great favor in setting up Continue reading One Week to Cubs Draft Signing Deadline

Dreamcast 9: It Was More Than Just a Game

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As the Chicago Cubs get back on the winning track, it’s time for another episode of the Dreamcast.  In this edition, we talk about: Baseball, family, and the Cubs with Rich D’Anna, our benefactor and resident minstrel; Opening up a Cubs SportsCrate with the boy and being slightly underwhelmed; Cubs Continue reading Dreamcast 9: It Was More Than Just a Game

The Cubs’ Draft Bonus Pool

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With the MLB Rule 4 Draft still about a couple months away, we can look back at my previous assessment of the Cubs’ resources for acquiring domestic talent: We can use the previous year’s draft slot values as a jumping point, although I’m fairly sure that each slot will go up Continue reading The Cubs’ Draft Bonus Pool

The 2016 Cubs Draft Results

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While the Cubs were improving their sub-standard record against bad teams this weekend, the front office, especially the draft team, was busy scouting and securing new talent for the prospect pipeline to the Show.  The Cubs sat out the entire first day because they didn’t have first or second round picks Continue reading The 2016 Cubs Draft Results

MLB Draft Arrives — Cubs Get the Whole First Day Off

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Tonight is the MLB Rule 4 Amateur Draft, a days-long affair where several hundred kids find out which teams get exclusive rights to give them life-changing money that’s actually restricted by a silly slot system.  Speaking of that slot system, you can read the original blog here and see the Continue reading MLB Draft Arrives — Cubs Get the Whole First Day Off

With Dexter Fowler signed, Chicago Cubs get a modest bump in their bonus pool

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Last time, on Cubs Trek, the Next Generation: According to BA’s account of the bonus pools, the Cubs only get $2,245,100 to spend in the Rule 4 draft, and $2,063,100 for international free agents.  This is a total of $4,308,200 to acquire talent to keep the pipeline flowing. Tonight, the Baltimore Orioles restructured Continue reading With Dexter Fowler signed, Chicago Cubs get a modest bump in their bonus pool

Chicago Cubs Can’t Really Spend Much On Amateurs This Year

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We’ve gotten to the cusp of spring training, and today, Baseball America revealed the 2016 MLB Draft and international spending pools for each team: This year, bonus slots are just over 4.6 percent higher than they were last year. Unfortunately for the Cubs, this doesn’t much matter, especially if Dexter Continue reading Chicago Cubs Can’t Really Spend Much On Amateurs This Year

The Looming CBA Negotiations

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With the current collective bargaining agreement expiring this coming December, we’re all on alert for how Major League Baseball and the MLBPA will negotiate the next CBA to maintain the long-standing labor peace.  Via the MLB Trade Rumors folks, I read the interview between the Associated Press and MLBPA head Continue reading The Looming CBA Negotiations