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

Thoughts on Draft Strategy and Managing Risk

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The draft is a few days old at this point, and we are still years away from knowing whether the draft was a success or not. A number of experts have had positive things to say about the Cubs and their approach, but many fans were disappointed by the strategy Continue reading Thoughts on Draft Strategy and Managing Risk

The Cubs’ Quietly Surprising Draft of 2015

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The  Chicago Cubs’ draft turned out predictably if you look at the first ten picks on the surface. An advanced college bat in the first round, and then six more pitchers. This formula is what the Cubs have had under Theo Epstein. The high first round pick devoted to a Continue reading The Cubs’ Quietly Surprising Draft of 2015

2015 MLB Draft Coverage Day 1: Chicago Cubs Select OF/2B Ian Happ (RD 1, 9th overall); OF Donnie Dewees (RD 2, 47th overall)

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If you haven’t checked it out yet, Dabynsky put together some thoughts about the 2015 MLB Draft.  We have some educated guesses, along with many of the other blogs out there, but for the most part we’re just along for the ride.  The Arizona Diamondbacks were the worst team last Continue reading 2015 MLB Draft Coverage Day 1: Chicago Cubs Select OF/2B Ian Happ (RD 1, 9th overall); OF Donnie Dewees (RD 2, 47th overall)

Barely Informed Thoughts Ahead of the MLB Draft

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The amateur draft, or rule 4 draft if you want the official title, has been one of the most important events in Chicago Cubs baseball for the past several years. The front office has called it their Super Bowl in the past. A team that is displaying some of the Continue reading Barely Informed Thoughts Ahead of the MLB Draft

Leverage For Amateur Baseball Players

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Yesterday, I blogged up my thoughts on what teams like the Chicago Cubs might consider trying transactions-wise in the wake of Major League Baseball’s announcement that teams could trade their recent draftees sooner.  While this isn’t necessarily the same as direct trading of draft picks like in other professional sports, Continue reading Leverage For Amateur Baseball Players

We’ve Got the Tools, We’ve Got the Talent

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Gotta make sure we have a chance to use this Ghostbusters quote: As you can tell from the Baseball Prospectus list of top prospects (linked here from Cubs Den), the Cubs aren’t lacking in tools or talent anymore.  There are seven Cubs prospects in the top 101 (top 83, if you Continue reading We’ve Got the Tools, We’ve Got the Talent

Cubs Select 3B/OF Kris Bryant Second Overall: Updated With Full Draft Results

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The Cubs added another huge piece to the farm on Thursday, drafting third baseman Kris Bryant out of the University of San Diego after the Houston Astros selected right hander Mark Appel out of Stanford with the number one overall draft pick.  The young prospect adds even more star power Continue reading Cubs Select 3B/OF Kris Bryant Second Overall: Updated With Full Draft Results