Regarding the Opt-Outs and What They Mean to Attracting Elite Free Agents

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The Chicago Cubs have built a potential juggernaut of a team so far this offseason, and have also set themselves up well for the future.  It is a very exciting time to be a Cubs fan, and although there are no guarantees in baseball, it’s fun to see the brain Continue reading Regarding the Opt-Outs and What They Mean to Attracting Elite Free Agents

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

Are You Qualified? (2015 Edition)

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Well well…the deadline has passed, and it appears all the qualifying offers are in: Brett Anderson, SP (Dodgers) Wei-Yin Chen, SP (Orioles) Chris Davis, 1B (Orioles) Ian Desmond, SS (Nationals) Marco Estrada, SP (Blue Jays) Dexter Fowler, OF (Cubs) Yovani Gallardo, SP (Rangers) Alex Gordon, OF (Royals) Zack Greinke, SP Continue reading Are You Qualified? (2015 Edition)

Raise Shields, Captain?

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There was a scene in Star Trek VI (spoilers ahead), right after the conspirators had fired upon the Klingon Chancellor’s ship, that Commander Chekov asked Captain Kirk whether he should raise the Enterprise’s shields.  Kirk didn’t actually end up raising the shields, and at this point you should probably just Continue reading Raise Shields, Captain?

The All Day Sucker

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As any fan of the Chicago Cubs knows, the team is in a very serious rebuilding mode. What that translates to, is not spending big time money on big time players until the organization is ready to compete. Instead of allocating the dollars to the Major League roster, Tom Ricketts Continue reading The All Day Sucker

Always Something

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Tonight, Ken Rosenthal treated us to a gem of a tweet:   Sources: E. Santana seeking $100M, Nolasco $80M on five-year deals. Story: http://t.co/q8iNLosRrr — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 8, 2013   I was at the neighborhood Chipotle at the time, waiting entirely too long for a very underwhelming burrito, Continue reading Always Something

With Renovations Just About Approved, Promised Free Agent Spending is Coming. But….

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One of my favorite baseball movies of all time is “Field of Dreams”, even though it falls short of the number one spot, I still consider the film a must watch. As everyone knows, the key line to the movie that starts the whole process in motion is “if you Continue reading With Renovations Just About Approved, Promised Free Agent Spending is Coming. But….

Looking to the Future

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After the Winter Meetings, we saw the money-heavy Dodgers blow their load on Zack Greinke, go down to the wire with Ryu Hyun-Jin after beating the Cubs (among other teams) in bidding before sealing the deal, and think about going after Anibal Sanchez too.  The Diamondbacks signed Brandon McCarthy, much Continue reading Looking to the Future

Theo, Jim Hendry, and Context

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At some point in the midst of a comment thread on one of Brett’s Bleacher Nation articles, someone posted an article from a UMass student journalist about how Theo Epstein was overrated as a general manager.  I shared this article with the folks at Obstructed View, where webmaster mb21 lamented Continue reading Theo, Jim Hendry, and Context

Most Likely Pitching Targets

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Bruce Levine’s weekly chat gave an interesting jumping off point for discussion. The Cubs are in the market for starting pitching. The Cubs should be acquiring anywhere from one to three starting pitchers. The list has a number of characteristics in common. The pitchers are between the age of 29 Continue reading Most Likely Pitching Targets