Cubs Conundrum: More Relief Vs More Bench Depth (UPDATE: More Relief It Is!)

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The Cubs have a night game on Monday, with their off day Tuesday, so it’ll be a good stretch before we have to worry about their in-game activities again.  Before their Spring Training game against the Reds, though, we saw some good news about the ailing Pedro Strop: Strop threw Continue reading Cubs Conundrum: More Relief Vs More Bench Depth (UPDATE: More Relief It Is!)

The New Taxi Squad

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The roster is pretty much set before spring training even starts, and it almost seems like the whole of February and March is just a formality.  Barring health and performance issues, the only thing to really watch is how the rotation lines up, how at-bats are distributed, and how the Continue reading The New Taxi Squad

The Aftermath: Cubs Welcome Victor Caratini, Say Goodbye to Miguel Montero (UPDATE)

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As we said goodbye to (most likely) former Chicago Cubs catcher Miguel Montero, he also said goodbye to the team, the city of Chicago, and the fans in a classy way.  I don’t think, despite his comments, he ever fully absolved himself from blame, and he owned his DFA.  Normally Continue reading The Aftermath: Cubs Welcome Victor Caratini, Say Goodbye to Miguel Montero (UPDATE)

Reinforcements Incoming!

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With the news that Chicago Cubs pitcher Brett Anderson had a back issue (again), we started speculating about what the team would do in the wake of an injury that was shrouding another bad start.  Lo and behold, we have our answer: The #Cubs today recalled RHP Justin Grimm and Continue reading Reinforcements Incoming!

2017 Cubs Debuts Figure to be Less Impactful Than Years Past

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There is a level of disinterest that comes with prospect writing for a team who has a Major League roster full of young players who are pretty recent call-ups themselves that just won the World Series.  And the disinterest isn’t mine.  There’s an understanding that the people who read these Continue reading 2017 Cubs Debuts Figure to be Less Impactful Than Years Past

Soler Power Offline, But Do We Get Cookies? (UPDATE: Yes to Cookies!)

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While last night’s game went from a convincing Chicago Cubs victory to a squeaker, the team did lose a key player in Jorge Soler, who will have an MRI on his left hamstring on Tuesday to determine what’s going on. #Cubs Soler to undergo MRI on left hamstring https://t.co/ZqCvLpb3q5 via Continue reading Soler Power Offline, But Do We Get Cookies? (UPDATE: Yes to Cookies!)

Creating a Taxi Squad

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Spring training is here and the Cubs are continuing to add arms to the organization for a hopeful run at a championship. Now adding Manny Parra or Aaron Crow are the kind of moves that fans only say World Series here we come derisively, but they are the low risk Continue reading Creating a Taxi Squad

2016 Should Clear Questions About Top of 2012 Draft

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  When Theo Epstein arrived in Chicago, his goal was to make the Cubs a more complete organization.  He started by reacquiring Anthony Rizzo.  The next biggest event was the 2012 amateur draft.  And while the 2011, 2013, and 2014 first round picks are all expected to be contributing members Continue reading 2016 Should Clear Questions About Top of 2012 Draft

Down on the Farm: Off-Season Top Ten Prospects

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While the last couple of off-seasons have put a renewed focus on the major league product, the Cubs still feature a robust and healthy minor league system.  As players like Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Jorge Soler, Javier Baez, and Kyle Schwarber have all graduated out of the system, a new Continue reading Down on the Farm: Off-Season Top Ten Prospects

Center Field and Depth Figure to Dominate Cubs Positional Off-Season

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Although the Cubs enter the off-season with much more stability in the field than they do on the mound, they do enter the off-season with some questions that need answering.  Those questions, though, were mitigated by the 2015 performance of a handful of rookies and the emergence of Anthony Rizzo Continue reading Center Field and Depth Figure to Dominate Cubs Positional Off-Season