The Happ Trick

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We got ourselves a classic low-scoring game with all the nerves and frustration that goes with it, plus the elation when the game finally ends in the Cubs’ favor. I was going to just post highlights, but one Ian Happ helped me decide to not be so lazy and give Continue reading The Happ Trick

Pre-Draft Cubs Musings

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The day before an off day and after a marathon game, you would often want a victory to get you through to the next game. Thankfully, the Chicago Cubs delivered such a victory after already securing the series and now cementing the four-game sweep against the New York Mets. Speaking Continue reading Pre-Draft Cubs Musings

Farewell to Jake Arrieta, Forever a Cubs World Series Champion (UPDATES: Contract Details)

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We have to say a sad and partly painful goodbye to a superb former Chicago Cubs player soon: Breaking: Phillies are moving close to a deal with Jake Arrieta — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 11, 2018 Terms of arrieta, phillies deal are unknown. will be multiyear obvs. @BNightengale called phils Continue reading Farewell to Jake Arrieta, Forever a Cubs World Series Champion (UPDATES: Contract Details)

One Year Deals and Cubs on the Bubble

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Spring training is about halfway over now, and the Chicago Cubs made their first cuts the other day: The #Cubs today made the following roster moves: pic.twitter.com/502eiUyY2u — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) March 9, 2018 The cuts made sense since none of those guys were going to make the predicted roster Continue reading One Year Deals and Cubs on the Bubble

Dreamcast 31: I Also Like To Live Dangerously

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Since our last Dreamcast, we were really hoping that the Cubs could get something going on the transactions front.  Alas, not only are the Cubs not doing much, neither is the rest of MLB.  So we wait…and talk about some stuff we’d like to see before the weekend’s Cubs Convention: Continue reading Dreamcast 31: I Also Like To Live Dangerously

It’s Nice to Meet Yu (UPDATE: The Cubs Met Yu)

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The headlines, they write themselves!  And wouldn’t you know it, the Chicago Cubs really are kicking the tires on Yu Darvish: sources: cubs are indeed meeting with yu. they have cast a wide net on free-agent/trade markets for a top starting pitcher. cobb, lynn, arrieta, duffy, archer among other possibilities. Continue reading It’s Nice to Meet Yu (UPDATE: The Cubs Met Yu)

The (Luxury) Tax Man

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We begin with a quick visit to Theo Epstein’s comments from earlier this week, as the Winter Meetings began… Epstein on if there were talks with Marlins about Stanton: There wasn't much interaction given the makeup of our roster, our future payroll commitments and some plans that we have. Great Continue reading The (Luxury) Tax Man

Maintaining a Strong Cubs Team Through an Extended Competitive Window

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Let’s begin by saying that I’m glad the Chicago Cubs have an ownership group that is not afraid to invest in winning when it makes sense, and has a good long game in mind as they hope to keep this competitive window wedged open for years to come.  I suppose Continue reading Maintaining a Strong Cubs Team Through an Extended Competitive Window

Trade Winds Blowing

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As we continue to monitor the situation with the two big prizes of the offseason, other business has to happen as well.  It is nice that the Cubs continue to be involved in trying to recruit Shohei Ohtani, but for other teams, they have set their sights elsewhere for help Continue reading Trade Winds Blowing

Holiday Shopping: Cubs and MLB About to Wheel and Deal in Earnest

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The Monday before Thanksgiving is typically busy for everyone, not just MLB.  We have to get ready for the big cooking job on Wednesday and Thursday, pack up for the trip to meet up with a gathering of loved ones, and all kinds of other activities to prepare for a Continue reading Holiday Shopping: Cubs and MLB About to Wheel and Deal in Earnest