September Call-Ups During An Unexpectedly Important Cubs Season (Updates: Initial Wave Set, Some DFAs)

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School had started for me, and it totally slipped my mind while I was busy beyond words that September was right around the corner.  Tuesday, in fact, is the first day that any member of the Chicago Cubs’ 40-man roster can be called up as reinforcements and to spell the Continue reading September Call-Ups During An Unexpectedly Important Cubs Season (Updates: Initial Wave Set, Some DFAs)

Minor League Recap: Wada Return and La Stella’s Setback

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On the minor league rehab trail, it’s been tough sledding for some Cubs.  Tommy La Stella has been put back on the shelf after aggravating an injury with Tennessee.  Dallas Beeler has been optioned to Iowa after struggling during his rehab stint in Iowa.  Tsuyoshi Wada‘s stint ended and he Continue reading Minor League Recap: Wada Return and La Stella’s Setback

Cubs Starters Fueling Bullpen Failures

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It is really easy to sit on the couch at home, watch the bullpen enter the game, squander the lead by allowing 2 or 3 runs to score, and blame the relief core for blowing the game.  Sometimes, that’s exactly how it works.  Sometimes, a starter comes out and shuts Continue reading Cubs Starters Fueling Bullpen Failures

Minor League Recap: Kris Bryant Came, Went Yard a Bunch, and Went to Chicago

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Full season minor league baseball is a week old already, with all four of the Cubs teams kicking off.  And before the painted lines could dry, it seems as though Kris Bryant is being called to Chicago. On another note, Javier Baez is still away from the Iowa Cubs, as he Continue reading Minor League Recap: Kris Bryant Came, Went Yard a Bunch, and Went to Chicago

Minor League Recap: Kris Bryant Finally Loses a Crown; Teams Keep Winning

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With all of the full season teams either currently in first place or holding a tie for it, the minor league season has a chance to extend across the organization.  While Daytona and Iowa had rocky or up and down starts, both have righted the ship, especially Daytona, who was Continue reading Minor League Recap: Kris Bryant Finally Loses a Crown; Teams Keep Winning

Hug Watch 2014

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With the Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline now two days away, fans of all teams need to watch for the hugs that precede the trade of a teammate. The Chicago Cubs already got a jump start on every other team when they traded Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel on Continue reading Hug Watch 2014

What Can Realistically Be Done With Jackson

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As we have been talking about the past day and a half now, Edwin Jackson is a massive headache for the fans of the Chicago Cubs. Putting things kindly, Jackson has been pretty bad for any number of reasons for the past year and a half. Every time Jackson takes Continue reading What Can Realistically Be Done With Jackson

Deadline Dealers: Cubs Players Likely to be Traded

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Cubs General Manager Jed Hoyer and President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein have made no secret of the fact that they are not playing to win this year. Now with the current regime in their 3rd year atop the Cubs brain-trust, Cubs fans are finally starting to see some of Continue reading Deadline Dealers: Cubs Players Likely to be Traded

Cubs Need To Consider Trading Travis Wood

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The sentiment in this is going to be wildly unpopular for two reasons: 1. Because of the trade that just happened, sending Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland; and 2. Because Travis Wood is a fan favorite…but the Cubs need to seriously consider trading Travis Wood before the deadline Continue reading Cubs Need To Consider Trading Travis Wood

After Samardzija Dust Settles, Where Do the Cubs Go From Here?

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By now, we’ve gotten word that the Cubs have traded Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics for stud SS prospect Addison Russell, 2013 1st Round pick Billy McKinney, RHP Dan Straily and a player to be named later.  What is less clear is where the Cubs will Continue reading After Samardzija Dust Settles, Where Do the Cubs Go From Here?