All the Pitchers! Cubs in MLB Draft, Day 2

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Obviously none of the players drafted this week (especially since the Chicago Cubs pick so late in every round) will be called up to play for the big league team this year, but when the front office said they wanted to address a need, they weren’t kidding.  On the first Continue reading All the Pitchers! Cubs in MLB Draft, Day 2

New Cubs Coming For 2017 — MLB Draft, Day 1 (UPDATES)

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Finally, the MLB Draft has arrived!  As before: Since the Cubs are extremely likely to forfeit future picks for anyone, especially not picking so late in each round, let’s assume they only go 5% over their allotted amount.  This gives Chicago North a total of $7,827,645 to spread across their Continue reading New Cubs Coming For 2017 — MLB Draft, Day 1 (UPDATES)

The Cubs’ Draft Bonus Pool

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With the MLB Rule 4 Draft still about a couple months away, we can look back at my previous assessment of the Cubs’ resources for acquiring domestic talent: We can use the previous year’s draft slot values as a jumping point, although I’m fairly sure that each slot will go up Continue reading The Cubs’ Draft Bonus Pool

2017 Division Preview: 1st Place Chicago Cubs

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There is something wonderful about writing a blog previewing a Cubs season that doesn’t include things like a World Series Championship drought.  Or an NL pennant drought.  Or a division championship drought.  Or a “this is next year” narrative.  Or any of the stuff that has traditionally lined up so Continue reading 2017 Division Preview: 1st Place Chicago Cubs

The New Cubs Benchwarmer

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In Thursday afternoon’s Chicago Cubs practice game, the regulars rested, but there were some implications for the guys who did play to entertain the crowd.  You see, the roster heading to St. Louis in April for the season opener is pretty much set, and on the position player side, there Continue reading The New Cubs Benchwarmer

The Cubs’ Financial Flexibility

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While the Chicago Cubs continue tuning up for the regular season, when games actually count, I noted that the MLBTR folks had started talking about the free agents come next offseason.  MLBTR ranked the top ten impending free agents of that class, which is headlined by the Cubs’ own Jake Continue reading The Cubs’ Financial Flexibility

The Kris Bryant Extension Watch

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The Chicago Cubs drafted Kris Bryant in the summer of 2013, and I’m pretty sure he’s been all that we’ve dreamed of and so much more.  Of course, depending on who you talk to, Bryant might get even better, and he has even talked about this himself.  Winning all kinds Continue reading The Kris Bryant Extension Watch

Did You Catch All That? The Continuing Evolution of the Cubs Catching Situation (Updates)

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With the first pitchers and catchers workout completed, we can take a look back at a few storylines that are emerging in the early days of official Chicago Cubs spring training.  You can check out Anno’s writeup and Andy’s preview for some of our thoughts, but my focus today is Continue reading Did You Catch All That? The Continuing Evolution of the Cubs Catching Situation (Updates)

The Cubs’ Title Defense

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As we inch closer to when pitchers and catchers report everyone is getting excited to see what will happen for our Defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Talk about an amazing time at the end of the 2016 baseball season. I was fortunate to be able to go to one Continue reading The Cubs’ Title Defense

Way Too Early Look At the 2017 MLB Draft

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As I continued to stay in my happy place, the baseball world went on and things happened: The Orioles’ 2017 lineup got a whole lot better on Friday morning, as Baltimore made official the re-signing of outfielder Mark Trumbo to a three-year contract. This signing had an additional quirk as Continue reading Way Too Early Look At the 2017 MLB Draft