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

False Narratives About Cubs, Rebuild Too Much to Handle

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Forgetting that the collective bargaining agreement instituted in 2011 changed the way teams are able to build a winning team and how quickly they are able to do it, the number of false narratives surrounding the Cubs and the way Theo Epstein is building the organization is a bit overwhelming.  Continue reading False Narratives About Cubs, Rebuild Too Much to Handle

Edwin Jackson to the Yankees?

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Yesterday news came out that New York Yankees star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will miss at least six weeks due to an arm injury, if not longer if Tommy John surgery is required. The Chicago Cubs might have dodged a huge bullet when the Yankees outbid them for his services; but Continue reading Edwin Jackson to the Yankees?

The Shark List: Ranking the Potential Landing Spots

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As we move into June, and past the amateur draft next week, trade winds are going to start blowing just a bit harder than they have been over the first two months of the season.  With so few teams being “out of it” with the addition of the second wild Continue reading The Shark List: Ranking the Potential Landing Spots

Your Chicago One Hit Wonders

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Yea, I know that the Chicago Cubs were able to compile a grand total of three hits in the day portion of the double header, but that comes with an assist to instant replay. If there were not replay being used this year, the Cubs would have been held to Continue reading Your Chicago One Hit Wonders

Wasteful Spending Not the Answer for the Cubs

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At the risk of repeating myself, the Cubs were a mess.  They had huge spending that brought them to the dance exactly twice.  After that, they had huge spending that didn’t do them any good. With games starting out today and a 5-2 loss in the opener at Cubs Park, Continue reading Wasteful Spending Not the Answer for the Cubs

Losing On Tanaka a Blessing in Disguise

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After a couple of days of Masahiro Tanaka hangover, it seems like as good a time as ever to say it: we’re probably better off without him.  Maybe it was a stroke of good luck for the Cubs to not have gotten married to an attractive young toy right now.  Continue reading Losing On Tanaka a Blessing in Disguise

Jeff Samardzija and the Cubs Double Talk

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No one associated with the Chicago Cubs  was watching the Masahiro Tanaka derby closer than Jeff Samardzija, outside of maybe the front office. After Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Tom Ricketts, Samardzija was paying close attention to whether or not the Cubs would be able to sign Tanaka, because he Continue reading Jeff Samardzija and the Cubs Double Talk

NORAD Tanaka Tracker

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We’re still on track with our optimistic Masahiro Tanaka timeline.  There are so many Twitter rumors out there that nobody knows what’s going on at this point, though we’re all agreeing on a few things: Tanaka has to sign a contract, no strings attached, no contingencies, finally final, by Friday, Continue reading NORAD Tanaka Tracker

Dreamcast 35: The Long-Awaited OH-MAN Edition

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Welcome back to the Dreamcast!  This is the 35th edition, which we name for former Cub Will Ohman, LOOGY extraordinaire, who wore the number 35 during the 2000 and 2001 seasons. This is a short podcast to introduce to you two of our newest friends, Kevin Brown (not the pitcher Continue reading Dreamcast 35: The Long-Awaited OH-MAN Edition