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

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

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

Why Do the Cubs Still Want More Relievers?

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You can never have enough pitching is a baseball truism. Bullpens are volatile is also a common belief in baseball circles. They are also taking on greater importance in the modern game of baseball. There is just the continuing increase in the sheer number of innings thrown by relievers in Continue reading Why Do the Cubs Still Want More Relievers?

It’s Not Really a Market Inefficiency Per Se…

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Late last night (or early this morning, depending on your perception of time and semantics), I wrote about an issue that was well-described in Andrew McCutchen‘s article on The Players’ Tribune.  It doesn’t take too much thinking to realize why it’s so difficult for African-American kids to break into and Continue reading It’s Not Really a Market Inefficiency Per Se…

Raise Shields, Captain?

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There was a scene in Star Trek VI (spoilers ahead), right after the conspirators had fired upon the Klingon Chancellor’s ship, that Commander Chekov asked Captain Kirk whether he should raise the Enterprise’s shields.  Kirk didn’t actually end up raising the shields, and at this point you should probably just Continue reading Raise Shields, Captain?