Looking Ahead to the 2019 Cubs…

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As the Division Series in both leagues wind down, and with the Cubs watching from the outside, I suppose the most relevant Cubs thing we could do around here is to look to the future. The good news, I think, is that bounce backs are expected and reasonable, and the Continue reading Looking Ahead to the 2019 Cubs…

Cubs Convention Begins

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Anno is in the middle of the Cubs Convention Opening Ceremony and Friday night festivities (you can check out the archived and live Facebook feeds via the link at the bottom), while I’m at home recovering from the first week back to school.  There’s a lot of news out there, Continue reading Cubs Convention Begins

The Waiting Game

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In a time when the temperature here in Chicago is lower than some parts of Alaska and Greenland, we sure could use some hot stove action.  Alas, nothing has really happened for the Cubs or most other MLB clubs since before Christmas, and we can’t exactly make up news where Continue reading The Waiting Game

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

Cubs and Arbitration: The Future of the Payroll

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In the midst of another postseason with this Cubs core lineup, and with future Cub Bryce Harper on the other side, no less, we are just a few weeks from the offering of arbitration and the exchange of figures. MLB Trade Rumors has their projections, which are usually quite accurate Continue reading Cubs and Arbitration: The Future of the Payroll

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 Cubs Payroll Numbers, I Think

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It’s been a while since we’ve had any major news, but late Friday night, we heard from various sources that the Chicago Cubs and Jake Arrieta had settled on a contract prior to their arbitration hearing.  This is a good thing, and although many Cubs fans had hoped for an Continue reading The Cubs Payroll Numbers, I Think

Building the Cubs for now and forever

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Ever since the early stages of the “Plan,” we’ve known about the Theo Epstein/Jed Hoyer-led Cubs’ desire to make this franchise as healthy as possible.  That entails solid financial footing on the business side as well as depth at just about every level on the baseball side.  The Cubs so Continue reading Building the Cubs for now and forever

Cubs were prudently cheap

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As you know by now, the Chicago Cubs did not win the services of James Shields, who according to Jon Heyman received a four-year guarantee of $75MM, with a club option for a fifth year from the San Diego Padres.  I’m sure it’s disappointing for some, but hey, now we’ll have Continue reading Cubs were prudently cheap