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

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?

Chicago Cubs Sign Rafael Soriano (UPDATE: They’re on the Clock)

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You wanted juicy?  You got it.  The Chicago Cubs just signed veteran reliever Rafael Soriano to a minor league deal: Rafael Soriano has a minor league with Cubs. It's for $4.1M prorated base with up to $4M in bonuses for games finished & appearances. — James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) June 9, Continue reading Chicago Cubs Sign Rafael Soriano (UPDATE: They’re on the Clock)

Springtime Sales Pitch: A Look at the Cubs Pitching Staff

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At some point in the near future, the Chicago Cubs will likely win a Cactus League game.  Of course, with it being spring training, the losses are a bit easier to take, but competitive players probably would prefer a meaningless victory over a meaningless defeat, especially one in which guys Continue reading Springtime Sales Pitch: A Look at the Cubs Pitching Staff

The Sinister Six

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You know what I forgot to mention in the previous set of Cubs storylines?  The team still needs to figure out who their lefty relievers are.  Righty relief is set if you check out the roster: Dallas Beeler Justin Grimm Edwin Jackson Jason Motte Blake Parker Neil Ramirez Hector Rondon Continue reading The Sinister Six

Create your own Rick Renteria meme!

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In Tuesday night’s victory over the Cincinnati Reds, Cubs manager Rick Renteria called for not one, not two, not three, but FOUR relievers to get three outs in the top of the eighth inning.  Shades of Tony LaRussa!  Fortunately it worked out as the four relievers combined for three outs Continue reading Create your own Rick Renteria meme!