Cubs Trading Castillo Shouldn’t Be a Foregone Conclusion

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This entire post should (and is going to) be prefaced with it is highly likely that the Cubs trade Welington Castillo sometime this January. But, what if they don’t? Keeping three catchers seems counter-intuitive and a poor use of available roster spaces.  However, the Cubs have built a roster with enough Continue reading Cubs Trading Castillo Shouldn’t Be a Foregone Conclusion

Cubs Add Aging Catcher with History of Back Problems

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The Cubs, today, agreed to take on a 31 year old catcher, coming off the two worst years of his career for the next three years, at an average value of over $13M per year…and in true form, Cubs fans seem overjoyed by it because Miguel Montero is a name Continue reading Cubs Add Aging Catcher with History of Back Problems

The WAY TOO EARLY Predicting a Cubs 2015 Starting Lineup

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I know we are still in early December and the Winter Meetings are still underway, but I am a guy who loves playing around with rumors, making trades in my head [often bad ones] and constructing lineups when trades are made or rumored to be made. If you follow me Continue reading The WAY TOO EARLY Predicting a Cubs 2015 Starting Lineup

Cubs Hot Stove: Russell Martin

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A few days ago I made my prediction as far as who I thought the top four free agent targets would be for the Chicago Cubs. One of those targets is now former Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Russell Martin. I felt more confident in my prediction when Buster Olney predicted the Continue reading Cubs Hot Stove: Russell Martin

Guarded Optimism for 2015

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Theo Epstein has been the President of Chicago Cubs Baseball Operations for the past three years, and Jed Hoyer has been his General Manager. In that time, the Cubs had a combined record of 180-286, which includes this years record of 73-89. They are 106 games under the .500 mark Continue reading Guarded Optimism for 2015

Catching Upgrades Will be Difficult for Cubs

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One of the popular topics of conversation in the Twitterverse has become upgrading the catcher position moving into 2015.  Without question, incumbent Welington Castillo has not had the type of season that we all would have liked, which is to say he has not emphatically made himself a core piece Continue reading Catching Upgrades Will be Difficult for Cubs

A Soler Eclipse is Coming

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Late last night news broke that Jorge Soler would be promoted to the Major Leagues by the Chicago Cubs, joining fellow “core four” member Javier Baez. This is sooner than most people expected, as many within the media circuit assumed that he would be brought up as soon as the Continue reading A Soler Eclipse is Coming

How Should the Lineup Look With Alcantara?

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With Darwin Barney out of action for a couple of games due to the birth of his third child, the Chicago Cubs have called up Arismendy Alcantara to fill his role until he returns. Yes, he will only he here for a couple of days, this is still Barney’s job Continue reading How Should the Lineup Look With Alcantara?

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!

Oh my gawd Luis Valbuena is the backup catcher

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RED ALERT!  RED ALERT!  THIS IS NOT A DRILL! Seriously, they even said it…since John Baker is nursing a sore throat from the foul ball last night, Welington Castillo is on the disabled list due to a ribcage strain, leaving only Eli Whiteside as a bonafide catcher at the major Continue reading Oh my gawd Luis Valbuena is the backup catcher