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Breaking Down the 2016 Chicago Cubs Starting Pitching

A lot has been written about the 2016 Chicago Cubs starting rotation. Speculation abounds. The various statistical sites have weighed in with their projections, based on previous years’ performance and crunched numbers. Appearances, as we all know, can be deceiving, as can projections made purely on statistics and numbers. A lot depends on how players perform in Spring Training...
Via Baseball Essential
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Will Addison Russell or Kyle Schwarber Have a Bigger Impact For the Cubs in 2016?

Kris Bryant. The answer is always Kris Bryant, even when the question specifically excludes him. But since I’ve been tasked with previewing the seasons of a pair of the Cubs’ second-tier sophomore studs, I suppose I can set the reigning Rookie of the Year on the back burner for now. It’s a testament to just how good Bryant was last season that his titular teammates get second...
Via Baseball Essential
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Designated hitter, the Cubs, and Stanley Kubrick

You know the head vs heart thing.My heart loves the NL game.The thinking, the double-switching, all the stuff you normally think about but... also I just like the NL game because when pitchers bat you just never know what's gonna happen.And you said, "Well... of course you know what's gonna happen - they'll strike out." Right?Which is why it's so much more "you never know what...
Via Cub Reporter
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Spoiler Alert: The Cubs’ Bench Options in 2016 Are Good

Something that is so often overlooked when determining how solid a club is going into a new season is the strength of its bench. Though a bench may not be filled with the star-studded names you see on the backs of shirseys (or even, you know, jerseys) in the stands, the players it houses sometimes end up being the “dark […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
1 day ago  |  Discuss

What Jon Lester thinks set him back in his first year with the Cubs

While he finished his debut season with the Chicago Cubs with a solid line, Jon Lester struggled in the early going with his new team, and he thinks he knows why it happened.After eight-plus seasons with the Boston Red Sox and a short stint with the Oakland A's in 2014, Lester signed a lucrative six-year, $155-million deal with the Cubs in free agency in December 2014.Cubs fans were...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Lull Before the Action Picks Up

There isn’t much news to write about Cubs-wise these days, given that the team has pretty much set itself up weeks in advance of spring training.  I guess all we have to wait for is whether another team signs Dexter Fowler, or if it still makes sense to bring him back.  There are rumblings that the Baltimore Orioles might be interested, so stay tuned. In the meantime, we wait...
Via World Series Dreaming
2 days ago  |  Discuss

From Altman to Murton: A Brief History of Cubs in NPB

Readers, I have a confession to make: I own a Matt Murton shirsey. This is, of course, an elliptical way of saying that I’ve got a soft spot for the redheaded outfielder. And so naturally, I was ecstatic when the Cubs signed Murton to a minor-league deal early yesterday morning. And although Murton will likely start his […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees and Cubs trade barbs on Twitter

Over the last couple of years, professional sports teams have got pretty good at maintaining enjoyable social media presences. It’s especially fun when teams interact with each other, because the idea of massive billion-dollar franchises teasing each other on Twitter is cute in a very 21st-century way. The Cubs have a pretty great Twitter account, which made it fairly controversial...
Via The Comeback
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Hello Again, Old Ginger Friend: What Might Matt Murton Be for the Cubs?

Time is, indeed, a flat circle. Last Wednesday night, reports emerged that the Cubs have signed Matt Murton to a minor league deal, thus reuniting with the Georgia Tech product for the first time since 2008. Upon hearing of the expected reunion, Cubs Twitter descended into what can only be described as bouts of sheer happiness. So, let’s talk about Matt […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Players to Watch in Spring Training

Credit: MLB.TV Pretty much everyone is aware that the Chicago Cubs and assorted prospect and veteran invitees will report to spring training in less than two weeks. The positions are filled, for the most part, but there will be some solid competition for depth positions, at the bottom of the rotation, and possibly in the bullpen. Here’s a look at a few players it would be good...
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: why Kyle Hendricks is important

The Chicago Cubs will be chasing a World Series during the 2016 MLB season. It is finally time for the Cubs to be represented as contenders. If the Cubs will be in the hunt for their first championship in 107 years, their starting pitching will have to be outstanding next season. Realizing this, the Cubs signed John Lackey to a two year deal this offseason. With a staff now led by...
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: how Jake Arrieta earned his raise

The Chicago Cubs have been making many additions to their roster this offseason. With the signings of Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist, and John Lackey, the Cubs have shown they are not afraid to break the bank. With the offseason winding down, there was one more player to sign, Jake Arrieta. Arrieta was up for arbitration this season and was asking for a hefty price. Ultimately, the Cubs...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Source: Cubs, Jake Arrieta agree on $10.7 million deal

CHICAGO -- A person familiar with the negotiations says Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta has agreed to a $10.7 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration with the highest one-year deal for a pitcher with four years of major-league service.The person spoke to The Associated Press on Friday night on condition of anonymity because the contract had not been announced by the team.Arrieta...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Cubs' Kris Bryant went swimming with sharks

With spring training rapidly approaching, there isn’t much vacation time left for Major League Baseball players. During one of his last remaining days, a member of the Cubs got up close and personal with a few predators. On Thursday, Kris Bryant shared some video footage he took while underwater with sharks swimming around the cage he was in. Swimming with sharks...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

David Ross: Future Big-League Manager

David Ross would like to manage in the big leagues some day. According to several of his peers, he’ll be a worthy candidate. The 38-year-old Chicago Cubs catcher was by far the most popular choice when I asked a cross section of uniformed personnel: Which Current Players Are Future Managers? What will Ross’s managerial style be, when and if he’s given an opportunity to lead...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Where Does Dexter Fowler Fit?

As MLB’s offseason rolls along and the free agent market continues to dry up, baseball writers everywhere seek out something, anything to write about. Why do you think there’s been so many articles about this alleged tanking problem? We’re out of ideas; we’re tapping out. Thankfully, there’s Dexter Fowler. One of multiple victims of the qualifying offer, Fowler remains...
Via The Sports Post
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Chicago Cubs should re-sign Dexter Fowler

If you’re rooting for the Chicago Cubs in 2016, you’re probably already eyeing some Tuesday afternoon in late October when Joe Maddon is holding the Commissioner’s Trophy on a double-decker bus in downtown Chicago. If your mind is already focused on that picture, then you probably think the Cubs’ roster is already complete. Wrong. One more move the Cubs should make this...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Invite 18 Minor Leaguers to Big League Camp

The Cubs announced today that 18 minor leaguers have been invited to Big League Camp, including ten pitchers, two catchers, three infielders, and three outfielders.  Tags:  Cubs Spring Training Non-Roster Invites
Via Cub Reporter
14 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cubs should re-sign Dexter Fowler

I was on BP Wrigleyville the other day, looking at this fine article written by Isaac Bennett, about the 25th man on the roster. You should read the whole thing, but the relevant bit follows: Matt Szczur Path to the Roster: The case for Szczur is trickier than some may realize, as the Cubs don’t currently have another option to replace Heyward in center field. Carrying...
Via Obstructed View
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Jason Hammel jokes about playing hooky to see Pearl Jam

    Pearl Jam announced on Tuesday that they will play two concerts at Wrigley Field in August, much to the delight of their Chicago-based fans. One of those fans is Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel, who is already cracking jokes about playing hooky to catch the concert: Dear Theo, I think I'm gonna b feeling really sick on Aug 20&22. I should stay home n get some rest. Thx...
Via Larry Brown Sports
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs executive: Mets fans are ‘really, really obnoxious’

The New York Mets swept the Chicago Cubs in the 2015 National League Championship Series, but the bitterness has extended into 2016. #Cubs board member Todd Ricketts: "I don't know if you know this, but #Mets fans are really, really obnoxious." — Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) January 16, 2016   Ricketts’ words were met with some predictable, yet funny responses. @CSNMooney...
Via Sportsnaut
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Hall of Fame baseball player Monte Irvin dies at 96

Former New York Giants and Chicago Cubs Hall of Fame outfielder Monte Irvin died Monday at his home in Houston.Irvin, who began his career in the Negro League in 1938, was one of the first African-American players to play in the Majors. He made the jump to the majors with the Giants and over eight years was able to tally 99 home runs, 443 RBI and a batting average of .293.Irvin was...
Via Yardbarker
January 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Kyle Schwarber’s Wrigley Field scoreboard ball has been removed

When Chicago Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber smashed a home run onto Wrigley Field’s right field scoreboard roof in their Game 4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals, the Cubs kept that ball on the scoreboard and put it under plexiglass for the rest of the playoffs. Now that Major League Baseball is deep into the offseason, Schwarber’s home run ball has finally been removed. Here’s...
Via The Comeback
January 12, 2016  |  Discuss

KATOH Projects: Chicago Cubs Prospects

Yesterday, lead prospect analyst Dan Farnsworth published his excellently in-depth prospect list for the Chicago Cubs. In this companion piece, I look at that same Chicago farm system through the lens of my KATOH projection system. There’s way more to prospect evaluation than just the stats, so if you haven’t already, I highly recommend you read Dan’s piece in addition to...
Via Fangraphs
January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Kris Bryant gets engaged to longtime girlfriend

    2015 was a big year for Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant. The former No. 2 pick in the MLB draft got his call-up by the club and made his debut this year, and then he went on to win Rookie of the Year. A few months after winning his award, Bryant made an even bigger move by getting engaged. Bryant proposed to longtime girlfriend Jessica Delp, who was also overjoyed...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 29, 2015  |  Discuss

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