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Our good friend Bruce Miles confirmed something we were about to leak.  Before signing with the Cubs, Jon Lester was briefed on what to expect from the media who cover the team.

Despite that briefing, Lester still signed on.  Our Cubs inside source got a hold of the information. Prepare to be sickened.

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The rebuilding is over

The rebuilding is over


Posted on Dec 10, 2014 in Cubs

The hard part, for Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer, ended sometime last season.  It was probably about the time Jorge Soler joined Javy Baez on the active roster.  For three years, two very competitive guys had to have the discipline to make moves for tomorrow, not today, and had to keep doing that over and over again.  When they swung and missed at a highly paid free agent like Annibal Sanchez or Masahiro Tanaka, they had to have the discipline to not “Jim Hendry” the money and throw at whatever guy wandered by next.

They had to get to the point where the farm system was built up and the bad contracts were gone.  They had histories of going after the best players on the market like Curt Schilling and Adrian Gonzalez, but had to settle for picking Chris Coghlan and Scott Feldman off the scrapheap.

But at the end of last season, the Cubs looked like a real baseball team again.  Well, mostly.  In three years, the talent level throughout the organization had taken an astonishing turn for the better.  They actually looked like a team to be reckoned with in the future.

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Putting the ‘pale’ in Pale Hose

Putting the ‘pale’ in Pale Hose


Posted on Dec 9, 2014 in Bulls, MLB

The White Sox made a couple of late night moves to acquire former Cubs pitcher/wide receiver Jeff Samardzija and former Yankees closer David Robertson.  So far, the Sox have been very active this offseason, picking up mostly a cast of mediocrities, so getting two real pitchers is a nice change of pace.

When MLB Network posted the list of Sox offseason acquisitions, something jumped out at me.  And then, thinking of the offseason the Bulls (also owned by Jerry Reinsdorf) had…well, I’m sure this is just coincidence.

See if you can spot a trend:

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Some guys can’t take a hint

Some guys can’t take a hint


Posted on Dec 8, 2014 in Cubs

Less than six months after trading him away, the Cubs have re-signed pitcher Jason Hammel.  This time, Hammel gets a nice raise, a second guaranteed year and a third year option.  I’m sure that’ll help console him next July when he’s packing his shit and leaving again.

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Oh, goody, Ryan Dempster’s back

Oh, goody, Ryan Dempster’s back


Posted on Dec 5, 2014 in Cubs

Just when everything seemed to be going so well.  The Cubs offseason had included getting the best manager in the game, bringing back Hank White, adding Dave Martinez to the coaching staff, and making an ambitious run at Jon Lester.  Hey, they’d even seen the Blue Jays bail them out of what would have been an onerous contract for squatty little Russell Martin.

All of that is now drowned out by the thud that is the return of Ryan Dempster, Fart Joke Teller Extraordinare.  Canada’s worst export since Nickelback, Dempster left the Cubs a three glorious years ago when his trade deadline hostage crisis finally ended with him being shipped off to the Rangers.  We detailed that saga here, and it no doubt will be featured in season two of the Serial Podcast.

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The Score’s baseball insider Bruce Levine gets his fair share of scoops. He’s plugged in with both Chicago baseball teams, the Cubs and the other one, and he has a pipeline straight to Tom Ricketts and his manservant Dennis Culloton.

Bruce also is a friend to many agents, and is good at getting info from them in exchange for floating ridiculous rumors for them when they ask him to (Pablo Sandoval to the Cubs, anyone?)

What Bruce is undeniably terrible at is Twitter.  He can’t spell.  He can’t type.  He has no idea when to use to, too or two.  Without taking the deep dive into his Twitter account that is so richly deserved, let’s at least get a quick overview of Bruce Levine’s (most recent) Adventures in Twitter.  For a more comprehensive look at it, I’m going to need to drink…a lot.  We’ll save that for later.

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Sponsorship has its privileges

Sponsorship has its privileges


Posted on Dec 3, 2014 in Cubs

The Cubs announced today that the big videoboard in left field (the one giving hokey traditionalists the vapors) that will debut sometime next season, will bear the name of Wintrust Financial.  Apparently that is a bank, or some shit.

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