Cubs trade value rankings – Part II
Mar03

Cubs trade value rankings – Part II

Yesterday we plowed through the bottom 30 of this completely unscientific ranking of the Cubs current trade assets.  The idea is simple.  It’s a ranking of every player on the current 40 man roster, plus 10 other guys who will be on it someday.  Age, past performance, projectable future performance and contract status all factor in. Take a look at 50-21, but now we’re on to the top 20. 20. Jason Motte, P This all hinges on...

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What to watch for in Cubs spring training
Feb13

What to watch for in Cubs spring training

It’s officially less than a week until the start of spring training.  The Cubs will be christening their newly named, year-old ballpark by giving away game used urinal pucks to the first 14 fans who attend the first workout. If you get one, don’t be that guy, treasure it, don’t go for the quick buck on ebay. Sloan Field got its name when a toilet supply company paid big bucks to the Cubs, and its tempting to make a...

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Off to a grand start
Nov17

Off to a grand start

The Cubs are off to a flying start this offseason, they have already shuffled their coaching staff, then dumped manager Rick(y) Renteria in favor of Joe Maddon, and why yesterday they traded Arodys Vizcaino back to the Barves from which he came, to bring in lefty hitting second baseman Tommy La Stella. This morning when we woke up the media said the Cubs were the front runners to sign catcher Russell Martin, and the big Jon Lester...

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Maybe the whole NL Central sucks
May15

Maybe the whole NL Central sucks

Don Zimmer, that baseball sage best known for having a metal plate in his head (and looking like a gerbil) used to say that 40 games into any season you have a pretty good idea of how good teams are.  Any team that is .500 or better probably has a chance to contend, any team under .500 at that point is probably going to stink. The Cubs have not played 40 games yet, but at 13-25 even if they win their 39th and 40th games they’re...

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Bienvenido, Senor Renteria!
Nov07

Bienvenido, Senor Renteria!

So the Cubs finally have a new manager.  I for one was getting pretty antsy about the whole thing.  Mostly because they have a game coming up…in four months. They have hired Rick Renteria.  Renteria has served the last few years as the Padres bench coach, dispensing pearls of wisdom to Bud Black.  He spent eight years in the minors as a manager, including a season in lovely Geneva, Illinois managing the Kane County Cougars. The...

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