By January 25th the baseball world is typically focused on the upcoming Spring Training schedule for all 30 MLB teams. This year, those thoughts have been overshadowed by the free agent market that is still completely in play as most of the big names have yet to find a new home. While we may still be focused on offseason tasks, teams are still moving on with their organizational duties. Continue reading
Friday was the day of deals for the Cubs arbitration-eligible players. Instead of working out contracts in arbitration hearings, the Cubs sided with signing Kris Bryant, Justin Wilson, Kyle Hendricks, Addison Russell, and Tommy La Stella to one year deals. Justin Grimm is the only eligible player to not sign a new deal so far. Continue reading
The free agent market has been ice cold this year, but that has not stopped the Cubs from making a flurry of minor moves to shore up their pitching depth going into the 2018 season. They may not be flashy transactions, but as we all know, it is much more than just the Opening Day roster that makes an impact throughout the season.
It is often the pitchers that start the season as the number seven or eight starter in the organization or the pitcher stuck in a middle relief role in Iowa that end up playing crucial roles for the team in the dead of the summer. Continue reading
Thursday finally saw a splash on the free agent market when the Chicago Cubs signed starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood to a 3 year, $38 million deal. While Chatwood wasn’t the starting pitcher we were all looking forward to hearing that Cubs have signed (Shohei Ohtani), he is still a very adequate pitcher that immediately slots in at number four in the stacked Chicago rotation. Continue reading
The Cubs made several roster moves mostly revolving around their bullpen on Friday just ahead of the non-tender deadline. Going into the day, two big league bullpen options and Chicago Cubs veterans Justin Grimm and Hector Rondon had still not been offered arbitration as a part of their team control. As the deadline came and went, it was just Grimm that was offered a contract. Rondon was non-tendered in addition to catcher Taylor Davis. Reliever Matt Carasiti was released. Continue reading
The Arizona Fall League wrapped up Saturday afternoon with the Mesa Solar Sox, the squad with all of the Cubs’ prospects, falling to the Peoria Javelinas by a score of 8-2. While watching Cubs prospects make it all the way to the league’s championship game is fun, the most important thing is seeing each player’s individual success (or lack thereof) while down in Mesa. Continue reading
Going into the 2017 NLDS between the Cubs and the Washington Nationals, expectations were that this series would be the most evenly matched of all of the incredible Postseason match-ups. That expectation is coming to fruition so far, just three games in. Continue reading