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
The trade that involved veteran catcher Alex Avila coming over to Chicago is making Theo Epstein look like a bigger genius than what we already knew he was. Avila will step into the starting role following an injury to hot hitting Willson Contreras on Wednesday. Continue reading
Late Sunday night, Theo & Co. completed yet another trade to improve the Major League squad in preparations for a Postseason run. After filling a huge need for a top of the rotation starter with the acquisition of Jose Quintana, there were two more items to check off the front office’s wish list for the 2017 trade season.
Those two items were a lefty reliever that can be plugged into high leverage situations and a backup catcher to give rising superstar Willson Contreras a day off here or there or to have in case of an injury. After trading for Justin Wilson and Alex Avila, you could say that the front office has done everything they needed to do this trade deadline. Continue reading
What a day for the boys in blue. Tuesday night, after a game that saw three different Washington Nationals swipe a total of seven bases, Miguel Montero exploded in his interview with the media. He pinned the blame for the stolen bases on his pitcher, Jake Arrieta, who is known for being exceptionally slow in his delivery to home plate.
In the interview, Montero said “It really sucks because the stolen bases go on me,” and followed by making a jab at Arrieta, “Yeah, but my pitchers don’t hold anybody on.”
While no one is going to say that Miggy is lying, his 0-31 caught stealing record is not helping his side of the story. The main problem here is that Montero was basically throwing his teammate under the bus to the national media. The conversation could have and should have taken place behind closed doors. With Cubs fans all over still talking about what Montero had to say, a much more important voice hopped into the conversation early Wednesday morning. Continue reading