Acquisitions: Rebuilding teams vs. Competitive teams

Since 2011 when Theo, Jed and Jason were hired the Cubs have been wheeling and dealing.  They have been stacking up on talent since then to build a team set for “sustained success.”  As the Cubs, it seems, have turned the corner lets take a look at the front offices best moves and worst moves based on the value they have for the Cubs.  Along with the Cubs I looked at the Astros who went … Continue reading

Why the Cubs Could be Thanking Ryan Dempster

Two years ago the Cubs were doing what they have done best lately, having a fire sale near the deadline after another rough first half.  One of the pieces they had was Ryan Dempster who was having an extremely good season as the Cubs ace (2.25ERA).  Theo & Co. doing what they do best were ready to maximize that value and send Dempster off for some long-term assets.  What was holding a lot of this … Continue reading

You Have to Win Your Division (Catcher)

Throughout American professional sports, the road to a championship runs through your division. The importance of winning your division is, perhaps, even more important in Major League Baseball, where skipping over the one-game playoff is enormously valuable. To consistently win the division, a team must boast strong players at a number of positions, while occasionally developing a really useful player or two. It also doesn’t hurt to play in a weak division, which brings us … Continue reading

White Sox Acquire Long-Term Centerfield Solution

In case you missed it, the White Sox were involved in a three-team deal this afternoon, acquiring Adam Eaton and a PTBNL from Arizona for Hector Santiago (who is headed to Los Angeles/California/Anaheim). In doing so, they have locked up their centerfield and, hopefully, leadoff role until 2018. Adam Eaton, though he was never an elite prospect, should be a very productive player on the South Side, and will come dirt cheap for a few … Continue reading

The Cubs and Padres Could Match Up Well in Trade Talks

Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported in his “Padres Insider” column today that Padres fans should expect a trade for a left-handed bat and/or reliever to come together by the end of MLB’s winter meetings. Center writes that the Padres have a surplus of starting pitching, and guys like Robbie Erlin, Burch Smith, or Eric Stults could be traded to address needs in other parts of their roster. Of particular note in Center’s … Continue reading

Why Should the Cubs Sign Scott Kazmir?

After nearly falling completely out of baseball in 2012, Scott Kazmir latched on to the Cleveland Indians on a minor league deal. Though he was five years removed from his best season in Tampa Bay, and had really only been healthy for one full season in his career, he was seen as a nice, moderate-upside signing for an Indians team that was struggling to find a fifth starter. A strong spring training earned him a … Continue reading

Why Would a Chicago Team Sign Curtis Granderson?

Despite many intuitive reasons why Curtis Granderson might be a bad fit for the Cubs or White Sox, many baseball writers feel like he’ll be playing baseball in Chicago come Spring 2014. So what are we missing? Is there reason to think he could be worth a hefty contract? Curtis Granderson has been an above-average to MVP-level player in his career, amassing 33.2 fWAR and 217 HR in a 10 year career with the Tigers … Continue reading

Why Should the Cubs Sign Shin-Soo Choo?

Tom Loxas has been out in front of the rest of the Chicago media in virtually insisting that the Cubs will be adding a left-handed bat to the lineup this offseason. Of the many lefthanded bats available, one of the best fits for this team might be outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. Choo has been one of my favorite players in the game for quite a while now. A consistently underrated player who provides some pop and … Continue reading

Revisiting Jeff Samardzija’s Trade Value

In July, I wrote about what the Cubs might expect in return for starter Jeff Samardzija. The conclusion was that Samardzija, who had a 3.75 ERA at the time, was likely worth a whole lot in trade. It’s tough to imagine the Cubs returning quite as much value for him after he imploded down the stretch, but it’s important to remember that there is still quite a bit of value remaining for a team that … Continue reading

Why Should the Cubs Trade for David Price?

The David-Price-to-the-Cubs rumor train has been chugging along since before the 2012 season. It made sense at the time – the Cubs would be in need of a big-time starting pitcher to pair with budding stars Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro, and Jeff Samardzija. There was plenty of talent in the farm system, but the consensus was that it was mostly years away and of questionable projection. A stud pitcher would be a big stride in … Continue reading