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

Cubs Acquire George Kottaras

After many weeks of rumors that the Cubs would be pursuing a left handed hitting catcher, the front office has finally found their man in George Kotaras. While this move is thoroughly unsexy, Kottaras comes at a fraction of the price of a guy like Jarrod Saltalamcchia would cost in free agency, and (baring any further moves) lets Welington Castillo remain the Cubs starting catcher. Kottaras has been a very effective backup catcher in his … 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

Why Sign Jacoby Ellsbury?

Theo Epstein drafted Jacoby Ellsbury, Jacoby Ellsbury is a free agent, and so he is definitely going to the Cubs! Unfortunately it is not that easy. For me that could be a good thing based on a couple of points that I will touch on later in this post. Now I would not be upset if the Cubs signed Ellsbury, but how much sense does that make going forward?  Ellsbury is no spring chicken as … Continue reading

Defending Jim Hendry: The Matt Garza Trade

I’ve been mulling over these thoughts in my head for quite a while, and after seeing Chris Archer‘s baby face in a MLB.com promo for the AL Rookie of the Year Award, I think it’s high time I come clean and admit it. I like the Matt Garza trade. The original one. Yes, the one that sent Archer, Hak-Ju Lee, Brandon Guyer, Robinson Chirinos, and Super Sam Fuld to the Rays for Garza, Zach Rosscup, … 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