Retooling for 2018: A Comprehensive Plan

Look, we’re not surprised by this outcome, right? I’m thankful as all hell that they didn’t get swept, but the 2017 Cubs were not as good as the 2017 Dodgers. It happens. How do Theo and his merry band of suits make sure it doesn’t happen again in 2018? Let’s walk through how, from the big to the small. 1. Prioritize Athleticism The Cubs were outclasses in the field and on the bases all postseason … Continue reading

Cubs Best and Worst Case Scenario – Second Base

Best Case Scenario I’ve been fairly vocal in my displeasure with Darwin Barney over the past few years, but I really don’t think Barney is a value-less player. Deployed properly, he could be one of the better utility infielders/platoon second basemen in all of baseball, and the best case scenario for the 2014 Cubs is that he becomes that player. Against left handed pitching, Darwin Barney is a career .263/.313/.381 hitter. That’s not going to … Continue reading

You Have to Win Your Division (Second Base)

After looking at the first basemen of the NL Central, who have collectively fallen off since the glory days of Pujols/Votto/Berkman/Lee, we’re now going to look at a position that, honestly, we can never remember being the division’s strong point. Historically this has been such a weak position within the division that Cubs fans, unaccustomed to seeing good non-Biggios playing the keystone, thought Mike Fontenot was worthy of the nickname “Little Babe Rute”*. Since 2000, … Continue reading

You Have to Win Your Divison (First Base)

The quality of first basemen in the NL Central has fallen quite a bit since the days when Pujols and Fielder would terrorize the Midwest all summer long. The first base situation is unclear in two cities and questionable in two more, leaving Joey Votto as the lone superstar at the position. A couple of good seasons in Chicago and St. Louis could change the story, but for now the NL Central is home to … Continue reading

Cubs Best and Worst Case Scenario – Catcher

Coming off of a season in which their catching corps produced the fourth-most wins according to FanGraphs, the Cubs are returning Welington Castillo and hoping he can take over the full-time catching role for good. They also traded for George Kottaras, who should be a capable backup. This has the potential to be a very strong position for the Cubs, but there’s also plenty of reasons to be worried. Best Case Scenario – Castillo develops … 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

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