Chicago Cubs: Mark Zagunis looks to contribute where needed

One trait Chicago Cubs’ management looks for in players is versatility. Many of their recent acquisitions are asked to play other positions. Zagunis is no exception. It may have been on odd selection at the time, but Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein and General Manager Hoyer like the potential. Sure, they drafted […] Chicago Cubs: Mark Zagunis looks...
Via Cubbies Crib
1 hour ago

Cubs Quick Hits – 01/24/2017: Jason Heyward’s Success Going Oppo

In case you missed it earlier in the month, MLB Network’s Sean Casey provided an excellent breakdown of Jason Heyward’s 2016 swing and compared it to the adjustments he’s working to adopt. Casey pointed out that Heyward, with his back foot nailed down, was susceptible to pulling the ball weakly. Indeed, this is what we saw far too often last season. Great to see how hard...
Via Cubs Insider
1 hour ago

Cubs Related Podcast: Brett Anderson Signing and CubsCon Stories

Corey, Brendan, and Cubs Insider Editor In Chief, Evan Altman, discuss the Brett Anderson signing. In addition, Evan provides insight to his interviews with Jason McLeod, Jeimer Candelario, and Rob Zastryzny, as well as his experience at the Cubs Convention. The post Cubs Related Podcast: Brett Anderson Signing and CubsCon Stories appeared first on Cubs Insider.
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1 hour ago

Brett Anderson Looks to Cure What Ails in Chicago

Imagine having all of the ability in the world, only for the body to whisper back, ‘Not today.’ For the majority of his career, that’s been Brett Anderson. I mean, when Baseball America ranks someone with the best command coming out of high school, there’s going to be a certain level of hype. Expectations will need to be fulfilled. Sure he wasn’t a first-round selection...
Via The Sports Post
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Cubs Add Brett Anderson, Remain Vulnerable

The Chicago Cubs are almost perfect. Coming off a World Series title, FanGraphs’ expected wins totals placed the Cubs at 99 victories back in November. The young, enviable core remains. The top four starters return from the most effective rotation in baseball last season. While Aroldis Chapman departed, Wade Davis entered. Even David Ross is still around, though he’s moving...
Via Fangraphs
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Chicago Cubs: David Ross getting a taste of the ‘other side’

It was the storybook season the Chicago Cubs and David Ross dreamed about. Culminating with a World Series victory–and for good measure—a Ross home run in Game 7. What a way to go out–although that wasn’t necessarily the case. In just two short years, the Chicago Cubs and their fans realized what David Ross means […] Chicago Cubs: David Ross getting a taste of the ‘other...
Via Cubbies Crib
3 hours ago

A Few Looks at What Ground-Ball Machine Brett Anderson Brings to the Cubs

The Cubs continued their quest to load up on pitching when they added Brett Anderson, a lefty with a diverse basket of pitches, Monday night. They chose Anderson over other options that included Kris Medlen, Jason Hammel, Travis Wood, and Jake Peavy, all of whom fall short of Anderson’s 2017 Steamer projection of 2.8 WAR (though that’s scaled to an unrealistic 200 innings)...
Via Cubs Insider
3 hours ago

The 1920 Cubs Helped Elect Warren G Harding

Last Monday, January 16th, the World Series Champion (because it never gets old) Chicago Cubs donned their finest apparel and headed to the White House to meet President Obama. Nestled amongst the many jokes between Chicago comedians Theo Epstein and Barack Obama, the former offered the latter a gateway into Cubs fandom in the form […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
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In The Loop: Joe, Matt play Beer Money at Cubs Convention

Joe and Matt play a round of Beer Money at the Cubs Convention.
Via CSN Chicago
11 hours ago

In The Loop: More Beer Money from the Cubs Convention

Kelly Crull hosts a round of Beer Money from the Cubs Convention.
Via CSN Chicago
11 hours ago

Report: Cubs preparing to roll the dice with Brett Anderson

The Cubs are preparing to roll the dice with Brett Anderson, hoping the talented, frequently injured pitcher can stay healthy and provide insurance for their
Via CSN Chicago
12 hours ago

Report: Brett Anderson agrees to deal with Cubs

The Chicago Cubs appear to have added a new pitcher to their staff.FOX’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs and free agent pitcher Brett Anderson have agreed to a deal. The deal is pending a physical.Anderson tweeted earlier in the day that he was headed to Chicago: Anderson, 28, can be a very effective pitcher, but injuries are his issue. He pitched 180.1 innings in 2015 for...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Cubs Agree To Terms With Brett Anderson

The Cubs have agreed to terms on a contract with lefty Brett Anderson, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter links). It’s still pending a physical, which as Rosenthal notes is of particular importance in the case of the oft-injured Anderson.
Via MLB Trade Rumors
14 hours ago

Cubs reportedly add free-agent lefty Anderson

The Cubs have a deal in place with left-handed starter Brett Anderson, according to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal. The club has not confirmed the report.
15 hours ago

Chicago Cubs: Remembering Ernie Banks two years after his death

Two years ago today marks the passing of legendary Chicago Cubs shortstop and first baseman, Ernie Banks. Few players in baseball history exemplify the love of the game quite like Ernie Banks did.  He had an unwavering passion for the sport and his team.  The Chicago Cubs icon was the embodiment of everything baseball players […] Chicago Cubs: Remembering Ernie Banks two years...
Via Cubbies Crib
15 hours ago

Keenan revels in Cubs' visit to White House

Cody Keenan went to his first Cubs game when he was 5 1/2 months old, tucked into a backpack on his father's back, so his allegiance to the team began at an early age. One week ago, he was in the East Room at the White House, listening to his boss, President Barack Obama, deliver what Keenan called his "dream speech" to salute the 2016 World Series champion Cubs.
21 hours ago

Happy 23rd Birthday, Addison Russell

Last year, I wrote about Addison Russell in pretty glowing terms. The last paragraph from that post: This team is so incredibly deep, that you can imagine a scenario in which Russell puts up 4 WAR this year and gets absolutely no attention from a national outlet. Don't make that mistake.  bWAR: 4.3 fWAR: 3.9 WARP: 3.9 Seriously, the exact scenario happened. Of...
Via Obstructed View
1 day ago

Pick the Better 2017 Hitter

Imagine how Jason Heyward would feel if the Cubs didn’t win the World Series. On one side of the coin, any non-championship season falls short because of countless different reasons, and on the other side of the coin, Heyward still has to care the most about his own performance. But for as bad as he was, at least the title took the edge off. He remained an outstanding defender...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Deploying Kyle Schwarber in 2017

On the surface, Joe Maddon’s lineup card should seem like a relatively easy one to fill out. You have the bulk of a World Series champion returning, with plenty of youth and a now-healthy Kyle Schwarber who will slot into Dexter Fowler’s spot at the top, at least to start. But with such a versatile […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 23 Prospects: Chicago Cubs

Below is an analysis of the prospects in the Chicago Cubs farm system. Scouting reports are compiled with information provided by industry sources as well as from my own observations. The KATOH statistical projections, probable-outcome graphs, and (further down) Mahalanobis comps have been provided by Chris Mitchell. For more information on thes 20-80 scouting scale by which all...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Internal and External Options for Cubs’ Sixth-Man

As the Chicago Cubs look to repeat as World Series champs, they are currently seeking a little extra help in the starting rotation. With Kyle Hendricks, Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, John Lackey and Mike Montgomery as the expected starting five, the need isn’t urgent, but adding quality depth now could be the difference between another […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs the latest team to no longer allow you to print tickets at home

Those looking to attend a game in Wrigley Field to watch the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs will have one less option to get hands on tickets in 2017. The option to purchase a ticket online and have the ability to immediately print the tickets at home or at the office is no longer available for Cubs games. Instead, fans will have to get their hands on a ticket directly...
Via The Comeback
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Obama skips over Aroldis Chapman while praising Cubs

The Chicago Cubs’ visit to the White House was already a headline-grabber before it even happened. In a surprising move, the team decided to move its visit to Monday and became the last team President Barack Obama will honor in office. Then, Monday’s event happened, and more news was made. While President Obama was pointing out the various members of the Cubs’ World Series...
Via The Comeback
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Jake Arrieta, Cubs still have not discussed long-term contract

Pitcher Jake Arrieta will be eligible to become a free agent at the end of the 2017 season, and he sounds somewhat resigned to the fact that a long-term deal won’t get done before then. Arrieta said Friday that he hasn’t discussed a contract extension with the club, and said time is running out for the two sides to do so. “The timeline is kind of coming to an end as far as...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs OF Heyward hard at work on revamped swing

CHICAGO (AP) A year ago, Jason Heyward was one of the main attractions at the Chicago Cubs' winter convention. The outfielder had just agreed to a big free-agent deal, and he was hoping to play a key role in the team's first championship in more than a century. The team got that title, but for Heyward, it was a bumpy road all the way to the very end. Heyward played Gold Glove defense...
Via Associated Press
10 days ago  |  Discuss

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