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Is it time to shake up the infield?

In Better Know a Cub by myles7 Comments

The Cubs' offense has been incredible this year. Among starters, the OPS+ for each starter, in descending order: 193 181 173 128 117 115 (Jason Heyward!) 67 44 The astute reader will note that there are two less-than-average bats in that lineup. The first is Anthony Rizzo, who has dealt with back issues this year and is, well, Anthony Rizzo. …

Better Know a Cub: Mike Montgomery, LHP

In Better Know a Cub, Transactions by JonKneeV53 Comments

Today’s an off day and what better way to spend it then discussing the recent trade between the Chicago Cubs and Seattle Mariners. The Cubs sent off 1B/DH Dan Vogelbach and RHP Paul Blackburn in return for LHP Mike Montgomery and RHP Jordan Pries. We’ll spend this post focusing on the more prominent name in Montgomery. Mike was drafted out …

Better Know a Cub: Dexter Fowler

In Better Know a Cub, Uncategorized by myles

Yesterday, the Cubs spun Lou Goodvalue and Dan Straily into their (presumable) starting CF for 2015. A short eulogy for Luis Valbuena follows. Valbuena was underrated by the general population and probably slightly overrated by the blogging community (and with his batflips, it’s easy to see why). Valbuena was cheap, able to play anywhere on the diamond, and he took …

Better Know a Cub: Ryan Kalish

In Better Know a Cub, Commentary And Analysis by myles27 Comments

Theo Epstein knows Ryan Kalish as well as any GM in the minors. Kalish was drafted by the wonderkid in the 9th round of the 2006 draft; one pick before Mark Melancon. Quick Aside: Look at the 2006 Red Sox draft. It's pretty great. Epstein drafted Justin Masterson, Daniel Bard, Josh Reddick, Brandon Belt (who didn't sign), and Matt LaPorta …

Better Know a Cub: Jason Hammel

In Better Know a Cub by myles4 Comments

After the Cubs missed on Masahiro "We think he's a No. 3 Starter – Cashman" Tanaka, the Cubs went to a fall back plan. They signed Jason Hammel to a 1-year, $6 million dollar deal. Hammel, who has been good at times and bad most others, is a classic pump-and-dump candidate a la Feldman/Baker/numerous others. Do you remember the Scott Hairston …

Better Know a Cub: Jose Veras

In Better Know a Cub by myles39 Comments

As GW astutely pointed out, the 2014 Cubs are headhunting directly from the 2013 Astros bullpen. On the surface, that sounds terrible. In practice, the Cubs have poached the only two good members of that pen, for a collective $5 million and change. $4 million of that this year will go to Jose Veras, the "closer" of the Astros last …

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Better Know A Cub: George Kottaras

In Better Know a Cub by myles20 Comments

George Kottaras and Theo Epstein have a history. Acquired in 2006 for 5 starts of David Wells, Kottaras spent the first few years of his career as a top catching prospect, with great patience, moderate pop, and the ability to play passable defense. As time took hold of George, he lost most of those talents, and all of his star …