Daily-ish Facepalm 2.26.15 – Rizzo’s stance, Coach Manny

In Facepalm by berselius

Is Rizzo’s offensive surge for real? Sahadev takes a long look at Rizzo’s hitting mechanics during his breakout 2014 season vs his relatively disappointing 2013 over at BP. It’s behind the paywall*, but here are some highlights. Some of these are not super surprising for those of us who watched way too much Cubs baseball last year but it’s nice …

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“Daily” Facepalm – Moncada, Epstein, Wood Extension?

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Yoan Moncada ——-> Red Sox The Cuban defector goes to the Sox on a $30m deal. The Cubs continued to scout him despite being under the CBA signing limit penalty, hoping for the slim chance that he’d sign after July when their probation ends. The Red Sox burned their own signing bridges with the deal and are now due for …

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DFP: Lester, Montero, and Framing

In Commentary And Analysis, Facepalm by GW

Jon Lester Paying $150+ million for a pitcher with 1600 career innings isn’t the safest of investments, but it sure is nice that the Cubs finally signed someone. After years of missing out on seemingly all of their big-name targets, I can’t have been the only person that was worried that the team simply didn’t have the TV revenue necessary to hang …

DFP 11/17/2014

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Just when you think you’ve settled down from the Vizcaino/La Stella bombshell,  you get 3 more of them. First, the Jays signed Russell Martin to a 5 year, $82,000,000 deal. A 16.4 AAV deal for 5 years was probably too much for the Cubs to swallow, and I’m sort of glad that the Cubs didn’t sign Martin if that’s the price …

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Daily Facepalm 10.29.14 – Game 7 looms

In Facepalm by berselius

Following a 10-0 beatdown from the BABIP gods, the Giants and Royals play game 7 tonight. I’ve been surprised by how much I’ve enjoyed this world series, considering I have essentially no opinion on any player on either side and am mostly rooting for the Giants due to my dislike of Ned Yost and the inevitable barrage of articles about …

DFP: Javy And His K’s

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Javier Baez homered last night; it was his first at Wrigley Field and fourth since being called up. He didn’t walk, and hasn’t yet since being called up. That’s a little troubling, but it’s too early to say much about that. He also didn’t strike out, which is also a little early to make any judgements about, but is something …

DFP: Missing Game 6

In Facepalm by andcounting

It’s funny. I deleted a post I was writing this week about appreciating the moment, appreciating what we have right now. It was about Javier Baez, the Cubs as they are, and life. Too preachy, too obvious, too blah-blah-blah. So, deleted. Obviously Robin Williams taking his own life has very little to do with Cubs baseball or even baseball at all, …

DFP: Jacob Turner

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In case you missed it, the Cubs acquired RHP Jacob Turner last week for two non-prospects. Turner’s stock has really fallen off since 2012, when his name was being tossed around as a potential centerpiece from the Tigers in a Matt Garza trade and was eventually a big part of the trade that brought Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante to …

DFP: How Badly Did the Rays Screw Up?

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The most striking aspect of yesterday’s deadline was just how many trades involved major league players. The classic mode of deadline dealing is this: sellers send soon-to-be free agents to buyers in return for prospects. Yesterday, by contrast, sellers picked up Yoenis Cespedes, Joe Kelly, Allen Craig, Drew Smyly, Nick Franklin, and Tommy Milone. Of the bunch, only Franklin is …

DFP: The Deadline Cometh

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Did the Cubs Win? Nope. Maybe they should have pinch hit a few pitchers. Trade Deadline Update The deadline is at 3 pm CT. The Cubs were active yesterday. No word yet on the where Emilio Bonifacio is headed, but the Royals have been mentioned, which is almost too cruel. The Giants are also a potential destination, and have released …