DFP 11/17/2014

In Facepalm by myles

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 …

Cubs trade Vizcaino for La Stella

In Transactions by myles

For those of you keeping track, that brings Paul Maholm‘s total value to the Cubs to Tommy La Stella, but we had to throw in some IFA slot money (we got one back to make the numbers work). The trade makes sense to me. Arodys might have a future as a power reliever, but that’s an area the Cubs are …

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The Extra 2%, 18.3° N Edition

In Commentary And Analysis by GW

Yoan Moncada has been cleared for free agency, just as soon as he gets unblocked by the U.S. Treasury Department. The Cubs had a strong presence at a workout in Guatemala on Wednesday. Since he is subject to international spending bonus pools, however, the Cubs will only have the chance to sign him if they can convince him to wait until next July. …

Bulls 100, Raptors 93 (11/13/14)

In Uncategorized by myles

I’m getting ready to see Tom Thibodeau lose his job, honestly. There are some things that are inexcusable, and using a 7-man rotation on November 13, 2014 is certainly one of them. I realize that the Toronto Raptors were 7-1, and a likely playoff team that you want to beat. That being said, you have to plan for the actual …

Let’s talk about Colby Rasmus

In Uncategorized by myles

For some inexplicable reason, I’ve always been a Colby Rasmus fan. Actually, I can explain it – Tony La Russa hates Colby Rasmus, so I must love him. Traded for pennies on the dollar to Toronto, Rasmus (the former #3 prospect in baseball) has had a very up-and-down career so far. He’s now a free agent, and one the Cubs …

Cubs theoretical offseasons on dynamic payrolls

In Uncategorized by myles

I’ve recently speculated, as has Bleacher Nation, that the Cubs’ payroll obligations at the moment is around $65 million. MLBTR just came out with a graphic touting the number as $61 million. I trust Brett and myself more than Tim, but we can all agree that $65 million is close. Since that number is so low, we can all assume …

Let’s talk about Torii Hunter

In Uncategorized by myles

There are a few reports that link Torii Hunter to the Cubs out there.   A number of teams have expressed preliminary interest in Torii Hunter, including #Royals, #Twins, #Cubs, #Rangers, #SFGiants, #Mariners… — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 10, 2014 I’m not sure how I feel about that. Looking into Torii Hunter a little bit, I came across two interesting …

Bulls 102, Pistons 91 (11/11/14)

In Uncategorized by myles

Sometimes Bulls fans don’t appreciate just how good of a basketball player Derrick Rose is. Sure, Rose has missed an awful lot of time in the past 3 years, and it’s robbed a player on a HOF trajectory of some prime years. That sucks. When Rose is even close to healthy, though, he can drastically change the trajectory of a …

Should the Cubs pursue Evan Gattis?

In Uncategorized by myles

The rumor around the water cooler is that the Braves are aggressively shopping Evan Gattis. The Cubs are in the market for an upgrade at catcher, kicking the tires on Russell Martin (who wants a 5/75 deal. move along, little doggie.). Martin is known for great pitch framing and plate discipline. Evan Gattis isn’t known for either, though he has …

Bulls 95, Bucks 86 (11/5/14)

In Uncategorized by myles

Full Disclosure: I didn’t watch this game, as I was (and am) battling a fever at the moment. Where has Doug McDermott gone? Dougie McBuckets has seen his minutes shrink from 24, to 17, to 11, to 11, and now to 7 minutes this season. It doesn’t seem as if Thibs trusts the young fella yet, and I can see …