Fantasy Waiver Wire: Week 12

In Commentary And Analysis by GW

The waiver wire is getting fairly thin. The Super-2 callups have mostly passed. Kris Bryant and Joey Gallo aren’t seeing any time in the majors this year. FWW favorites Corey Dickerson and Alex Wood are owned in most leagues. As a result, I’m skipping the position players this week, and some of the SP’s might be deeper than is typical. …

Journeymen of Tomorrow: 6-20-14

In Uncategorized by myles

Since the Cubs didn’t play yesterday, let’s dust this off. El Paso Chihuahuas 2 @ Iowa Cubs 6 Prospecting Arismendy Alcantara went 2-5 with an RBI and 2 strikeouts, putting his season totals at .280/.322/.506. It’s the most power he’s shown in his career, but the lack of walks is a serious issue that threatens his future as an everyday …

10 Oddities About the Chicago Cubs’ Payroll

In Commentary And Analysis by aisle424

This isn’t a Gordo cash flow story about the Cubs being cheap on payroll, nor is it a judgement on Theo/Jed’s fiduciary prowess. Baseball salaries are weird things because the final figures depend on more than just performance. Service time, the market at the time of the contract, and even past salary all play a role, but when you look …

Cubs 5, Marlins 4

In Uncategorized by myles

Did The Cubs Win? OSS: Starlin Castro and Travis Wood laying down the big lumber! 1. Starlin Castro went 3-6 with a 3-run bomb. His OPS sits at .802 (15 points over yesterday numbers). He’s never had an OPS over 800 over a whole season, but he’s also never shown power quite like this. His ISO sits at .187, which …

My Small Brush With Tony Gwynn’s Greatness

In Commentary And Analysis by aisle424

Tony Gwynn was probably the best pure hitter I’ve ever seen play in my life. I also saw Pete Rose and Wade Boggs play, but those are the only two I would consider an argument about and I believe Gwynn was better. He was always one of my favorite players even though he was a member of the 1984 Padres …

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Are the Cubs Being Cagey About Signing Bonuses?

In MLB Draft by GW

The Cubs appear to be making steady progress in signing their most recent draft class. Updated information can be found here.* Top pick Kyle Schwarber is in Boise, and no less than 15 others have given strong indication in one form or another that they have agreed to terms. Notably absent, though, is any indication about signing bonuses for most …

Fantasy Waiver Wire: Week 11

In Commentary And Analysis by GW

Starting Pitchers Andrew Heaney Heaney has almost everything I look for in a pitching callup. He’s a premium prospect. He has a track record of high strikeouts, low walks, and reasonable groundball rates. If and when he gets the call for the Marlins, he’ll be pitching for a National League team in a good park for pitchers. The only hesitation …

Kyle Schwarber signs for well, well under slot

In Uncategorized by myles

When the Cubs drafted standout C/LF/1B/DH Kyle Schwarber with the 4th overall pick on June 5, it was fair to assume that the Cubs stood to gain a pretty nifty underslot deal here. Most pundits thought it would be Michael Conforto (who fell to #10), but Schwarber was the recipient of some very late helium on draft boards (and GW …

Pirates 6, Cubs…screw it, here’s some Kris Bryant stuff for you

In Uncategorized by myles

Let’s be honest. You don’t care about yesterday’s game. Two bad teams played, and the slightly less bad team won. Castro finished a triple short of the cycle, and the rest of the team sucked (as a team, they drew 0 walks). Who cares. Instead, I’m going to try to describe how awesome Kris Bryant is. I normally hate the …