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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 …

Happy Rule 5 Day!

In Uncategorized by myles

Today is the Rule 5 draft. Courtesy of the inimitable Arizona Phil, here’s the list of Rule 5 eligible players. A few of these players are in danger of being selected. Gioskar Amaya: 2B/C prospect who has fallen on lean times. I like Amaya, but he might be too far to be stashed for a whole year. I’d say it’s …

The New Cubs

In Uncategorized by myles

wOBAs Steamer projected: Position Player wOBA lwOBA pwRC+ C Montero 0.319 0.305 105 1B Rizzo 0.374 0.328 114 2B Baez 0.306 0.298 103 SS Castro 0.321 0.297 108 3B Valbuena 0.319 0.316 101 LF Coghlan 0.312 0.318 98 CF Alcantara 0.303 0.32 95 RF Soler 0.346 0.316 109 – – – – – Position Player wOBA Position Player C Montero …

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Cubs sign Jon Lester

In Uncategorized by berselius

Per many reports, the Cubs have signed Jon Lester to a 6/155 deal, with a vesting option for a seventh year. The Cubs have a protected pick, but since Lester was traded last season there is no draft pick compensation so all this costs is money and however many years Cubs fans took off their lives stressing out over this …

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Cubs sign Jason Hammel

In Uncategorized by myles

It is not a common occurrence that a player re-signs with the team that just traded him (*cough* Jon Lester *cough*), but Jason Hammel is proof positive that it can happen. The Cubs signed Hammel to a 2-year, $18 million deal with an option that could bring the final tally to $28 million. As far as middle-tier pitching options go, …

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And Now His Cubs Watch Has Ended

In Uncategorized by aisle424

My baseball family suffered the loss today of our most senior and most loved member, Mike Lagattuta. Mike loved singing. He loved Italian food. He loved teaching. He loved his friends as he loved family. And he loved the Cubs. He grew up in the Wrigley neighborhood and he would tell us stories of getting out of school and going to …

Mavericks 132, Bulls 129 (2OT) 11/3/14

In Uncategorized by myles

Kirk Hinrich pretty much lost this game. With 3 seconds to go and the Bulls up 3, Monta Ellis (a good 3-point shooter to be sure) drove up to the right side of the court to take a desperation 3 as time expired. Hinrich fouled as Ellis went into his shot, with 1.2 seconds left. Ellis seemingly had no chance …

Bulls 97, Jazz 95 (11/24/14)

In Uncategorized by myles

Hot damn, is this team fun to watch. This is the third time we’ve seen the Butler-Dunleavy-Gasol-Noah-Rose starting 5 this season, and each time they’ve started those 5 they’ve won the first quarter (twice convincingly). Chicago played probably it’s strongest 12 minutes of the year in the first quarter, dominating both offensively and defensively. Listening to the Utah Jazz commentators (a nice …

Predicting a Max Scherzer Contract

In Uncategorized by myles

I figure it makes sense to perform the same calculations I did for Jon Lester for Max Scherzer. I think the chance he signs with the Cubs is a lot lower than Jon Lester, but it’s theoretically possible. Basically, we only need to calculate a starting WAR, and I’ll be using a depreciation schedule of Year(N+1) = Year(N) * .85. Scherzer …

Predicting a Jon Lester contract

In Uncategorized by myles

The Cubs are meeting with Jon Lester, who already has a contract offer from the Red Sox. He’ll probably take that contract offer, but we’ll see. It’s expected that the totals for Lester will be at minimum 6/$120MM, and is in all likelihood going to be way off. Just how much value does Lester have, though? Lester is both an …