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Ballhawks can take 2012 off

In Commentary And Analysis by dmick89

One thing I've noticed while looking over the projections the past couple months is just how little power the Cubs have. Their starting lineup is practically filled with singles hitters. Alfonso Soriano still has some pop and so does Geovany Soto, but the rest of the lineup has none. I was wondering when the last time the Cubs starting lineup …

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What’s all this Jeff Samardzija starting crap?

In Commentary And Analysis by dmick89

I paid so little attention to Cubs baseball after the first few weeks that it's hard for me to believe that Jeff Samardzija threw 88 innings a year ago. I did know that however many innings he threw that they weren't the typically bad Jeff Samardzija innings. I also knew he got lucky. I probably paid no attention to Samardzija's …

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Carroll’s Team Health Reports

In Commentary And Analysis by dmick89

For several years now Will Carroll has published Team Health Reports. He previously did so at Baseball Prospectus and now does so at SI. I've never been the biggest fan. It seems far too random. Let's take a look at this year's. 2B Darwin Barney Darwin Barney doesn't sound like a 2B, but he sure played like one last year. …

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Evaluating the Cubs likely lineup

In Projections by dmick89

It's hard to believe that February is here, which means pitchers and catchers will be reporting to Mesa in a couple weeks. The position players won't be far behind. It's particularly hard to believe because the Cubs didn't have an active offseason. Not once have I actually looked forward to watching Cubs baseball. I have looked forward to watching baseball, …

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Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have been busy

In News And Rumors by dmick89

The Cubs were having a rather quiet offseason until December 23rd when they traded Sean Marshall. In a span of one month they’ve traded Marshall, DJ LeMahieu, Tyler Colvin, Carlos Zambrano, Andrew Cashner and Kyung-Min Ha. All of them except Ha were on the team’s 40-man roster. A new front office trading current players is nothing new. On July 5, …

Does Zambrano trade tell us about a possible Soriano trade?

In News And Rumors by dmick89

Since Carlos Zambrano was traded two days ago I think all Cubs fans have wondered what it might mean for Alfonso Soriano. The Cubs were willing to eat almost all of Zambrano’s contract in trading him. We know that Tom Ricketts has given Theo the go ahead and clean house even if it it requires the team to send truckloads …

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Is Brett Jackson the Cubs best outfielder?

In News And Rumors by dmick89

Back in April I wondered if Brett Jackson was one of the three best outfielders in the Cubs organization.  The conclusion at the time was that Jackson was certainly one of the three best on the team. In fact, his projections were similar to Kosuke Fukudome‘s, but considering Jackson would play CF he was projected to be more valuable over …

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Bruce Levine thinks Marlon Byrd will be traded

In News And Rumors by dmick89

I rarely read Bruce Levine’s chats, but for some reason that’s what I did with the one he had yesterday. One of the questions was asked about why Marlon Byrd was still with the Cubs considering the rebuild they’re undergoing. There are a couple reasons Byrd has not been traded and in my opinion, likely will not be. He’s provides …

How does losing Pujols and Fielder affect the Cardinals and Brewers?

In Major League Baseball by dmick89

The short answer to this question is that it doesn’t affect them that much. If the Cardinals were willing to spend $22.5 million on Pujols (10 year, $225 million offer) they still have that $22.5 million available to spend on free agent talent. If a win costs $5 million in 2012, that buys 4.5 wins. Pujols was projected to be …