2014 MLB Draft: Jeff Hoffman and Pitching at the Top

In Commentary And Analysis by GW11 Comments

It’s a little early for MLB draft talk, but given the lack of activity by the Cubs this offseason, it figures be a prominent discussion point again in 2014. The Cubs have the fourth overall pick, and the early buzz around the top of the draft is pitching. Last year, for example, at the Perfect Game All-American Classic in San …

Javier Baez to play some 2nd base this spring

In News And Rumors by dmick8998 Comments

I think most of thought that if Javier Baez had to be moved off shortstop, which seemed an almost certainty after he was drafted, that he would shift to 3rd base. He made himself into a decent enough shortstop to stick there through the minors and some even said he could stick. It still seems like he'll probably have to …

Are the Cubs 29th of 30?

In Commentary And Analysis by myles92 Comments

The topic du jour in the Cubs Blogosphere is the Passan "hit" piece on the Cubs. To whit: Brett's take: Let’s be clear on some things: no one could, or should, argue that it isn’t deeply disappointing that the Cubs are where they are right now, in terms of big league competitiveness. We’re five years removed from the last relevant …

Javier Baez Not the Only Baez Cubs Fans Should Root For

In Commentary And Analysis by aisle42410 Comments

Cubs fans have been rooting for Javier Baez since he was drafted with the Cubs' first pick in the 2011 draft, but Carrie Muskat posted a piece today that sheds light on another member of the Baez family that we should all root for, Javier's sister, Noely. "[Christmas] is very, very special," said Baez, the Cubs' top prospect. "When my …

Is there any coal in the Cubs hot stove?

In Commentary And Analysis, News And Rumors by Obstructed View Staff40 Comments

This is a guest post by SVB. Both Myles and dmick have noted some constraints in their ability to write recently, so I’m writing in an attempt to give Myles and dmick a break, as well as to prevent another unloadable 200+ comment thread from developing. Don’t worry, I won’t become the Jay Leno (or even the David Brenner) of …

Why the Cubs Can’t Wait

In Commentary And Analysis by Obstructed View Staff60 Comments

I'm starting to hear whispers that the Cubs are already going to punt on 2014. I really, really don't get it. Let's rewind the clocks to 2011, when Theo Epstein was hired. He inherited a really poor team and a really poor farm system. There was no chance that the Cubs were going to be good in 2012, and no …

Top Free Agents of 2013 Offseason

In Commentary And Analysis by Obstructed View Staff21 Comments

I thought it might be too early to write the story, but seeing as Tim Linecum got a 2/35 deal, clearly the offseason is closer than I thought.  First, a short breakdown of the Freak deal. Lincecum was a back-to-back Cy winner in 08 and 09, but those days are behind him. In his place, he has had an ERA+ of …