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Player Behavior

In Commentary And Analysis by dmick89

I don't know how many times I've said I don't care about the players in any other way than their performance. Over the years I have stressed this so many times I've lost count. One of the reasons why I wrote each year about how good Carlos Zambrano has been in his career was to point out that all that …

Cubs acquired 2 of top 10 prospects moved at the deadline

In aside by dmick89

According to Baseball America, the Cubs acquired 2 of the top 10 prospects moved at or near the trade deadline.  3. Arodys Vizcaino, rhp, Cubs. Chicago has very little advanced young pitching, so it was willing to take the sidelined Vizcaino and throw-in Jaye Chapman from the Braves in exchange for Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson. Considered untouchable a year ago, …

Rangers Acquire Ryan Dempster (Cubs get Christian Villanueva and Kyle Hendricks) ***UPDATED***

In News And Rumors, Transactions by dmick89

Rangers land Ryan Dempster — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 31, 2012 Will add more about Ryan Dempster once it's officially official. Others hearing the same thing Looks like Dempster to #Rangers, working on confirmation — Scott Miller (@ScottMCBS) July 31, 2012 The Dodgers apparently have lost out on Ryan Dempster, who likely will go to Texas. — Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) …

Trade Deadline Rumors (Rangers acquired Dempster???, Russell, Garza, Camp, Baker, Webster, BJ Upton, Hope Monster, Buster Olney’s twitter account, Soriano staying put)

In News And Rumors by dmick89

This was posted earlier. Updates will be added for the next few hours (scroll down). According to Jon Heyman, Ryan Dempster has been traded to the Dodgers. More to come if it's confirmed. Dodgers getting Dempster…..final dotting of i's and crossing of t's being worked on…… — JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) July 31, 2012 Still no word on whether it's official or who may …

Podcasting the Cubs

In aside by berselius

Before gallivanting off to the hinterlands of Molina-esque interwebs, Berselius recorded a podcast with longtime reader, sometime commenter sitrick2. We talked the Cubs for about an hour, including talk of prospects, the Dempster situation based on what we knew on Tuesday (not much), and The Future. We also talked some Breaking Bad, Parks and Rec, and other TV stuff to …

Why the Cubs will trade Ryan Dempster for whatever they can get

In Commentary And Analysis by dmick89

I'm sure everyone is as tired of the Ryan Dempster Saga as I am, but all along I had been assuming offering him arbitration at the end of the season was a no-brainer for the Cubs. If they can't get at least something decent in return, they could offer arbitration and would receive a supplemental pick in next year's draft …

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Potential deadline trades

In Commentary And Analysis by dmick89

Nearly every player on the Cubs is a potential trade candidate so talking about each one would be exhaustive and pointless. Luis Valbuena is a trade candidate though why any team would trade for him, I don't know. It's not like there was a line of teams wanting to sign him after he was DFA'd and he's not been very …

BREAKING: MLB vacates all of Ryan Dempster’s Cubs wins

In News And Rumors by dmick89

In a very surprising twist, Commissioner Bud Selig has announced that all of Ryan Dempster's wins, as well as all no-decisions, as a Cub have been vacated.  We have to make a strong statement and by vacating all of his non-loss appearances we believe we have done just that. It's well past the time that a grown man in a …

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In Commentary And Analysis, Minor Leagues by dmick89

Josh Vitters entered the 2007 Draft as one of the best bats in the class. Matt Wieters was considered the best college bat in the country and scouts debated whether Mike Moustakas or Josh Vitters was the best high school bat. Some scouts even said Vitters had the best bat in the draft. David Price would be selected 1st and …