Found March 06, 2013 on
The Chicago Cubs had a difficult season under new manager Dale Sveum, new GM Jed Hoyer and President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein. In my opinion, this was an example of many things going wrong, led by the injuries to RHP Matt Garza and trades of RHP Ryan Dempster, LHP Paul Maholm and others. I like some of the moves they made this off season, mainly the signings of Edwin Jackson, Scott Hairston and some under-the-radar starting pitchers. Though I do not see the team competing for a playoff spot, or finishing over .500 for that matter, I see a significant improvement from the 101 loss season of a year ago. However, their progress will be effected by the Houston Astros leaving the division and league. The theme from my inverse breakdown is pitching, mostly starting pitching. The teams that are below the Cubs have more questions, in my opinion, over what their rotation will look like and what they can depend on. Jeff Samardzija is one of the most underrated aces a team has...

Cubs to give away golden Barney figurine

Chicago Cubs second basemen Darwin Barney was awarded a National League Gold Glove Award last season for his superb defensive work.Now, the Cubs are planning to commemorate Barney's achievement by giving away 10,000 bobbleheads in his likeness on June 1 against the Diamondbacks. All of the bobbleheads will feature Barney wearing a golden mitt on his left hand, but only 1,000...

Cubs rumors: Carlos Marmol likely to be traded

Several teams are taking a “hard look” at Chicago Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol, and Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago expects the right-hander to “most likely be pitching for another team before Opening Day.” Levine notes that the Detroit Tigers are specifically eyeing Marmol as a replacement option for current closer Bruce Rondon. The rookie has dealt with control...

Local Interests Stymie Cubs’ Wrigley Restoration Plans

Wrigley Field is falling apart. The Ricketts family, which bought the Cubs for $845 million in 2009, has a plan to spend $300 million of their money to renovate the 98-year-old ballpark. There will be structural upgrades, improved clubhouses, new underground batting cages, upgraded luxury suites and club facilities, more and better concessions and restrooms, and a new patio area...

Tigers throw hat into the Carlos Marmol sweepstakes

Supply, meet demand.  The Chicago Cubs have a supply of relief pitchers, starting with Japanese import Kyuji Fujikawa who projects as the team’s closer for 2013 to go along with incumbent (and lame duck?) closer Carlos Marmol, who struggle mightily on the North side in 2012, seeing his WHIP balloon to over 1.5 baserunners per inning, primarily courtesy of 45 walks in 55 innings...

Chicago Cubs offering special baseball card promotions this season

This season, the Chicago Cubs are giving their fans an 82-card Topps Archives set, featuring current and former Cubs players on classic Topps card designs. Chicago Cubs season ticket holders will receive the cards as part of their season ticket package. Their set will be a little more bougy, as (well, season ticket holders are a little more bougy to begin with) as their set will...
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