Found July 10, 2012 on
Before we look into Darwin Barney's trade value, I was thinking I wouldn't be that confident in the numbers below. Most of the time I am, but for someone like Barney I'm not. At all. Why? Because of Placido Polanco. To understand why you can check these two links out. IN the first link written after the 2006 seaosn, Tangotiger takes a brief look at Polanco and Derek Jeter and finds that Polanco is as valuable as Jeter, but costs significantly less. In the second link written in 2011 he looks back since 2007 and finds that they have essentially been the same player in terms of WAR. The difference, however, is that Jeter made a crapload of money and Polanco did not.
Polanco has only had a few seasons in his career in which he's been better than average at the plate. He's known for his defense. It's what continues to allow him to be a productive player. He's only earned $42 million in his career. He's been underpaid throughout his career.
One thing in...
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Well the All Star Break is upon us and two Cubs, Bryan LaHair and Starlin Castro are headed to Kansas City. It’s time for the up to date report card from a 70+ year old lifelong fan.
Their record is currently 33-52 which has them on pace to lose 99 games. That is an improvement from the 50 game report card where they were on pace to lose 104. In May they suffered through...
Here is State Farm's newest "Discount Double Check" commercial, featuring freshly retired Kerry Wood.
Ryan Dempster has always been a solid pitcher, and given that he regularly piles up the innings, has developed a reputation as a workhorse as well. The 35-year-old righty has battled quad and back injuries this season, but when he’s pitched, he has been spectacular. And now that he is back on the mound, he is attracting quite a bit of trade interest, as teams that may not want...
The Chicago Cubs have signed outfielder Albert Almora, the No. 6 overall pick in last month's draft.
The 18-year-old Almora played prep baseball at Mater Academy Charter in Hialeah Gardens, Fla., and had considered going to the University of Miami. He will report to the team's minor league complex in Mesa, Ariz.
Almora, who throws and bats right-handed, hit .603 with six...
Josh Vitters went 2-4 with a double and raised his average to .302. Alberto Cabrera struck out 4 in 2.2 IP. Cabrera is getting some buzz as a future closer after moving to the pen this year. He was pretty awful as a starter and we only have 45 IP to work of but as a reliever he is posting excellent #'s across the board.
Trey McNutt had what I guess qualifies as...
As bad as the Cubs were in the first half, and they were very bad at times, they still were an interesting team to watch. That should continue in the second half. The new management team, led by president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer, stated as its goal to be competitive in 2012 while building a "foundation for sustained success" through drafting and...
I know that sometimes as baseball fans, we get caught up in the heat of the moment and we shout profanities sometimes at baseball players, umpires and even baseball executives. But after a few moments of reflection we understand that we're wrong and that we shouldn't have done that.
After all, no player, umpire or team executive makes a mistake on purpose. We're all human...
The Chicago Cubs have inked first-round draft selection Albert Almora to a contact, Baseball America reports.
Dallas Beeler threw 7 shutout innings while striking out 5 batters. Logan Watkins went 2-4 with a 2B & triple.
Alcantara had another big night going 4-5 and is now batting .306 on the year. Rob Whitenack is showing that not everyone comes back from TJ without any issues as he scuffled again last night giving up 8 hits, 3 walks and 5 ER in 2.1 IP last...
**** is about to come down on Starlin Castro, and it shouldn't be shocking to anyone that the source of the impending storm is located in a Paul Sullivan piece in the Tribune. Whether he is trying to stir the pot purposefully is a matter of opinion, but whether he is doing it intentionally or not, this pot is getting stirred as we speak.
Starlin Castro headed to the All-Star...
1. Brett Jackson OF AAA
The Math — The 23 year old, 2009 1st round pick has a slash line .261/.339/.494. Astronomical strikeout rate (33.8%), but he still has a 114 wRC+.
The Good — Despite the K's Jackson has still been a productive player. He gets a ton of XHB's with his speed and has plenty of pop from CF. He steals bases very well. Plays a prime position and is...