The Four Swingmen of the Cub-pocalypse

Yesterday, my fellow contributor Stan Croussett sketched a picture of the 2016 season in which the Cubs give a decent amount of starts to three of their swingmen: Trevor Cahill, Clayton Richard, and Adam Warren. A combination of contract incentives, comments from the front office about their prospective usage, a need to rest the workhorse […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Your Best Against My, Uh: The Back End of the Cubs’ 2016 Rotation

Over the past month we have learned that Trevor Cahill and Adam Warren have been told–Warren explicitly and Cahill via contractual incentives–that they will be used as starting pitchers during the 2016 season. But how can this be, when the Cubs made it a priority to acquire a clear the rotation arm in John Lackey as well, […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
11 days ago  |  Discuss

The Yankees, Cashman making moves with precision

For the last 15 years, the New York Yankees have been one of the loudest voices with some of the deepest pockets. By dishing out large, lucrative contracts to big-name players, the Bronx Bombers have made their presence known year in and year out.  However, lately the front office--predominantly behind the driving force of General Manager Brian Cashman--has taken a...
Via The Sports Quotient
15 days ago  |  Discuss

The Yankees might not be doomed until 2018

Last week on this site, Ben Diamond wrote that the Yankees might be approaching a brief drop in the standings as they prepare for the massive off-season in 2018 that could feature Bryce Harper, Andrew McCutchen, Manny Machado, Jose Fernandez, Matt Harvey and eleventy-seven other All-Stars. A year ago I would have wholeheartedly agreed with Ben’s assessment. In fact, last September...
Via BP Bronx
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Should Adam Warren start for the Cubs?

Going into spring training, it appears that the Chicago Cubs project their rotation to be Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, John Lackey, Jason Hammel and Kyle Hendricks. If Hammel can pull back to early 2015 form and Hendricks can beat his projections by just a bit, this might well be how the season starts. Of course, […]
Via Baseball Essential
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: why the Cubs traded Starlin Castro

The Chicago Cubs have been busy this offseason. After the acquisitions of Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist, and John Lackey, the Cubs have frequently been mentioned as contenders to win the 2016 MLB World Series. In addition to these signings, the Cubs have made a notable trade. The longtime fan favorite Starlin Castro was traded to the New York Yankees. In a deal that many wished would...
January 03, 2016  |  Discuss

New Cub Warren learned of trade to Chicago watching TV on vacation

Vacation is typically a time to escape from the rigors of everyday life, unfortunately for newly acquired Chicago Cubs right-hand pitcher Adam Warren work found a way to him.Vacationing with his wife on the Caribbean island nation St. Lucia, Warren found out he was traded from the New York Yankees to the Cubs while watching TV at the hotel bar. He has a strict rule on vacation to...
Via Fox Sports
December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Analyzing the top three trades from the MLB winter meetings

If you compare it to last year's four-day frenzy in San Diego, this year's Major League Baseball winter meetings were pretty tame. The nonstop action that we saw a year ago wasn't duplicated in Nashville, but there was still plenty to write home about. This year's meetings, which took place Dec. 7-10, came and went without any jaw-dropping free agent signings. David Price, Zack...
Via The Sports Quotient
December 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Joe Girardi has concerns about health of Yankees’ pitching staff

The New York Yankees have gone into the offseason and not addressed their starting pitching. In fact, it arguably got somewhat worse when they traded Adam Warren in the deal to get Starlin Castro. That has to be worrisome for manager Joe Girardi, who acknowledged he has concerns about the health of the team’s starting pitching. “Yeah, I think there’s a concern because of health...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Ryan sent to Cubs by Yankees to complete Castro-Warren trade

CHICAGO (AP) The Yankees have sent infielder Brendan Ryan to the Chicago Cubs as the player to be named in last week's trade that brought second baseman Starlin Castro to New York for right-hander Adam Warren. The 33-year-old Ryan hit .229 this year, when he was limited to 47 games due to strains of a calf and his back. Ryan, who has a $1 million salary next year, has a .234 average...
Via AP on Fox
December 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Opening Day Roster Predictions

The Cubs made flurry of moves at the recent Winter Meetings, including signing Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist, and John Lackey and trading Starlin Castro to the Yankees for Adam Warren. The bulk of the roster is now set, and we can already take a look at the potential Opening Day roster and the battles for the few remaining slots on it.If there are no further trades or signings, and...
Via Cub Reporter
December 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Should The Yankees Make a Major Free Agent Signing?

The New York Yankees have finally made a high-profile move in this 2015-16 offseason. Hot on the heels of the Cubs’ signing of Ben Zobrist, the Northsiders flipped SS Starlin Castro to the Yankees for RHP Adam Warren and IF Brendan Ryan. The Yankees will almost certainly use Castro as a second baseman while sticking [&hellip The post Should The Yankees Make a Major Free Agent...
Via No Coast Bias
December 14, 2015  |  Discuss

How Badly Do the Cubs Need a Starting Pitcher?

I saw a reference not long ago to the White Sox and Padres, regarding how they tell us it doesn’t matter who wins the offseason. The reference was made in an article about the Cubs. Now, the Cubs’ offseason isn’t over. Nor are the rest of the offseasons, so, who knows how the landscape will look by the end? But there are some crucial differences here. For one, there was more...
Via Fangraphs
December 14, 2015  |  Discuss

The Yankees have opened up a Francisco Liriano-sized hole

Over the past few days the New York Yankees have seen a lot of pitching walk out the door. To be fair to the team, they have received players in return, it wasn’t simply a matter of a couple of pitchers making a run for it. Although that story would be significantly more interesting, it would also set some dangerous precedents regarding team control. In trades with the Chicago...
Via BP Bronx
December 11, 2015  |  Discuss

A day after trading Warren, Yanks send Wilson to Tigers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A day after trading right-hander Adam Warren, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman dealt lefty Justin Wilson to the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday for minor league right-handers Luis Cessa and Chad Green. Cashman was willing to weaken his bullpen because of a lack of depth in starting pitching at Triple-A and Double-A. Yankees starters Masahiro Tanaka...
Via AP on Fox
December 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankees Get Younger with Starlin Castro, Slightly Better

Brian Cashman wants the Yankees to get younger. Did you know that Starlin Castro is only 25 years old? Somewhat lost in the shuffle of last night’s winter meetings madness was the trade that sent Castro to the Yankees in exchange for right-hander Adam Warren and utility man Brendan Ryan, mere minutes after Castro had been displaced in Chicago by the Cubs’ signing of Ben Zobrist...
Via Fangraphs
December 09, 2015  |  Discuss

If Castro works out for Yankees, Cashman will be ahead of game

First thing’s first: At this point, it’s impossible to evaluate the trade that’s turned Starlin Castro into a New York Yankee and Adam Warren into a Chicago Cub. For the simple reason that somebody else is becoming a Chicago Cub, but we don’t know who yet.Or maybe we can evaluate it! Maybe we can say it’s a fair trade, because most trades are fair, or roughly fair, when...
Via Fox Sports
December 09, 2015  |  Discuss

From BP: Cubs Implement Flextime

Over at our main site, Wrigleyville’s Editor-in-Chief Sahadev Sharma wrote up the Cubs’ acquisition of Ben Zobrist, Adam Warren, and Brendan Ryan. The full story is available only to paying subscribers, but we thought you’d enjoy this preview here.  Barely an hour before news broke Tuesday night that the Cubs had made multiple moves, Theo Epstein […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
December 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Transaction Analysis: Cubs Implement Flextime by Jeff Quinton, Sahadev Sharma and J.P. Breen

Chicago signs the superutility superstar Ben Zobrist, and add swingman Adam Warren to the rotation or bullpen or both. Meanwhile, the Yankees fix second base with Starlin Castro.
Via Baseball Prospectus
December 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Trade Analysis: Castro for Warren

Last season the Yankees second baseman tied for last in the major leagues in WAR, at -1.2. Stephen Drew was a mess, hitting just .201, and the Yankees showed little confidence in prospect Rob Refsnyder to step in. The team acquired Dustin Ackley late in the season, and the expectation going into 2016 was an Ackley and Refsnyder platoon. At the Winter Meetings, Joe Girardi said he...
Via BP Bronx
December 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankees acquire Starlin Castro from Cubs

Well, Theo Epstein was busy Tuesday. Minutes after the report that the Cubs signed free agent Ben Zobrist, a report from Joel Sherman stated that the Cubs agreed to trade middle infielder Starlin Castro to the Yankees. According the Sherman, the deal was contingent upon the Cubs successfully signing Zobrist. The teams later confirmed the trade, and the Yankees are taking on all...
Via The Outside Corner
December 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankees get INF Castro from Cubs for RHP Warren, plus player

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The New York Yankees have acquired infielder Starlin Castro from the Chicago Cubs for pitcher Adam Warren and a player to be named. The trade between wild-card teams was announced Tuesday night at the winter meetings. Earlier in the day, the Cubs and free-agent infielder Ben Zobrist reached agreement on a four-year contract. The 25-year-old Castro hit .265...
Via AP on Fox
December 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankees To Acquire Starlin Castro

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post on Twitter, the Yankees have acquired Starlin Castro from the Cubs. Additionally, Jack Curry of the YES Network also reports on Twitter that pitcher Adam Warren and a player to be named later are heading to Chicago in return. Castro, 26 in March, has spent the last six seasons with the Cubs, hitting at a .281/.321/.404 clip, with a...
Via Mets Merized Online
December 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Necessary Moves: Brett Gardner, New York Yankees

Over the next 30 days, I’ll look at 30 players—one from each team—that I believe should be traded. Some will seem obvious, just as others will seem nonsensical. Some may also seem desperate, but it’s important to understand that this list is entirely subjective. A player can be deemed movable for any of the following reasons: production (or lack thereof), current and future...
Via The Sports Post
November 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Secure Message For Mustang; No one else is authorized to read this.

Dear Mustang,The Yankees open the subway series against the Mets on Tuesday.  Give me your starting line-up.It is the only way we can watch it.  The royals are the Yankee surrogate.Duque loves this.  Remember?Tanaka is ready to start, I think.  But CC is still at Silver Hill.  Maybe Adam Warren can give us 5 solid innings in game 2.But, I am getting way ahead of myself.
October 24, 2015  |  Discuss
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