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Chicago Cubs: how Jake Arrieta earned his raise

The Chicago Cubs have been making many additions to their roster this offseason. With the signings of Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist, and John Lackey, the Cubs have shown they are not afraid to break the bank. With the offseason winding down, there was one more player to sign, Jake Arrieta. Arrieta was up for arbitration this season and was asking for a hefty price. Ultimately, the Cubs...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The midpoint of NL Central teams

Now that Spring Training is a small blip on the horizon, I figure we might as well start blogging again. Hopefully the 4 daily readers we have are still with us! When people compare teams, they generally look at their stars. That's entirely reasonable; each team's best player necessarily provides the greatest benefit, so it's incredibly important that you have some of them....
Via Obstructed View
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals or Mets? Who has the better chance to return to the World Series in 2016?

With pitchers and catchers set to report to spring training in just two weeks, it's time for every fan base to dream big -- even if contending is merely a dream for some of them.For the two teams that played into November, however, there are legitimate reasons to believe they can return to the postseason and even to the World Series. But which team is more likely to do so: The Kansas...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

And Leading Off For the Chicago Cubs Is…

Leading off to hit in a baseball game is an under-appreciated art form. There’s many nuances about it that even your standard formulas might not catch. With the additions of Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward to the Cubs’ roster, picking a leadoff man just got complicated on the North Side. What the Cubs need from their leadoff […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Warren Whiffs on Fastball, Sizzles on Secondaries

During the offseason, Jason Heyward, John Lackey, and Ben Zobrist have dominated the discussion among fans and writers about the Cubs’ best moves. There isn’t much to dislike about any of the deals, really. Heyward and Lackey were the best position player and pitcher, respectively, on the St. Louis Cardinals. Getting both of them to […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Strike Out Again in Free Agency

Embed from Getty Images Once again the Washington Nationals are unable to nab the big catch. Centerfielder Yoenis Cespedes became the latest top-dollar free agent to leave the Nationals at the altar, agreeing to re-sign with their NL East division rival the New York Mets on a reported three-year deal worth $75 million, despite the fact the Nationals offered a more secured...
Via KCM Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: why Miguel Montero is underrated

The Chicago Cubs have been making many additions this offseason. The acquisitions of John Lackey, Ben Zobrist, and Jason Heyward have made the Cubs immediate contenders. While these players will surely make a strong impact on the team’s performance, the Cubs have many other guys already on the roster ready to make their mark. As a result, many of these players have been overlooked...
Via isportsweb.com
15 days ago  |  Discuss

How Far Can You Actually Take That Pesky Washington Nationals Comparison?

Good news, Cub fans! After a breakout 2015, in which the team won 97 games, hired a new, exciting manager and called up most of their top prospects (all of whom, of course, excelled once in the big leagues), Chicago has just gone and had the best offseason of any major league team! They signed Ben Zobrist […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
21 days ago  |  Discuss

What’s Next for the Royals?

When the Royals won the World Series, there were a few days of pure euphoria before the realization that the game is a business came into focus. Alex Gordon, Ben Zobrist, Johnny Cueto, Chris Young and Ryan Madson filed for free agency while options were declined on Alex Rios, Jeremy Guthrie and Jonny Gomes. Oh […]
Via Pine Tar Press
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals give Ian Kennedy five years, $70 million

The reigning World Series Champion Kansas City Royals have had a rather successful offseason. They lost Ben Zobrist to free agency, but were able to retain the services of left fielder Alex Gordon. And that might prove to be the better move for the Royals. More on that in a bit. To shore up a rotation that saw the departure of second-half-hero Johnny Cueto, the R0yals have now given...
Via Bloguin Best
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals ink pitcher Ian Kennedy to a five-year deal

The reigning World Series Champion Kansas City Royals have had a rather successful offseason. They lost Ben Zobrist to free agency, but were able to retain the services of left fielder Alex Gordon. And that might prove to be the better move for the Royals. More on that in a bit. To shore up a rotation that saw the departure of second-half-hero Johnny Cueto, the R0yals have now...
Via The Outside Corner
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs rumors: Fernando Rodney edition

With the 2015-2016 MLB offseason well under way, the Chicago Cubs have emerged as big winners. With the additions of John Lackey, Ben Zobrist, and Jason Heyward the Cubs have positioned themselves as contenders for many seasons to come. While all of these additions will surely make a great impact on the team, the Cubs could look to add one more key piece. This key piece could be...
Via isportsweb.com
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Evaluating the Mid-tier Outfield Market for the Royals

On the heels of a World Series title, the Kansas City Royals enter 2016 with a great deal of uncertainty. Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist are already gone. Alex Gordon should be gone as soon as the free-agent market’s floodgates are opened. Alex Rios, who played right field last year, is also a free agent. […]
Via Baseball Essential
January 04, 2016  |  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...
Via isportsweb.com
January 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: White Sox want Gordon or Cespedes only on three-year deal or less

The Chicago White Sox may ironically be the ones taking themselves out of the market for a marquee outfield talent this offseason. According to a report on Friday by Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports, the club is interested in signing free agent outfielders Alex Gordon or Yoenis Cespedes, but only on a deal for three years or less. With both players bringing All-Star-level bats...
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 01, 2016  |  Discuss

2015 Oakland Athletics: Just One More Run

The 2015 season was not the year of the Oakland Athletics. Between the effects of a veritable deluge of injuries, and the mid-season trades of Ben Zobrist, Scott Kazmir and Tyler Clippard, the team fielded, at best, a patchwork quilt of a lineup through much of the season. Despite this, it was more a series […]
Via Baseball Essential
December 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Maintaining Financial Flexibility: A New Market Inefficiency? – Part One

As the fallout of Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist signing with the Cubs settles around us, the idea of creating a team spilling over with flexibility on the field has been crystallized in our minds. My late-night lineup doodling revealed a dizzying array of possibilities, with as many as six players having the ability to provide excellent […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
December 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Six MLB free agent signings that will have immediate impact

Nothing is cheap about the free agent market. With each passing winter, the price tags for these valuable assets increase to incredible heights. Here are six big names set to make good on their enormous new contracts. Jason Heyward The Cubs didn’t necessarily need another bat. But when the 26-year-old outfielder was available, Theo Epstein wasn’t going to let him pass...
Via The Sports Daily
December 17, 2015  |  Discuss

The Cubs as the Best Team In Baseball

It’s my belief that, right now, the Cubs are the best team in baseball. Don’t worry, you’ll have a chance to express your own belief at the end. I know that we’ve been a little heavy on Cubs posts. It’s not entirely our fault — they’ve been active. I also know it’s not super important who looks like the best team in baseball in the middle of December. There’s offseason...
Via Fangraphs
December 16, 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

Evaluating the Chicago Cubs’ defense with Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist

With the signings of Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist, the Chicago Cubs not only improved a team that won 97 games and reached the National League Championship Series, but established a starting nine that has a chance to be among the very best lineups in the league. While it’s easy to look at the lineup and declare its sure prowess at the plate, though, the appeal of additions like...
Via Bloguin Best
December 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Evaluating the Chicago Cubs’ defense with Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist

With the signings of Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist, the Chicago Cubs not only improved a team that won 97 games and reached the National League Championship Series, but established a starting nine that has a chance to be among the very best lineups in the league. While it’s easy to look at the lineup and declare its sure prowess at the plate, though, the appeal of additions like...
Via The Outside Corner
December 15, 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

Ben Zobrist: Is the versatility card overplayed?

Ben Zobrist, ah yes, you’ve probably heard of him by now. Fresh off a World Series title with the Kansas City Royals, Zobrist last week signed a deal with the Chicago Cubs for four years and $56 million. For years, the value of a .265 hitter has been trumped up by his ability to play […]
Via Baseball Essential
December 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: why Ben Zobrist is their best offseason addition

The Chicago Cubs have been making some big moves this offseason. It all started with the addition of former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher John Lackey. Then the Cubs made a surprise signing of Ben Zobrist. Lastly, they finished the winter meetings with the big splash of another former St. Louis Cardinals player in Jason Heyward. With the winter meetings now over, it’s time to evaluate...
Via isportsweb.com
December 13, 2015  |  Discuss
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