Edwin Jackson Provides Backhanded Compliment to Cubs

Pitchers and catchers reported to spring training yesterday for the Chicago Cubs and after one day Edwin Jackson gave his feelings on the Joe Maddon hiring during the offseason. Edwin Jackson, who played for Maddon in TBay, on his 3rd manager in 3 seasons in Chicago: “It’s definitely cool having a good manager.” — Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) February 20, 2015 Jackson...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Theo Epstein’s $50 Million Dollar Mistake Could Haunt Chicago

The biggest misstep of the Theo Epstein era in Chicago was giving pitcher Edwin Jackson a four-year, $52 million contract. The signing came after the failed pursuit that sent starter Anibal Sanchez back to Detroit. At the time of the signing, Jackson was a relatively young free agent at just 28-years-old and coming off two of his best seasons as a pro with the Washington Nationals...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Predicting the Chicago Cubs Opening Day Roster

With spring training right around the corner, I thought I would predict the Chicago Cubs opening day roster before anymore moves and injuries. Here I go: Starting Lineup: 1) Dexter Fowler-CF 2) Chris Coghlan-LF 3) Anthony Rizzo-1B 4) Starlin Castro-SS 5) Jorge Soler-RF 6) Javier Baez-2B 7) Miguel Montero-C 8) Mike Olt-3B Starting rotation: 1) Jon Lester 2) Jake Arrieta 3) Jason Hammel...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Six Questions the Cubs Hope to Answer in Spring Training

As we enter the last weekend without Cubs baseball for at least the next 7 1/2 months, it has become time to focus on events, roster battles, and stories that all figure to take place during Spring Training that will shape the 2015 Cubs season.  With the amount of change that has happened, not only over the past off-season, but over the past three years, this spring figures to be...
Via World Series Dreaming
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs vs White Sox! Which Team Has the Better Rotation?

Which Chicago club has the better pitching rotation? The Cubs or the White Sox? Both clubs have a lot in common as they both finished with 73-89 records last season, both had lacking rotations with a few bright spots and both teams made big game changing splashes during the off-season. And both clubs will be entering 2015 with a completely different outlook than each had a year...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

The Sinister Six

You know what I forgot to mention in the previous set of Cubs storylines?  The team still needs to figure out who their lefty relievers are.  Righty relief is set if you check out the roster: Dallas Beeler Justin Grimm Edwin Jackson Jason Motte Blake Parker Neil Ramirez Hector Rondon Brian Schlitter Pedro Strop Jacob Turner If we assume that there are five starters and seven relievers...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs New Year’s resolutions

The Chicago Cubs are entering uncharted territory as they further transition from a rebuilding, last place team into a legitimate contender. This off-season has been a welcome change to the buy-low sell-high player acquisitions that appeared to have left Chicago as soon as they arrived, much like the presents that once filled the now empty void underneath our Christmas trees. Unlike...
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December 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Edwin Jackson Coveted in Kansas City? Dayton Moore, Please Listen to This Fan

This was brought to my attention by a fan of ours, and is no way anything more than pure speculation from a fan of the World Series runner up Kansas City Royals. Apparently, a blogger by the name of Kevin Ruprecht believes that the Royals should look into trading for Edwin Jackson, even with his two years of subpar outings with the Cubs. Jackson has never been a really good starter...
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November 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Coming up with the current 2015 payroll/roster

There was a little confusion about my $65 million number in my last article. The Cubs have a $65 million payroll next year, but it doesn’t (at first glance) appear that way. I assure you it is. Major League Contracts Starlin Castro: $6MAnthony Rizzo: $5MEdwin Jackson: $11MRyan Sweeney: $1.5MKyuji Fujikawa: $500K (we will decline his $5M team option) Total: $24M These are the only...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Will the Cubs divest themselves of Edwin Jackson?

One thing the Cubs have a perponderance of is #5-#6-#7-type starters. From Dallas Beeler to Eric Jokisch to Chris Rusin to Travis Wood to Felix Doubront to Justin Turner to Dan Straily the really deep cuts (Yoanner Negrin or Carlos Pimentel, anyone? Dae-Eun Rhee?), the Cubs have plenty of options to plug into the back end of their rotation (of which 2 spots are more-or-less reserved...
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September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: Chicago Cubs

The Cubs certainly weren’t expected to contend in a loaded NL Central with the Cardinals, Pirates and Reds. The Brewers emerging as a contender through most of the season (before their September collapse) didn’t make matters easier. But at least the Cubs weren’t going to be dead-last, thanks to the D-Backs and Rockies. But thanks to the young talent team president Theo Epstein...
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September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: Chicago Cubs

The Cubs certainly weren’t expected to contend in a loaded NL Central with the Cardinals, Pirates and Reds. The Brewers emerging as a contender through most of the season (before their September collapse) didn’t make matters easier. But at least the Cubs weren’t going to be dead-last, thanks to the D-Backs and Rockies. But thanks to the young talent team president Theo Epstein...
Via The Outside Corner
September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Why The Cubs Nixed the Braves

  In case you haven’t heard by now, The Cubs were reportedly offered Braves outfielder, BJ Upton in exchange for Edwin Jackson. To some Cubs fans, this deal would be a no brainer, Jackson hasn’t performed well, and any deal to get him out of a Cubs uniform should be warmly accepted. However, the Cubs denied the Braves request, and neither player was dealt. The Cubs and the Braves...
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August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Refused to Trade Edwin Jackson

It was recently revealed by USA Today that the Chicago Cubs turned down a deal with the Atlanta Braves that would essentially trade Edwin Jackson for Braves OF B.J. Upton. Fans would do almost anything to ship Jackson out of town, but taking on Upton’s contract and strikeouts made it an irrational move for Cubs brass. Not only does Upton have more career strikeouts than hits,...
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August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Injury Update: Edwin Jackson hits DL with lat strain

Cubs right-hander Edwin Jackson has been placed on the 15-DL with a right lat strain, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. Left-handed reliever Zac Rosscup was recalled from Triple-A Iowa.After Jackson gave up seven runs over 2.2 innings on Wednesday against the Giants, he said he could no longer pitch through discomfort. With the loss Jackson fell to a league worst 6-14 record...
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August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Jackson put on DL, Castro on bereavement

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs have placed struggling right-hander Edwin Jackson on the 15-day disabled list with a lat strain, and they have also put shortstop Starlin Castro on the bereavement list. The moves were made Thursday, a day after Castro left the team because of a family emergency. Bereavement leave rules require that Castro must be out for three days and can miss a maximum...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs place struggling RHP Edwin Jackson on DL

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs placed right-handed pitcher Edwin Jackson on the 15-day disabled list with a right lat strain and put shortstop Starlin Castro on the bereavement list Thursday Jackson took his 14th loss of the season Wednesday, when he lasted only 2 2-3 innings and allowed seven earned runs. He is 6-14 this season with a 6.09 ERA. Jackson dealt with a similar injury...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

The Daily Grind: 4-0 $weep yesterday (8/21/14)

We swept the card yesterday at the Daily Grind, going a perfect 4-0.  Let’s take a look at a quick recap. Edwin Jackson got shelled again. The over was a winner by the 4th inning.  I’m not sure how he gets another start in a Cubs uniform.  Baltimore got to Hector Noesi in the 4th inning and held on to beat the White Sox 4-3.  Our 2 play of the days were easy wins.  The Angels...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

In the Defense of Edwin Jackson

When Edwin Jackson was signed in 2012, it was thought he’d be used as trade bait.  His journeyman career gave him ample experience around the league, and his willingness to follow the money made him a valuable asset. When Jackson signed a four-year, $52 million deal, few around the league batted an eye.  At this time, the Cubs were in the business of signing players to team...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

The Daily Grind: Chicago’s Guide to Handicapping MLB ( 8/20/14)

What a fiasco last night at Wrigley Field.  The grounds crew had some problems with the tarp, which in turn led to the game being called final after 4.5 innings.  This caused our under play to be voided and our Giants play to lose.  Tough loss to swallow on the north side last night.  On the south side, Baltimore finally got to Quintana in the 6th and again the Sox only scored...
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August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

The Daily Grind: 4-0 Sweep Yesterday on Play of the Day $$

If only all days were like yesterday.  The Play of the Day swept the board with a perfect 4-0 on the Rockies and Reds game.  Multiple factors all came together at the same time and it created a perfect situation to hammer the Rockies.  I’m glad I didn’t make the under in the Cubs game an official play.  Edwin Jackson may have started his last game of the year with Dan Straily...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

"...Only in their dreams can men be truly free."

There's not much in Cubs news or even anecdotes to pass on at this time. Rosenthal had a video report that Jon Lester's Boston teammates believe he'll sign with the Cubs, but that'll have as much weight as a feather this offseason. The Tigers may be down another pitcher in Justin Verlander, and I wonder if Edwin Jackson would be of any interest. The Cubs would probably have to pay...
Via Cub Reporter
August 12, 2014  |  Discuss

How Will the Chicago Cubs Rotation Fill Out?

The Chicago Cubs have been seen as a team that is piling up top prospect after top prospect. However those prospects are only in the hitting department. Hitting doesn’t win games; it’s pitching as well as defense that wins games. Theo and company have finally decided that it is time to hunt for the next generation pitchers. Chicago has some pitching prospects in their system...
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August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs @ Dodgers August 3, 2014: Josh Beckett, Edwin Jackson and the Death of ERA

Here’s me on Twitter, a few days ago: Edwin Jackson‘s ERA is more than 3 runs higher than Josh Beckett‘s. They’re the same pitcher. Have at it. http://t.co/u1m6MDpvxF — Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) August 1, 2014 I said that not realizing that Edwin Jackson and Josh Beckett were actually scheduled to face off this afternoon in Los Angeles, but that they are is even...
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August 03, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB players who still might be traded in August

The MLB non-waiver trade deadline was the busiest in recent history with David Price and Jon Lester, among others, calling new cities home for the stretch run. Is this an indication that there could very well be more activity around the trade market as teams start to really assess where they are?  Unlike the July 31st deadline, trades that are made in the month of August are based...
Via Sportsnaut
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss
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