Is Addison Russell on the Trade Block?

The Cubs have a problem. It’s a good problem, but a problem nonetheless. With Starlin Castro, Javier Baez, Arismendy Alcantara, and Addison Russell headlining the youth movement in the organization, the Cubs have something of a logjam. For the short term, Alcantara has been in centerfield, while Baez has played second base. However, with Russell expected to make it to the major...
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11 hours ago  |  Discuss

State of the Cubs: Don't take Starlin Castro for granted

The Cubs are in a Catch-22 situation with Starlin Castro. The trade rumors would have intensified if they hadn’t signed him to a long-term extension — seven years, $60 million, club option for 2020 — and he got closer and closer to big paydays in arbitration and free agency. But that deal also looks so reasonable — and an All-Star shortstop is so hard to find — that he...
Via Pro Sports Daily
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Who Is The Best Player For Every Chicago Sports Team?

It’s a debate that is sure to draw some heated discussions, but why not ask anyway?  Who are the absolute best players for every major Chicago sports franchise? Chicago Cubs:  Anthony Rizzo The 25-year old first baseman from Florida has emerged as one of several exciting young prospects for the Chicago Cubs over the past year.  Anthony Rizzo had his best season to date in 2014...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Four Off-Season Priorities For The New York Yankees

While the Yankees have conducted their organizational meetings this week, I have given a lot of thought to what I think they should be focusing on down there in Tampa.They should be concentrating on many things, but in my opinion, these four should be at top of the list:1. Acquiring or trading for a new shortstop:  JJ Hardy never really floated my boat, so I'm glad the Orioles...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Future of Kyle Schwarber

As you should know by now, if you have been paying any attention to what we have been writing, yesterday, Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein met with a crowd of season ticket holders that the time to compete was now. If the Cubs want to do that, he knows there is a lot of work ahead of him, including the ability to add quality starting pitching. Adding starting...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs hope TV deal becomes ‘magic bullet’ for payroll

The Cubs are going to be really good in the future. Just ask them. It might be next season. It could be the year after that. And just wait until the new TV deal finally kicks in. President of business operations Crane Kenney hinted that could happen before 2020, painting a rosy picture for season-ticket holders and Chicago reporters during Friday’s dog-and-pony show at the Oriental...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

The Future of Addison Russell

If you thought that super prospect Addison Russell was the future short stop for the Chicago Cubs, you might want to hold off on that thought. Yesterday, Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein told the crowd of season ticket holders that the time to compete was now. In order to do so, he admitted that in order to do so, the  Cubs must add quality starting pitching...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

For the Love of Starlin Castro

Starlin Castro was one of the featured names brought up by Theo Epstein when he spoke with the season ticket holders in a press conference talking about the future. When discussing the future (which includes a goal of competing for the division in 2015) Epstein started by saying that the Cubs needed to add some top of the rotation pitching, but also noted that they need to build...
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14 days ago  |  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: $6M Anthony Rizzo: $5M Edwin Jackson: $11M Ryan Sweeney: $1.5M Kyuji Fujikawa: $500K (we will decline his $5M team option) Total: $24M These are the...
Via Obstructed View
17 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Trade Target: Starlin Castro, SS

The Mets have a solid foundation of pitching to go with a young core of position players, many of whom emerged as stars in 2014.  The team is no longer looking to rebuild, their disenchanted fan base has high expectations and a New York based franchise stocked with farm talent should have no trouble making a high impact acquisition in the offseason. In all reality, the winter spending...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Injury Update: Starlin Castro still wearing walking boot

The Chicago Cubs defeated the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday by the score of 4-3. The win was the 70th on the season for the Cubs, who are last in the National League Central. With four games remaining in the 2014 season, the Cubs are trying to enter the off season on a positive note. It appears they'll be doing so without shortstop Starlin Castro, who is still in a walking...
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September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Injury Update: Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro could both play again

For a while, it appeared that the season had ended early for Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, but it appears now that he may get to play again before the season officially does end. The same could hold true for shortstop Starlin Castro. This good news comes via Cubs beat writer Carrie Muskat of ICYMI, #Cubs making progress: Starlin started walking without boot...
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September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Injury Update: Starlin Castro thinks he can return this season

The Chicago Cubs have had a rough 2014 campaign, sitting at 64-80, last in the National League Central. A big reason is an offense lacking punch, ranked just 26th in the Major Leagues in runs scored. Injuries have played a role as well. Starlin Castro, who appeared to be lost for the rest of the season, thinks he can return from his sprained ankle. #454545066 / gettyimages.comOur...
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September 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Struggles versus the Pirates continue

After coming off of a series in which the Chicago Cubs completely dominated the Milwaukee Brewers, the Cubs once again ran into their kryptonite, the Pittsburgh Pirates. Coming into the weekend series with the Pirates, the Cubs had a record of 4-8 against them. After playing three games and getting swept by the Pirates, they now have a record of 4-11 versus the Pirates. The series...
September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Ankle Sprains, Lost in Translation

Per Carrie Muskat: He limped off the field, and tried to convince manager Rick Renteria to let him keep playing. Instead, Castro had an MRI and X-rays, which showed no fracture or ligament damage. Something is getting lost in the translation from what the Cubs doctors told the baseball staff. Although I don't have a direct quote from the Cubs medical staff, what gets lost in...
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs' Castro expected to miss rest of season

CHICAGO -- All-Star shortstop Starlin Castro is expected to miss the remainder of the Chicago Cubs' season with an ankle injury. Castro left Tuesday night's 7-1 win over Milwaukee after getting hurt on a first-inning slide into home plate. Tests showed he sustained a high ankle sprain. Castro, a three-time All-Star, was holding out hope that he could beat the four-week prognosis...
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September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs SS Castro expected to miss rest of season

CHICAGO (AP) All-Star shortstop Starlin Castro is expected to miss the remainder of the Chicago Cubs' season with an ankle injury. Castro left Tuesday night's 7-1 win over Milwaukee after getting hurt on a first-inning slide into home plate. Tests showed he sustained a high ankle sprain. Castro, a three-time All-Star, was holding out hope that he could beat the four-week...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs’ Starlin Castro likely done for season

Your browser does not support iframes. Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro injured his lower left leg in Tuesday night’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers. The official diagnosis is a high ankle sprain. While there is no ligament damage, the injury is likely to end Castro’s season. This isn’t so much due to the severity, but the timing. Castro is expected to need about four...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs: Starlin Castro and Ryan Sweeney done for season

getty images The Chicago Cubs announced on Wednesday that shortstop Starlin Castro and outfielder Ryan Sweeney were done for the season. An MRI on Castro revealed a high ankle sprain. Castro was having a bounce back season hitting .292/.339/.438 with 14 homers and 65 RBI. While the strong performance this season is good for Castro’s future it does not guarantee that he will remain...
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Starlin Castro Injury Update

The Chicago Cubs are reportedly going to be without Starlin Castro’s services for the remainder of the 2014 season. Cubs GM Jed Hoyer says Starlin Castro’s high ankle sprain is expected to be a season-ending injury. — Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) September 3, 2014 Castro will finish the year with .292 BA, .339 OBP, 14 home runs and 65 RBI. It is expected that Javier Baez will...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Injury Update: Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo

The Chicago Cubs have called up and started playing a number of their hottest prospects. The young guys are playing very well, and the Cubs will need that trend to continue. Shortstop Starlin Castro and first baseman Anthony Rizzo are two the team's leaders on and off the field, but the Cubs will play without both of them for a while.Starlin CastroCastro exited Tuesday night...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Star injured; Leaves game

There was a very scary moment in the bottom half of the first inning for the Chicago Cubs tonight. Starlin Castro was trying to score from third base and when he slid into home plate, it appears that his left leg got caught on the dirt causing an awkward slide.   Castro did limp off under his own power and preliminary reports are a sprained ankle. [GIF] Starlin Castro leaves game...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs Injury Alert: Starlin Castro leaves game with leg injury

Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro slid into home to score on a base hit from Jorge Soler. However, as he slid, he turned his left ankle and had to leave the game. Javier Baez moved from second base to shortstop, and Logan Watkins entered to play second base and hit in Castro's spot in the batting order.Soler follows w/RBI single but Castro is down at the plate. #Cubs—...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Who’s Gonna Go? The Cubs Have Too Many Infielders

As Theo Epstein and the rest of the management have said, it’s a good problem, a very good problem, to have a plethora of infielders on the major and minor league rosters. With Javier Baez and Starlin Castro already with the major league Club, prized prospect Addison Russell is waiting for his chance to be called up and be a difference maker. Whether that call up will be to start...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Happy Annual Psychoanalyze Starlin Castro Day

The following Starlin Castro piece is by Tim Baffoe, of CBS It reflects the opinions of Tim Baffoe. Enjoy: I tell teenagers that a great way to have intelligent people not respect your correspondence online is to type all caps or exclamation points in earnest. This game should be tied! Sit Castro down and send a message Rick Renteria!! #Whatkindofbaseballdouplay ...
Via The Sports Bank
August 29, 2014  |  Discuss
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