Trade Value of Jeff Samardzija

Cubs’ fans are suddenly feeling some deja-vu this season. At this time last year, Matt Garza could not reach an extension deal with the front office in Spring Training and the trade rumors started flying once he started dominating on the mound. Thanks to the sudden epidemic of Tommy John surgeries, many MLB teams are […]

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Cubs Month In Review – April

With a month of baseball in the books, we start a monthly comparison series here on Chicago Cubs Online. This series intends to take a look at the progress of the rebuilding project the team started with the hiring of Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. We will compare last season to this season as 2013 […]

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The Cubs and Shortstop Trade Value

With reports that have Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara both seeing time at shortstop and second base this season in Iowa, Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney coming off bad years, the Cubs are suddenly the envy of many other Major League clubs. They have too many shortstops and it’s clear that someone will have to […]

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The Great Javier Baez Debate

With Spring Training soon coming to a close and Javier Baez showing he belongs on the Major League roster, the Cubs surprised some fans by sending him down to Triple-A on Saturday. If you look across baseball, this is a common occurrence when it comes to an organization’s top young player. Take a look at […]

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Speeding Up the Rebuild Through Trades

For the past couple of years, the Cubs have been all about acquiring talent to bolster their farm system. With prospects like Javier Baez, Mike Olt, Kris Bryant, Arismendy Alcantara, Kyle Hendricks, Jake Arrieta and Junior Lake likely playing roles on the big league roster during the upcoming season, this year figures to be one […]

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Can the Cubs Speed Up the Rebuild on the Free Agent Market?

Cubs fans are a house divided right now. With the team enduring its two worst seasons in club history and the 105th anniversary without a championship looming overhead, there are a lot of opinions on what the team needs to do in order to be competitive in the long term. Some fans want the team […]

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Total Baseball

Growing up in the 1970’s and being a sports fan was like a paradise. It was before big money took over both the players and the owners. Television was falling over itself to bring relatively cheap programming that were virtual cash cows, remember ABC’s Wide World of Sports? Being an All-American boy, I dutifully partook […]

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Is Ian Stewart … Blake DeWitt Version 2.0?

As Cubs fans endure yet another report of third baseman Ian Stewart still not being ready for action after suffering a quad injury and starting the season on the disabled list, I am humorously reminded of former Cubs’ left-hander Steve Barber. As a member of the 1969 Seattle Pilots, Barber was immortalized in Jim Bouton’s […]

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The Sandberg Factor

The opening of Spring Training ends a very emotional off-season for Cubs fans. We lost a legend, and a hero returned. There was a controversial trade, and free agent signings kept us buzzing. And, as always, there is the promise of youth. However, one decision stands out as a possible sentinel moment concerning the team’s […]

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The Chicago Cubs … Defensively Speaking

In order to compete in the NL Central, the Cubs will have to improve on their poor fundamentals and atrocious defense from last season. The 2010 Chicago Cubs had arguably the worst defense in the Major Leagues. The Cubs tied with the Atlanta Braves for the third most errors in the league (126) … only […]

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