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Al Yellon

Know your enemy: Milwaukee Brewers

The first in a series on all the teams the Cubs will play this year.

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — It’s a little bit of an odd feeling to write this series this year, at least at this time.

Why? Because there are still many top free agents still unsigned and several of these teams are quite possibly going to sign one of them.

I have a strong sense, for example, that the Milwaukee Brewers are still seeking another starting pitcher, and thus one of Jake Arrieta, Lance Lynn or Alex Cobb, the three...

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Chicago Cubs News: Potential Cubs’ All-Stars; Rizzo leads the Cubs

Last season, the Chicago Cubs only had one All-Star in Wade Davis. With all the talent the Cubs have, they should put more into the Midsummer Classic. And Anthony Rizzo continues to lead the Cubs on the field and off. After having seven Chicago Cubs selected to the All-Star Game in 2016, it was a […] Chicago Cubs News: Potential Cubs’ All-Stars; Rizzo leads the Cubs - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Josh Timmers

MLB Bullets stays classy in San Diego

Eric Hosmer signs a big deal with the Padres, and it’s a big deal. The Twins get some pitching. Joey Votto is now fat.

It’s Washington’s Birthday, not “Presidents’ Day.”

Another major free agent has signed as first baseman Eric Hosmer has agreed to an 8-year. $144 million deal with the Padres. Bradford Doolittle thinks that this deal is a big gamble for the Padres, but that it does have a chance of working out. That’s the same thing that Mike Petriello writes: Signing Hosmer...

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The Rundown: Hosmer’s Big Deal, Several Cubs Banking on Improvements, Zo Knows His Role

Good Morning and happy Monday! How’s everybody doing today? The stretch of sports that starts with the Daytona 500 and includes spring training baseball games and college basketball’s March Madness is really the light at the end of winter’s long tunnel, isn’t it? Opening Day is only 38 days away. Busy weekend for baseball, status quo … The post The Rundown: Hosmer’s Big Deal, Several Cubs Banking on Improvements, Zo Knows His Role appeared first on Cubs Insider.

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Lester reacts to Contreras' Cubs Con moment

Jon Lester watches and reacts to Willson Contreras' comments at the Cubs Convention.

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Chicago Cubs: Predicting which Cubs will be All-Stars in 2018

Closer Wade Davis was the only All-Star for the Cubs in 2017. But odds are, more players will make the Midsummer Classic in 2018. In 2016, the Chicago Cubs filled the infield at the All-Star Game at Petco Park in San Diego. Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist, Addison Russell and Kris Bryant all started the game in […] Chicago Cubs: Predicting which Cubs will be All-Stars in 2018 - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Al Yellon

2017 Cubs victories revisited, September 30: Cubs 9, Reds 0

The Schwarbs hit his 30th.

The Cubs reached their peak over .500 for the year at 23 over, 92-69, and led the N.L. Central by seven games, also the biggest first-place margin of 2017.

It was, again, great fun to watch a September game at Wrigley Field that didn’t mean anything, but know that there is meaningful baseball to come in less than a week’s time.

The Cubs emptied their bench in spring-training fashion and plenty of them got a chance to hit and run around the bases. Kyle Schwarber...

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Chicago Cubs: “C” or not, Anthony Rizzo embodies Cubs captaincy

Anthony Rizzo has grown up within the Chicago Cubs organization, embodying what it means to be a captain — official title or not — on and off the field. On Jan. 6, 2012, then-22-year-old Florida native Anthony Rizzo got a phone call from Theo Epstein. The latter was just months into his new role – […] Chicago Cubs: “C” or not, Anthony Rizzo embodies Cubs captaincy - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Ben Zobrist knows reality of Cubs' crowded lineup: 'There are going to be good players that have to sit on the bench'

Has the 26-year-old Ben Zobrist been relegated to a part-time player? Only time will tell on that, but the guy willing to play any position is willing to do just about anything to win another ring.

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Chicago Cubs: Reliever Shae Simmons is Epstein’s latest under-the-radar signing

On Friday, the Chicago Cubs signed right-handed relief pitcher Shae Simmons. He is the latest buy-low option who could become something for Theo Epstein. This one isn’t going to break the Internet by any means, but the Chicago Cubs may have found another diamond in the rough in reliever Shae Simmons. Last week, the team […] Chicago Cubs: Reliever Shae Simmons is Epstein’s latest under-the-radar signing - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Chicago Cubs News: Rotation vital; Arrieta’s decline predicted?

In our statistical analysis of the Chicago Cubs and the NL Central, the pitching will play an important role. And did one of us predict the slide of Jake Arrieta? The Chicago Cubs spent much of the offseason piling up their pitching, and it’s been a solid effort by the Cubs. They’ve added Tyler Chatwood […] Chicago Cubs News: Rotation vital; Arrieta’s decline predicted? - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Cub full circle: Hendricks, Chatwood reunited

The summer after their junior year in high school, Kyle Hendricks and Tyler Chatwood played on a baseball travel team in southern California called the Southland Shockers. Back then, the two never thought they'd be teammates again. Now, Hendricks and Chatwood are reunited on the Cubs.

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Al Yellon

The market for Jake Arrieta appears to be shrinking

Spring camps have opened, and Jake’s still unsigned.

News item: The Minnesota Twins acquire Jake Odorizzi from the Tampa Bay Rays.

Odorizzi fills the spot in the Twins’ rotation they were looking to fill, in my view; Minnesota also signed Anibal Sanchez. Sanchez’ contract calls for $2.5 million this year (possibly more, with incentives) and Odorizzi is scheduled to make $6.3 million this year.

While the Twins could probably still afford to add Jake Arrieta to their rotation...

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Al Yellon

Today in Cubs history: Harry Caray passed away

It’s hard to believe the broadcast legend has been gone for two decades.

Harry Caray is beloved by most Cubs fans for his tenure in the WGN-TV booth from 1982 through 1997, sixteen seasons of play-by-play that, like Jack Brickhouse before him locally, helped the Cubs get the national fanbase they have now via WGN’s national cable/satellite broadcasts.

Harry died 20 years ago today, February 18, 1998, after collapsing at a restaurant in Palm Springs, California four days earlier:

Mr....

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Duane Pesice

Cub Tracks goes to the pen

Happy Zip Zabel’s birthday, RIP Harry, learning to Spacewalk, great Szczur’s ghost, and other bullets and tweets and videos

Cub Tracks pitched in and spring training began with nary a Hugh (nobody by that name is so far invited to camp) or a cry (there’s no crying in baseball, right? Right?) and very soon there will be actual professional games.

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— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) February 17, 2018

I’ve prepared for that eventuality...

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Chicago Cubs 2018 Positional Outlook: Catchers

The Chicago Cubs will be returning most of an offense that supplied 822 runs last year (averaging over 5 runs per game), which means there isn’t much extra room on the bench. There are a few open spots available after the departures of players like Jon Jay, Alex Avila, and Rene Rivera, but there are already several guys ready to fill those gaps. Willson Contreras, 25, is one of the best young players on the Cubs, and he was just ranked as the third best catcher in baseball heading into...

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Chicago Cubs: What’s in store for Victor Caratini’s 2018 season?

The Chicago Cubs have two options to back up Willson Contreras going into 2018. One of those being Victor Caratini, who might just be ready for the Show. With the affinity Chicago Cubs fans have for the backup catcher role in recent years, who wouldn’t want to battle for the position? Victor Caritini will have […] Chicago Cubs: What’s in store for Victor Caratini’s 2018 season? - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Al Yellon

2017 Cubs victories revisited, September 29: Cubs 5, Reds 4

More regulars got some rest, but the Cubs won anyway.

The Cubs had a “victory lap” win over one of their favorite teams to beat, the Reds. They improved to a season-high 22 games over .500 at 91-69, and led the N.L. Central by six games.

The weather was beautiful Friday at Wrigley Field, the atmosphere was festive — the Cubs ran a highlight video from this year and celebrated the division title pre-game — and I have to tell you, I can’t recall any game over the last three years...

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NL Central Notes: Milwaukee was Cain's first choice, Freese on Pirates, Moran's future

Addison Russell was made available in various Cubs trade talks over the offseason, a rival official told Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times.  It should be noted that “made available” is quite different than openly shopping a player, as it isn’t any surprise that the Cubs at least explored the possibility of moving Russell or other notable names over the course of the winter.  Theo Epstein even said during his end-of-season chat with reporters that his team would consider...

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The Cubs’ Rotation Lends Itself to Some Creative Maneuvering

Earlier, I was able to look at the pre-spring training roster and the reliever depth chart for the 2018 Chicago Cubs. I probably came to the same conclusion most of you did, in that the Cubs were pretty much set at every roster spot, and that they had plenty of depth to cover most emergencies. I thought I would look at the way the rotation might line up today, both to ensure maximum efficiency and performance as well as to maintain health and minimize strain for another deep playoff run....

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