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11-26

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Daisy Cutter: Jon Lester's New Peers
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Sahadev Sharma

11-18

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Transaction Analysis: Russell Martin Gets That McCann Cash
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R.J. Anderson, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio

11-17

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Rumor Roundup: Will Cubs Rustle Martin?
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Daniel Rathman

11-14

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2015 Prospects: Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects
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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

11-05

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Daisy Cutter: Joe Maddon, And The Cubs, Have Arrived
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Sahadev Sharma

11-04

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Hot Stove Scouting Report: Jason Hammel
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Ryan Parker

11-04

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Baseball Therapy: Why Joe Maddon Matters
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Russell A. Carleton

10-31

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Daisy Cutter: A Year With Rick Renteria
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Sahadev Sharma

09-30

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Daisy Cutter: The Draw of Averages
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Sahadev Sharma

09-19

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Notes About Baseball: The Second-Hardest Part of Baseball
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Rocco DeMaro

09-08

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, September 8
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Matt Sussman

08-27

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The Call-Up: Jorge Soler
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J.P. Breen and Mauricio Rubio

08-06

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Pebble Hunting: The Non-Scout's Guide To Javier Baez
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Sam Miller

08-05

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 507: Javier Baez's Call-Up and What's to Come for the Cubs
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-05

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The Call-Up: Javier Baez
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Mauricio Rubio and Jordan Gorosh

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Not Just A Pretty Face
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R.J. Anderson, Mauricio Rubio and Ethan Purser

07-18

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Minor League Update: Games of Thursday, July 17
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Jeff Moore

07-14

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: July 14, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

07-09

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The Call-Up: Arismendy Alcantara
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Mauricio Rubio and Craig Goldstein

07-09

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Pitcher Profile: Jake Arrieta
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Harry Pavlidis

07-07

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Transaction Analysis: Billy Beane Buys What the Cubs Are Selling
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R.J. Anderson, Ron Shah, Jason Parks, Bret Sayre and Mauricio Rubio

07-02

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The Call-Up: Domingo Santana
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Ron Shah and Mauricio Rubio

06-26

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BP Top 50
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Chris Mellen, Jeff Moore and Nick J. Faleris

06-19

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Fantasy Freestyle: Keeping Tabs on the Cubs' Top Prospects
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Mauricio Rubio

05-20

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Notes from the Field: May 20, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

05-19

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: May 19, 2014
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

05-02

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Pebble Hunting: The Best Defensive Game of April
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Sam Miller

04-30

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The Lineup Card: 10 Things We Learned in April
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Baseball Prospectus

04-29

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Notes from the Field: April 29, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

04-08

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Polling the Industry: Pick a Shortstop Superprospect
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

03-25

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Prospectus Preview: NL Central 2014 Preseason Preview
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Ken Funck and Harry Pavlidis

03-25

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Notes from the Field: Backfield Scouting Notes, 3/25
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

03-17

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Going Yard: The Power in Javier Baez's Swing
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Ryan Parker

03-06

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Changing Speeds: The Optimist's Guide to the 2016 Cubs
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Ken Funck

02-19

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Painting the Black: Cash/Rizz Everything Around Me
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R.J. Anderson

02-14

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 386: Listener Emails/Ricky Smith on Losing His Date to Derek Jeter
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

02-11

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 383: 2014 Season Preview Series: Chicago Cubs
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

01-23

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Fantasy Team Preview: Chicago Cubs
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Craig Goldstein

01-23

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

01-21

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The Week in Quotes: January 13-20
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg, Chris Mosch and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

12-18

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Transaction Analysis: Musical Closers
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Sam Miller and Bret Sayre

12-05

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Transaction Analysis: Last Call for Paul
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R.J. Anderson

12-02

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Transaction Analysis: Nolasco Heads North
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R.J. Anderson and Rob McQuown

11-12

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Transaction Analysis: Perez Built On
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R.J. Anderson

11-11

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One Move: National League Central
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Craig Goldstein

11-06

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 323: Adrian Cardenas on Leaving Major League Baseball Behind
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-10

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 304: The Pirates' Future/Cubs Prospects and Joe Girardi/Listener Emails
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-05

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Transaction Analysis: Will Amenable
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R.J. Anderson

08-02

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 257: Reevaluating Extensions/The Cubs' Creative International Spending Strategy
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-26

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Transaction Analysis: Alfonso Soriano Joins the Worst Right-Handed-Hitting Team of All Time
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Ben Lindbergh

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November 26, 2014 6:00 am

Daisy Cutter: Jon Lester's New Peers

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Sahadev Sharma

Two years after an anomalous bottoming out came the anomalous career year for baseball's next $100 million free agent.

As we head into the Thanksgiving weekend, the Jon Lester rumors are getting as hot as Craig Goldstein’s pie takes. The Cubs have supposedly offered a six-year deal worth more than $135 million, and are willing to go higher. There have been only seven $100-plus million deals handed out to pitchers on the open market since Kevin Brown broke the barrier in 1998, and just two of those pitchers (Brown and Cliff Lee) were past their age-30 seasons when they signed. Add in the fact that there’s never been an offseason in which two free agent pitchers both got nine-figure deals—as Lester and Max Scherzer are poised to do—and it’s shaping up to be a very spendy winter.

Lester provides a really interesting study as to what sort of pitcher, and what sort of career trajectory, is worth this type of money. Why do front offices deem Lester worthy of a deal that’s likely to open so many eyes?

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The Blue Jays, not the Cubs, sign Russell Martin; The Cubs, not the Braves, now employ Tommy La Stella.

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The return of the offseason Rumor Roundup: News on Russell Martin, Torri Hunter, and Hisashi Iwakuma.

Welcome back to Rumor Roundup!

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November 14, 2014 6:00 am

2015 Prospects: Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects

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Nick J. Faleris and BP Prospect Staff

Arguably the best system in all of baseball, with multiple elite talents heading the list and plenty of high-ceiling depth scattered throughout.

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November 5, 2014 6:00 am

Daisy Cutter: Joe Maddon, And The Cubs, Have Arrived

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Sahadev Sharma

The Cubs have work to do, to be sure, but Joe Maddon's arrival is the clearest sign yet that the next era is here.

Any hopes for a surprise run from the 2014 Cubs didn’t last long. By May, most were already counting down to the inevitable moment that Jeff Samardzija would be moved. However, after the annual trade deadline dump, an event that in previous years had led to a sinking feeling, the atmosphere around the team surprisingly got more optimistic.

Chicago brought up multiple highly regarded prospects over the final few months of the season (Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez, Jorge Soler, Kyle Hendricks), and, regardless of how they performed, people who had been hearing so much about these players over the previous few summers finally got to see them in the flesh. Add in that Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro, Jake Arrieta, and a few arms in the bullpen all proved to be major contributors at the big-league level and it’s understandable that doubters were suddenly starting to buy into the turnaround that’s actually been going rather swimmingly (if a little slower than some might have wanted) since Theo Epstein and company came aboard.

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"Will not lead a staff but is a solid depth piece for most teams."

Jason Hammel

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November 4, 2014 5:00 am

Baseball Therapy: Why Joe Maddon Matters

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Russell A. Carleton

Players respond to adversity differently under different managers. We brought numbers.

When Joe Maddon opted out of his contract with the Rays two weeks ago, there were immediately rumors that he would be joining up with all of the other 29 teams. (Yesterday, we found out that one of those rumors was true. He’s taking his talents and his back pocket card which drips with analytics to the North Side.) The rumors were understandable. After all, Joe Maddon is a certified genius. He’s gotta be better than that bum in our dugout. (Yes, Joe Maddon is a really smart guy, but so are the other 29 managers. All of them. Yes… even him.)

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October 31, 2014 6:00 am

Daisy Cutter: A Year With Rick Renteria

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Sahadev Sharma

With Joe Maddon unexpectedly available, the Cubs let Rick Renteria go after just one year. How'd he do?

Rick Renteria won’t leave much of a legacy in Chicago. That’s not a knock on the man; he was afforded six months in charge of a sub-.500 roster, so he never really had a chance to leave his mark.

Just a few weeks after President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein assured the media that Renteria would be back for the 2015 season, Joe Maddon surprised the baseball world by exercising a little-known opt-out clause triggered when Andrew Friedman bolted for Los Angeles.

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Why the Kyle Lohses of the game are something we should aspire to, and will aspire to.

When I was initially hired at Baseball Prospectus—two months ago—I was thrilled. I couldn’t wait to write my first piece as a full-time employee. Then came the realization that my start date was two months away and, well, you’re probably aware that when given too long to ponder a piece, sometimes writers tend to overthink things.

Then my father-in-law pointed out that Joe Hamrahi wrote a piece in which I was described as a “super-recruit.” Super-recruit? Me? Yes, some writers tend to have a tough outer shell, displaying an image of self-assured confidence, but on the inside we’re all neurotic disasters, terrified that we’ll run out of ideas or that the next piece we write will expose us as the uninformed frauds we are. Or even worse, everyone has already been well aware that I’m awful and this job is all an elaborate sham to embarrass me in some dramatic Carrie-like situation.

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Everybody knows the hardest thing to do in baseball. Everybody. But nobody can agree on what comes next.

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September 8, 2014 12:22 pm

The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, September 8

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Matt Sussman

An entire Hit List almost entirely free of Derek Jeter, dedicated to Derek Jeter.

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August 27, 2014 12:02 am

The Call-Up: Jorge Soler

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J.P. Breen and Mauricio Rubio

The Cubs call up another of the most exciting prospects in the minors, as Jorge Soler takes his place in front of Wrigley's ivy.

The situation: The rebuilding Cubs find themselves in need of an outfielder as Justin Ruggiano is likely headed to the disabled list. Top prospect Jorge Soler has been mashing at Double- and Triple-A and has earned a callup that will likely last the rest of the year.

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