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12-17

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Daisy Cutter: The Value of Five-Plus Players
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Sahadev Sharma

12-17

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Transaction Analysis: Royals Bank on a Rios Rebound
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R.J. Anderson, Ben Carsley and Nick Shlain

12-16

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Ninety Percent Mental: It's Happening!
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Lewie Pollis

12-11

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Transaction Analysis: The Cubs Finally Land One
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Sahadev Sharma

12-10

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Transaction Analysis: Cubs Get Montero, Braves Add Callaspo
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R.J. Anderson

12-09

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Transaction Analysis: Hammel Back
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Sahadev Sharma and Mauricio Rubio

12-05

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Fantasy Team Preview: Chicago Cubs
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Jeff Quinton

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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8

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
by
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

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It can be difficult for two teams to balance the value of a pitcher with his impending free agency.

Over a month ago when now-debunked rumors surfaced that the Cubs and Nationals were interested in a deal that would have sent Jordan Zimmermann to the North Side, I immediately questioned, well, for what, exactly? Sure, Zimmermann is a hugely valuable pitcher, one of the better arms in all of baseball, but there were too many obstacles keeping a (to my mind) sensible deal from happening.

The Nats are coming off a great year and are still on the upswing, expected to be clear leaders for the NL East this season and possibly for some years after that. The Cubs are attempting to build a contender for 2015, but would they really give up some of the best prospects in baseball for one year of control of Zimmermann? It seemed contradictory to everything they’d been working toward over the past few years. And unless the Nats are going to turn around and sign someone like Max Scherzer, they’d likely want someone(s) who could immediately aid them in a potential 2015 World Series run.

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December 17, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Royals Bank on a Rios Rebound

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R.J. Anderson, Ben Carsley and Nick Shlain

The Royals add another aging bat, the Marlins hope a move to first keeps Morse healthy, the Rockies add bench depth, the Yankees keep some rotation depth, the Cubs and Orioles build pen depth, and a low-risk, but possibly not-so-high-reward arm, lands in San Diego.



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The league might be catching up to the inefficiency in non-player compensation.

It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to write about baseball. I am thrilled to have the chance to post at BP again, and now that I’m back there are quite a few things I’m eager to bore you with my thoughts on. But the thing I’ve been most itching to write about might be a little surprising. It isn’t a new statistical model or a star player or my pride at having said before the playoffs started that the Royals would beat the Orioles in the ALCS. No, I want to talk about Ron Paul.

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December 11, 2014 12:05 am

Transaction Analysis: The Cubs Finally Land One

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Sahadev Sharma

After finishing second in a number of high-end free agent pursuits, the front office lands Jon Lester. That should help them snap another string of disappointing finishes.

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December 10, 2014 12:01 am

Transaction Analysis: Cubs Get Montero, Braves Add Callaspo

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R.J. Anderson

A couple of the mid-afternoon moves from Tuesday's winter meetings.

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December 9, 2014 12:03 am

Transaction Analysis: Hammel Back

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Sahadev Sharma and Mauricio Rubio

While the world watches Lester, the Cubs fill in the middle of their rotation.

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December 5, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Chicago Cubs

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Jeff Quinton

No shortage of young talent here.

While we wait and see how the Cubs navigate this offseason, their current roster returns exciting young hitters, Jake Arrieta, and a lot players who would probably play lesser roles on more competitive teams. And they also have all those awesome prospects too.

The important question, for fantasy purposes, is how do all these pieces fit? There really is no good way to answer this question right now given that we do not know how free agency will unfold and the uncertainty inherent in prospects. What we can do is evaluate the players as they currently stand and make adjustments for playing time as we get more information. That said, let us get to it.

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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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