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Andy Haines to replace Iapoce

Posted by timahuwe on December 2, 2015 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The Cubs have named their new minor league hitting coordinator.  This article notes a few other pending system changes.

AZ Phil On Non-Tendering

Posted by timahuwe on December 2, 2015 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

As usual, Arizona Phil is on point regarding today's non-tender deadline.

Prospect Playlist-Tyler Ihrig

Posted by timahuwe on December 2, 2015 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Prospects come in all shapes and sizes. Some are radar gun types (They throw hard.). Others are stopwatch types (They run quickly.). Some are tape-measure types. (They have impressive power.) Others are more under-the-radar types. Tyler Ihrig is one of the latter types.

Ihrig was a 23rd Round draft selection by the Cubs in 2013. He was selected out of Marin College, which isn't a hotbed of big league talent. Unless you're talking comedy, in which case it is represented by th...

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Prospect Playlist P.J. Higgins

Posted by timahuwe on November 30, 2015 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

While we like to assess trades in a vacuum, vacuums rarely exist. Recently, the Cubs dealt infield prospect Frandy Delarosa to Texas for relief pitcher Spencer Patton. One of the things to remember is that the Rangers recently hired former Cubs minor league hitting instructor Anthony Iapoce. Iapoce may have the best current knowledge of Cubs hitting prospects. It may have come down to P.J. Higgins or Delarosa. Dealing from depth is a positive. Today's piece is on Higgins.


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$130-140 Million

Posted by timahuwe on November 30, 2015 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

One of the early week stories is floating the Cubs budget over the next few seasons as being in the neighborhood of $130-140 million per. I doubt this will go over very well with fans who think that now is the time to invest heavily in free agency. As opposed to last year, and the year before, which were the times to invest heavily in free agency. While free agents are oftentimes well known, that doesn't make them worth their contracts. If the Edwin Jackson money hadn't been spent, but we kno...

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Is It Bad To Make An MLB Roster?

Posted by timahuwe on November 30, 2015 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I wanted to run a piece on a baseball wives tale. I had to peg a headline that touched on it, but was vague enough to not mention Rule 5 players. Oops, I did it anyway. The wives tale is that a player will have negatives from being on a 40 Man roster. This, of course, seems like rubbish. However, some opponents of the Rule 5 draft in general like to perpetuate that a player is harmed by a year in the majors with Rule 5 stipulations. Today, I want to walk through the argument to see if ...

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Pro Scouting Story

Posted by timahuwe on November 30, 2015 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Last March, I made the jaunt out to Mesa. It was very enjoyable watching all the fields being in play for practice. Four fields of players taking batting practice, tracking flies, and taking fielding instruction. Among the 'invisible' decisions is which players to keep. No, not the high draft picks. They're sticking around, anyway. With options like Eloy Jimenez and Gleyber Torres, it was a question of where they were getting assigned. With other players, the decision is more final. Such was ...

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On The DH

Posted by timahuwe on November 29, 2015 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

As people look for things to talk about when baseball takes a few days off, the bi-polarity of the DH came up in a few places recently. The current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires in just over a year. While the length of the season, integrity of the game, and draft issues might take center stage, normalizing the designated hitter ought to get more play than it does. However, it won't. As much as I don't like it in theory, the DH belongs in both leagues.

The common de...

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Non-Tender: It Tastes Like Chicken

Posted by timahuwe on November 29, 2015 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Baseball is filled wih deadlines. Two trade deadlines exist, one each at the end of July and August. We just passed a deadline to exempt players from the Rule 5 draft in December. However, to prevent you from going too long without a deadline, teams face a non-tender deadline on December 2nd.

Most of the Cubs non-tendering discussion, as it will be, will be on Travis Wood. They can keep the lefty pitcher, and give him whatever the fee ends up being. Or, they could let him go...

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