Six Hitters That Could Bounce Back in 2014

Mets Rumors

Every year there are a handful of hitters, whether the young and talented or the formerly successful, that most people want to give up on. In 2013 we saw outfielders Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino have impressive seasons at the plate after mediocre 2012 campaigns. Jacoby Ellsbury and Troy Tulowitzki returned to top form after spending most of 2012 on the […]

Chicago Cubs Trade Options Surfacing For Epstein

When Theo Epstein left Boston to become president of the Chicago Cubs after the 2011 season, he forecasted a rebuilding process that would include purging bad contracts of veterans, upgrading a woefully barren farm system and acquiring low-risk, high-reward players. The project has continued this offseason. On Tuesday, ESPNDeportes.com reported that the Cubs signed right-handed […]

Marlins Trade Justin Ruggiano to Cubs

The Chicago Cubs acquired outfielder Justin Ruggiano  in a trade with the Miami Marlins for outfielder Brian Bogusevic. In 2013 Ruggiano got regular playing time and hit .222/.298/.396 in 424 at-bats and hit 18 home runs, regressing significantly from his 2012 numbers when he hit .313/.374/.535 with 13 home runs in 288 at-bats. Over his career Ruggiano vs. […]

Chicago Cubs Reach Agreement With Wesley Wright

Cubs Rumors

The Chicago Cubs reached an agreement with lefty reliever Wesley Wright on a one0year deal with $1.425 million. Wright spent last season with the Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays. He joined Tampa Bay via a waiver claim during the stretch drive last summer. He had a combined 3.69 ERA in 53 2/3 innings for the […]

Cubs Hire Renteria, Dodgers Mattingly Talks Extension

MLB News

Three years ago Don Mattingly was just starting out in Los Angeles and Rick Renteria was a bench coach in San Diego. On Thursday, Mattingly started negotiation talks for an extension and Renteria took over the helm in Chicago. Both managers have high aspirations to manage their teams to success the next few years, but […]

Chicago Cubs Prospect Javier Baez Analysis and Scouting Report

MLB Prospects

While Byron Buxton, the top ranked prospect in the Minnesota Twins organization (and arguably in all of professional baseball), was named the 2013 Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America on Wednesday, the question looms as to which prospects could have been considered viable selections (in lieu of Buxton) for the honor. By […]

Cubs Prospect Kris Bryant Promoted to High-A Daytona

Cubs News

The Chicago Cubs have promoted third baseman Kris Bryant, their first pick in the June draft, from short-season Class-A Boise to Class-A Daytona. Bryant was batting .354 with four home runs and 16 RBIs at Boise. Bryant went 5-for-7 with one double, one triple and three RBIs in a doubleheader Sunday against Vancouver. He leaves Boise with […]

Yankees Acquire Alfonso Soriano from Cubs

In a deal approved Friday morning, the Yankees have officially acquired outfielder, Alfonso Soriano, from the Chicago Cubs. The acquisition has been rumored for weeks but hinged on multiple obstacles ranging from Soriano waiving his no-trade clause to how much money would be exchanged to which prospect the Yankees would give up. The former Yankees’ […]

MLB Trade Deadline: Trade Analysis of Matt Garza Deal

Trade

After completing their third trade in the past month on July 8, which saw the Cubs send Scott Hairston to the Washington Nationals for pitching prospect Ivan Pineyro, Chicago finally completed a deal involving their premier trade chip, Matt Garza. At this time last season, the Texas Rangers were in serious pursuit of Garza. According […]