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Which free agent relievers should the Cubs target for 2023?

Which free agent relievers should the Cubs target for 2023?

Why not a CJ reunion? | Photo by Mitchell Layton/ It’s not just a starting lineup the Cubs have to build. News item: Reliever David Robertson and the New York Mets are in agreement on a one-year, $10 million contract, a source familiar with the deal tells ESPN. First Brandon Nimmo. Now David Robertson. Mets just keep getting better.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 9, 2022 So, good for David Robertson, who will wind up as a setup man in New York behind closer Edwin Diaz. This signing got me to thinking about the free agent relief pitcher market, which has...
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Outside The Confines: Big deal(s)

Outside The Confines: Big deal(s)

Photo By Winslow Townson/ Which team is going to spend enough to come out a winner? Two massive deals have gone down in the last forty-eight hours, and about a million smaller details along the way. Obviously the two biggest names taken off the free-agent board. Aaron Judge, the man who everyone wondered where he would land, won’t be going very far at all, as he landed a nine-year deal with the New York Yankees to the tune of $360 million dollars. The other massive signing, in terms of finances and time, was Xander Bogaerts to the San Diego Padres for 11 years and...
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Baseball history unpacked, December 9

Baseball history unpacked, December 9

Photo by David Banks/ A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids, gathered from reputable sources. Jon Lester signed, and other stories. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue is pleased to present a light-hearted, Cubs-centric look at baseball’s colorful past, with plenty of the lore and various narratives to follow as they unfold over the course of time. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along. Today in baseball history: 1880 - The National League reelects William Hulbert as president. (2) 1925 - The...
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Cubs historical sleuthing: Jerome Walton edition

Cubs historical sleuthing: Jerome Walton edition

Jonathan Daniel/ This isn’t quite what it seems at first glance. says: CINCINNATI REDS INFIELDER RON OESTER TURNS A DOUBLE PLAY DURING THE REDS VERSUS CHICAGO CUBS GAME AT WRIGLEY FIELD IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS. Yes, in all caps. Anyway: This photo has to be from 1990. Why? Because that’s obviously Jerome Walton sliding into second base, and he’s wearing a uniform with a belt. The Cubs wore beltless pants from 1972 through 1989 and switched back to belts in 1990. 1990 was also Ron Oester’s last year as a MLB player, so it can’t be later than that. Oester played...
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Jason Heyward signs with the Dodgers

Jason Heyward signs with the Dodgers

Photo by Quinn Harris/ He’ll get a chance to make their Opening Day roster. As you know, Jason Heyward’s tenure with the Cubs did not end well. He didn’t play in 2022 after June 22 and after the season, the Cubs gave him his unconditional release. They’ll still be responsible for his $22 million contract for 2023. Heyward has been offered a deal for next year: The Dodgers signed Jason Heyward to a minor league deal. He will get an invite to big league camp.— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) December 8, 2022 If Heyward makes the Dodgers roster they will be...
Dec 8, 2022
Rob Manfred says the Cubs want to host the All-Star Game in 2025

Rob Manfred says the Cubs want to host the All-Star Game in 2025

Photo by Mary DeCicco/MLB Photos via And other comments from the Commissioner at the Winter Meetings. While most fans were focused on various signings made during baseball’s Winter Meetings, including the two made by the Cubs, Commissioner Rob Manfred held a news conference during which he discussed various topics related to the sport, reported on by Evan Drellich at The Athletic. Among those topics was the question of who would host upcoming All-Star games: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed Tuesday it’s possible Boston could host the game in the next few...
Dec 8, 2022
Cub Tracks he swings best who swings last

Cub Tracks he swings best who swings last

Photo by Dylan Buell/ #Cubs,#MLB, and #MiLB news you can use, four days a week. At midnight, all the agents... Welcome to today’s edition of Cub Tracks news and notes™, a greatest-hits collection of Chicago-style beat writers and bloggers, ground from #Cubs, #MiLB, and #MLB baseball, overheated, and then cold-brewed overnight for maximum flavor. Well, we asked for news. And boy, news we got. Congratulations are in order for the mellifluous Pat Hughes, of course. The front page has already adequately covered that news. I’ll just say that I find myself strangely...
Dec 8, 2022
BCB After Dark: Taillon or Walker?

BCB After Dark: Taillon or Walker?

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ The late-night/early-morning spot for Cubs fans asks which is the better deal: Jameson Taillon or Taijuan Walker? Welcome back to BCB After Dark: the coolest club for night owls, early risers, new parents and Cubs fans abroad. The Winter Meetings are wrapping up, but the festivities will continue around here. It’s “California cool” out there, but things are hot in here. If you’ve got a coat, let us check it for you. There’s no cover charge tonight. A few tables are still available in the second row. There’s a two-drink minimum, but...
Dec 7, 2022
The Jameson Taillon signing by the numbers

The Jameson Taillon signing by the numbers

Jameson Taillon pitches against the Astros in the ALCS | Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports The Cubs added a solid pitcher who doesn’t strike out a lot of guys, stop me if you’ve heard this before So it appears that the Bank of Ricketts is indeed open and the Cubs added a solid arm in Jameson Taillon last night to supplement the 2023 rotation. The four-year, $68 million deal the Cubs made with Taillon exceeds his MLB Trade Rumors contract estimate by $12 million over the life of the deal, it also exceeds FanGraphs’ estimate in both years and value by even more. So what...
Dec 7, 2022
Cubs lose righthander Chris Clarke to Mariners in Rule 5 Draft

Cubs lose righthander Chris Clarke to Mariners in Rule 5 Draft

Chris Clarke | Tennessee Smokies The Cubs made no selection in the Major League phase. There was a considerable bit of angst among many Cubs fans this offseason because the Cubs had quite a few prospects who might have been protected from the Rule 5 Draft by placing them on the 40-man roster. While the Cubs did protect Kevin Alcántara, Ryan Jensen, Brennen Davis and Ben Brown by placing them on the 40-man, they left others such as Cam Sanders, Darius Hill, Kohl Franklin, Danis Correa, Chase Strumpf and Luis Devers unprotected. Those fans can take a sigh of relief today...
Dec 7, 2022
Willson Contreras is a St. Louis Cardinal

Willson Contreras is a St. Louis Cardinal

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/ That’s not going to play well with most Cubs fans. News item: Willson Contreras and #STLCards now in agreement on 5-year deal, source confirms, as first reported by @Ken_Rosenthal. @MLBNetwork— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 7, 2022 I’m going to play the contrarian here. Honestly, I don’t care whether he signed with the Cardinals, or if it had been another team, once it was clear that Willson Contreras was not returning to the Cubs. Contreras put together a fine offensive season in 2022, as he has done several times in the past......
Dec 7, 2022
The Cody Bellinger signing by the numbers

The Cody Bellinger signing by the numbers

Cody Bellinger hits a two-run homer at Wrigley Field during his 2019 MVP season | Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports This is a one-year deal with a lot of upside and little risk One of the stats that lots of baseball analysts love is max exit velocity. It’s not predictive of a baseball player’s ability on its own, but it demonstrates a ceiling of possibility. The baseball player who has hit a ball 112.9 miles per hour has shown us that he can mash a baseball under a certain set of circumstances, it’s just a question of whether those circumstances can be replicated...
Dec 7, 2022
Pat Hughes wins the Hall of Fame’s Frick Award

Pat Hughes wins the Hall of Fame’s Frick Award

Pat Hughes speaks at the Cubs’ World Series rally in 2016 | Photo by Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire via This is a well-deserved honor. Pat Hughes has been the Cubs’ lead radio play-by-play voice since 1996, so 2023 will be his 28th year behind the microphone calling Cubs games. He’s also done some PBP on TV for Marquee Sports Network. Pat has always been an excellent broadcaster and well-liked by Cubs fans, and has worked well with partners ranging from Ron Santo to Keith Moreland to his current sidekick, Ron Coomer. Today, Pat was given the highest honor that a...
Dec 7, 2022
Tom Ricketts gave the green light and the Cubs made two major signings

Tom Ricketts gave the green light and the Cubs made two major signings

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports Cody Bellinger and Jameson Taillon are now North Siders. For those of you who kept saying to Cubs management, “Do something!”, the Cubs absolutely did something Tuesday. Two somethings, in fact, signing Cody Bellinger to a one-year deal (with a 2024 mutual option) and Jameson Taillon to a four-year contract (and thanks to Josh for covering that when news broke very late Tuesday evening). Based on the poll results in those links as of this writing, both of those signings were very well received. There’s risk in the Bellinger...
Dec 7, 2022
Outside The Confines: Winter Madness

Outside The Confines: Winter Madness

Photo by Denis Poroy/ Lots of news from the Winter Meetings, including signings of Trea Turner, Justin Verlander, Taijuan Walker and others. Before we get started, I just wanted to give a shout out to the South Bend Cubs. While we think the Winter Meetings are about trades and signings, the real purpose is to conduct business for both the majors and minors. And in the ceremony for the 2022 “Golden Bobbleheads” that honor Minor League Promotions, the South Bend Cubs won the Award for “Best In-Game Promotion” for their “Spin to Win Saturdays.” From the press...