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Cubs Happily Prep for 2019, too, Sign Drew Smyly

It’s mid-December, the Winter Meetings are underway, and the Cubs have already inked three pitchers to multi-year contracts. Two of those signings—Tyler Chatwood and Brandon Morrow—are primarily for 2018, as the Cubs found themselves with glaring holes in both the rotation and the bullpen, but the third positions them well for 2019. That’s because Drew […]

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BP’s Top 10 Cubs Prospect List Bears Some Harsh Realities and Some Hope

Baseball Prospectus can be a bit bold when ranking Cubs prospects. In 2015, they ranked Addison Russell at number one ahead of Kris Bryant. In 2015, BP placed Gleyber Torres first and followed that up with Eloy Jimenez last year. Heading into this year’s list, I figured that one of three prospects would grace the top of the list: Adbert […]

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Cubs Target Profile: Yu Darvish

The Cubs have snagged a trio of pitchers on the free agent market in the past week, adding Tyler Chatwood on a three-year, $38 million deal, Brandon Morrow on a two-year, $21 million contract, and Drew Smyly on a two-year deal. Morrow figures to receive a shot at the vacant closer’s role, while Chatwood assumes […]

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Player Profile: Justin Wilson

Position: Left-handed Relief Pitcher 2017 Stats: 58.0 IP, 3.41 ERA/3.37 FIP/4.70 DRA, 90 cFIP, 12.4 K/9, 0.3 WARP Year in Review: The above stat line actually tells you almost nothing about Justin Wilson’s 2017 season, which started with promise in Detroit and ended with struggles in Chicago. Here’s how the performances looked when broken out by team: Detroit: 40.3 IP, […]

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