"...Only in their dreams can men be truly free."

There's not much in Cubs news or even anecdotes to pass on at this time. Rosenthal had a video report that Jon Lester's Boston teammates believe he'll sign with the Cubs, but that'll have as much weight as a feather this offseason. The Tigers may be down another pitcher in Justin Verlander, and I wonder if Edwin Jackson would be of any interest. The Cubs would probably have to pay a lot of salary and get little in return, but worth a phone call probably. As for the current team, Operation Draft Pick is moving along nicely...currently in the 4th spot (which will actually be the 5th spot in the draft because of the Astros extra pick). It's a tight race with 45 games to go and with Alcantara, Hendricks and Baez out there with something to prove, I expect them to drift farther back than closer to a #1 pick.

By now you've all heard the unfortunate news of Robin Williams committing suicide. I tend to not get too wrapped up in celebrity deaths as plenty of non-famous people die each day that probably do a lot more good in this world than the celebrity royalty that our society likes to elevate. That being said, Williams seemed like a genuine good guy and certainly someone's work that I grew up watching a lot of...his equally impressive comedy work versus some excellent dramatic turns was always fascinating to me. And I had some worn out VHS copies of copies of "Dead Poet's Society" and "Good Morning Vietnam" that I could probably recite on a good day. The real tragedy here of course is that someone so full of life and laughs and so eager to please, was so sad and hurt behind closed doors. Sadly, a situation and feeling I'm all too familiar with over the last few years. Don't fear, this isn't a cry for help, but a reminder; “Let us be kind, one to another, for most of us are fighting a hard battle.”

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Nicely said all around Rob.

Also this interview is about as real as it gets, I wish he'd have let Robin talk a bit more at times but hard to fault someone for being excited to be with Robin Williams:

http://www.wtfpod.com/podcast/episodes/remembering...

looks like just one missed start for Verlander fwiw...

Tigers fans breathe sigh of relief?

Everything is coming up roses...

http://grantland.com/the-triangle/chicago-cubs-rebuilding-theo-epstein-j...

He does go to a great deal applauding TheJedi for using FIP to find pitchers, I've been doing that since 2006 in my fantasy leagues, as I'm sure many of who have.

The FIP consciousness may also explain why the Cubs kept trotting Barney out to 2B essentially until Hammell and Shark were traded. Doing their best to have ERA friendly defense on the field until their prized trade chips were dealt?

That and getting something for Barney, which they did.

novel idea, same lineup

Coghlan, Baez, Rizzo, Castro, Valbuena, Alcantara, Ruggiano, Castillo, Hendricks

paging soler, paging soler table #5 is ready for you

be a shame to see strop blow this

Strop's last 2 games: 5 pitches, 4 outs.

Amazing the impact a bullpen can have on a starter's ERA.

yes, spend if you got it. spend the hell out of it. not spending it doesn't mean you gain some competitive advantage.

there's a difference between the phillies/cardinals and astros/a's given similar constraints...and it's not money.

can a GM/front office win and restock quality kids? ...whether it's trading or international signing or draft/singing...

getting a slew of top round picks and being able to trade away 3/4 of everyone you sign in the off-season because you're tanking is one thing...successfully rebuilding your way out of it is another...and maintaining a fluid system that allows talent to flow (whether you use money or not) is what matters to all but a few teams (NYY/LAD, currently).

The chart:
how the teams perform relative to their payroll

Sigh...

MLB is apparently too cool to post highlights from Hendrick's performance (any of them). I guess strikeouts are more important than being good.

They could show three full outs in the time it takes most pitchers to throw a strike, so yeah.

Bryant goes oppo for HR #17 in an Iowa 6-5 loss.

3-5 and 2 rbi.

Bryant knocking on the ChiCubs door...
http://youtu.be/f85ViOmwbI0

He's making it difficult for TheoCorp but I think they'll stick to the original plan for reasons explained better by others regarding service time and especially because I think they are liking him as a third baseman, so reps. If they want to give Olt some at bats, then they'll definitely wait till the beginning of the year on Bryant I think, and see if they can move Olt off season if he brings the good club upstairs.

I like Olt and all and I'm rooting for him, but his K% in AAA 28% even during this hot streak. Just a warning to those of us who may be hoping for him to rebuild his stock as a potential MLB player with a September call up.

Baez K % at Iowa this year is 30%.

Bryant is 26%

I don't get it.

Big scary faults for all of them, though Bryant is the only one with BB% to make up for it. Plus he's going to have 40+ HRs and a high average to go with it.

Soler and Schwarber, on the other hand, are posting BB:K that approach 1.0. Good reason to be excited about Soler.

His k's are more epic

I don't think we've seen the last of Olt. I'm not quite sure where he fits, but hopefully he'll find a place on the ChiCubs.

Mike Olt's BABIP in 2014 was .147 before he was sent to Iowa. If his BABIP is adjusted to the MLB average, he would have (should have) been hitting 214/288/439, which is still not great, but it's probably good enough to play 3B for the 2014 Cubs (or maybe even for a few other clubs), especially with his outstanding HR power and solid defense at 3B.   

Scott Boras is keeping Byrant in the minor leagues.

brace for a fresh round of k.hendricks = g.maddux articles.

I don't remember Maddux looking this good in his first 6 games.

>ducks

Dubront expects one more Iowa start. DesMoines Register article on FD's start last night.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/sports/2014...

Cubster I'm afraid you are 3/44 on this one. Look up about 8 posts! Still it's a good article so a reminder never hurts!

oops. I get a wap to the side of my head. I forgot where I found that link but it was a fun read.

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