Ryan Braun Contract a Good Model for Starlin Castro with Chicago Cubs

April 25, 2011

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Ryan Braun, a three-time All-Star for the Milwaukee Brewers already, signed a five-year, $105-million contract extension with the Brewers last week. Starlin Castro is a long way from earning a similar deal with the Chicago Cubs. But Castro has been a big-leaguer for nearly a year now, and the Cubs should really consider an extension […]

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Chicago Cubs Long-Term Focus: How Ryan Braun extension with Milwaukee Brewers helps Cubs

April 22, 2011

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Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun signed a five-year, $105-million contract extension Thursday, ensuring he will be with the team through the year 2020. Braun had already been under an eight-year pact for $45 million, which ran through 2015. The Chicago Cubs (and especially GM Jim Hendry) will not acknowledge it publicly, but this is a […]

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Chicago Cubs Stats: What Kind of Paces are Starlin Castro, Others on?

April 21, 2011

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Eighteen games into the 2011 season, the Chicago Cubs stand at 9-9. They have won five of nine at home and four of nine on the road. They have not yet been more than one game away from .500, confirming the pre-season suspicions of many that this year’s team will be exceptionally medium in every […]

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Rick Ankiel Ad for Cardinals Fans: Delusions of Grandeur Much?

April 20, 2011

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Washington Nationals outfielder and former St. Louis Cardinal Rick Ankiel took out a full-page ad in today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch, thanking Cardinals fans for their “support and cheers over the years.” With the Nationals in town to play the current Cardinals, the ad is well-timed and (maybe this was Ankiel’s aim) should earn him a […]

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Tampa Bay Rays Lineup Options: Evan Longoria will force some changes

April 20, 2011

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Tampa Bay Rays All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria will return to action sometime before the end of the month, according to Aaron Gleeman of msnbc.com. Longoria, 25, is one of the top ten position players in baseball and will give Tampa Bay a much-needed offensive boost. When Longoria retakes his place at the hot corner, […]

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Chicago Cubs Long-Term Focus: Why the Tennessee Smokies are as important as the Cubs themselves

April 19, 2011

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The Chicago Cubs‘ top two positional prospects, third baseman Josh Vitters and center fielder Brett Jackson, are off to very strong starts for the Tennessee Smokies this season, batting .351 and .395 respectively through 11 Sm0kies games. Jackson has nine walks and five stolen bases; Vitters has two home runs and 11 RBI. Infielders Ryan […]

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Chicago Cubs Minor Leagues Watch: Chris Archer, Trey McNutt… Robert Whitenack?

April 18, 2011

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Something good is going on, at long last, in the Chicago Cubs‘ farm system. The team is developing a knack for turning fringe-level pitching prospects into studs with front-of-the-rotation potential, and the latest beneficiary may be Robert Whitenack. The team traded for live-armed but wild right-hander Chris Archer on new Year’s Eve 2008, whereupon Archer […]

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