Chicago Cubs news, rumors and injuries
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 08:06:07 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Arrieta is coming off a Cy Young winning season and should be the ace of the Cubs starting rotation this season. Arrieta likely will be selected in one of the early rounds of drafts this season and could be a No. 1 pitcher for a fantasy owner.
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 11:54:42 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Arrieta set the bar extremely high for himself, and some regression from that historic second half should be expected. However, he's firmly in the SP1 range in fantasy.
Thu, 28 Jan 2016 14:54:33 -0800
Chicago Cubs 2B Javier Baez played some center field in winter ball this offseason and felt very comfortable there. With all of the infield spots blocked, the Cubs would like Baez to move around on the diamond. He could see time as the fourth outfielder or win a job outright. "He is one of the best baseball position players we have in the organization," said bench coach Dave Martinez. "We are going to try and play him at multiple positions and make it fun for him. He told us he is all for it and not worried in the least. On offense, we want him to be himself and let the ball get in there on him before he reacts."
Fantasy Tip: While Baez is unlikely to be a starter for Chicago, that doesn't mean he's useless for fantasy owners in 2016. All it would take is one injury to open up significant playing time, and he could be more attractive with more positional flexibility. Baez remains a worthwhile stash for his power in deeper leagues.
Thu, 28 Jan 2016 09:07:03 -0800
Chicago Cubs SP Jake Arrieta's offseason workout routines are becoming legendary, and he'll need it after blowing out his previous career high in innings of 156 2/3 by pitching almost 250 innings last season, including the playoffs. His fitness routine is heavy on Pilates and includes a lot of running. Arrieta ran out of gas late in the season, but the Cubs believe he's well-equipped to handle that kind of workload this time around. The Cubs will be smart about his workload, but it's unclear how they'll back off him in spring training. Arrieta said his offseason throwing program has been about normal. "I've had more than a couple weeks now, working on my deliveries," Arrieta said. "Dry deliveries. That helps when I get the ball back in my hand -- like I never really stopped throwing. The goal for me is to increase arm strength."
Fantasy Tip: Arrieta's Cy Young season in 2015 included a 1.77 ERA and 22 wins. It'll be extremely hard to match those numbers, but even if he doesn't match or surpass his award-winning season, the fact remains he's already established himself as a fantasy ace.
Wed, 20 Jan 2016 23:57:11 -0800
Fri, 15 Jan 2016 19:57:48 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Arrieta won the 2015 National League Cy Young Award after leading the senior circuit in victories (22), complete games (four) and shutouts (three), while posting a 1.77 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 9.3 K/9. He should be one of the first starting pitchers drafted in all fantasy formats this spring.
Fri, 15 Jan 2016 14:02:06 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Coghlan hit a career-high 16 home runs last season, and he caught the eye of skipper Joe Maddon, and the manager leaned on him in a utility role at second base and in the outfield. The Cubs are a deeper team heading into 2016, though, so playing time is a real concern for Coghlan's fantasy stock. Unless things change, he is likely best left to cavernous mixed and NL-only leagues.
Fri, 15 Jan 2016 10:34:43 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Rondon had a breakout season, mostly as their closer, with 30 saves, a 1.67 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. He's a solid RP2. Wood turned into a shutdown reliever last season after allowing a .423 batting average after 46 pitches as a starter. He's an NL-only option for his 10.55 K/9.
Thu, 14 Jan 2016 14:58:08 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Arrieta is coming off a Cy Young campaign and deserves fantasy ace status heading into the 2016 season. Dating back to the beginning of 2015, Arrieta has a 2.08 ERA, a 2.13 FIP, a 0.92 WHIP and a 9.4 K/9, and he is worth targeting as one of the first pitchers off the board in drafts this spring.
Fri, 18 Dec 2015 17:26:35 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Baez once again finds himself without a regular position due to the team's acquisition of INF/OF Ben Zobrist, so he is looking to increase his versatility in order to receive more at-bats. His fantasy value will remain limited as long as he stays with the Cubs and will skyrocket if he ends up with a club that can guarantee him regular playing time.
Mon, 14 Dec 2015 09:14:07 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Heyward is a real complete player in real life and for his fantasy owners, and joining the Cubbies should make him even more appealing in fantasy drafts. Heyward's contact, on-base and speed skills will play well in the Chicago lineup and will also enhance the value of those hitting around him -- like Kris Bryant, Zobrist and Anthony Rizzo.
Fri, 11 Dec 2015 13:19:59 -0800
Updating an ongoing story, Chicago Cubs OF Jason Heyward received $200 million offers from the Washington Nationals and another team, believed to be the St. Louis Cardinals, but choose to sign for less with Chicago.
Fantasy Tip: Heyward projects to hit in front of Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant, which was a lineup spot that helped Dexter Fowler cross home plate 102 times last season. Heyward has 20-20 upside, and he is coming off a career-best 2.93 batting average. His five-category contribution will warrant an early middle round selection in redraft leagues.
Fri, 11 Dec 2015 11:39:47 -0800
Fri, 11 Dec 2015 10:39:16 -0800
Fantasy Tip: The latter two would receive fantasy value boosts with a move to the NL. Ross could lose some luster if he left Petco Park, but all three would be viable SP2 or SP3 options in mixed leagues.
Fri, 11 Dec 2015 10:15:51 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Heyward will likely play center field for the Cubs next year. He's an above-average defender but might have some growing pains playing center field everyday. Offensively, he had a great season with St. Louis last year, and his on-base and contact skills will make him plenty valuable in Chicago.
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