Nothing in here is particularly news, but it's all stuff that's Cubs related that I find kinda fun, but nothing that deserves its own diary.
Statsy transaction gurus Dave Symborski and Christina Kahrl take a look at the Jacque Jones deal, and both of them like it for the Cubs. Zymborski's ZiPS projection system actually sees Infante's SLG being higher than Jones's, for what it's worth. Karhl also hopes that Hendry's lust for middle infielders is sated now, to keep him from Kaz Matsui. Symborski also considers the Monroe deal, and says, "I'm not even a Twins fans and I'm furious." Trading away anything for a $5 mil+ player who was going to be a free agent anyways, and who can't hit right-handed pitching? The Monroe deal has to count as a coup for Hendry.
Sadly, Symborski's ZiPS projection for the rest of the Cubs aren't availble -- but Sean Smith has finally made his CHONE hitter projections available. CHONE is pretty well-regarded, and fared well against heavyweights PECOTA and ZiPS last season. Some interesting data here -- Matt Murton, fifth-best Cub hitter? Pie and Jones roughly equal at the plate? (And Ronny Cedeno just as good as either of them.)
But what you REALLY want to know from CHONE is... what will Kosuke Fukudome do? And it says .283/.373/.465. For what it's worth.
David Pinto's PMR fielding data for the year is being released, one position at a time. Aramis Ramirez is really doing very well in all of the play-by-play fielding data I've seen so far.
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