Good mix for a Sunday. Maybe some of you will even read them!
From Comcast SportsNet
- The trade deadline tradition is getting old for Jed Hoyer.
- Josh linked this on Friday, but in case you missed it, Joe Posnanski thinks the Cubs are building an offensive juggernaut.
- What would've happened if Jeff Samardzija was the compensation for Theo Epstein? I guess now that means they wouldn't have Addison Russell.
- The Cubs are looking at their own security after the Houston Astros were victims of a hack.
- Is it possible Jake Arrieta changed the trade deadline conversation? Caution: there's some Gordo-esque writing in here, courtesy of Patrick Mooney, with a Shark trade seen as a guarantee and the idea that the team will be "blown up" this month, no matter how it is performing.
- Jason Hammel called the team out over pitch count limits. Though, I'm not real sure that's exactly what happened in this situation.
- Justin Ruggiano says the Cubs can't worry about trade rumors.
- Signing sixth-round pick Dylan Cease pretty much puts a bow on the Cubs' 2014 draft class.
From Cubs Den
- There's some scuttlebutt and news in this trade rumors article (pre-Big Deal).
- This notes article is a "feast" that ties together some of the other links here today.
- Mike Olt is making some adjustments. I still don't like his swing. At all.
- Jim Callis thinks the Triple-A Iowa Cubs have the best line-up in the minors. Probably getting even better fairly soon.
- Arismendy Alcantara is part of that line-up: for now. He's making an impression.
- This is a neat flashback. Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop look back on the trade that brought them to Chicago.
- Rick Renteria is looking forward when it comes to Jake Arrieta.
- The Cubs still haven't settled on a starter for game 2 of Tuesday's double-header. But this blurb might give lefthander Tsuyoshi Wada the edge over righthander Dallas Beeler . Keep in mind the Reds feature lefty hitters Joey Votto and Jay Bruce, plus Billy Hamilton's splits are worse hitting righthanded.
- All-Star talk is all the rage. This look at roster construction includes two Cubs.
- This is surprising, at least in my mind. But Jesse Rogers thinks Jon Lester could make sense for the Cubs this offseason. (To be clear, my surprise is that Jesse would think this, not necessarily the logic.)
- I consider this a non-story, but David Ortiz "clarified" that he meant no disrespect to the Cubs when he said day games were a big problem for the franchise.
- Jeff Samardzija made the transition from football to being the Cubs' ace. And now to A's ace.
- Now the Cubs are taking a chance on another football player.
- It's too soon to know whether the Cubs will make any early-July deals. (Edit: Not any more, it isn't!)
- Darwin Barney is making the most of increased playing time.
From the Chicago Sun-Times
- It's kinda funny when I scour the Sun-Times headlines. If it's a positive headline, I'm usually certain it wasn't written by Gordo. That's the case with this article that describes why Kris Bryant and Javier Baez are more patient than Cubs' fans.
- But every now and then, Gordo fools me. Like with this article that describes Arismendy Alcantara's boffo season.
- The Cubs face a different challenge than the Red Sox did when it comes to curse-breaking.
From the Daily Herald
- Bruce Miles took a tour around Fenway Park and concludes that venerable park is all that Wrigley Field should be.
- Jonah Keri of 538 writes about how the San Francisco Giants "cluster luck" has turned around. Well, in one of the included charts, he shows that the Cubs rank 20th in cluster luck.
Today's food for thought