Cub Tracks peers closely at the Cubs' recent moves, hopes it's the right end of the telescope.
From Comcast Sportsnet Chicago:
- Patrick Mooney: What's Next? Cubs keep thinking big after Ben Zobrist/Starlin Castro deals. "We’d welcome an impact move if it’s out there," team president Theo Epstein said Tuesday night.
From CBS Chicago:
- Cubs still have sense of urgency at the winter meetings. "The future does arrive." The Cubs know their time to win is now. Includes Jed Hoyer interview with Spiegel and Goff [AUDIO].
- Bruce Levine: Cubs have Carlos Gonzalez in their sights. The Rockies outfielder is owed $37 million over the next two years. He has a bit of trouble staying on the field. He'd possibly cost Jorge Soler.
From ESPN Chicago:
- Jonah Keri: Busy Cubs aren't done yet after Zobrist/Castro deals. Even after signing Ben Zobrist and trading Starlin Castro, the Cubs could be poised for a few more masterstroke moves at the winter meetings. Includes Jesse Rogers snippet from Baseball Tonight [VIDEO].
- Keith Law [Insider - $]: There's a method behind Cubs' Tuesday Madness. It makes the Cubs better, but I'm not sure it's "better" enough to justify the money spent.
- Zobrist, Castro both provide upgrades at second base. Here are the numbers behind what makes each player effective. Includes Jim Bowden and Jerry Cranick's evaluation of Zobrist's contract [VIDEO].
- Carrie Muskat: Cubs add Ben Zobrist, deal Starlin Castro to Yankees. "We couldn't have made this free-agent signing without this trade, and would not have made the trade without the free-agent signing," Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said. Includes Muskat and Tim McMaster discussing trade and signing [VIDEO].
- Winter Meetings interview with Joe Maddon [VIDEO]:plus transcription.
- Muskat: Castro on to next chapter after growing up with Cubs. After he signed a seven-year, $60 million contract in 2012, Castro thought he'd be with the Cubs for life. plus [VIDEO].
- Phil Rogers: Cubs acquiring assets without giving up prospects. Sooner or later, it's going to happen. Theo Epstein is going to trade one of his top prospects. But it didn't happen Tuesday...and the usual [VIDEO].
From the Chicago Tribune:
- Paul Sullivan: Should the Cubs have gotten more for Starlin Castro? The fact the Cubs couldn't get more in return suggests Starlin Castro's $60.6 million, eight-year deal from 2012 wasn't the bargain it was purported to be.
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
- Rob Ogden: Cubs fans can't stop laughing at the idea of trading Kris Bryant for Shelby Miller. Many funny tweets.
- Rick Morrissey: On Starlin Castro and what might have been with the Cubs.
From the Daily Herald:
- Mike Imrem: Chicago Cubs make sense in how they're spending their dollars. All any of the 30 major-league teams needs to contend for a championship is to allocate their considerable assets wisely.
- Bruce Miles: Maddon: Cubs need to 'adjust back' to avoid sophomore slump. Maddon was back in form Tuesday.
From Cubs Den:
- John Arguello: Cubs having sneaky good offseason as they create better fit, depth, versatility while preserving flexibility. It lacks the star power of last year's class that was headed by Jon Lester, but...
From Bleacher Nation:
- Brett Taylor: Ben Zobrist officially introduced, took less money to sign with the Cubs. He is not hiding his smile, and it’s infectious.
- Taylor: Jed Hoyer hints at financial flexibility. He said that the Cubs aren’t done, and they’ll look at a variety of things, including the possibility of being opportunistic in areas we might not be expecting.
From Cubs Insider:
- Evan Altman: Warren piece. Who's the pitcher the Cubs got for Castro? Adam Warren performed really well for the Yankees as both a starter and a late reliever.
- Here are some pitchers the Cubs could have ready in 2018. The most interesting aspect of the 2018 window is that the Cubs have 2-3 other waves of starters stacked up behind this first group. : Why two years on the Lackey deal?
- Altman: I've got a few potentially unpopular Cubs opinions to share. About Miguel Montero, Jorge Soler, and Kris Bryant.
- SB Nation: Beyond the Box Score: Nicolas Stellini: Ben Zobrist joins the Cubs, who send Starlin Castro to the Yankees. Both teams have gotten new second basemen in the deal, while the Cubs also get a valuable arm in Warren, who can both start and be useful in high-leverage relief situations.
- SB Nation: DRays Bay: Adam Sanford: Classic player profile: Ben Zobrist. Capsule career look at the "on-base machine."
- CBS Sports: Jon Heyman: Cubs still in outfield market; Jason Heyward, Denard Span possible targets. Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun Times first mentioned Chicago's interest in Heyward and Span.
- David Miniel: Cubbies Crib: Starlin Castro was pretty much traded to New York for nothing. Was it completely worth it? If you were to ask me, I’d say absolutely not. I admit it, I laughed.
- Nicholas D. Blazek: Cubbies Crib: Zobrist signed, Castro traded, Heyward next? Last season’s finish only increased the notion that this Chicago Cubs team is close to bringing a winner to the Windy City.
- James Wagner: Washington Post: Ben Zobrist chose Cubs despite larger offer from Nationals. From the schadenfreude department: The Nationals weren’t close in the sweepstakes because Zobrist didn’t feel as comfortable in the Nationals clubhouse, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Food for thought:
- The extraordinary science of junk food. On the agenda was one item: the emerging obesity epidemic and how to deal with it.How it was dealt with is the story.
- Pay attention to that under-the-weather feeling. That little voice in your head probably isn't wrong.
- Playing 3-D video games can boost memory formation. This finding shows the potential for novel virtual approaches to helping people who lose memory as they age or suffer from dementia.