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Chicago Cubs v St. Louis Cardinals

Yesterday, Matt Garza became a member of the Texas Rangers, traded from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for third base prospect Mike Olt, pitchers Justin Grimm and C.J. Edwards and as many as two players to be named later – likely players selected in this past June’s draft.

MLB Trade Rumors reports one of the players the Cubs wanted in the deal, Neil Ramirez, can be the PTBNL. Should the Cubs select Ramirez, they will not receive a second player.

At first blush, the deal seems like a good one for the Cubs and a necessary one for the Rangers. But that’s the thing about evaluating a trade hours after it becomes official: there is that which we know and much more we simply do not.

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Well this is nothing if not interesting. The Orioles address their need in the starting rotation by acquiring Scott Feldman, taking catcher and Maryland-native Steve (not Tony) Clevenger along in the process. Baltimore sends yo-yo starter Jake Arrieta, formerly lights-out reliever Pedro Strop and international bonus slots to Chicago.

On the surface, looks like a good deal both ways. Is it so simple?

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Arizona Diamondbacks v Chicago Cubs

Kevin Gregg had pitched on four consecutive days going in to the Cubs’ Sunday afternoon game versus the Mets. With his regular closer slated for a day off, Dale Sveum summoned Carlos Marmol to close out the Mets with a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the ninth inning. When the game was over, Marmol’s line would read as follows: 0.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 HR.

Marmol surrendered a three-run walkoff blast to Kris Nieuwenhuis to cap this most Marmolian blown save.

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Milwaukee Brewers v Chicago Cubs

Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, who intends to pay for $500 million worth of renovations to Wrigley Field out of pocket, says that moving could be an option if plans for an outfield videoboard and other signs get nixed.

Ricketts is staring down a battle with owners of the buildings surrounding Wrigley Field over the possibility of obstructed views from rooftop seats across the street. In speaking at an event this morning, Ricketts intimated that moving the Cubs remains a possibility if he doesn’t get his videoboard and additional signage:


Rooftop owners currently have an agreement with the Cubs to share revenues from the seats. It’s entirely reasonable that they would be upset about the likelihood that this revenue stream could be diminished, or extinguished, if the proposed renovations obstruct patrons from viewing Cubs games.

At this point, it seems like Ricketts will be getting his giant videoboard and signs, rooftop owners be damned. A compromise would appear to be in order, which could mean compensation for potential lost revenues to rooftop owners, or strategic placement of signage. Whatever the case, Ricketts’ seemingly empty threats come across more than a little bit dramatic.

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Wrigley Field is almost set for nearly $500 million in renovations. While fan enthusiasm for the ballpark’s overhaul seems to be mixed, Tom Ricketts and co. appear to be hellbent on ushering the Confines into the modern era. An artist’s rendering of the proposed changes, via CSN Chicago, shows off several of the highlights for the nearly 100-year old park.

Click through to CSN for a look at some of the changes planned to the entrances and a look at the office building outside of the field. The sketch above shows off the giant videoboard planned for left field, and a ‘Wrigley Field’ sign pegged for right field. The club is reportedly willing to work with local businesses to come to an agreement on sign placement, in an effort to keep nearby rooftop patio seats functional.

Chicago Cubs v Milwaukee Brewers

If we look back at any of the wealth of preseason projections and informed fantasy themed predictions on Anthony Rizzo, they all sing a similar refrain: expect an impact hitter.

ZiPS projected the 23-year old Chicago Cubs first baseman to hit .279/.349/.503 (.362 wOBA), with 31 home runs. While the returns on the power numbers have been impressive, Rizzo has seen his K% take a sharp spike upwards to 26.5% in the first month of the 2013 season. The increase in strikeouts and some early contact issues have rendered a .211/.304/.511 (.353 wOBA) in 102 plate appearances.

Sample size? Sample size.

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Milwaukee Brewers v Chicago Cubs

Major League Baseball’s second oldest stadium is set for an expensive makeover. The Chicago Cubs have finally reached an agreement with the city on plans for $500 million worth of renovations to Wrigley Field. The iconic home of the Cubs is scheduled to see its first electronic video board installed in left field, with another large sign on tap for right field. More night games, general maintenance, parking upgrades, and transportation services are also on tap for the 99-year old ballpark.

The Cubs and the city of Chicago fought hard to reach an agreement, facing numerous obstacles ranging from upset residents from the neighbourhood to a dispute rising out of President’ Obama’s re-election. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cubs’ owner Tom Ricketts were able to finalize the framework for a deal late Sunday. The deal does not levy any of the cost on taxpayers.

There are still a great number of details to be worked out, including the positioning of the new video board and additional signage so as to accomodate owners of buildings across the street and avoid obstructing views from their rooftop seats. The initial agreement will allow the Ricketts family to build a hotel, plaza, and an office building nearby to help offset the hefty cost of renovations.