| Jul 2, 2013
| 2:00 PM
Knee-jerk reaction on the Chicago Cubs’ trades Tuesday will center on whether Orioles discards Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop are enough value for Scott Feldman, who has pitched well enough to be in the All-Star discussion. But those are not the names...
| Jul 4, 2013
| 7:55 PM
When they were working the system in Boston, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer accumulated 16 additional picks in the first three rounds of the draft over a nine-year run. That helped greatly in building a Red Sox farm system that Curt Schilling called "a player...
| Jul 13, 2013
| 1:34 PM
Starlin Castro is 23. Ditto Anthony Rizzo. They're not exactly going to be old men when the Cubs' best-in-baseball wave of amateur talent starts rolling into Wrigley Field, although they might feel like it.
With University of San Diego slugger Kris...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 5:09 PM
Nothing in sports drags incessantly like the countdown to baseball's trade deadline, not even the NFL preseason or a Chris Berman home run call.
It seemingly begins shortly after opening day and lasts until July 31, when a brief respite from rumors...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 9:50 PM
Inside a playful Kane County Cougars clubhouse Wednesday, the clock near center fielder Albert Almora's locker remained moving forward — not counting down.
The calendar on the wall indeed said 2013 though everybody else around Almora keeps...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 3:44 PM
Congratulations, you've almost made it to football season.
To get you through the last stretch of unwatchable baseball, I'm going to tease you with a special "visions of the future" column because the present is unbearable.
WARNING: The future will...
| Jul 18, 2013
Five most interesting teams
1. Pirates: They haven't had a winning season since 1992 but might be the best team in the majors right now. They have pitching, defense and enough hitting with Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez and Starling Marte. Manager Clint...
| Jul 14, 2013
| 1:21 PM
Despite the fact that he himself plays Wrigley Field 81 times a year, Cubs play-by-play broadcaster Len Kasper said he hasn't given die-hard Cubs fan and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder any tips ahead of his show Friday.
"I don't think I could give...
| Aug 24, 2013
| 6:23 PM
Who doesn't like to window shop?
That's what I was doing Saturday at Wrigley Field, along with maybe 5,000 hard-core baseball fans and almost 200 scouts. We were watching Alex Jackson, Nick Gordon, Jacob Gatewood, Tyler Kolek and other baseball...
| Aug 21, 2013
| 6:13 AM
The Cubs’ 2013 season has been over for months --- since last year, actually --- so it would seem there’s nothing to see here.
Unless you view this as part of the 2015 spring training, long rumored to be the year the Cubs finally stop...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 6:02 AM
Starlin Castro is the future of the Cubs.
If you count the prospects the Cubs will get for him when they trade him.
Not now, and maybe not this offseason. Castro’s trade value has dropped like his head on a popup with a man on third.
But I can...