Cubs Related: A Chicago Cubs Podcast
Summary: Cubs Related is a Chicago Cubs podcast hosted by Brendan Miller and Corey Freedman, featuring analysis, news, and series recaps and previews. The twice-a-week show is unaffiliated with MLB and the Chicago Cubs.
Yu Darvish finally signs with the Cubs. About time. Corey and Brendan break down the deal, projected value, Darvish's pitch repertoire, most effective pitches, and much more.
Scott Boras and MLB exchange words, creating a disconcerting inflammatory environment. ZiPS projections have been released and compare the Cubs staff to three of the great pitchers whom we've watched in the last couple of decades.
The Brewers lunge forward by signing Lorenzo Cain and trading their top prospects for Christian Yelich. Despite Milwaukee's notable moves, their win projection is only at 77. Brendan and Corey talk about the Brewers place in the Central and why win projection models might be a bit variable for Milwaukee. And, of course, more Darvish rumors are discussed.
Jason Heyward believes he can be the Cubs 2018 MVP. Brian Duensing signs for two years and $7 M. The commissioner's office wants to impose pace of play changes for the upcoming season, but the MLBPA wants nothing to do with it. Brendan and Corey discuss all these topics as we are only a few weeks away from Spring Training.
The Cubs inked up most of their arbitration-eligible players, including a record-breaking deal for Kris Bryant. Cubs Con gave us several hilarious moments. Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen are traded away from Pittsburgh. Brendan and Corey discuss all this in what was a busy last few days for the Cubs.
Evan Altman, the Editor in Chief of Cubs Insider, joins Corey and me to discuss Arrieta's offers and the upcoming Cubs Convention, in which Evan will be interviewing notable Cubs players.
The Cubs reportedly offered Alex Cobb and Lorenzo Cain contracts. Brendan and Corey discuss their surprising offers and how they fit into the Cubs' payroll plans.
Bruce Levine thinks the Cubs will sign Lorenzo Cain or trade for Christian Yelich. Reports suggest the Cubs are willing to give Arrieta a 4 year, $110 M. And happy birthday to Kris Bryant. Corey and Brendan discuss all of this during the ice cold "hot stove." ?
Wade Davis signed with the Rockies for three years and $52 M, but Darvish's camp is still relatively quiet. Corey and Brendan discuss the current free agent market and, in addition, whether Kris Bryant should be the leadoff guy to start 2018.
Yu Darvish met with the Chicago Cubs earlier in the week, and it appears the Cubs are one of the high-priority suitors for the Japanese ace. Manny Machado hypothetical trade scenarios have been swirling around Cubs twitter, especially with Addison Russell's name involved. And Steve Cishek signed a 2 year, $13 M contract. Brendan and Corey discuss Darvish's potential contract, Addy's value, and the state of the Cubs bullpen.
Mike Montgomery made it clear he wants to start because he thinks it's in the best interest for himself and the team. Brandon Morrow and Drew Smyly were signed to modest contracts. Brendan and Corey discuss all the Winter Meetings news and rumors as it wraps up.
The stove is finally boiling: Cubs sign Chatwood, Ohtani picks the Angels, Stanton traded to the Yanks, and the Winter Meetings begin. Corey and Brendan talk about the Chatwood signing and why Brendan is so excited about the 28-year-old righty, as well as the pitching staff as a whole.
Theo Epstein and the Chicago Cubs met with Ohtani and his team in-person Tuesday in Los Angeles. Corey and Brendan discuss the meeting, as well as the Hector Rondon and Justin Grimm contract decisions.
Shohei Otani's agency asked teams to fill out a survey in order to persuade the Japanese superstar, which Brendan and Corey answer and discuss on this episode. ?
Corey and Brendan discuss Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis rejecting their 17.4 M qualifying offers and Baseball America's top 10 Chicago Cubs prospects. ?