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Who is Adam Warren? A look at Cubs' new pitcher

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Who is Adam Warren? A look at Cubs' new pitcher

The Cubs just got rid of the organization's longest-tenured player for a pitcher named Adam Warren.

Most Cubs fans reacted with a simple, "Who?"

Starlin Castro has been a franchise cornerstone for the better part of a decade with the Cubs and after Theo Epstein's front office inked Ben Zobrist to a four-year deal Tuesday, Castro was shipped off to the New York Yankees.

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Warren is the return and at first glance, a 28-year-old pitcher who is not a household name might seem like a minor haul for a player loaded with potential, has almost 1,000 hits on his resume before his 26th birthday and is on a reasonably team-friendly deal for at least the next four years.

But Warren - the Yankees' fourth-round pick in 2009 out of UNC - can be a solid return for the Cubs.

For starters, teams around Major League Baseball have already reached out to the Cubs with interest in Warren.

The Cubs believe Warren will benefit from moving to the National League and ZiPS (a projection system mostly used at FanGraphs) agrees:

 

 

 

Those are some eye-popping numbers, even if Warren just sticks as a reliever (though the Cubs believe he could become a quality starter).

Warren has already proven to be a near-dominant reliever, posting a 2.29 ERA out of the Yankees' bullpen in 2015 with a 1.019 WHIP and 37 strikeouts in 35.1 innings. He also had a 2.97 ERA, 1.107 WHIP and 8.7 K/9 as a reliever in 2014.

But if Warren can start - he was 6-6 with a 3.66 ERA and 1.219 WHIP in 17 starts in New York last season - he would provide the Cubs with a lot more value.

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Warren could be the reliable arm the Cubs are seeking for their rotation and they didn't even have to dip into the farm system or give up Javier Baez or Jorge Soler.

The move still leaves the door open for the Cubs to acquire a potentially game-changing pitcher, but for now, they bolster a pitching staff that already includes five proven starters (Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, John Lackey, Jason Hammel, Kyle Hendricks), three other versatile swing options (Trevor Cahill, Clayton Richard, Travis Wood) and a bullpen with several intriguing arms (Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, Justin Grimm, Neil Ramirez, Rex Brothers and Carl Edwards, Jr.).

Ben Zobrist provides a hilarious glimpse into how he's spending a free October

Ben Zobrist provides a hilarious glimpse into how he's spending a free October

Ben Zobrist won't win the Comeback Player of the Year award this winter, but maybe he can take home a Grammy for Best New Artist?

The Cubs veteran infielder/outfielder posted a hilarious video on his Instagram Wednesday night showcasing how he's been spending October after the Cubs were unceremoniously ousted from the playoffs after on the third day of the month.

It's a fantastic music video of Zobrist lip-syncing to Mumford & Sons' "I Will Wait" while he nearly knocks the TV off the wall of his home by swinging the bat indoors pretending to hit off Clayton Kershaw and frolicking around a field that looks shockingly similar to Hershel's farm from the second season of "The Walking Dead":

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It always takes me a few weeks to process the season and begin the offseason. Here are my thoughts.....along with a unique way of making light of the postseason that should have been......... (special thanks to @dimtillard for help with Video) Maybe you feel the way I do. It was a very quick and abrupt ending to a good season for us. It leaves a sour taste in my mouth. But let’s not forget all the good that happened. This game and this team gives us something to pass the time, to express our love and passion, to feel the joy of the wins and the pains of the losses, and it calls us to unity when we so easily can be divided about so many other things. Each game is a microcosm of life. The game itself is not Life, but it helps us deal with life in a way. I’m thankful for even the painful losses at the end. The game can be a great teacher. I felt privileged to play with this team and play for our fans all year. We were stretched and we grew in new ways as individuals and as a group and that is always a good thing. We strive to win championships, but more often the process is the goal. We will be stronger because of all that we went through this year. What will I do now? I will travel and watch my wife crush her book tour. I will be in and out of Chi-town. I just got back home to Franklin, TN. I will find joy in raising and watching my kids grow and continue becoming their own person. I will rest and begin preparing for next season. I will work hard in mind, body, and spirit. I will help other players with @patriotforward and @showandgo. I will focus on personal growth and charitable endeavors and become a better man, teammate, friend, and player. To Baseball and Fans: For the next 5 months until I play next year.... I will wait for you....

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Zobrist also posted a lengthy caption on his perspective on the Cubs' disappointing end to the season:

It always takes me a few weeks to process the season and begin the offseason. Here are my thoughts.....along with a unique way of making light of the postseason that should have been......... (special thanks to @dimtillard for help with Video) 
Maybe you feel the way I do. It was a very quick and abrupt ending to a good season for us. It leaves a sour taste in my mouth. But let’s not forget all the good that happened. This game and this team gives us something to pass the time, to express our love and passion, to feel the joy of the wins and the pains of the losses, and it calls us to unity when we so easily can be divided about so many other things. Each game is a microcosm of life. The game itself is not
Life, but it helps us deal with life in a way. I’m thankful for even the painful losses at the end. The game can be a great teacher. 
I felt privileged to play with this team and play for our fans all year. We were stretched and we grew in new ways as individuals and as a group and that is always a good thing. We strive to win championships, but more often the process is the goal. We will be stronger because of all that we went through this year. 
What will I do now? I will travel and watch my wife crush her book tour. I will be in and out of Chi-town. I just got back home to Franklin, TN. I will find joy in raising and watching my kids grow and continue becoming their own person. I will rest and begin preparing for next season. I will work hard in mind, body, and spirit. I will help other players with @patriotforward and @showandgo. I will focus on personal growth and charitable endeavors and become a better man, teammate, friend, and player. 
To Baseball and Fans: For the next 5 months until I play next year....
I will wait for you....

Come for the Zobrist lip sync, but stay for the 37-year-old using a bat as a guitar while wearing a sleeveless shirt and rocking an old-timey top hat.

A year ago, Zobrist completely reshaped his offseason workout plan after three straight years of playing deep into October. It appears he's added another new trick to his winter workout — hopping over fences even though there is a clear opening just a foot away.

Hey, whatever works...

Cubs Talk Podcast: Manny Machado’s value and other Cubs offseason wish list items

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Manny Machado’s value and other Cubs offseason wish list items

Did Manny Machado’s value take a hit at all after he openly admitted hustling isn’t his “cup of tea”? Our Cubs team (David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Tony Andracki, Jeff Nelson) debate that, plus the potential fit of Machado or Bryce Harper for the 2019 Cubs and beyond.

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The crew also runs down the top items on the Cubs’ offseason wish list – ranging from bullpen help to infield depth to a set leadoff hitter – in what may be the most impactful winter in Theo Epstein’s tenure in Chicago.

Listen to the podcast here or via the embedded player below: