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Why the Chicago Cubs Need to Add a Veteran Presence
November 24th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs were one of baseball’s youngest teams in 2014 and could get even younger in 2015 with the next wave of prospects set to make their MLB debuts. According to baseball-reference.com, the Chicago Cubs’ offense averaged just 26.8 years old in 2014, and although ripe with potential, it...

Bold Predictions: 2015 Will Be Valbuena’s Last in Chicago
November 24th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** When talking about the valuable trade assets that the Chicago Cubs have, most think of the organization’s minor league hitters (the young shortstops in particular). However, many will overlook the major league talent that the Cubs have that could be made available in mid-2015. The most valuable of...

Sunday Spotlight: Fister a Good Fit for Cubs
November 23rd, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Since the MLB season came to a close, the Chicago Cubs have been linked to a number of frontline starting pitchers; guys like Jon Lester, Max Scherzer, James Shields, Cole Hamels, and Jordan Zimmerman. All of these options, while feasible, will be outrageously expensive and very much in contrast with...

Down on the Farm: Edwards Moves One Step Closer
November 22nd, 2014 at 10:39 AM
***PHOTO1*** CJ Edwards, the Chicago Cubs’ top pitching prospect, moved one step closer to making his big league dream a reality on Thursday when the club added him to the 40-man roster. As a member of the Cubs’ 40-man roster, Edwards will receive protection in next month’s rule-5 draft and will...

Fan of the Week: Off-Season Goals
November 21st, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** It is Friday once again, and that means it is time for our Fan of the Week. This week’s Fan of the Week is long-time reader Kelby Phillips. Kelby has been an active contributor in our Facebook discussions, and he now has the chance to have his voice heard on...

Wishful Thinking: Chicago Cubs’ Lineup of “What-If’s”
November 21st, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** In recent years, the Chicago Cubs have run into a bit of bad luck in terms of catching players at the right time in their careers. Whether it was trading Josh Donaldson, Ryan Flaherty, DJ LaMahieu, Dontrelle Willis, or Josh Hamilton before they reached their potential, getting diminished and/or brief...

MLB Free Agent Tracker: Jon Lester
November 20th, 2014 at 2:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Jon Lester’s visit to Chicago has come and gone, and it is now time to focus on when he will decide to sign a contract. As we mentioned yesterday, Jon Lester will have no shortage of suitors, and it appears that the first offer has been made. The Boston Red...

Chicago Cubs Kick the Tires on Arizona’s Montero
November 20th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Since missing out on Russell Martin earlier this week, it appears that the Chicago Cubs have turned their attention to Arizona Diamondback’s catcher Miguel Montero, according to arizonasports.com. Welington Castillo, the Cubs’ current catcher, came under fire this summer when he failed to reproduce the success he had in 2013,...

FA Jon Lester Visits Wrigley Field
November 19th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Prized free agent starter Jon Lester met with the Chicago Cubs yesterday according to Carrie Muskat. Now that the first free agent dominos have begun to fall, it is time for the Chicago Cubs to lock in on their top target. So far, no details from the meeting have been...

A Possible Comeback in the Works for Big Z
November 19th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** In his 11 years with the Chicago Cubs, Carlos Zambrano wore many hats; he was the ace, the hero, the goat, the instigator, and occasionally, the big bat. According to the Chicago Tribune, the 33-year-old is planning a possible return to professional baseball . . . as a designated hitter....

The Chicago Cubs’ Minor League Excellence
November 18th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs are one of baseball’s youngest teams and have yet to reach their collective potential at the big league level; however, big things are expected from the 2015 group, and for good reason. A number of the Cubs’ current players put up outstanding numbers in their final minor...

Passing on Martin was the Right Call
November 18th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** News broke yesterday that C Russell Martin and the Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a five-year, $82 million dollar deal. The Chicago Cubs were believed to be in the running until as late as Sunday night, but it appears that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer came to their senses and...

Anthony Rizzo’s 5K for Cancer a Huge Success
November 17th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs' first baseman Anthony Rizzo has proven to be one of the most upstanding men in baseball since he began his big league career in 2011. This season, Rizzo was nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award and became the youngest winner of the Branch Rickey Award. Yesterday morning, he...

Bold Predictions: Chicago Cubs Will Trade Javier Baez Before Opening Day
November 17th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** In the wake of yesterday’s trade with the Atlanta Braves that sent Tommy La Stella to the Chicago Cubs, the mathematicians among us have realized a problem. The Chicago Cubs now have four young, quality middle-infielders in Starlin Castro, Javier Baez, Addison Russell, and now La Stella. Something has to...

BREAKING NEWS: Cubs Acquire La Stella from Braves
November 16th, 2014 at 4:07 PM
***PHOTO1*** BREAKING NEWS: According to The Sports Xchange, the Chicago Cubs have just acquired 2B Tommy La Stella from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for RHP Arodys Vizcaino. International signing bonus slots were also exchanged in the deal. La Stella, the Braves' 8th round selection in 2011, made his MLB debut this...

Sunday Spotlight: Arizona Fall League Wrap-up
November 16th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Arizona Fall League officially came to an end yesterday when the Salt River Rafters beat the Peoria Javelinas 14-7 in the AFL championship game. We gave an update on the Chicago Cubs’ prospects participating in the league about a month ago, but much has changed since then. The most...

Down on the Farm: Russell Passes Bryant on Latest Prospect Rankings
November 15th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs prospect Kris Bryant had one of the most prolific minor league seasons that we have seen in some time in 2014. He did it all; hitting .325, leading all MiLB hitters with 43 home runs, driving in 110 runs, and even stealing 15 bases. All of that culminated...

Chicago Cubs Send Scout to See Cuban Stud Moncada
November 14th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** According to MLBtraderumors.com, the Chicago Cubs have sent a scout to take a look at Cuban shortstop Yoan Moncada. This may be the first that you are hearing of the 19-year-old stud, but it will certainly not be the last. Moncada is expected to make the jump to the major...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack: Post Season Awards
November 13th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Major league baseball has started to announce their postseason awards, and although none of the Chicago Cubs’ players have taken home any hardware this year, they've certainly won in the past. Award 2014 Winner Last Cubs’ Winner Cy Young Clayton Kershaw (LAD) Greg Maddux, 1992 MVP Clayton Kershaw (LAD) Sammy Sosa, 1998 Rookie of the Year Jacob DeGrom Geovany Soto, 2008 Manager of...

Why the Cubs Should Pass on Max Scherzer
November 13th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** In the Chicago Cubs' effort to add frontline starting pitching this off-season, there are three free agent options that the team from the South Side will pursue: Jon Lester, James Shields, and Max Scherzer. All three are proven winners, workhorses, and gamers. They would be instant upgrades to any staff...