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Down on the Farm: Schwarber and Vogelbach are Making a Name for Themselves
January 24th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** For the past year or so, whenever anyone has mentioned the Chicago Cubs’ farm system the names that came to mind were Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Addison Russell, Jorge Soler and Arismendy Alcantara. Now that that entire group is either in the major leagues or knocking at the door, the...

BREAKING NEWS: Mr. Cub Has Passed Away
January 23rd, 2015 at 10:08 PM
***PHOTO1*** BREAKING NEWS: Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, has passed away according to CBS Chicago. A news conference is scheduled for tomorrow to make the official announcement. Banks was 83-years-old. Ernie Banks played for the Chicago Cubs for his entire 19-year career and recorded 2583 hits and 512 home runs. Banks was elected...

Fan of the Week: Why the Cubs Should Get David Price
January 23rd, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***VIDEO1*** Whether you have had a long week or a short week, it’s finally over! This week’s Fan of the Week is a special one for two reasons, 1) today marks the first time that one of our Twitter followers will receive the honor, and 2) he absolutely kill it...

BREAKING NEWS: Chicago Cubs and Dexter Fowler Avoid Arbitration
January 23rd, 2015 at 12:28 PM
***PHOTO1*** BREAKING NEWS: According to NBC Sports, the Chicago Cubs and, newly acquired CF, Dexter Fowler have agreed to a one-year deal in order to avoid arbitration. Fowler will make $9.5 million in 2015. He is still scheduled to be an unrestricted free-agent following this season. Fowler was acquired by the Chicago...

It is Time to Begin the Countdown to Spring Training 2015
January 23rd, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The winter is a great time of the year if you spend it in the right place but wherever you are, I bet you’re beginning to get antsy at the thought of spring training. The Chicago Cubs have had one heck of an off-season and Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer...

Dexter Fowler’s Impact on the Cubs’ Outfield Defense
January 22nd, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** In the wake of the Chicago Cubs acquisition of CF Dexter Fowler from the Houston Astros there has been some criticism about the 28-year-old’s ability to play defense. Cubsinsider.com has a good article about how Fowler plays the shallowest centerfield in baseball as a possible reason but today we are...

Arismendy Alcantara’s Versatility May Be His Downfall
January 22nd, 2015 at 3:00 AM
The Chicago Cubs have a very rare commodity in Arismendy Alcantara. The 23-year-old has the ability to hit from both sides of the plate, hit for average and power, runs well, and has professional experience at four different defensive positions. He’s the kind of player that every manager...

MLB Ramblings: Speculating on Future Moves
January 21st, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs are not done making moves this off-season. They simply can’t be. Aside from rumors that the Cubs are shopping Welington Castillo & Travis Wood, they still need to solve their outfield logjam. We’re about to throw a lot of moving pieces at you here so hang on: Dexter...

The Chicago Cubs Most Under & Overrated Acquisitions of the Off-Season
January 21st, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs have really turned up the heat on their off-season activity in the past month and a half, adding eight new major league players via free agency or trade. All of those moves were made with the intention of improving the club’s chance of winning in 2015...

The Drive Home: Why Mike Olt Benefits Most from Fowler Trade
January 20th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***VIDEO1*** The Chicago Cubs made a Splash by acquiring Dexter Fowler from the Houston Astros and, hopefully, solving their leadoff problem yesterday. This move has all the potential to benefit the Cubs as a team but tonight we are driving home why it will also benefit 3B Mike Olt. Mike Olt...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack: Meet Dexter Fowler
January 20th, 2015 at 11:30 AM
***VIDEO1*** 1. Yesterday the Chicago Cubs acquired switch-hitting CF Dexter Fowler from the Houston Astros in an attempt to satisfy their need for a legitimate leadoff hitter. If Fowler is able to reproduce the success he had in 2014 this trade will be remembered as a slam-dunk. .ave vs. LHP .327 .obp vs. LHP .419 .ave...

Potential Landing Spots for Welington Castillo
January 20th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs proved with yesterday’s trade for Dexter Fowler that they are not done making moves before the start of the season. A deal that is still on the docket is the one involving C Welington Castillo. Castillo became obsolete after the acquisitions of David Ross and...

Cubs Sign Enigmatic Bard to MiLB Deal
January 19th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** According to NBC Sports, the Chicago Cubs signed RHP Daniel Bard to a minor league deal this week. This will be Bard’s second stint with the Cubs as he was with the organization for brief stint in 2013 but never took the field. Bard, 29, was once the...

BREAKING NEWS: Cubs Acquire CF from Houston
January 19th, 2015 at 10:10 AM
***VIDEO1*** BREAKING NEWS: According to Carrie Muskat, the Chicago Cubs have just acquired CF Dexter Fowler from the Houston Astros in exchange for RHP Dan Straily and 3B Luis Valbuena. Fowler, 28, hit .276 with eight home runs and 11 steals in 2014. Fowler broke into the league with the Colorado...

Bold Predictions: “We’re Going to Win the N.L. Central”
January 19th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** This past weekend’s Cubs Convention was a huge success and the event gave fans an opportunity to become acquainted with the new-look Cubs but the biggest news of the weekend came out of, Chicago Cubs’ first baseman, Anthony Rizzo. When asked about his expectations for 2015 Rizzo responded with: “We're...

Sunday Spotlight: Cubs Convention, Arbitration and Other Bullets
January 18th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** · This weekend marked the 30th annual Chicago Cubs convention in downtown Chicago and all indications, thus far, are that the weekend has been a total success. When introduced on Friday, Jon Lester and Joe Maddon received the biggest ovations from Cubs’ fans present....

Cubs Swap Kickham for Dutch Minor Leaguer
January 16th, 2015 at 11:30 AM
***VIDEO1*** A few weeks after claiming LHP Mike Kickham off waivers from the San Francisco Giants the Chicago Cubs designated the 26-year-old for assignment this week. Yesterday the Cubs found a trade partner in the Seattle Mariners and, in return, received 20-year-old RHP Lars Huijer. Pitcher Level G/GS W-L ERA WHIP Huijer A+ 12/12 2-4 6.54 1.834 (Stats per baseball-reference.com) Huijer was ranked among the...

Four Free Agent Position Players Who are Worth an Invite to Spring Training
January 16th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** We discussed yesterday four pitchers that he Chicago Cubs should invite to Spring Training and today we piggyback off of that and bring to light four position players that the Cubs should take a closer look at. Rumors that the Chicago Cubs are still looking for a veteran outfielder have...

Chicago Cubs‘ Bullets: Denorfia, Montero & Cubs Convention 2015
January 15th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** · This week the Chicago Cubs officially came to terms with, free agent outfielder, Chris Denorfia. Denorfia will make $2.6 million for just one year and will serve as the Cubs’ fourth outfielder and serve as a platoon for, lefty, Chris Coghlan. · ...

BREAKING NEWS: Cubs Avoid Arbitration with Doubront
January 15th, 2015 at 11:59 AM
***PHOTO1*** BREAKING NEWS: According to NBC Sports, the Chicago Cubs have come to terms with LHP Felix Doubront. The Cubs signed the 27-year-old lefty to a one-year, $1.925 million dollar deal in order to avoid arbitration. Doubront was acquired from the Boston Red Sox mid-season last summer and made...