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Chicago Cubs to Part Ways with Fujikawa
October 31st, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs announced yesterday that they will not pickup Kyuji Fujikawa’s $5.5 million option for the 2015 season. Fujikawa spent two years with the Cubs and was largely a disappointment. Year Games ERA Saves WHIP K/9 2013 12 5.25 2 1.083 10.5 2014 15 4.85 0 1.846 11.8 MLB Total 17 5.04 2 1.480 11.2 JPN Total (12 yr.) 562 1.77 220 0.963 11.9 (Stats per baseball-reference.com) Fujikawa was brought in with hopes that he take over the Cubs’ closer...

Chicago Cubs Shake up the 40-Man Roster
October 30th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Amidst all the rumors and speculation that surrounded the Joe Maddon Situation yesterday, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer made some concrete moves with concern to the Chicago Cubs’ 40-man roster. Per CBS Chicago, The Cubs removed OF Ryan Kalish, RHP James McDonald, INF Chris Valaika and INF Josh Vitters from...

Free Agent Starters: Paying for Past Performance, Hoping for Future Production
October 28th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The biggest issue with signing quality free agent pitchers to expensive contracts is that most of the time, the team ends up paying for past performance rather than future production. The main reason for this is that by the time most pitchers reach free agency, they are already well into...

Boneheaded Injuries by Chicago Sports Stars
October 27th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** For those of you who had a chance to watch the Chicago Bears game yesterday or see the game highlights, you probably saw Lamarr Houston suffer a (potentially) season-ending injury celebrating a sack when the Bears were down by 25 points. Unfortunately, this kind of thing happens more often than...

Bold Predictions: the Chicago Cubs Will Have a Top-5 Bullpen in 2015
October 27th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** One of the pleasant surprises for the Chicago Cubs in 2014 was the performance of their young bullpen. They had their ups and downs, as every team does, but they finished stronger than nearly every other ‘pen in baseball. For that reason, we predict that the Chicago Cubs will have...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, by the Numbers
October 26th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. The Chicago Cubs retired the number 31 in honor of Fergie Jenkins and Greg Maddux. Only two other teams have retired the same number for multiple players; the Cincinnati Reds retired number 5 in honor of Johnny Bench and Willard Hershberger, and the New York Yankees retired number 8...

Part 2: Odds Cubs’ Top Prospects Will Make Debuts in 2015
October 25th, 2014 at 4:50 PM
***PHOTO1*** This morning, we discussed the odds for three of the Chicago Cubs’ top-five prospects making it to the big leagues in 2015. Kris Bryant (1), Addison Russell (2), and CJ Edwards (5) all have legitimate shots at making the their debuts next year, but the list doesn’t end there. Arodys...

Down on the Farm: Odds Cubs’ Top Prospects Will Make Debuts in 2015, Part 1
October 25th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Yesterday, we mentioned a number of the Chicago Cubs’ top prospects who are on the verge of making their major league debuts (or joining the big league squad full-time in the case of Vizcaino): Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, CJ Edwards, Arodys Vizcaino, Pierce Johnson, and Albert Almora. All are capable...

Fan of the Week: Prospects to Watch in 2015
October 24th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Another week has flown by and it’s already Friday! This week’s Fan of the Week is Sam Griffin. Sam has been on top of his game lately, being the first person to "LIKE" almost all of our articles on Facebook this week! Here is Sam’s paragraph of airtime: Thank you for...

Cubs Send #2 Prospect Russell Home
October 24th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** According to Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago, the Chicago Cubs have decided to cut number two prospect Addison Russell’s fall short and send him home. Russell had been participating in the Arizona Fall League in a effort to gain valuable experience against some of baseball’s best young talent, as well...

What Ever Happened to Bryan LaHair?
October 23rd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Back in 2011, the Chicago Cubs thought they had found a diamond in the rough in 28-year-old first baseman Bryan LaHair. He was relatively unproven at the big league level, but LaHair had proven to be one of the best minor league talents in baseball: Year Team Level .ave .obp HR RBI 2009 SEA AAA .289 .354 26 85 2010 CHC AAA .308 .385 25 81 2011 CHC AAA .331 .405 38 109 (Stats per baseball-reference.com) LaHair began the...

What are the Chicago Cubs’ Players up To?
October 22nd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Baseball’s final hurrah of 2014 began last night with game one of the World Series in Kansas City, but most major leaguers have been “out of the office” for nearly a month. So what have they been doing? After a grueling eight-month season that began in February with Spring Training,...

The Evolution of the Chicago Cubs’ Lineup
October 22nd, 2014 at 6:47 AM
***PHOTO1*** The last time the Chicago Cubs made the playoffs feels like a lifetime ago, but the reality of the situation is that the Cubs were one of baseball’s best teams back in 2008. The team’s decline after that season was swift and devastating, as they went from finishing 7.5 games...

Chicago Cubs’ Ghosts of Amateur Drafts Past
October 20th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Since Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer joined the Chicago Cubs organization before the 2012 season, drafting and developing quality talent has become a top priority. However, things were not always this way in Chicago. Under, former Cubs’ GM Jim Hendry, six first round draft picks between 2002 and 2005 failed...

Bold Predictions: Edwin Jackson Will Spend All of 2015 in Chicago
October 20th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Much to the chagrin of Chicago Cubs’ fan everywhere, today we are making the bold prediction that Edwin Jackson will still be in a Cubs’ uniform one year from today. Period G GS W-L ERA WHIP WAR 2013 31 31 8-18 4.98 1.460 -1.3 2014 28 27 6-15 6.33 1.642 -2.3 Total 59 58 14-33 5.88 1.541 -3.6 (Stats per baseball-reference.com) Edwin Jackson has been downright bad since he signed a four-year, $52 million deal with the Cubs before...

Chicago Cubs’ Fact Pack, Playoff Tidbits
October 19th, 2014 at 4:35 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1) Five former Chicago Cubs’ players participated in the 2014 playoffs (for the Oakland Athletics and Washington Nationals): Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel, Geovany Soto, Sam Fuld, Nate Schierholtz. 2) Since the formation of the National League central division in 1994, the Chicago Cubs have finished in first place just three...

Sunday Spotlight: the Importance of Starlin Castro
October 19th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** As the Cubs begin the “turn” in their rebuilding plan (the phase where they begin to compete), the most important player to keep an eye on will be Starlin Castro. So much of Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer’s plan hinges upon, and will be dictated by, Castro. It appears that...

Cubs’ Prospects: Arizona Fall League Update
October 18th, 2014 at 3:55 PM
***PHOTO1*** Only two major league teams are still playing baseball, but that doesn’t mean that the other 28 have nothing going on. Every fall, teams send six or seven of their top prospects to participate in the Arizona Fall League in order to get extra reps and improve their game. This...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, Opening Day Streaks
October 18th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Ernie Banks started a Cubs’ record 17 consecutive times on opening day (1954-1970). However, Mark Grace (1B) and Sammy Sosa (RF) are tied for the most consecutive opening day starts at the same position, starting for 12 consecutive years at first base and rightfield; 1989-2000 and 1993-2004 respectively. 2....

Down on the Farm: Cubs’ Prospects Who Will Be Moved
October 18th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Reading into Chicago Cubs’ president Theo Epstein’s comments over the past month, it looks like the Cubs are just about ready to compete for a division title. Part of making that push could involve favoring major league talent over minor league talent, which means that the Cubs could look to...