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Potential Trade Partners for Edwin Jackson
February 12th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
To the chagrin of Cubs fans everywhere, Edwin Jackson and his $13 million salary are still part of the Chicago Cubs. Jackson will be a hard man to move because of the huge dollar amount that is still owed to him over the next two seasons and because of his...

Spring Training Count Down: Players to Watch Part 2
February 11th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** This morning we covered some of the storylines to watch for when the Chicago Cubs' pitchers and catchers arrive at Spring Training next week and now we're going to take a look at which position players we should keep an eye on when they report to camp on February 24th. Arismendy...

Cubs Earn Representation on Top-10 Outfield Prospect List
January 29th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Yesterday it was announced that the Chicago Cubs have the best minor league system in all of professional baseball and today MLB.com released their final top-10 list of the year, outfielders. Chicago Cubs’ rookie right fielder, Jorge Soler landed on the list at number three, behind just Byron Buxton...

Chicago Cubs’ Winter Ball Playoff Wrap-up
January 27th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
Winter ball is officially over. Leagues in the Dominican, Mexico and the Caribbean wrapped up their winter seasons this week (Puerto Rico will finish tonight or tomorrow) allowing us to get one final look at the Chicago Cubs’ players progress before Spring Training starts. Playoff Stats Only Player League Games .ave .obp HR RBI SB Alcantara DR - - - - - - Baez PR 14 .217 .266 0 4 3 Lake DR 23 .256 .367 3 12 3 Ramirez DR 15 .224 .367 3 6 0 (Stats per MLB.com) ***PHOTO1*** Overall, it was...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Why Adding Jonny Gomes No Longer Makes Sense
January 7th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** We have previously discussed, on multiple occasions, why OF Jonny Gomes would be a great fit for the Chicago Cubs; he’s a big right-handed bat, has experience coming off the bench & in the playoffs, and he’s a fantastic personality to have in the clubhouse (especially a young one). ...

BREAKING NEWS: Cubs Acquire Outfielder Denorfia
December 31st, 2014 at 4:21 PM
***PHOTO1*** BREAKING NEWS: According to Jamal Collier of MLB.com the Chicago Cubs acquired, free agent outfielder, Chris Denorfia today. Denorfia hit .230 with three home runs in 121 games for the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners in 2014. He will provide veteran leadership, as well as serve as...

Soler Looks to Follow in the Footsteps of His Countrymen
December 31st, 2014 at 7:25 AM
***PHOTO1*** One of the Chicago Cubs most exciting rookies in 2014 was, rightfielder, Jorge Soler and the expectations for the 22-year-old couldn’t be any higher for 2015. Soler hit .292 with five home runs in 24 games and looks to continue the trend of successful Cuban-born ballplayers making the jump...

Sunday Spotlight: Cubs’ Winter League K’s
December 28th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** It is time once again to check in on some of our favorite Chicago Cubs players who are participating in winter ball. Most leagues still have about three weeks left to play so consider this a mid-season update on Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez, Junior Lake and Manny Ramirez: Player League Games .ave .obp HR RBI SB Alcantara DR 19 .324 .395 4 8 3 Baez PR 10 .263 341 2 7 2 Lake DR 42 .243 .399 2 12 21 Ramirez DR 41 .313 .409 6 28 0 (Stats per...

Why Trading Justin Ruggiano was the Right Move
December 18th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Per Carrie Muskat, the Chicago Cubs finalized a deal to send OF Justin Ruggiano to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for, minor league RHP, Matt Brazis yesterday. The deal does not come as a huge shock as we have been talking about the Cubs logjam in the outfield for...

Chicago Cubs Off-Season Report: Winter League Updates
December 18th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Arizona Fall League has come and gone but the various winter leagues of the Caribbean are well under way. The Chicago Cubs have plenty of young players getting extra reps before spring training, Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez, Junior Lake and Manny Ramirez in particular: Player League Games .ave .obp HR RBI SB Alcantara DR 19 .324 .395 4 8 3 Baez PR 4 .357 .412 1 3 0 Lake DR 38 .256 .405 2 12 20 Ramirez DR 38 .300 .402 6 25 0 (Stats per MLB.com) Alcantara, Lake and...

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...

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...

Former Cub Soriano to Announce Retirement
November 5th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** According to ESPN.com, former Chicago Cubs’ outfielder Alfonso Soriano has decided to retire from professional baseball. Soriano, 38, was released by the New York Yankees after just 67 games this past season. He hit .221 with six home runs and 23 RBI. Soriano spent seven of his 16 professional seasons on...

Down on the Farm: First Round Picks
October 11th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** As we head into the 2015 season the Chicago Cubs’ roster will continue to be flooded with young talent from their farm system, many of which have very impressive minor league résumés. Since Theo Epstein took over as President before the 2012 season, the Chicago Cubs have made five first...