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All Coke’d Out: Cubs Cut Ties with Lefty
May 18th, 2015 at 11:30 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs have finally had enough of Phil Coke. The team designated the 32-year-old lefty for assignment on Monday; no corresponding move has been announced at the time of this writing. The Cubs invited the Coke to Spring Training this year and selected him for the Opening Day roster...

CUBS NEWS: Maddon to Shake up the Rotation
May 16th, 2015 at 9:24 PM
***PHOTO1*** 2015 has not been Travis Wood's year. The Chicago Cubs' former all-star sports and ERA of 5.45 in eight appearances and has finally been removed from the rotation by Joe Maddon. Wood picked up his first career save in his first relief appearance since 2011 in yesterday's win...

Can the Grimm Reaper Save the Cubs’ Bullpen?
May 7th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** According to Carrie Muskat, the Chicago Cubs activated RHP Justin Grimm from the disabled list and will (hopefully) receive an instant boost in what has been exposed as the team’s greatest weakness this season. In a subsequent move, Anthony Varvaro, who was claimed off waivers earlier this week, was...

MLB NEWS: Chicago Cubs Promote Russell, Cut Ties with Parker
May 5th, 2015 at 7:37 PM
***PHOTO1*** MLB NEWS: Per ESPN Chicago, the Chicago Cubs have promoted LHP James Russell and designated RHP Blake Parker for Assignment. James Russell logged a 3.87 ERA in four and a half seasons with the Cubs before being dealt to the Atlanta Braves at the trade deadline last summer. Russell re-signed...

Where is the Real Edwin Jackson and What Have You Done with Him?
May 4th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Remember the Edwin Jackson who led the league in losses (18) in 2013? Remember the guy who put up a 6.33 ERA in 2014 over the course of 140.2 innings? Apparently he is lost and some imposter is posing as Edwin Jackson on the Chicago Cubs’ 2015 roster....

BREAKING NEWS: Cubs Claim RHP Varvaro from Boston
May 3rd, 2015 at 4:19 PM
***PHOTO1*** BREAKING NEWS: Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer added yet another former Red Sox player to their roster today by claiming Anthony Varvaro off waivers, according to WGN. Varvaro, 30, is 0-1 with a 4.09 ERA on the year out of the bullpen for the Boston Red Sox but has...

UPDATE: Chicago Cubs’ Top MiLB Arms
May 1st, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Kris Bryant and Addison Russell have brought an incredible amount of attention to the hitters in the Chicago Cubs’ minor league system, but now that they have graduated to the major leagues and we have a short wait until the next wave is MLB ready, lets take a look at...

Wood Looks to Join Cubs’ Pitchers on Elite Level
April 28th, 2015 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Travis Wood will take the ball for the Chicago Cubs tonight against the Pittsburgh Pirates in his fourth start of the year and a good outing could put him in the top half of the team’s pitching staff. So far this season it has been a tale of two...

Cubs’ Middle-Relief Corps Proving to Be Team’s Soft Underbelly
April 24th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs have played well enough to win each of the past two games but have come up short thanks to the insufficient efforts of their middle-relief corps. Hector Rondon (2.25 ERA), Pedro Strop (0.00 ERA) and Zac Rosscup (1.69 ERA) have made for a formidable back end...

Cubs’ Bullpen Looks Strong in Opener
April 6th, 2015 at 10:30 AM
***PHOTO1*** New Chicago Cubs’ ace, Jon Lester lasted only 4.1 innings and surrendered three runs on eight hits in last night’s season opener but the team’s bullpen looked sharp. Joe Maddon used five relievers to cover the remaining 4.2 innings and they held the St. Louis Cardinals to just two...

Cubs’ Bullpen is Starting to Take Shape
March 31st, 2015 at 11:45 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs announced yesterday that 32-year-old LHP Phil Coke has made the Opening Day roster. The Cubs signed Coke to a minor league deal at the start of Spring Training and in eight games (7.1 IP) he has allowed zero runs on just four hits and two walks....

Sunday Spotlight: Epstein, Maddon Face Tough Decision on Opening Day LHP’s
March 22nd, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs entered Spring Training with position battles all over the diamond that were sure to capture our attention and most have been up to snuff; however, the team’s left-handed reliever competition was not thought to be one of those. The Cubs’ obviously have a need to fill in...

Chicago Cubs’ Staff Features Six Who Remain Unblemished
March 16th, 2015 at 11:18 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs’ pitching staff is full of moving parts and maybe’s & what-if’s but one thing is for sure; as a group, they came to Spring Training prepared. Officially, the Chicago Cubs are 5-8 entering play today but they have six pitchers who have yet to give up...

Bold Predictions: Sleeper Pick to Make Cubs’ Opening Day Roster
March 9th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Cactus League play is less than a week old and it is already evident that the Chicago Cubs have plenty of competitions going on this Spring Training. Before Opening Day Joe Maddon will have to figure out what he is going to do behind the plate, at third base...

BREAKING NEWS: Coke Signs with Cubs
March 5th, 2015 at 9:57 PM
***PHOTO1*** BREAKING NEWS: Wrigley Field may serve only Pepsi products but there is a chance that there could be a Coke at the friendly confines this summer. Phil Coke, that is. The Chicago Cubs signed the 32-year-old lefty to a minor league deal today, according to MLB Trade Rumors. Coke spent...

Let Spring Training Begin! Cubs Welcome Pitchers and Catchers to Camp
February 19th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The long awaited day is finally here! The Chicago Cubs’ pitchers and catchers will report to the team’s Spring Training facility in Mesa, Arizona today and will have their first workout tomorrow. Only about half of the Cubs roster will be present (position players are scheduled to report on the...

Spring Training Count Down: Players to Watch Part 1
February 11th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs pitchers and catchers will report to the team's Spring Training facility in Mesa, Arizona in just eight days, and with that in mind lets take a look at some pitchers and catchers who we should keep an eye on. Welington Castillo - C Many thought that Welington Castillo would...

BREAKING NEWS: Cubs Sign Strop, Avoid Arbritration
February 5th, 2015 at 6:50 PM
***PHOTO1*** BREAKING NEWS: According to NBC Sports, the Chicago Cubs have come to terms with RHP Pedro Strop. The two sides have avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.525 million. Strop, 29, posted a 2.21 ERA across 65 appearances (61.0 IP) for the Cubs in 2014. Since...

MLB NEWS: Cubs Add Another Lefty to 40-Man Roster
February 5th, 2015 at 10:36 AM
***PHOTO1*** Apparently inking, lefty specialist, Pedro Feliciano yesterday just wasn’t enough for Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. According to MLB.com, the Cubs claimed, former Boston Red Sox reliever, Drake Britton off waivers and added him to the 40-man roster late last night. Gonzalez Germen was subsequently designated for assignment (his third...

BREAKING NEWS: Cubs Sign Lefty Specialist to MiLB Deal
February 4th, 2015 at 10:14 AM
***PHOTO1*** BREAKING NEWS: According to NBC Sports, the Chicago Cubs have come to an agreement with LHP Pedro Feliciano on a minor league deal that will pay $700,000 if he makes the big league club out of Spring Training. Feliciano, 38, spent 2014 with the St. Louis Cardinals' AAA affiliate...