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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...

Cubs Have MLB Arms in AAA
February 3rd, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***VIDEO1*** The Chicago Cubs have a plethora of pitchers who could all be on their major league staff in 2015 but their biggest dilemma, at this point, is that none of them have shown anything that distinguishes them from the rest group. Additionally, time is starting to run low for...

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...

Four Free Agent Pitchers Who are Worth an Invite to Spring Training
January 15th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** We are getting to that point in the off-season where teams are turning their attention towards Spring Training and free agents are beginning to panic. There are still a few quality, high upside arms available that have managed to stay out of the headlines and off the radar that the...

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...

MLB News: Cubs Acquire Flame-Throwing RHP Motte
December 17th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs continued their shopping spree when they came to terms with RHP Jason Motte on Monday. Motte, a former St. Louis Cardinals’ standout, will join the Cubs on a one-year deal worth $4.5 million but could earn as much as $6.5 with incentives. Motte only threw...

Sunday Spotlight: Could Jacob Turner Follow in the Footsteps of Andrew Miller?
December 14th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Last weekend, the New York Yankees signed LHP Andrew Miller to the richest contract ever for a reliever without closing experience; a 4-year, $36 million dollar deal. Miller has been one of baseball’s best relievers the past two seasons, posting ERAs of 2.64 and 2.02 for the Boston Red Sox...

Why Teams Should Get Rid of “Closers”
December 11th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Over the last 20 or so years, the Closer has become one of the most important jobs in baseball. It’s the job that every young pitchers dreams of having one day; being brought into a game in the bottom of the ninth with the game on the line and a...

Sunday Spotlight: Cubs’ Minor League Pitchers
November 30th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** We discussed yesterday how the Chicago Cubs have the top-ranked minor league system in the National League Central and one of the best in all of baseball, but the group is often criticized for being comprised almost exclusively of hitters. Aside from CJ Edwards, many evaluators believe that the Cubs’...

Cubs’ Strop Emerges Unharmed Following Accident
November 29th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Earlier this week, Chicago Cubs reliever, Pedro Strop was involved in a two-car wreck in the Dominican Republic. Both cars were totaled but the Cubs’ reliever walked away with just a cut on his left arm. According to Carrie Muskat, Strop returned home yesterday. Pedro Strop solidified himself as a key...

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...

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...

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...

BREAKING NEWS: Cubs Claim Ortiz from Texas
October 8th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Yesterday was a busy day for a team that is two weeks into its off-season. In addition to Bill Mueller’s resignation, the Chicago Cubs made the news by claiming left-handed reliever Joseph Ortiz from the Texas Rangers (according to Carrie Muskat). Year Level Appearances W-L ERA WHIP 2013 MLB 32 2-2 4.23 1.25 2014 Rk, AA 15 0-2 4.00 1.56 (Stats per Cubs.com) Ortiz began the 2014 season on the...

Sunday Spotlight: the Chicago Cubs Closers
October 5th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs closer situation has been a bit of a mess since the decline of Carlos Marmol, but it looks like they may have finally found their answer this year in Hector Rondon. Since Marmol’s disappearance as an effective closer the Cubs have turned guys like Kevin Gregg,...

Sunday Spotlight: Rick Renteria’s Quick Hook
September 21st, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** With just seven games left in the regular season, baseball in Chicago is starting to wind down and players and fans alike are starting to go through the motions and are getting ready for the off-season. Chicago Cubs’ manager, Rick Renteria, however, is not in vacation mode just yet....