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Bold Predictions: Injury Bug Will Bite the Cubs’ Rotation in 2015
January 26th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Heading into the 2015 season the Chicago Cubs’ rotation is the strongest aspect of their roster. Their defense is average, their offense has tremendous upside but much to prove, and their bullpen is solid, but the Cubs’ have a rotation that is four deep with guys coming off very strong...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Mid-Week Debate: the Chicago Cubs’ 5th Starter
January 14th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** One position battle that is sure to captivate us this spring training is the competition to become the Chicago Cubs’ 5th starter. Spots one through four appear to be locked up already by Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, Jason Hammel and Kyle Hendricks but no one has emerged as a...

Sunday Spotlight: Jon Lester Remains Lone Domino to Fall
January 11th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Going into the off-season it was very clear that Jon Lester would be the first big name pitcher to sign so it was no surprise that none of the available frontline starters were snatched up right away. On December 15, 2014 Jon Lester and the Chicago Cubs finalized a...

Down on the Farm: the Cubs’ Rookie Trio for 2015
January 3rd, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs saw a huge influx of rookies on their roster in 2014 and that trend looks to continue in 2015 as they continue to progress with their rebuilding plan. Even after the promotions of Javier Baez, Jorge Soler and Arismendy Alcantara last summer the Cubs still have an...

Bold Predictions: Jon Lester’s 2015 Projections
December 29th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Of all the new age of stats the we have at our fingertips the ones that are the most intriguing at this point in the off-season are a player’s projections for the coming year. Previously we discussed the projections for the Cubs starting lineup and for Kris Bryant, and...

Down on the Farm: Breakout Prospects for 2015
December 27th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs have one of baseball’s best minor league systems and should be pumping out quality major leaguers for years to come. We are all familiar with the prospects who made their debuts in 2014: Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez, Kyle Hendricks and Jorge Soler, and we know plenty...

David Ross: the Importance of a Personal Catcher
December 19th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Amidst all the moves that the Chicago Cubs made this week there are whispers that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are also pursuing, catcher, David Ross. David Ross has been average at best over the course of his 13-year career, but the draw on signing the soon-to-be 38-year-old catcher...

Cubs Introduce Lester: New Ace, Old Number
December 17th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs officially introduced Jon Lester at Wrigley Field yesterday. There had been some question about what number he would wear with the Cubs as the number that he has worn for most of his career, #31, has been retired by the Cubs in honor of Fergie Jenkins...

Bold Predictions: Jason Hammel Will not Replicate 2014 Success in 2015
December 15th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs made one heck of a splash last week when they added C Miguel Montero and free agent starters Jon Lester and Jason Hammel to their roster. Both Montero and Lester figure to play key roles on the 2015 Cubs, serving as the starting catcher and ace, but...

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...

BREAKING NEWS: Cubs Re-Sign Jason Hammel
December 8th, 2014 at 11:08 AM
***PHOTO1*** BREAKING NEWS: According to NBC Sports, the Chicago Cubs have come to terms with free agent starter Jason Hammel. The deal is believed to be worth $18 million over two years. Hammel pitched for the Chicago Cubs in the first half of the 2014 season, posting an 8-5 record with a...

Jon Lester Watch: San Francisco Giants Pose a Legitimate Threat
December 2nd, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** We discussed last week how the San Francisco Giants could emerge as a legit contender for free agent starter Jon Lester. Yesterday, they took their first step towards acquiring the prized lefthander. According to Chris Haft of MLB.com, the Giants met with Lester yesterday in Atlanta, his off-season home. The...

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’...

Chicago Cubs’ Mid-Level FA Pitching Targets
November 27th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs are not going to sign multiple $100 million dollar pitchers this off-season, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer put that rumor to rest a while ago. However, that doesn’t mean that the Chicago Cubs won’t target multiple mid-level free agent pitchers this off-season. If the Cubs’...

Jon Lester Watch: Cubs Make Offer
November 26th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** According to CSN Chicago, the Chicago Cubs have made an offer to, free agent starter, Jon Lester. The exact terms of the deal are not yet known, however, the offer has been characterized as “significant” and is expected to be in the excess of six years and $135 million dollars. Team Meeting...