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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...

In the Wake of Boston’s FA Signings, Cubs Look Like Favorites to Land Lester
November 25th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** This afternoon the Boston Red Sox will introduce SS Hanley Ramirez and 3B Pablo Sandoval, thus officially opening the free agent flood gates of the 2014 off-season. The signings will cost the Sox nearly $200 million over the next five years. But how does this relate to the...

Sunday Spotlight: Fister a Good Fit for Cubs
November 23rd, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Since the MLB season came to a close, the Chicago Cubs have been linked to a number of frontline starting pitchers; guys like Jon Lester, Max Scherzer, James Shields, Cole Hamels, and Jordan Zimmerman. All of these options, while feasible, will be outrageously expensive and very much in contrast with...

Down on the Farm: Edwards Moves One Step Closer
November 22nd, 2014 at 10:39 AM
***PHOTO1*** CJ Edwards, the Chicago Cubs’ top pitching prospect, moved one step closer to making his big league dream a reality on Thursday when the club added him to the 40-man roster. As a member of the Cubs’ 40-man roster, Edwards will receive protection in next month’s rule-5 draft and will...

MLB Free Agent Tracker: Jon Lester
November 20th, 2014 at 2:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Jon Lester’s visit to Chicago has come and gone, and it is now time to focus on when he will decide to sign a contract. As we mentioned yesterday, Jon Lester will have no shortage of suitors, and it appears that the first offer has been made. The Boston Red...

FA Jon Lester Visits Wrigley Field
November 19th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Prized free agent starter Jon Lester met with the Chicago Cubs yesterday according to Carrie Muskat. Now that the first free agent dominos have begun to fall, it is time for the Chicago Cubs to lock in on their top target. So far, no details from the meeting have been...

A Possible Comeback in the Works for Big Z
November 19th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** In his 11 years with the Chicago Cubs, Carlos Zambrano wore many hats; he was the ace, the hero, the goat, the instigator, and occasionally, the big bat. According to the Chicago Tribune, the 33-year-old is planning a possible return to professional baseball . . . as a designated hitter....

Why the Cubs Should Pass on Max Scherzer
November 13th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** In the Chicago Cubs' effort to add frontline starting pitching this off-season, there are three free agent options that the team from the South Side will pursue: Jon Lester, James Shields, and Max Scherzer. All three are proven winners, workhorses, and gamers. They would be instant upgrades to any staff...

MLB Whispers: Cubs in “Serious” Talks for Nats’ Zimmerman
November 12th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times and other sources, the Chicago Cubs are in “serious” talks with the Washington Nationals about starting pitcher,Jordan Zimmerman. Talks are still in the preliminary stages, but it is believed that the Nats want a package including one of the Cubs' young middle-infielders...

Chicago Cubs Make Decision on Wada
November 4th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** In addition to introducing new manager Joe Maddon, the Cubs also agreed to an extension with LHP Tsuyoshi Wada. The extension is a one-year deal worth $4 million. Starts W-L ERA WHIP WAR 13 4-4 3.25 1.240 1.6 (Stats per baseball-reference.com) The move could be the Cubs’ sleeper move of the off-season. In re-signing Wada, the Cubs give themselves a solid, inexpensive,...

Bold Predictions: Kris Bryant Will Hit 25 Big League HRs
November 3rd, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Regardless of whom the Chicago Cubs bring in this off-season, the story of 2015 will be Kris Bryant. Cubs fans have been waiting to see this kid at Wrigley Field since the team selected him second overall in the 2013 amateur draft. The way that he has destroyed minor league...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack: Studs, Past & Present
November 2nd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Jake Arrieta led the Chicago Cubs in WAR in 2014 with 5.6. The Cubs’ haven’t had a player lead the team in WAR in consecutive seasons since Sammy Sosa in 1998-2002. 2. Former Chicago Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano holds the franchise record for most consecutive opening day starts with...