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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...

Current Chicago Cubs’ Minor League Excellence
November 18th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs are one of baseball’s youngest teams and have yet to reach their collective potential at the big league level; however, big things are expected from the 2015 group, and for good reason. A number of the Cubs’ current players put up outstanding numbers in their final...

Passing on Martin was the Right Call
November 18th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** News broke yesterday that C Russell Martin and the Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a five-year, $82 million dollar deal. The Chicago Cubs were believed to be in the running until as late as Sunday night but in the end it appears that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer came to...

Anthony Rizzo’s 5K for Cancer a Huge Success
November 17th, 2014 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs' first baseman Anthony Rizzo has proven to be one of the most upstanding men in baseball since he began his big league career in 2011. This season, Rizzo was nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award and became the youngest winner of the Branch Rickey Award. Yesterday morning, he...

Bold Predictions: Chicago Cubs Will Trade Javier Baez Before Opening Day
November 17th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** In the wake of yesterday’s trade with the Atlanta Braves that sent Tommy La Stella to the Chicago Cubs, the mathematicians among us have realized a problem. The Chicago Cubs now have four young, quality middle-infielders in Starlin Castro, Javier Baez, Addison Russell, and now La Stella. Something has to...

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...

Sunday Spotlight: Arizona Fall League Wrap-up
November 16th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Arizona Fall League officially came to an end yesterday when the Salt River Rafters beat the Peoria Javelinas 14-7 in the AFL championship game. We gave an update on the Chicago Cubs’ prospects participating in the league about a month ago, but much has changed since then. The most...

Down on the Farm: Russell Passes Bryant on Latest Prospect Rankings
November 15th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs prospect Kris Bryant had one of the most prolific minor league seasons that we have seen in some time in 2014. He did it all; hitting .325, leading all MiLB hitters with 43 home runs, driving in 110 runs, and even stealing 15 bases. All of that culminated...

Fan of the Week: Playoff Bound
November 14th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Friday has found us once again and it’s now time for our Fan of the Week! This week’s Fan of the Week is Rowan Campbell. Rowan has been one of our most passionate followers over the past few weeks and has a love for the Chicago Cubs that is infectious....

Chicago Cubs Send Scout to See Cuban Stud Moncada
November 14th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** According to MLBtraderumors.com, the Chicago Cubs have sent a scout to take a look at Cuban shortstop Yoan Moncada. This may be the first that you are hearing of the 19-year-old stud, but it will certainly not be the last. Moncada is expected to make the jump to the major...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack: Post Season Awards
November 13th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Major league baseball has started to announce their postseason awards, and although none of the Chicago Cubs’ players have taken home any hardware this year, they've certainly won in the past. Award 2014 Winner Last Cubs’ Winner Cy Young Clayton Kershaw (LAD) Greg Maddux, 1992 MVP Clayton Kershaw (LAD) Sammy Sosa, 1998 Rookie of the Year Jacob DeGrom Geovany Soto, 2008 Manager of...

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...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack: Money Ball
November 12th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Carlos Peña is the only Chicago Cubs’ player to record 100 walks in a season in the past decade. He walked 101 times in 2011, more than twice as many as the next closest Cub that year (Kosuke Fukudome, 46BB). 2. The Chicago Cubs have finished in the bottom...

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...

Making the Jump to the Big Leagues
November 11th, 2014 at 1:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** There is overwhelming optimism surrounding all of the Chicago Cubs’ young talent, and it is easy to get caught up in the excitement. All of the Cubs’ rookies and soon-to-be rookies have performed well at the higher levels of the minor leagues, but those numbers are by no means a...

MLB to Investigate Cubs for Tampering
November 11th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The buzz about the Chicago Cubs’ signing of Joe Maddon appears to have finally died down, but the lull could be short lived. This weekend, major league baseball, at the request of the Tampa Bay Rays, launched an investigation into whether or not the Chicago Cubs complied with league rules...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack: Making Deals
November 10th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. In their 125+ year history, the Chicago Cubs’ most frequent trade partner has been the St. Louis Cardinals. The two teams have struck 74 deals since 1883. The last trade between the two teams took place back on July 4th, 2007 when the Cardinals sent 1B John Nelson to...

Bold Predictions: Javier Baez Will Hit 30 Home Runs
November 10th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Javier Baez proved to be one of the most dichotomous figures in Chicago this past summer, driving fans wild with his longball potential and pushing them to the brink with his strikeout totals. Who knows when it will all finally click for Javy, but his power is truly impressive. If...

Sunday Spotlight: New Pace of Game Rules
November 9th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** This year in the Arizona Fall League, the MLB has begun to seriously experiment with a number of things to help speed up the game. MLB officials are afraid that baseball’s popularity is being hurt due to the length of games, which has reached an average of about three hours....

Down on the Farm: Bryant is a True Pro
November 8th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The chemistry element of baseball is often overlooked because of the sports individualized nature. Believe it or not, though, the way that players get along has a huge impact on how well a team performs. That’s why Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have made a conscious effort to add quality...