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Breaking Down the Chicago Cubs’ Blockbuster Deal
July 5th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Late last night the Chicago Cubs pulled the trigger on a blockbuster deal that sent Jeff Samardzija AND Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for SS Addison Russell, OF Billy McKinney and RHP Dan Strailey.  This deal comes as a huge surprise to most because of its timing...

Cubs’ Minor League Spotlight: Arismendy Alcantara
July 3rd, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs have so many prospects who are dominating the minor leagues that it is hard to keep track of all of them.  Usually the spotlight falls on Javier Baez, Kris Brant or Kyle Schwarber, but today we are going to highlight Arismendy Alcantara.  Alcantara, second baseman for the...

Why the Chicago Cubs Should Call up Manny in September
July 2nd, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Manny Ramirez hit his first home run for the Iowa Cubs on Monday night and is starting to show signs of his former self but that’s not why the Chicago Cubs should promote him in September.  The Cubs should bring Manny up as a September call-up because they’ll be bringing...

The Killer B’s are Heating Up
July 1st, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Killer B’s nickname was made famous by the Houston Astros of the early 2000’s but it looks like it may be the Chicago Cubs who take on that nickname going forward.  Cubs’ top prospects Javier Baez and Kris Bryant are both tearing up AAA and hope to be doing...

Manny’s Back: Chicago Cubs’ Player-Coach Reports to AAA
June 26th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** According to Jesse Rogers of ESPNchicago.com, Manny Ramirez will report to AAA Iowa today.  Manny will join the Iowa Cubs as a player coach in hopes that he can help develop some of the Cubs’ top hitting prospects, Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara, and Kris Bryant in particular. Manny has been...

Javier Baez & Kris Bryant Selected to Play in Futures Game
June 25th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** It was reported yesterday by Sahadev Sharma of ESPN Chicago that Chicago Cubs top prospects Javier Baez and Kris Bryant have been selected to play in the Futures Game on Sunday July 13th, part of  the MLB all-star weekend in Minneapolis, Minnesota.   Baez and Bryant are both with the Cubs AAA...

Starlin Castro is on a Roll
June 24th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Chicago Cubs shortstop, Starlin Castro has put most of his critics to rest with his bounce-back performance this year.  In his last ten games Castro is hitting .375 (15-40) with three home runs, 11 RBI and even a stolen base.  We all hoped that Castro’s batting average would rebound this...

Will Jorge Soler Be Worth the Investment?
June 16th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Jorge Soler was left out of the Chicago Cubs 2017 starting lineup, published last week, and today we ask the question, is Soler still worth the investment? The Cubs signed the Cuban outfielder to a nine-year, 30 million dollar contract back in 2012 in hopes that he could, one day,...

Projecting the Chicago Cubs 2017 Starting Lineup
June 14th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The timeline for the Chicago Cubs rebuilding process says that the team will be ready to compete for a title in 2016 at the earliest.  So for argument sake, lets extrapolate to 2017 when the Cubs will be legitimate contenders.  The Cubs have so many exciting prospects coming through the...

The Cubs 3rd Base Problem: Mike Olt… Ugh
June 13th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Thank goodness for Luis Valbuena’s emergence as a stud for the Chicago Cubs at the hot corner because Mike Olt has been painful to watch.   Over his last ten games, Valbuena is hitting .419 and has raised his season average from .263 to .288.  Mike Olt on the other hand,...

Reviewing the Chicago Cubs Draft: Pick No. 1
June 12th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** This week we have discussed the Chicago Cubs second through fifth round draft picks in last Thursday’s MLB draft and today we will discuss the Cubs first round selection, Kyle Schwarber.  Schwarber officially signed with the Cubs yesterday for 3.125 million dollars, which is almost 1.5 million less than the...

Cubs That Need to Go, Part 3
June 2nd, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Here in part three of “Cubs that Need to Go” we have two more moves that the Chicago Cubs need to make before the July 31st trade deadline.  Take a look.   Emilio Bonifacio: Emilio Bonifacio may be the Cubs most valuable trade chip (aside from Jeff Samardzija) at this point in time. ...

Understanding the Cubs’ Impending Prospect Logjam
May 28th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Since the day Theo Epstein arrived in Chicago his number one goal has been to build up the Chicago Cubs farm system, and by all accounts he has been incredibly successful.  Going into this season the Cubs had the number two-ranked system in all of baseball, per baseball prospectus, and...

No Love for Darwin Barney in Chicago
May 28th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** At some point in the not-so-distant past Darwin Barney was the Chicago Cubs “second baseman of the future”.  The former 4th round pick out of Oregon State had incredibly steady hands and a bat that was underwhelming, but intriguing.  No one thought that Darwin Barney would be an offensive powerhouse...

Potential Short Stop Debate Does not Concern Chicago Cubs GM Theo Epstein
February 6th, 2013 at 10:59 AM
When Keith Law of ESPN released his annual top-100 minor leaguers this week, he pencilled in Cubs shortstop prospect Javier Baez in the number 31 spot. While this seems like a wonderful thing, the team's cornerstone player, Starlin Castro, already occupies that position. Although it could be cause for some...

Ian Stewart Returns to Chicago Cubs for Second Season
December 6th, 2012 at 7:12 PM
After allowing third baseman Ian Stewart to test the free agent marker by not tendering a contract offer, the Chicago Cubs have resigned the former Colorado Rockie. Stewart spent last season in Chicago battling injuries, limited him to only 55 games. The move most likely means the end of the...

Chicago Cubs Reported to Be Interested in Miami Marlins Slugger Giancarlo Stanton
November 27th, 2012 at 7:15 PM
The Chicago Cubs may be making a big splash this offseason, as the team is rumored to be pursuing Giancarlo Stanton. The Marlins are having their traditional fire sale, and if Chicago could cash in, Stanton would be a major pickup for a team that lacks power in the lineup....

Rumors of Starlin Castro-Justin Upton Blockbuster Trade Begin to Swirl
November 11th, 2012 at 3:56 PM
If the Cubs want to make a major splash this winter, there would be no bigger move Theo Epstein could make then trading away Starlin Castro. The shortstop, who signed a seven year deal earlier this year, has been linked to trade rumors in which the Cubs would send away...

Chicago Cubs Top Prospect Javier Baez Fractures Thumb in Arizona Fall League
November 1st, 2012 at 9:45 PM
The Chicago Cubs were dealt a bit of bad news today. The team confirmed that Javier Baez, regarded by many as the top prospect in the Cubs' farm system, has fractured his left thumb. The injury will keep Baez out for the remainder of the Fall season, where he was...