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Chicago Cubs’ Odds to Sign Cuban Stud Grow Longer
January 26th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
One of the stories lingering just below the headlines for most of the off-season has been the MLB future of, 19-year-old Cuban shortstop, Yoan Moncada, and although no one has been allowed to make any official progress, because of immigration issues, the Chicago Cubs’ chance of landing him appear to...

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...

It is Time to Begin the Countdown to Spring Training 2015
January 23rd, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The winter is a great time of the year if you spend it in the right place but wherever you are, I bet you’re beginning to get antsy at the thought of spring training. The Chicago Cubs have had one heck of an off-season and Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer...

Arismendy Alcantara’s Versatility May Be His Downfall
January 22nd, 2015 at 3:00 AM
The Chicago Cubs have a very rare commodity in Arismendy Alcantara. The 23-year-old has the ability to hit from both sides of the plate, hit for average and power, runs well, and has professional experience at four different defensive positions. He’s the kind of player that every manager...

MLB Ramblings: Speculating on Future Moves
January 21st, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs are not done making moves this off-season. They simply can’t be. Aside from rumors that the Cubs are shopping Welington Castillo & Travis Wood, they still need to solve their outfield logjam. We’re about to throw a lot of moving pieces at you here so hang on: Dexter...

The Drive Home: Why Mike Olt Benefits Most from Fowler Trade
January 20th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
***VIDEO1*** The Chicago Cubs made a Splash by acquiring Dexter Fowler from the Houston Astros and, hopefully, solving their leadoff problem yesterday. This move has all the potential to benefit the Cubs as a team but tonight we are driving home why it will also benefit 3B Mike Olt. Mike Olt...

Bold Predictions: “We’re Going to Win the N.L. Central”
January 19th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** This past weekend’s Cubs Convention was a huge success and the event gave fans an opportunity to become acquainted with the new-look Cubs but the biggest news of the weekend came out of, Chicago Cubs’ first baseman, Anthony Rizzo. When asked about his expectations for 2015 Rizzo responded with: “We're...

Quick Hits: Javier Baez’s Drops Bombs
January 14th, 2015 at 11:30 AM
***PHOTO1*** Among other things, Chicago Cubs rookie, Javier Baez showed us that his power is off the charts during his brief stint in the big leagues in 2014. Since the Cubs drafted him back in 2011, Baez has been compared to sluggers like Gary Sheffield and Manny Ramirez, and for good...

MLB Comparisons for Chicago Cubs’ Top Prospects
January 9th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The story of the off-season has been the future of the Chicago Cubs and all the elite prospects that they have working their way through the minor leagues. In 2014 we got our first taste of Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez and Jorge Soler and we won’t have to wait too...

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...

The Chicago Cubs New Year’s Resolutions
January 1st, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Now that January 1st is here it’s time to put our New Year’s resolutions into action; start eating right, go back to school, get that promotion. It’s go time. The Chicago Cubs have had an exciting off-season in the additions of Jon Lester and Joe Maddon, and Wrigley Field...

Stephen Drew to the Cubs Would Be a Head-Scratcher
December 30th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Yesterday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported that the Chicago Cubs were among the teams interested in, free agent shortstop, Steven Drew . . . but why? The Cubs could benefit from a stronger veteran presence in the clubhouse, sure, and they could also use a solid defender who...

Sunday Spotlight: Cubs’ Winter League K’s
December 28th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** It is time once again to check in on some of our favorite Chicago Cubs players who are participating in winter ball. Most leagues still have about three weeks left to play so consider this a mid-season update on Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez, Junior Lake and Manny Ramirez: Player League Games .ave .obp HR RBI SB Alcantara DR 19 .324 .395 4 8 3 Baez PR 10 .263 341 2 7 2 Lake DR 42 .243 .399 2 12 21 Ramirez DR 41 .313 .409 6 28 0 (Stats per...

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...

Sunday Spotlight: Cubs Vs. Sox 2015
December 21st, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The off-season is only half over and already the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox have made tremendous improvements to their roster. The two Chicago teams are being viewed among the most improved teams in baseball and for good reason. 2015 could be the first time since 2008 that both...

Chicago Cubs Off-Season Report: Winter League Updates
December 18th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Arizona Fall League has come and gone but the various winter leagues of the Caribbean are well under way. The Chicago Cubs have plenty of young players getting extra reps before spring training, Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez, Junior Lake and Manny Ramirez in particular: Player League Games .ave .obp HR RBI SB Alcantara DR 19 .324 .395 4 8 3 Baez PR 4 .357 .412 1 3 0 Lake DR 38 .256 .405 2 12 20 Ramirez DR 38 .300 .402 6 25 0 (Stats per MLB.com) Alcantara, Lake and...

Bold Predictions: Bill James’ Projections for the 2015 Cubs
December 8th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Projecting future performance in baseball has traditionally been about gut feeling and roughly right science, but thanks to Bill James’ sabermetric calculations we now have shockingly accurate projections for modern players. Here are what James’ calculations predict for some of the Chicago Cubs’ hitters in 2015: Player .ave .obp 2B HR RBI SB Alcantara .259 .317 38 19 70 32 Baez .242 .298 33 32 75 18 Rizzo .274 .362 39 34 99 6 Castro .284 .329 34 12 63 9 Soler .247 .330 36 28 94 2 Valbuena .241 .328 25 12 45 n/a Castillo .259 .323 23 14 53 n/a (Projections per cubbiescrib.com) As you can...

How to Alter Javier Baez’s Approach at the Plate
December 4th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Javier Baez is an incredibly talented kid with a whole box full of tools; a bold statement about someone who didn’t hit his weight and had nearly three times as many strikeouts as hits last year, but hear me out. Those around Chicago who aren’t freaking out about Javier Baez’s...

Grading the Chicago Cubs’ Off-season So Far
December 3rd, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** With the addition of Joe Maddon this offseason, the Chicago Cubs were declared possible playoff contenders, putting the team about a year ahead of schedule. As they stand right now, though, the Cubs are not significantly better than they were in 2014, so Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer need to...

Down on the Farm: Where the Cubs Rank in the NL Central
November 29th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** We have been hearing for over a year now about how talented the Chicago Cubs’ farm system is and in 2014 we got to see a number of the organization’s top prospects make their MLB debuts. But just how good is the Cubs’ system? Here’s a look at how they...