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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...

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...

Making the Case for Why the Chicago Cubs Should Re-Brand
January 8th, 2015 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** It appears as though the Chicago Cubs’ off-season is finally starting to wind down and, with the exception of a few minor moves, it looks like we have before us the 2015 crew. Despite what you may think or what people might say, the Chicago Cubs have been very...

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...

Soler Looks to Follow in the Footsteps of His Countrymen
December 31st, 2014 at 7:25 AM
***PHOTO1*** One of the Chicago Cubs most exciting rookies in 2014 was, rightfielder, Jorge Soler and the expectations for the 22-year-old couldn’t be any higher for 2015. Soler hit .292 with five home runs in 24 games and looks to continue the trend of successful Cuban-born ballplayers making the jump...

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...

Are Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro $100 Million Dollar Players?
December 23rd, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs have never been known as big spenders when it comes to player salaries but we are entering a new age of Cubs baseball. In combination with baseball’s exponential salary growth, the Chicago Cubs have money to spend which led to last week’s signing Jon Lester to...

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...

Down on the Farm: Bill James’ Projections for Kris Bryant
December 13th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** In addition to pumping out his 2015 projections for the Chicago Cubs’ current lineup, Sabermetric guru Bill James also calculated what to expect from Kris Bryant in 2015. Predicting Bryant’s stats in 2015 are particularly difficult because he has no prior MLB experience and we do not know how the...

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...

Bold Predictions: 2015 Will Be Valbuena’s Last in Chicago
November 24th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** When talking about the valuable trade assets that the Chicago Cubs have, most think of the organization’s minor league hitters (the young shortstops in particular). However, many will overlook the major league talent that the Cubs have that could be made available in mid-2015. The most valuable of...

The 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 minor...

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...

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...

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...

Part 2: Odds Cubs’ Top Prospects Will Make Debuts in 2015
October 25th, 2014 at 4:50 PM
***PHOTO1*** This morning, we discussed the odds for three of the Chicago Cubs’ top-five prospects making it to the big leagues in 2015. Kris Bryant (1), Addison Russell (2), and CJ Edwards (5) all have legitimate shots at making the their debuts next year, but the list doesn’t end there. Arodys...