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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...

Down on the Farm: Odds Cubs’ Top Prospects Will Make Debuts in 2015, Part 1
October 25th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Yesterday, we mentioned a number of the Chicago Cubs’ top prospects who are on the verge of making their major league debuts (or joining the big league squad full-time in the case of Vizcaino): Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, CJ Edwards, Arodys Vizcaino, Pierce Johnson, and Albert Almora. All are capable...

The Evolution of the Chicago Cubs’ Lineup
October 22nd, 2014 at 6:47 AM
***PHOTO1*** The last time the Chicago Cubs made the playoffs feels like a lifetime ago, but the reality of the situation is that the Cubs were one of baseball’s best teams back in 2008. The team’s decline after that season was swift and devastating, as they went from finishing 7.5 games...

Sunday Spotlight: the Importance of Starlin Castro
October 19th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** As the Cubs begin the “turn” in their rebuilding plan (the phase where they begin to compete), the most important player to keep an eye on will be Starlin Castro. So much of Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer’s plan hinges upon, and will be dictated by, Castro. It appears that...

Addison Russell Taking Reps at Second Base
October 17th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** There is no doubt that Chicago Cubs’ prospect Addison Russell has the best hands in the Cubs’ organization, and it has long been thought that he would be the team’s shortstop of the future. However, that may not be the plan anymore. Since reporting to the Arizona Fall League, Addison...

All-Chicago Cubs Team by WAR (1990-2014)
October 14th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** The all-Chicago Cubs lineup since the 1990 season by WAR: MGR: Lou Piniella – .519 Win% C- Rick Wilkins (1991-95), .254, 57 HR, 170 RBI 1B- Mark Grace (1990-2000) .303, 173 HR, 1146 RBI 2B- Ryne Sandberg (1990-1997) .284, 143 HR, 512 RBI 3B- Aramis Ramirez (2003-2011) .294, 239 HR, 806 RBI SS- Starlin Castro...

Bold Predictions: the Cubs Will Be a Top-5 NL Offense in 2015
October 13th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs’ biggest shortcoming in 2014 was their offensive production. The Cubs ranked near the bottom in almost every offensive category in the National League this past summer, but we predict that they will turn it around in 2015. Stat .ave .obp .slg HR K’s Runs/g NL Rank 12th 13th 7th 2nd 15th 12th (Stats per baseball-reference.com) The whole offensive approach will be different...

The Drive Home, Addison Russell is the Best Defensive SS in the Cubs’ Organization
October 6th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** Addison Russell is the best defensive shortstop in the Chicago Cubs’ organization, hands down. That’s not meant to take anything away from the improvements that Starlin Castro has made every year or from Javier Baez’s impressive athleticism; it’s just a fact. Addison Russell is so sure handed at shortstop that...

Bold Predictions: Starlin Castro Collects 200 Hits in 2015
October 6th, 2014 at 3:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Welcome to our first edition of Bold Predictions, a new segment that will be published every Monday morning during the off-season. Today’s bold prediction is that, Chicago Cubs’ shortstop Starlin Castro will collect 200 hits in 2015. 2015 will be the second season in which the Cubs’ 24-year-old shortstop will...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, Youth on the Roster
October 5th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. By mid-summer next year the Cubs starting lineup projects to look something like this: C Welington Castillo, 1B Anthony Rizzo, 2B Javier Baez, 3B Kris Bryant, SS Starlin Castro, LF Chris Coghlan, CF Arismendy Alcantara, RF Jorge Soler. When that lineup takes the field, the average age of...

Down on the Farm: Rookies to Watch for in 2015
October 4th, 2014 at 6:00 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 total rebuild. As we mentioned earlier this week, the Cubs’ still have an unbelievably deep farm system, even without Javier Baez,...

The Drive Home, Cubs’ October 2nd Edition
October 2nd, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. The trio of Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez and Jorge Soler need to be better if the Cubs are going to compete in 2015. In 146 games between the three of them, they posted cumulative WAR of 0.6, according to baseball-reference.com. Looking at three similar players; SS Jhonny Peralta, CF...

Chicago Cubs Fact Pack, September 29th
September 29th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** 1. Chicago Cubs’ first baseman, Anthony Rizzo had three hits in yesterday’s 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. It was the ninth time in 2014 that Rizzo had recorded three or more hits in a game. His season high was four (4/9 vs. PIT) 2. In 2014 Starlin Castro played...

Chicago Cubs’ 2014 Year End Wrap-Up
September 29th, 2014 at 2:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs’ season came to an end yesterday with their 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers, giving them a 73-89 mark on the year. The Cubs’ didn’t exactly have a year to write home about but there were certainly a number of highlights in, Manager, Rick Renteria’s first...