Cubs 2016 Spring Training Preview: Relief Pitchers

Over the last couple of seasons for the Chicago Cubs, the front office has taken a patchwork approach to building a bullpen. Mainstays like Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop and Justin Grimm were cast-offs from other organizations and have excelled since joining the team.  The approach had 20 total pitchers pitch in relief to a tune […]

Cubs 2016 Spring Training Preview: Starting Pitchers

Since the start of their tenure in the front office, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have preached the importance of improving the Cubs’ starting pitching depth. This was even more apparent during the club’s first playoff berth in seven seasons where ace pitcher Jake Arrieta tired and backend starters Kyle Hendricks and Jason Hammel struggled […]

Cubs Have a Blueprint to Follow for Sustained Success

The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals have always been connected and will always be compared. The two cities are major hubs in the Midwest and because of it have always been considered rivals. The two teams have played 2241 games against each other with the Cubs earning an 1127-1097 record against them. Most recently, […]

Free Agent Profile: OF Austin Jackson

Austin Jackson was acquired at the August waiver deadline last year as a defensive option and possible audition for next year’s center field job. Now with Dexter Fowler likely to sign elsewhere, Jackson could find himself returning to the Cubs if management liked what they saw. Let’s take a look at the cost and probability […]

An Ode to Starlin Castro

Upon hearing the news of the trade of Starlin Castro, I decided to take a break from writing my usual profile features and write a eulogy of sorts for him. To me, Castro is the final link to an era of Cubs baseball that most of us hope we never see again, a time where […]

Free Agent Profile: OF Will Venable

Another day of the Winter Meetings, another profile. This time we turn our attention to Will Venable who was a potential trade target last season and could make sense as a possibility for center field. Let’s take a look at the veteran bat and what it may take to get him signed. Yesterday we profiled […]

Free Agent Profile: OF Gerardo Parra

Happy Winter Meetings Day! The Cubs have been pretty active already and a center fielder will likely be a top priority. Gerardo Parra was linked to the club last trade deadline and the team has continued to show interest. Let’s take a look at what Parra brings to the table and how much he’ll cost. […]

Free Agent Profile: OF Denard Span

With only one day left before the Winter Meetings officially begin and the Cubs signing free agent pitcher John Lackey on Friday, it’s already been a busy off-season. Pitching has been the main focus of conversation, but the front office will undoubtedly be on the lookout for a new center fielder and possible leadoff hitter. […]

Free Agent Profile: RHP Mike Leake

With so many big names available on the starting pitching market, it seems like Mike Leake gets left out of the conversation a lot. Recently though, it was reported that the Cubs were interested and speaking to his representation and it took a lot of fans by surprise. Let’s take a look at why the […]

Free Agent Profile: OF Jason Heyward

With the aces of the pitching market just about off the board and the Cubs focusing more attention on the second tier of free agent pitching and trade market, there has been a fair amount of buzz that the Cubs could be players in the Jason Heyward market. Like we explored in our Alex Gordon […]