MLB Network Ranks Jake Arrieta Second Best Starting Pitcher in the Game

Jake Arrieta earned the Cy Young Award in the National League last season after an historic second half. With the pre-season rankings coming out, Arrieta is in the conversation as one of the top five starting pitchers in the game. And many feel Arrieta is the best pitcher in baseball not named Clayton Kershaw. The […]

The Daily CCO: The Cubs Hit the Ball Pretty Bleepin’ Hard and Other News and Notes

With Spring Training just around the corner, most teams are done making major roster moves. Managers are starting to jot down starting lineups for the exhibition season that begins in less than a month. Paul Casella used Statcast data from last season to rank the teams “that figure to boast the hardest-hitting overall lineups.” Casella […]

Ben Zobrist Lands at No. 6 on MLB Network’s Ranking of Top 10 Second Basemen

MLB Network released its list of the top 10 second basemen Thursday night, and the Cubs’ new second baseman made the cut. “The Shredder” ranked Ben Zobrist as the sixth best second baseman in the game. According to The Shredder, the Cubs infielders all made it in the top 10 for their respective positions: Anthony […]

Jake Arrieta’s Arbitration Hearing Set for February 9

According to reports from Bruce Levine and Gordon Wittenmyer, Jake Arrieta’s arbitration hearing is set for Tuesday, Feb. 9 in Arizona, not in mid-February as a previous report indicated. Jake Arrieta is asking for $13 million in his second year of arbitration eligibility. The Cubs submitted a $7.5 million figure. If the two sides cannot […]

How the Front Office Built the Cubs 40-Man Roster

FanGraphs posted an interesting report on how each team built their current 40-man roster. August Fagerstrom examined all 30 rosters and broke the player acquisitions into six categories: Amateur Draft, Free Agent, Trade, International, Waivers and Rule 5 Draft. And provided the projected WAR for the categories based on Steamer projections. The Cubs drafted eight […]

Cubs Reportedly One of the Teams in the Mix for Lazarito Armenteros

The news and rumors picked up significantly around Lazarito Armenteros Wednesday. Cuban OF Lazarito Armenteros could sign with a team as soon as next week when he’s eligible on Feb. 10. There are at least nine teams “heavily involved” in the bidding for the 16-year old. And according to Jim Bowden, the Cubs are one […]

The Daily CCO: The Reason Jason Heyward Wears No. 22, Albert Almora Jr. and Other Cubs News

Some players gladly take the number they are issued when they are called up to the big leagues or when a trade lands them with a new team. And there are players, like Jason Heyward, that has a reason for the number he wears. Shortly after the news hit the wire the Cubs agreed to […]

Cubs Reportedly Sign OF Matt Murton to Minor League Contract, Includes Invite to Spring Training

According to a report from Japan, the Cubs have signed OF Matt Murton to a minor league contract. The deal reportedly includes a non-roster invite to Major League Spring Training. Matt Murton was the Opening Day left fielder for Lou Piniella and the Cubs in 2007. Murton was acquired from the Red Sox along with […]

Cubs Minor League Projections and News from Down on the Farm’s Prospect Projections series shifted to the NL Central Division. Sam Dykstra took a look at the players that could have an impact in the Cubs’ division during the upcoming season and Major League projections for the teams’ top prospects. Dykstra is basing his series on Steamer600 projections from FanGraphs. Dykstra explained, “Steamer600 takes previous […]

Jason Heyward Ranked Fifth Best Centerfielder

Generally considered the top right fielder in baseball, Jason Heyward was recently ranked as the fifth best centerfielder in the game by MLB Network. Despite playing only 32 regular season games in center field, “The Shredder” placed Heyward behind only Mike Trout, A.J. Pollock, Lorenzo Cain and Andrew McCutchen on the Top 10 list of […]