Former Top Prospect Trey McNutt Signs Minor Deal with Padres, Cubs Release Kevin Encarnacion

There were several moves involving Cubs’ minor league players announced Monday. RHP Trey McNutt signed a minor league contract with the Padres. The Cubs released OF Kevin Encarnacion, LHP Carlos A. Rodriguez, 3B Carlos Jimenez and OF Kevin Brown. And INF Wes Darvill signed with a new team. Trey McNutt was the Cubs top pitching […]

The Daily CCO: Arrieta Used Dry Deliveries as Part of Off-Season Program and Other Cubs News

Countdown to Pitchers and Catchers: 10 Days Jake Arrieta changed his off-season routine coming off a career year in order to be better prepared for the upcoming season according to a report from the Tribune. Including the playoffs, Jake Arrieta completed 248 2/3 innings last season surpassing his previous high of 176 2/3 innings set […]

Cubs to Embrace the Target, Embrace Expectations

As Joe Maddon celebrates his 62nd birthday and prepares for the start of his second Spring Training with the Cubs, expectations around his team have reached, and quite possibly surpassed, all-time high levels. Maddon wants his players to focus on the day, not the season as a whole, and have fun playing the game of […]

Cubs Prospect Profile: RHP David Berg

One of the top 31 prospects in the Cubs’ system, according to Baseball America, is RHP David Berg. The Cubs selected Berg in the sixth round of last June’s Draft. Berg turns 23 in late March (March 28). Berg started his pro career with Short-Season Eugene. After two appearances, posting a 1-0 record and picking […]

The Daily CCO: Long-Term Extension Still a Possibility for Jake Arrieta? And Other Cubs News and Notes

Jake Arrieta set a record Friday when he and the Cubs avoided arbitration by agreeing to terms on a one-year, $10.7 million contract for the upcoming season. Arrieta received the biggest contract ever for a second year arbitration eligible pitcher surpassing the $10.112 million David Price made in 2013. Prior to the Cubs avoiding arbitration […]

Cubs Weekend Headlines: Arrieta Avoids Arbitration, Epstein and Hoyer Talk and BA Ranks the System

Congratulations to Peyton Manning, John Elway and the Denver Broncos for winning Super Bowl 50 … It was a pretty busy three days for the Cubs as the sports world focused on the Super Bowl and the matchup between the eventual champion Broncos and Carolina Panthers. The biggest news of the weekend was the Cubs […]

Cubs Vintage TV Commercials

With some rather large game being played in Santa Clara involving an oblong ball made of pigskin, once the Broncos of Denver or the Panthers of Carolina win the splendid contest it will unofficially be baseball season. Pitchers and catchers report to Mesa in just 12 days and the first official full squad on-field work […]

Cubs-Rays Update: Conversations Remain Active on Pitching and for Outfielders

Jed Hoyer and Matt Silverman have acknowledged publicly they talk on a regular basis. The Cubs-Rays rumors figure to continue as long as there are players that would fill needs for both teams. And the reports connecting the two teams have picked up, again, over the last two days. The Rays are happy with their […]

The Daily CCO: Outfield Defense a Question Mark the Cubs Will Find Answers To in the Spring

With pitchers and catchers reporting to Mesa in less than two weeks and the first full squad workout in just 17 days, one of the areas the Cubs have to address this spring is the team’s outfield defense. During a conversation with Sean McAdam, Theo Epstein recently said, “Our outfield defense will be a question […]

Theo Epstein Talks Cubs Baseball with CSNNE’s Sean McAdam

Theo Epstein recently joined Comcast SportsNet New England’s Sean McAdam on ‘The Baseball Show’ podcast. The Cubs President of Baseball Operations talked about last year, the Cubs upcoming season and the expectations that surround his team. Epstein also discussed the changes in the game, how defense is now measured and valued and being in charge […]