PECOTA Projects a Slight Improvement for the Cubs in 2014

Baseball Prospectus released the first PECOTA projections for the upcoming season Tuesday. And to no surprise, PECOTA pegs the Cubs to finish in the cellar of the NL Central. PECOTA sees the Cubs winning five more games under new manager Rick Renteria than they did a year ago. PECOTA’s early projection points to a 71-91 record […]

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Cubs Working on the Pitching Staff as Spring Training Nears

The Cubs reportedly agreed to terms on contracts with Jason Hammel and James McDonald last Friday with both deals not expected to be announced until the pitchers passed physicals. The Cubs have not made either signing official yet and will have to make a 40-man roster move before announcing Hammel’s one-year contract. Theo Epstein and […]

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A Super Big Day and Other Cubs News and Notes

Weekend Update It’s a Super day in sports on the first Sunday in February with some big Bowl game taking place in New Jersey that includes teams from Denver and Seattle. And once the game ends, baseball season unofficially starts as teams will open Spring Training camps during the upcoming week. This is the last […]

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Cubs and Jeff Samardzija Continue to Talk and Other News and Notes

While the Cubs appear to have added two pitchers to the mix Friday, a date was set for an arbitration hearing with Jeff Samardzija. The Cubs and Samardzija remain far apart on a long-term extension and have not been able to agree on financial terms yet on a contract for the upcoming season. According to […]

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Cubs Pitching Search Continues

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are looking to add at least one veteran starting pitcher to the mix before Spring Training begins. And the Cubs and Blue Jays could be talking again about a deal that would send Jeff Samardzija to Florida for Spring Training. While the Cubs will not be signing Ervin Santana or […]

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Cubs Release Spring Training Broadcast Schedule and Other News and Rumors

While the focus Monday was on prospects and the battle with the rooftops, the Cubs released their Spring Training broadcast schedule. Pitchers and catchers report to Mesa on Feb. 13, position players on Feb. 18 and the first full squad workout is scheduled for Feb. 19. And a little more than a week later, Rick […]

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Jeff Samardzija Talks Cubs and His Future on The Score

Jeff Samardzija joined Bruce Levine and Ben Finfer during Hot Stove Saturday on The Score. Samardzija has not made it a secret that he wants to stay and win with the Cubs. Samardzija is tired of the ‘R’ word and wants the team to win games. Jeff Samardzija is in Arizona preparing for the start […]

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Cubs Exploring Pitching Options and Other News, Notes and Rumors

The Cubs took care of a little business on Friday when the team avoided arbitration with Travis Wood and agreed to a one-year contract worth $3.9 million with the lefty All-Star. The Cubs have avoided arbitration with seven of the 10 arbitration eligible players for the upcoming season. The Cubs exchanged numbers with Jeff Samardzija, […]

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Jed Hoyer Discusses the Cubs on MLB Network Radio

Jed Hoyer joined Jeff Joyce and Jim Bowden during Inside Pitch (MLB Network Radio) on Thursday afternoon. The Cubs’ general manager discussed the Masahiro Tanaka process, the fact they are looking to add “innings” to the rotation before Spring Training begins and the Cubs’ farm system. Jed Hoyer confirmed the Cubs are looking to add […]

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The Cubs Have Work To Do and Other News and Notes

Wednesday will not go down as a banner day in the history of the Chicago Cubs. While many felt the Yankees would end up with Masahiro Tanaka when the process began, there was a feeling of disappointment among the faithful that the Cubs were not able to keep him from signing with the Evil Empire. […]

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