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 […]

The Daily CCO: Bryant Nearing Debut? Wood is a Dirt Bag and Other Cubs News

The team that has not lost a series this season and has won its last two could receive a boost before Friday’s opener against the Padres. Injuries to Mike Olt and Tommy La Stella may have moved up the front office’s timeframe for calling up Kris Bryant. It’s believed the Cubs would rather add Bryant […]

The Daily CCO: Maddon Announces Cubs Rotation, Wood In, Jackson to the Bullpen

Countdown to Opening Night: 1 day Joe Maddon made it official before Friday night’s practice game against the Diamondbacks, Travis Wood made the rotation and Edwin Jackson would start the season in the bullpen. The decisions to have Wood stay in the rotation and Jackson to be the team’s long man in the pen were […]

From the Wire: Cubs Outright LHP Drake Britton to Triple-A Iowa

The Cubs announced Friday that LHP Drake Britton cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa. The roster moves clears a spot on the 40-man roster and reduces the Spring Training roster to 31 players. LHP Drake Britton was claimed off waivers from the Red Sox on Feb. 4 and added to the 40-man roster. […]

The Daily CCO: Two Announcements and Two More Exhibition Games on Tap for the Cubs

Countdown to Opening Night: 2 days The Cubs still have business to take care of before the team makes its way from Arizona to Chicago to open the 2015 season on Sunday night against the Cardinals. The Cubs have two exhibition games with the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Edwin Jackson starts Friday night, Travis Wood […]

Cubs Set to Begin Season with Three Catchers on Active Roster

Barring a team swooping in at the last minute and paying the front office’s asking price for Welington Castillo, the Cubs are going to start the season with three catchers on its active roster. At least four teams have shown interest in Castillo during Spring Training. And the Cubs reportedly had a conversation with the […]

The Daily CCO: Joe Maddon’s First Cubs Roster is Coming into Focus

Countdown to Opening Night: 3 days Joe Maddon said Wednesday that he expects the team’s first roster of the season to be finalized by Friday. The Cubs made three spring roster cuts prior to Wednesday’s Cactus League finale. RHP Brian Schlitter, LHP Zac Rosscup and OF Junior Lake were optioned to Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs […]

Cubs Option RHP Brian Schlitter, LHP Zac Rosscup and OF Junior Lake to Triple-A Iowa

The Cubs announced the sixth round of spring roster cuts Wednesday morning. RHP Brian Schlitter, LHP Zac Rosscup and OF Junior Lake were optioned to Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs officially reduced the Spring Training roster to 32 players. The Cubs spring roster officially stands at 32 players, but four players are dealing with injuries. RHP […]

The Ins and Outs of the Cubs Outfield Decision

Based on reports and barring an unexpected decision by the front office or injury, the Cubs first roster of the season is all but set. The Cubs’ 12-man pitching staff should consist of Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, Jason Hammel, Travis Wood, Kyle Hendricks, Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, Neil Ramirez, Justin Grimm, Jason Motte, Phil Coke […]