The Daily CCO: Jon Lester’s Ready for Opening Night and Cubs News and Notes

Countdown to Opening Night: 4 days According to multiple reports, Jon Lester said he’s ready for Opening Night after completing his last spring tune-up Tuesday afternoon. Lester built his arm strength and pitch count in a minor league game. Lester threw 13 pitches in the first inning Tuesday, 11 for strikes, and broke two bats. […]

Theo Epstein Discusses the Cubs Decision to Send Down Bryant, Baez and Russell

The Cubs sent down three of the best young players in the system Monday and two, in Kris Bryant and Addison Russell that are ranked among the top five prospects in baseball. Kris Bryant and Addison Russell were extremely impressive this spring and will be part of the big league team in the near future. […]

The Daily CCO: Cubs Have Wonderful, Healthy Debates and News from the Big Day in Camp

Countdown to Opening Night: 5 days The Cubs’ brass made the announcements most were waiting for Monday when the team optioned INF Javier Baez to Triple-A Iowa and re-assigned 3B/OF Kris Bryant and SS Addison Russell to minor league camp. The trio will spend a lot of time in Iowa’s infield over the next few […]

Joe Maddon Would Like Kris Bryant to Continue Playing the Outfield

The Cubs talked about exposing Kris Bryant to the outfield throughout the off-season and he finally lined up in left field last Thursday. Bryant played two games in left field before he was re-assigned to minor league camp. And he’s expected to see more time in left field for the Iowa Cubs. Publicly the Cubs […]

Players Association, MLB Release Statements in Response to Cubs Sending Kris Bryant to Triple-A

The Cubs made the announcement Monday that’s been expected since last fall, Kris Bryant will begin the season in the minor leagues. The Cubs officially re-assigned Kris Bryant to minor league camp and he will spend at least two more weeks in an Iowa Cubs uniform. And the reaction from across baseball was almost immediate. The […]

Cubs Option Javier Baez to Triple-A Iowa, Re-Assign Kris Bryant and Addison Russell to Minor League Camp

The Cubs announced the fifth round of spring roster cuts Monday morning. Javier Baez was optioned to Triple-A Iowa and both Kris Bryant and Addison Russell were re-assigned to minor league camp. With Monday’s roster moves, the Cubs spring roster officially stands at 35 players. The Cubs optioned 2B Javier Baez to Triple-A Iowa. Baez […]

The Daily CCO: Edwin Jackson Appears Bullpen Bound and Other Cubs News and Notes

Countdown to Opening Night: 6 days A lot of questions will be answered this week as the Cubs prepare to leave Arizona and the start of the season with the Cardinals. And based on reports Sunday night, the Cubs appear to have decided to go with a traditional five-man rotation with Travis Wood taking the […]

Cubs Weekend Headlines: Roster Moves, Rumors, Home Runs, Spring Wins and Kris Bryant

There is never a dull moment with the Chicago Cubs and that was definitely the case throughout the long weekend. On the field, the Cubs won three of the four games Maddon’s men played against the White Sox, Rockies, Reds and Royals. Jake Arrieta had a big day on the mound and at the plate. […]

The Daily CCO: Maddon is Very Impressed with Jorge Soler, Sees as Possible Fit in Two-Hole of Cubs Lineup

Did you know Jorge Soler is 15-for-45 in 15 Cactus League games with a double, a triple, three home runs, four walks and nine strikeouts (.333/.380/.600) for a .980 OPS? Soler has flown under the radar for the most part this spring. Joe Maddon has noticed and the Cubs’ skipper did not hold back his […]

Roster Questions Remain for the Cubs a Week Before the Season Opener

The Cubs made two roster moves Saturday. LHP Eric Jokisch was optioned to Iowa and LHP Felix Doubront was granted his unconditional release. And the Cubs reduced the spring roster and opened a spot on the 40-man roster in the process. With a week before the opener against the Cardinals at Wrigley Field, the Cubs […]