The Theo Epstein Compensation Issue Might Not Be Over

The Boston Herald reported Thursday night that the Red Sox are “puzzled by the timing of the injury and subsequent surgery on the right elbow of reliever Chris Carpenter” the main piece Boston received as compensation for letting Theo Epstein out of the final year of his contract. According to the Herald’s sources, the Red […]

From the Wire … Cubs Receive Jair Bogaerts from Red Sox to Complete Compensation Deal for Theo Epstein

According to multiple reports, the Theo Epstein compensation issue is finally complete. The Cubs acquired 19-year old first base prospect Jair Bogaerts from the Red Sox as the PTBNL in the deal with Boston. The Red Sox have already received right-handed pitchers Chris Carpenter and Aaron Kurcz from the Cubs as their part of the […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Giants – 03/16/12

Spring Training Game Fourteen: Cubs (6-7) vs. Giants (9-4) Game Time – 3:05pm CDT Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa Matt Garza (1-1, 16.20/2.40) vs. Eric Surkamp (1-1, 6.14/1.50) The Cubs will try to end their three-game spring losing streak behind Matt Garza this afternoon. After showing improvement early […]

From the Wire … Cubs Send Aaron Kurcz as PTBNL to Red Sox in Theo Epstein Compensation

According to multiple reports, one-half of the PTBNL exchange between the Cubs and Red Sox for Theo Epstein has been completed. The Cubs sent 21-year old right-handed pitcher Aaron Kurcz to the Red Sox as the player to be named later. The player the Cubs will receive in return from Boston has not been announced.

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 03/05/12

Five Players to Watch: Double-A Tennessee Smokies and Triple-A Iowa Cubs This is the last in a series of articles highlighting some of the players not noted on off-season prospect lists. The players are listed in alphabetical order as they are presently listed on rosters, and do not necessarily reflect where each player will start […]

The CCO’s Top 20 Cubs Prospects for 2012

The CCO’s off-season look at the Cubs’ farm system continues with our list of the top 20 prospects in the Cubs’ system. The Cubs’ minor league system is coming off a good and bad season. Like the big league team, several of the top prospects down on the farm dealt with injuries … and those […]

A Look Back at the CCO’s Top Cubs Prospects of 2011

Before looking ahead to the upcoming season, it is time to take a look back at the CCO’s Top Cubs Prospects prior to the 2011 season. The Cubs’ system had its ups and downs a year ago mainly due to injuries to several of the Cubs’ top prospects, especially on the pitching side. Brett Jackson, […]

Minor League Ball’s Top Cubs Prospects for 2012

The CCO’s look at the Cubs’ farm system this off-season continues with Minor League Ball’s ranking of the Cubs’ top prospects. Minor League Ball released their list soon after the Anthony Rizzo–Andrew Cashner trade was announced and also includes what the Cubs received from the Reds in the Sean Marshall deal. John Sickels pointed out […]

FanGraphs Top 15 Cubs Prospects for 2012

Prior to the Winter Meetings, FanGraphs released their list of the top 15 prospects in the Cubs’ system. Unlike Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus, FanGraphs ranked Javier Baez the top prospect in the Cubs’ organization with Brett Jackson, Matt Szczur, Dillon Maples and Trey McNutt rounding out the top five. FanGraphs stated the Cubs’ system […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/05/11

Next up on the CCO’s trip through the Cubs minor league system are the pitching staffs of the Daytona Cubs and Peoria Chiefs. Pitching Analysis