Cubs Roster Coming into Focus with the End of Spring Training in Sight

The Cubs inched closer to finalizing their Opening Day roster after the Rangers claimed Donnie Murphy off waivers, George Kottaras was released, John Baker was named the team’s backup catcher and the announcement was made Eli Whiteside would start the season in Iowa. The Spring Training roster officially stands at 32 players and the 40-man […]

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Diamondbacks Rock Rusin – Diamondbacks 14, Cubs 4

Spring Training Game Thirty-One – Cubs 4, Diamondbacks 14 WP – Brandon McCarthy (2-0) LP – Chris Rusin (3-3, BS 1) Save – None Jeff Samardzija made his last spring start Wednesday afternoon in Scottsdale and handed the game over to Chris Rusin in the fourth with the Cubs up 2-1. Chris Rusin could not […]

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The Roster, The Rumors and Cubs News and Notes

Officially, the Cubs have 34 players on their Spring Training roster, but only 31 of those players are healthy and one has not played in a big league game since March 2. The deadline to unconditionally release players with non-guaranteed contracts and pay only a quarter of their salary is Wednesday at 1:00pm CDT. So, […]

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Cabrera and the Cubs Can’t Close Out the Angels – Angels 8, Cubs 4

Spring Training Game Twenty-Nine – Cubs (ss) 4, Angels 8 WP – Cory Rasmus (2-0) LP – Alberto Cabrera (0-1, BS 1) Save – None The Cubs took a 4-2 lead into the ninth inning in front of a record crowd of 15,276 at Cubs Park. But Alberto Cabrera had his worst outing of the […]

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The Lake Show Powers the Cubs Over the A’s in Phoenix – Cubs 10, Athletics 6

Spring Training Game Twenty-Seven – Cubs 10, Athletics 6 WP – James Russell (1-0) LP – Jesse Chavez (4-1) Save – None The Cubs hit six home runs on Sunday afternoon during the team’s last Spring Training game at Phoenix Municipal Stadium and topped the Athletics in the Cactus League. Junior Lake (3-for-5 with three […]

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Cubs Option RHP Neil Ramirez to Triple-A Iowa

The Cubs announced the seventh round of spring roster cuts on Sunday morning. The Cubs optioned RHP Neil Ramirez to Triple-A Iowa. Ramirez was in the mix for a spot in the bullpen after throwing the ball extremely well this spring. In five appearances, Ramirez did not allow a run while surrendering just two hits […]

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Cubs Rotate the Rotation, Castro Gets Minor At Bats and Other Spring Training News

Rick Renteria announced Saturday how he would lineup the first four spots in his rotation to start the season. Jeff Samardzija will pitch Opening Day, as previously announced. Edwin Jackson and Jason Hammel will follow Samardzija with Travis Wood filling the fourth spot in the rotation. Travis Wood will get the ball for the first […]

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MLB.com’s Pre-Season Top 25 Cubs Prospects

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo released MLB.com’s pre-season ranking of the Cubs top 20 prospects earlier in the week, along with five more players and a sleeper for the upcoming season. As with the case with nearly all of the off-season rankings, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant topped MLB.com’s list of the top prospects in […]

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Questions Remain for the Cubs with a Week Left in Spring Training

The Cubs break camp in five days before wrapping up the exhibition season with two games against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. In one week the Cubs will depart Arizona and fly to Pittsburgh for the start of the season. And the team that is picked to finish at the bottom of the NL Central […]

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Valbuena Homers, Rusin Deals, Cubs Blank the Sox – Cubs 7, White Sox 0

Spring Training Game Twenty-Five – Cubs 7, White Sox 0 WP – Chris Rusin (3-2) LP – John Danks (0-1) Save – None Luis Valbuena and Chris Rusin stayed hot Friday as they battled for playing time and a roster spot with the big league team. Luis Valbuena (2-for-3 with two home runs and four […]

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