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 […]

The Calm Before and Other Cubs News and Notes

The first Friday of the New Year is in the books and teams continue to work on their rosters with Spring Training just around the corner. And what ended up being a quiet week should change in the coming days. The Hall of Fame debate continued and with the announcement only four days away (Jan. […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/23/13

As we head into the holidays, the winter seasons begin to wind down and prepare for the playoffs. This past week pitching was still the story as several players who may have been thought to be done for the winter, such as Jeffry Antigua, Alberto Cabrera, and Eduardo Figueroa, resurfaced. Meanwhile, both Frank Batista and […]

Top Five Moments of the 2013 Season in the Cubs Minor League System

The Cubs’ farm system had a very memorable 2013 season. Several players, even the ones not making headlines, showed a lot of improvement on the field. Three of the Cubs’ affiliates made the post-season and the Daytona Cubs were the last team standing for the third time in six seasons. So with another year coming […]

Cubs Pencil in a Closer with the Signing of Jose Veras

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have a veteran arm to pitch in the back of their bullpen to start the season. The Cubs agreed to terms on a one-year contract with RHP Jose Veras that carries $4 million in guaranteed money. And Veras’ deal is one that could benefit the Cubs beyond the 2014 season […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/16/13

Pitching was the storyline last week in the winter leagues as Frank Batista has emerged as a go-to reliever in the Dominican League. Carlos Pimentel raised his record to 5-0 while Ryan Searle moved to 2-0 in the Australian Baseball League. To learn more, check out today’s report.

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/08/13

With the winter season progressing into the second half, the Cubs winter league rosters have expanded. Outfielder Darnell McDonald has joined the Mexican Pacific League, while IF/OF Greg Rohan is now part of the Roberto Clemente League. In addition, pitcher Ryan Searle made his winter debut. To see how the fresh faces, as well as […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/02/13

The end of November is the traditional half way point of the winter leagues and Hermosillo was crowned first half champion of the Mexican Pacific League. Both Junior Lake and Rubi Silva continue to be the hitting stories, while Carlos Pimentel, Yoanner Negrin, and Frank Del Valle all had good outings on the mound. For […]

Time for the Cubs to Offer a Little Contract Tender-ness

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have roster decisions to make over the next 24 hours prior to Monday’s tender deadline. With the addition of George Kottaras, the Cubs now have a full 40-man roster and 11 players that are arbitration eligible for next season. With the recent report of the Cubs not willing to give […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/25/13

This time of the off-season is filled with hellos and goodbyes. And so it is time to say goodbye to OF Dave Sappelt and RHP Yeiper Castillo, and hello to OF Casper Wells, IF Jeudy Valdez, and RHP’s Paolo Espino and Carlos Pimentel. Both Espino and Pimentel fared well as new members of the organization […]