Rambling Near the Beginning of a Much-Needed Break

Even though the Cubs experienced a rough go last evening, they have won seven of the last ten, and enter the weekend series against the Mets with a chance to end the first half on a rare, but welcomed, positive note. Then again, they could get swept. Either way, the second half of this season […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 02/06/12

Winter League Wrap-up This year’s Winter Leagues saw an increase in the number of players from the organization, but an overall decrease in participation. While 33 players that were affiliated with the Cubs’ system for all or part of the off-season were part of winter baseball, 19 ended up playing less than ten games with […]

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Cespedes Establishes Residency in the Dominican … and Other Cubs News, Notes and Rumors

The Cubs off-season has been very quiet of late but that could be changing soon. The Cubs are expected to announce the non-roster invitees to Spring Training this week. The Cubs have signed several minor league free agents but have not officially announced a majority of those contracts that include non-roster invitations to big league […]

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Day Two of the 2012 Cubs Convention … Behind the Scenes with Theo Epstein

Day two of the 2012 Cubs Convention focused on the new regime and their plan for now and in the future. Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod delivered a consistent message throughout the day … while Dale Sveum and his coaching staff preached accountability and playing the game hard and the right way on […]

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Cubs Get Deal with Paul Maholm Despite Wrigley Record

After the Chicago Cubs dealt Andrew Cashner to the San Diego Padres, it left the team in a precarious position. The team would have had five established starters going into spring training with no reasonable option existing to be number six. The front office took care of that problem Monday by signing Paul Maholm to […]

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The Cubs are Not Done Shaping the Roster

Will the Cubs announce a trade for the third day in a row? Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer pulled the trigger on a trade Friday that the previous regime would never have done. A day after announcing the trade that sent Carlos Zambrano and a bunch of cash to Miami for Chris Volstad, Epstein and […]

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From the Wire … Cubs Acquire Anthony Rizzo and Zach Cates from Padres for Andrew Cashner and Kyung-Min Na

The Cubs acquired Anthony Rizzo and pitcher Zach Cates from the San Diego Padres for Andrew Cashner and outfield prospect Kyung-Min Na on Friday afternoon. Anthony Rizzo was the top prospect in the Padres’ system after Jed Hoyer acquired him a year ago from Theo Epstein and the Red Sox in the deal for Adrian […]

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Calculus, Sunk Cost … and Other Cubs News, Notes and Rumors

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer continued shaping their roster for the upcoming season on Thursday when they officially shipped Carlos Zambrano to Miami for Chris Volstad. The Cubs received a starting pitcher they control for the next three seasons for a pitcher that would have had a difficult time walking back into the Cubs clubhouse. […]

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The 2012 Cubs Convention is Just Around the Corner

The 27th Annual Cubs Convention kicks off next Friday at the Chicago Hilton and some of the details were released on Thursday. This year’s convention will feature a lot of new faces … both in terms of the front office, the coaching staff and the players. Theo Epstein will host his own session in the […]

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The High Cost of Matt Garza … and Other Cubs News, Notes and Rumors

The Cubs finally announced the one-year contract with Reed Johnson on Tuesday. The agreement between the Cubs and Johnson surfaced on December 21 and Johnson spoke about re-signing with the Cubs during an interview on MLB Network Radio/XM Radio shortly after the agreement was leaked. Johnson made $900,000 last year and will be paid $1.15 […]

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