The Daily CCO: Contreras Leaves AFL Game Early, Another Change in Player Development and Other Cubs News

Baseball’s second season kicks into high gear today. Friday at 4:00pm CST is the deadline for clubs to make qualifying offers to free agents. And free agency begins at 11:01pm CST on Friday night. It could be a rather busy start to the weekend throughout the game. Buster Olney reported late Thursday after the six-player […]

The Daily CCO: Maddon Not Backing Off, Jake Arrieta and Other Cubs News

It’s make-up Monday for the Cubs as baseball’s regular season winds down. The Cubs have seven games remaining on the schedule, one with the Royals and six on the road with three in Cincinnati and three in Milwaukee. The Cubs square off against the Royals on Monday night in the last game of the regular […]

The Daily CCO: Cubs Have Nats in the Rearview Mirror, Kyle Schwarber Update, Javier Baez and Other News

With the Cubs winning the opener against the Diamondbacks in the first big league game of the day, Friday night became all about scoreboard watching. And the Cubs have a new team looking up at them in the NL Wild Card race. The Nationals jumped over the Giants with a 5-2 win over the Braves. […]

The Daily CCO: Jon Lester Throws BP and Cubs News from Day Eight of Camp Maddon

Countdown to Cubs Cactus League Openers: 5 days The Cubs completed their third full day of practice Friday. Joe Maddon said there is not an Intrasquad game scheduled and there doesn’t look like there will be a scrimmage between teammates prior to the Cactus League openers on Thursday. The weather is looking questionable for the […]

Rambling While … Serenity Now, Serenity Now!!

No need to blow smoke, let’s just go.

A Look Back at the Cubs Off-Season as Pitchers and Catchers Report to Spring Training

Doesn’t it seem like a lot longer than just 144 days since Jed Hoyer’s San Diego Padres beat the Chicago Cubs 9-2? Ryan Dempster took the loss on the final day of the 2011 season. Starlin Castro ran his hitting streak to 11 games in the loss and reached base for the 40th game in […]

Weekend Update … Non-Roster Invites, Rumors and Matt Garza

The week following the convention was a busy seven days for the Chicago Cubs. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer avoided arbitration with six of the seven arbitration eligible players for the upcoming season … only Matt Garza remains unsigned. The Cubs continued to sign free agents to minor league contracts. News surfaced Friday that the […]

Aramis Ramirez Earned His Cubs’ Contract

Aramis Ramirez had worn out his welcome in Chicago. Injury-filled seasons in 2009 and 2010 left fans restless with the aging third baseman. That 2011 began with Ramirez hitting just two home runs over the first two months of the season didn’t help. While his slash line of .288/.351/.396 wasn’t terrible, it lacked the power […]

A Full Field of Cubs Rumors and Notes

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have said countless times they like keeping their decisions close to the vest. And while not much is coming out of the offices at 1060 West Addison, the Cubs continue to be connected to free agents and linked to possible trades. Most think the Cubs are interested in Prince Fielder, […]

Is Garza Trade Bait or In Line for an Extension? … and Other Cubs News and Notes

The Cubs took care of a little business on Monday and created a roster spot in the process. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer tendered contracts to six of the team’s seven salary arbitration players (three-six years of service time). Geovany Soto, Ian Stewart, Blake DeWitt, Jeff Baker, Randy Wells and Matt Garza were all tendered […]