Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/24/14

Cubs’ prospects are contributing to some exciting races in the winter leagues. Cibaenas and Oriente are locked in a struggle for first in the Dominican Winter League with Frank Batista and Manny Ramirez squaring off against Junior Lake and Marcos Mateo. In the Mexican Pacific League, Obregon won the first half title with help from […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/17/14

The sun has set on another Arizona Fall League, with C.J. Edwards and Bijan Rademacher putting the exclamation points on their fine performances before the final out. In the Dominican Republic, Manny Ramirez is on a hot streak and Frank Batista continues to impress. While in Puerto Rico, John Andreoli is starting to round into […]

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The Daily CCO: Lester’s Agents Talked to Kansas City, Hammel is Looking for Three-Year Deal and Other Cubs News

What was thought to be a two-team race for Jon Lester might have another entry in the Kansas City Royals. The Red Sox and Cubs are considered the favorites to land Jon Lester this winter, but according to a report from FOX Sports Kansas City, Lester’s agents spoke with the Royals about their client. Dayton […]

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Cubs Pursuit of Jordan Zimmermann Refuted by Multiple Outlets

The Cubs search for a top of the rotation-type arm reportedly led the front office to initiating talks with the Nationals for Jordan Zimmermann. And why not, the Cubs have the prospect currency to pull off a trade of that size and the payroll flexibility to sign Zimmermann to an extension. But shortly after the […]

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Cubs Organizational All-Stars and News from Down on the Farm

MiLB.com named the 2014 Cubs Organizational All-Star team Wednesday. MiLB.com recognizes the best player at each position, regardless of prospect status. Selection to the team is solely based on the way the player performed during the 2014 minor league season. The Cubs system is considered the best in the game and for the first time […]

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The Daily CCO: Cubs Would Surrender Second Round Pick for Right Free Agent Fit

The Cubs are in position to sign multiple free agents this winter and have been linked to all of the big names from Jon Lester to Max Scherzer to Russell Martin to David Robertson. But despite reports that have the Cubs signing both Lester and Scherzer to mega deals, the Cubs are not going to […]

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Cubs Position Analysis – Center Field

If left field was the ripest position for an upgrade for the Cubs next season, center field is a close second. If you look at the position’s total numbers, center field was the team’s worst statistical position with a .222/.264/.346 line with 15 home runs, 60 RBI and 11 stolen bases. With not a lot […]

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Cubs Position Analysis – Shortstop

Similarly to the first base review, there was a lot of uncertainty going into this season at shortstop due to a poor 2013 by incumbent Starlin Castro who struggled to a .245/.284/.347 average with 34 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs, 44 RBI and nine stolen bases. Castro quieted his critics with a resurgent year by […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/23/14

Position Analysis – Shortstop The third installment of the off-season series to summarize and project how the minor league system looks on a position-by-position basis looks at a position which will probably have most fans and media members talking about this off-season: Shortstop. Shortstop The fans of the Iowa Cubs can sing a version of […]

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The Daily CCO: Cubs Plan Patience as Focus Shifts to Competing in 2015

The Cubs have shifted its focus from a purely talent acquisition mode to a team that the front office feels is ready to compete next season while continuing the development of the young players at the Major League level. “We are going to compete while we develop young players. We are not going to go […]

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