Arismendy Alcantara is Having a Good Off-Season Playing Ball in the Dominican Winter League

Arismendy Alcantara struggled at the plate during his first 70 games in the big leagues. After a hot start, the league adjusted and Alcantara didn’t. While he had trouble making contact, especially from the right side, he still showed surprising pop and drove the baseball. Over his last 22 games, Alcantara collected 15 hits and […]

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Cubs Turn Focus to Outfield, Could Make Multiple Moves

The front office is obviously not done with the big league roster even with the recent additions of Jon Lester, Jason Hammel, Miguel Montero and Jason Motte. The Cubs are believed to be looking for another starting pitcher, likely a low-risk, one-year deal to give Joe Maddon more options going into Spring Training. And the Cubs […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/15/14

The “Javy Watch” began in earnest on Thursday as infielder Javier Baez began his winter with his first start for Santurce of the Roberto Clemente League. Meanwhile, Luis Valbuena delivered a walk-off RBI to keep his Lara team relevant in the Venezuelan Winter League, and newly acquired infielder Jonathan Herrera had a good week for […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/08/14

The home run was the big story of week nine in the winter leagues. Manny Ramirez hit number five for Cibaenas, while Arismendy Alcantara drilled his third homer of the winter for Licey in the Dominican League. Christian Villanueva hit a Grand Slam for Obregon in the Mexican League, and Luis Valbuena went deep in […]

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Winter Meetings 2014: Cubs Have Work to Do in San Diego

Baseball’s Winter Meetings are underway in San Diego and run through Thursday (Dec. 7-11). It is expected to be a rather busy week at the annual gathering throughout the game. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are expecting a lot of activity this week, but not necessarily with the Cubs. The front office has a list […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/01/14

The eighth week of the winter season saw the debut of Ivan Pineyro and a scare for Arismendy Alcantara in the Dominican League. Christian Villanueva experienced new positions in the Mexican Pacific League, and John Andreoli held onto the league lead in stolen bases in Puerto Rico. Over in Venezuela, Willson Contreras continued to swing […]

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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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