Bryant, Soler and Almora Among First Round of Cubs Spring Roster Cuts

The Cubs announced the first round of spring roster cuts on Wednesday afternoon. The Cubs reduced their spring roster to 56 with the ten moves that were made. The Cubs optioned Arismendy Alcantara, Logan Watkins, Jorge Soler and Matt Szczur to minor league camp. Alcantara, Watkins and Szczur will likely begin the season with Triple-A […]

Cubs Spring Training Videos

The CCO was in Arizona for the opening weekend of  Cactus League games (Feb. 27 – March 2) and was able to see several of the top prospects in the system as well as the tremendous new facility. I posted several photos of Cubs Park and the facility on the CCO’s Facebook page earlier this […]

Castro Sidelined, Arrieta Close to Throwing Off a Mound, Buckner Retires and Cubs Spring Training News

Rick Renteria announced Monday that Starlin Castro will miss 7-10 days with a mild right hamstring strain. Castro suffered the injury Sunday trying to steal second base in the first inning. Following the game against the Royals, Castro downplayed the injury and said it was not as bad as the one that cost him around […]

Cubs Agree to Terms on 2014 Contracts with 19 Pre-Arbitration Players

The Cubs announced Monday afternoon the team agreed to terms with the 19 players on the 40-man roster with 0-3 years of Major League service time. The Major League minimum is $500,000 for the 2014 season and the terms on the contracts for Jake Arrieta and Welington Castillo were not released. Castillo was paid $503,000 […]

Mike Olt is Dealing with a Sore Shoulder and Other Cubs Spring Training News

According to multiple reports Friday, Mike Olt has been “slowed this spring because of tenderness in his right shoulder.” Olt has not played third yet but has gotten at bats as the team’s designated hitter and will again on Saturday, weather permitting. Rick Renteria said Olt is “throwing fine and he’s been working at all […]

Samardzija and Barney Address Trade Talk

Jeff Samardzija said he would be surprised if he was traded before Opening Day following his start Thursday in Mesa. Several teams had scouts on hand (Blue Jays, Giants, Yankees, Nationals, Mariners, Diamondbacks) and many of them were thought to be at Cubs Park to see Samardzija. Bruce Levine reported former Cubs’ GM Ed Lynch, […]

Cubs Storylines of the Spring

Regardless of the win-loss expectancy at the big league level, this spring and the upcoming season are important steps in the building process for the organization. And the Cubs take another step Thursday afternoon when Rick Renteria’s team kicks off the Cactus League schedule against Kirk Gibson’s Arizona Diamondbacks. Several players that are coming off […]

Under Armour Performance Center, Cubs Top the Cubs and News from Day 14 of Cubs Camp

The Cubs and Under Armour announced a new multi-year agreement Wednesday that renamed the team’s training facility at Riverview Park the Under Armour Performance Center at Cubs Park. The Cubs are still exploring corporate sponsorship for Cubs Park. Colin Faulkner said Wednesday, “It’s rare to have naming rights for a ballpark in the Cactus League. […]

Cubs Have Power in the Minors and Other News from Down on the Farm

The top prospects in the Cubs’ system continued making headlines this past week. Baseball America included seven of the top players from the Cubs’ organization in its ranking of the top 100 prospects in the game. Javier Baez and Kris Bryant were ranked in the top eight with Baez listed as the fifth best prospect in […]

Baseball America Includes Seven Cubs in Top 100 Prospects List

Baseball America released its ranking of the top 100 prospects in baseball on Thursday night following the hour-long special on MLB Network where the top 50 were unveiled. The Cubs placed two prospects in the top 10, five in the top 50 and seven players on Baseball America’s ranking of the best young players in […]