No Shortage at Shortstop, Arrieta Throws Off a Mound and Other Cubs Spring Training News

The Cubs’ shortstop is Starlin Castro and Iowa’s shortstop is Javier Baez at least that is what Jed Hoyer said Wednesday. But with every home run Baez hits and every play he makes in the field while Castro is out of the lineup, the noise from the fan base gets louder about Baez breaking camp […]

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 […]

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. […]

Vogelbach Slims Down, Intrasquad Game Set and News from Day 13 of Cubs Camp

Dan Vogelbach is one of the top prospects in the Cubs’ system that is often overlooked. Vogelbach can hit and not only can he hit, he has an excellent eye and approach at the plate. Vogelbach is thought of as a one-dimensional player due to his body type. And apparently Vogelbach got tired of hearing […]

Practice, Practice, Practice and News from Day 11 of Cubs Camp

The Cubs completed their last weekend for seven months without an actual game. Rick Renteria’s team squares off Wednesday at Cubs Park in an Intrasquad game and the team begins play in the Cactus League on Thursday. Mike Olt is off to a good start this spring. According to a report from Gordon Wittenmyer, Mike […]

Vizcaino Throws BP, Let the Exhibition Games Begin and News from Day 10 of Cubs Camp

Arodys Vizcaino threw live batting practice Saturday off the mound at Field 1. This is a good sign for Vizcaino and the Cubs. Vizcaino has thrown his bullpen sessions this spring. Saturday was the first time news surfaced that he threw batting practice. Rick Renteria told ESPN Chicago that Vizcaino “looked very, very good” on […]

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 […]

Vizcaino Completes Bullpen, Cubs Add Versatility and News from Day Three of Camp

Outside of the signing of Emilio Bonifacio to a minor league contract, the biggest news Saturday to come out of Mesa was Arodys Vizcaino completing a bullpen session. Arodys Vizcaino says he is healthy after being on the shelf recovering from Tommy John surgery the past two years. Vizcaino has a big arm and great […]