An Optimistic Arrieta, PFPs and News from Day Two of Cubs Camp

The Chicago Cubs held their first official workout of the spring Friday at Cubs Park. Several pitchers not only completed bullpen sessions but there was pitchers fielding practice, always one of the first signs that Spring Training is actually underway. There is apparently no shortage of cameras at the Cubs new facility, at least according […]

Cubs Discuss the Present and Future on the First Day of Spring Training

Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Rick Renteria met with the media Thursday at Cubs Park for the first time this spring. The President of Baseball Operations, General Manager and Skipper covered a variety of topics, announced two signings and provided updates on several of the players. The Cubs’ front office spent the two days leading […]

Cubs Announce One-Year Deals with Hammel and McDonald, Arrieta Not Expected to Start Season on Time

Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Rick Renteria met with the media on Thursday from Cubs Park and announced the signings of right handed pitchers Jason Hammel and James McDonald. The Cubs signed Hammel to a one-year contract for $6 million that includes an incentives package for another $1 million. McDonald signed a Major League contract […]

Jason McLeod Talks Cubs Prospects and the Farm System on MLB Network Radio

Jason McLeod joined Mike Ferrin and Jim Duquette during Power Alley (MLB Network Radio/XM Radio) Tuesday as part of their look at the farm systems across the league. Outside of the standard questions about Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler and Albert Almora, in which McLeod gave a little more detail on each player, he […]

It’s Almost Time for Cubs Pitchers and Catchers to Report to Spring Training

Weekend Update With the Cubs avoiding arbitration with Jeff Samardzija on Saturday by agreeing to a one-year deal that will pay him $5.345 million and Darwin Barney last Thursday on a $2.3 million contract, the Cubs have all of the players currently on the 40-man roster under contract for the upcoming season and can focus on […]

Baseball America’s Top 31 Cubs Prospects for 2014

Baseball America’s 2014 Prospect Handbook arrived Wednesday with the Twins’ Miguel Sano on the cover and more positive news about the Cubs’ farm system. Like Baseball Prospectus (No. 2) and Keith Law (No. 4), Baseball America ranked the Cubs’ organization in the top five in baseball. The Cubs system came in at No. 4 in […]

Communication is Key for Rick Renteria and Other Cubs News and Notes

The Cubs are set to cut the ribbon on the new facility in Mesa in one week. Cubs’ pitchers and catchers officially report the next day (Feb. 13) and Rick Renteria will conduct his first on-field workout with the pitchers and catchers, plus any other position players already in Mesa, on Friday, Feb. 14. Rick […]

Keith Law’s Top 10 Cubs Prospects for 2014

ESPN’s Keith Law concluded his week-long look at the best prospects in the game Friday with his top 10 lists for each of the National League teams. Keith Law, as has been the case with nearly every Cubs prospects list, ranked Javier Baez at the best young player in the Cubs’ system followed by Kris […]

Cubs Pitching Search Continues

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are looking to add at least one veteran starting pitcher to the mix before Spring Training begins. And the Cubs and Blue Jays could be talking again about a deal that would send Jeff Samardzija to Florida for Spring Training. While the Cubs will not be signing Ervin Santana or […]

FanGraphs Top 15 Cubs Prospects for 2014

The off-season look at the prospects in the Cubs; system continues today with FanGraphs ranking of the top young players in the Cubs organization. FanGraphs pointed out the Cubs’ system “is strong although somewhat top heavy” and the “top 10 list starts to taper off after no. 8.” FanGraphs thinks the overall depth in the […]