Shopping on Black Friday?

Baseball’s off-season has been rather quiet to this point. A deal here and there but clearly more rumors on what could happen than actual activity. The report from Yahoo Sports by Tim Brown indicated the Cubs and Padres might have found the third team they have been looking for to help complete the deal for […]

And the Winners Are….The CCO Prediction Contests

Before last season the CCO ran a series of four contests for the Faithful to make a few predictions on the upcoming year, as well as when a certain switch-hitting hitting infielder from the state of Maryland would be traded to the North Side of Chicago. While that deal did not happen last season, the […]

Time for Cubs to Concentrate on the Offense?

It was another busy week on the North Side of Chicago. From re-signing Ryan Dempster to Major League Baseball putting a deadline on bids for the team, the third week of November was anything but non-eventful. Lou Piniella, Jim Hendry and Ryan Dempster were all over the airwaves and Piniella did some damage control over […]

Destinations Unknown: The Latest on Peavy to the Cubs and Other Rumors

The first full week of baseball’s off-season is in the books and to say the Hot Stove is in full swing would be an understatement. Players that have filed for free agency have until Thursday at midnight eastern to resign with their current organization, so at 12:01am on Friday they are free to negotiate and […]

A New Name on the Cubs Radar?

Gerry Fraley of the Sporting News brought up the fact on Monday that the “Cubs have to overhaul offense to break dry spell.” Fraley mentioned Lou Piniella’s comment following game three in Los Angeles last month. Piniella said, “I was concerned about our offense coming into this thing. And basically my concerns were realized.” Fraley […]

Lighting the Fire on the Hot Stove

The final installment of By the Numbers, the CCO’s look at the ‘Big Three‘, will resume later in the week in order to give time to the latest from the rumor mill….and of course the News from the Wire. The Sporting News named Geovany Soto the National League Rookie of the Year on Tuesday. Soto […]

Speculation or Possibilities?

The organizational meetings in Mesa begin in less than a week, October 19th, but the rumors continued to flow over the weekend in relation to possible moves the Cubs could make this off-season. The one reoccurring theme over the last week has been the Cubs’ desire to add a left-handed bat or bats to a […]

A Little Game of Catch-up

The off-season on the North Side has begun and while the organizational meetings are not until October 19th in Mesa, the Cubs made a little news this week….and the mainstream media lit the fire on the Hot Stove. The Cubs’ payroll is expected to increase in 2009 from the $130 million dollars the organization spent […]

Do the Cubs React?

According to several reports, the Brewers have acquired C.C. Sabathia from the Indians for a package of prospects centered around minor league slugger Matt LaPorta. Sabathia along with Ben Sheets gives Milwaukee the best one-two punch in the National League according to most of the experts, along with Brandon Webb and Dan Haren of the […]

Bases Loaded and No Outs….

Game Seventy-Seven – Cubs 5 Orioles 7 WP – Jeremy Guthrie (4-7) LP – Sean Marshall (0-1) Save – George Sherrill (26) Lou Piniella’s crew lost for the first time at Wrigley Field since May 17th after not being able to come up with big hits in the last two innings. The Cubs left 5 […]