The Daily CCO: Joe Maddon Would Like to See Javier Baez Smile

Joe Maddon spent the weekend in Puerto Rico watching Javier Baez and to start building a relationship with the young slugger. Maddon tweeted Saturday night that he was sitting in Eduardo Perez’s office at Hiram Bithorn Stadium prior to the game between Santurce and Mayaguez. Perez is Baez’s manager in Winter Ball. Baez responded with […]

Cubs Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year 2002-2012

There was quite a bit made about the Cubs losing Jeff Beliveau on waivers last week to the Rangers. Beliveau has the makings of a good lefty specialist (LOOGY) and he was the Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year just the season before last. Did the Cubs give up on him too quickly? Or […]

Cubs Non-Tender Stewart, Make Roster Moves and Continue Looking for Pitching

The Cubs made three roster moves prior to Friday’s deadline to tender contracts to arbitration eligible players. As expected the team did not tender a contract to Ian Stewart for next season. The Cubs would like to re-sign Stewart to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training but right now he is […]

Rambling on the Eve of the Meetings

Hello again, everybody. It’s the Friday before the Winter Meetings!! That simmering stove you have been hearing it about to start smoking really quickly. I mean, for other teams that is. The Cubs have already made two monumental signings. Nonetheless, baseball news really gets a breakneck pace next week. So, let’s get down to the […]

Cubs Ink Four Players to Minor League Deals … and Other News and Notes

The Cubs did not announce they found any deals on Black Friday but four minor league signings were announced prior to Thanksgiving. The Cubs signed outfielders Brian Bogusevic and Johermyn Chavez plus infielder Alberto Gonzalez and catcher J.C. Boscan. Bogusevic, Gonzalez and Boscan should have received non-roster invites to Spring Training. The signing of J.C. […]

From the Wire … LaHair Agrees to Two-Year Deal to Play in Japan

According to a report from Buster Olney, Bryan LaHair has agreed to a two-year contract with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. The two-year deal will pay LaHair $4 million to play oversees for the next two seasons. The Cubs received $950,000 from the SoftBank Hawks for LaHair’s rights.

Cubs Make Changes to 40-man Roster … and Other News, Notes and Rumors

The Cubs made seven changes to their 40-man roster on Tuesday night and added a big arm to the minor league system. The Cubs announced that Bryan LaHair was DFA’d, right-handed pitcher Carlos Gutierrez was assigned to Triple-A Iowa and right-handed pitcher Jacob Brigham was traded back to the Texas Rangers. After creating three spots […]

Cubs Add Four to 40-Man Roster, DFA Bryan LaHair and Acquire RHP Barret Loux from the Rangers

The Cubs announced several roster moves Tuesday evening prior to the deadline to set the 40-man roster in order to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft. The Cubs designated Bryan LaHair for assignment. According to multiple reports, LaHair appears to be close to signing a contract to play in Japan. The Cubs outrighted RHP […]

Weekend Update … It’s Decision Time for the Cubs

The next few days should be anything but boring for the Chicago Cubs. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer checked off two items from their off-season to do list when they signed Scott Baker and Dioner Navarro last week. The next deadline for the Cubs is Tuesday when they must file their reserve lists to protect […]

Time for the Off-Season to Begin … Cubs Hire Minor League Pitching Coordinator and Other News and Notes

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants for winning their second World Series title in three years … When the Cubs announced the new staff structure for baseball operations last Tuesday, two positions had not been filled at that time … Minor League Pitching Coordinator and Minor League Hitting Coordinator. According to Baseball America, at least […]