Day Twelve of Camp ‘Q’ … Captain Quade and the Starting Lineups

The first pitch of the Cubs’ 2011 Cactus League schedule is just a day away … Mike Quade announced his first three lineups of the spring Friday and more pitching probables for the first four games were released. Kosuke Fukudome will leadoff a lineup Sunday that Quade could run out on Opening Day against the […]

Day Eleven of Camp ‘Q’ … Cubs Lining Things Up for the Cactus League

The first pitch of the Cubs’ 2011 Cactus League schedule is two days away … this is the last Friday without Cubs baseball for at least the next seven months. The grind of the exhibition season is about to begin and Mike Quade has lined up his pitching staff for the first four games. Matt […]

Day Nine of Camp ‘Q’ … Cubs Smile for the Camera and Other Notes

The first pitch of the Cubs’ 2011 Cactus League Schedule is four days away … Tuesday was photo day at Fitch Park as Q’s crew prepares for the start of the exhibition season. According to a report from Carrie Muskat, the Cubs roster is nearly set and there are only two spots, among the position […]

Day Two of Camp ‘Q’ … Silva Staked His Claim and Other Cubs Notes

The second day of camp got a little spicy after Carlos Silva staked his claim on one of the final two spots in the rotation. Silva is competing for the fourth and fifth spots in Mike Quade’s rotation with Randy Wells, Braden Looper, Todd Wellemeyer, Casey Coleman, James Russell and Andrew Cashner. According to multiple […]

Cubs News and Notes from Day One of Camp ‘Q’

The biggest news out of the first day of on field workouts was the three-year, $20 million deal signed by Carlos Marmol. The Cubs backloaded the contract that buys Marmol out of his last two years of arbitration eligibility and his first year of free agency. Marmol received a $1 million signing bonus as a […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 02/14/11

Greetings to everyone at the CCO! With the Winter League seasons over and Opening Day for the Minor Leagues weeks away, it’s time to step away from reporting and move to more feature articles. As a preview to Spring Training, our first article is entitled … Bubble Players and Bubble Busters By now, we should […]

The Cubs are Ready to Get to Work

Pitchers and catchers reported to Fitch Park on Sunday … and the biggest news to come out of Mesa centered on Carlos Marmol. Jim Hendry met with Marmol’s agent, Barry Praver, to further discuss a multi-year contract for Carlos Marmol. A deal is expected to be announced on Monday … a day before Marmol’s arbitration […]

Weekend Update … It’s Spring Training Time for the Chicago Cubs

There was plenty of Cubs news and notes on the eve of the official reporting date for pitchers and catchers. Jim Hendry spent time on Saturday morning talking Cubs baseball with Bruce Levine. The Cubs GM provided an update on Carlos Marmol’s new contract. Hendry confirmed he is working on two deals with Marmol’s agent […]

The Cubs Off Season: 130 Days Down, Two to Go

Pitchers and catchers report to Fitch Park in just two days … Several of the players are already in Mesa preparing for the start of camp. Those that have yet to show up to Fitch Park are in route … and that goes for Jim Hendry and Mike Quade as well. Hendry and Quade are […]

Early PECOTA Projections Not Kind to the Cubs

Pitchers and catchers report to Fitch Park in five days … Baseball Prospectus released the first round of PECOTA projections on Monday. According to the projections, the Cubs will finish in fifth place in the National League Central with a 70-92 record.