Cubs Change Plans on Garza’s Rehab and Other News and Notes

Matt Garza’s rehab start in Geneva on Friday night has been cancelled. The Cubs announced on Thursday that due to the weather and concerns with field conditions, Garza will not pitch for the Kane County Cougars but will instead make the trip to Milwaukee and throw a simulated game. If all goes as expected on […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 02/01/13

Caribbean World Series Preview Three and a half months of baseball in the sunny climes of the Caribbean have reduced the number of teams still playing from 28 to just four. The double round-robin begins on Friday, with the best record winning the series. Here is a preview of the Caribbean World Series.

From the Wire … Royals Claim Chris Volstad Off Waivers

According to multiple reports, the Kansas City Royals claimed Chris Volstad off waivers from the Cubs on Friday afternoon. Chris Volstad had a bad year in his one and only season with the Cubs after he was acquired in a deal for Carlos Zambrano from the Marlins last off-season. Volstad spent time in the minors […]

A Little ‘Dis and ‘Dat from the Cubs’ Day Off

The Chicago Cubs spent their second day off of the season in Miami after a rough weekend in St. Louis. Dale Sveum’s team figures to be in the middle of a media explosion Tuesday night at Marlins Park. With Ozzie Guillen returning from his five-game suspension, it figures to be nothing short of a circus […]

A Look Back at the Cubs Off-Season as Pitchers and Catchers Report to Spring Training

Doesn’t it seem like a lot longer than just 144 days since Jed Hoyer’s San Diego Padres beat the Chicago Cubs 9-2? Ryan Dempster took the loss on the final day of the 2011 season. Starlin Castro ran his hitting streak to 11 games in the loss and reached base for the 40th game in […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 02/06/12

Winter League Wrap-up This year’s Winter Leagues saw an increase in the number of players from the organization, but an overall decrease in participation. While 33 players that were affiliated with the Cubs’ system for all or part of the off-season were part of winter baseball, 19 ended up playing less than ten games with […]

Arbitration, Compensation, Cespedes … and Other Cubs News and Notes

The Chicago Cubs avoided arbitration with six players on Tuesday. Jeff Baker ($1.375 million), Blake DeWitt ($1.1 million), Geovany Soto ($4.3 million), Ian Stewart ($2.3755 million), Chris Volstad ($2.655 million) and Randy Wells ($2.705 million) received pay increases from their 2011 salary. The Cubs exchanged salary arbitration figures with Matt Garza but did not agree […]

From the Wire … Cubs Agreed to One-Year Deals with Six of Seven Arbitration Eligible Players, Exchanged Figures with Matt Garza

According to multiple reports, the Cubs avoided salary arbitration (three-six years of service) with six of the seven players eligible for the upcoming season. Jeff Baker, Blake DeWitt, Geovany Soto, Ian Stewart, Chris Volstad and Randy Wells all agreed to one year deals. The Cubs did not agree to a contract with Matt Garza for […]

The New-Look Cubs Look to Rely on Defense More Than Ever

During this off-season, the Cubs have seen a complete overhaul of the team’s starting rotation. Carlos Zambrano’s days in a Cub uniform are over, and it seems as if Matt Garza’s days are waning as well. The new front-office has made several notable, although low-key additions to the rotation.

Raises, Rumors, the Roster … and Other Cubs News and Notes

Jed Hoyer said again Tuesday afternoon that the Cubs are not done with the roster this off-season. The Cubs made at least one addition and appear to be working on a few more deals. The Cubs announced the signing of Paul Maholm on Tuesday after he broke the news on his Twitter account Monday night. […]