Winter Meetings Day Two: Cubs Keep Everyone Guessing

Day two at the Winter Meetings in Dallas turned out to be ‘The Pujols Watch‘. With the free-agent slugger on the market, if Albert Pujols were to sign with a team other than the Cardinals, it would have a ripple effect throughout baseball. The Marlins, Cardinals and Angels are rumored to be the three teams […]

Weekend Update … Big Decisions for the Cubs in Big D

Baseball’s Winter Meetings officially begin on Monday but many are already in Dallas getting an early jump on the week ahead … and that includes the Chicago Cubs’ new front office. According to Tom Ricketts, a big contingent of the Cubs’ regime, including Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer, are in Dallas preparing for what figures […]

Baseball Prospectus Top 20 Cubs Prospects for 2012

The CCO’s look at the top prospects in the Cubs’ system continues with Baseball Prospectus’ list of the top 20 prospects. Kevin Goldstein views the Cubs’ system a little differently from Baseball America and gave a good overview of the organization. Goldstein shares the views of the CCO … “it’s not a bad system by […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/21/11

This week saw some familiar faces in new places. Daytona Cubs starter Jeffry Antigua and Iowa Cubs reliever Marcos Mateo joined the Dominican League, while Iowa starter Jay Jackson, DSL infielder Carlos Penalver, and Tennessee first baseman Rebel Ridling are now part of the Venezuelan League. Pitching remained the story, as Scott Maine and Robert […]

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

Before we focus on this week’s action, the CCO wishes to express our relief to the safe return of Nationals’ catcher Wilson Ramos to his family. Ramos survived a harrowing ordeal, as he was held captive in Venezuela since Wednesday as part of a ransom plot. Six suspects are in custody, as well as two […]

Weekend Update … One Interview After the Other for the Cubs

If the last two weeks are any indication the next seven days figure to be anything but boring. Theo Epstein has not wasted any time since taking over as the President of Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs on October 21. Theo Epstein was introduced on October 25 and officially hired Jed Hoyer (Executive Vice […]

The Cubs First Interview Is In the Books … and Other News and Notes

Team Epstein completed their first formal interview on Friday for the Cubs managerial position … current Phillies’ bench coach, Pete Mackanin. Mackanin said he enjoyed the interview and described it as “thorough and a little exhausting.” According to multiple reports, Mackanin said the interview was comprehensive and Team Epstein did not let him up for […]

The Cubs Fab Front Office … and Other News and Notes

Theo Epstein introduced his long-time friends and associates to the Chicago Media and to the Faithful on Tuesday in what Epstein called the “Cubs Weekly Press Conference“. For the second Tuesday in a row, the Cubs front office grew up while getting younger at the same time. Epstein proudly introduced Jed Hoyer as the Chicago […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/31/11

A Happy Halloween to all from the CCO, and una suerte de vísperas del día de los muertos to everyone in the Winter Leagues. Rafael Dolis and Hung-Wen Chen experienced the “tricks” of life as a professional baseball player, while Marco Carrillo, Robert Coello, and Bryan LaHair provided the “treats“. Meanwhile, Chris Carpenter continued to […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/24/11

As a new era dawns for the Cubs organization, business goes on in the Winter Leagues. Bryan LaHair is terrorizing Venezuelan League pitching, while Chris Rusin had a great debut in the Dominican League. Blake Parker, Hung-Wen Chen, and Oswaldo Martinez each put up good relief performances, while Marco Carrillo continues to dazzle hitters in […]