Cubs 2015 Spring Training Preview: Second Base

Second base was a position of upheaval last season that saw seven players manning the keystone and figures to be more of the same going into Spring Training. With lots of options at the position, there figures to be quite the competition to see who nabs the starting gig. Let’s take a look at the […]


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Cubs 2015 Spring Training Preview: First Base

With several spots up for grabs and a lot of young players on the cusp of the majors, first base is one of the spots with no competition going into Spring Training. However, a lot does ride on the player who will man it all year so let’s take a look at what we can […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 02/16/15

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.  For the fifth year, the Down on the Farm Reports returns to a popular feature entitled … Bubble Players and Bubble […]


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Cubs Re-Sign INF Chris Valaika to a Minor League Contract

According to the transactions page on Cubs.com, the team re-signed INF Chris Valaika to a minor league contract on Dec. 28, the signing was posted Friday, Jan. 9. The deal should include a non-roster invitation to Spring Training. The Cubs should release the list of players that will be in big league camp on non-roster […]


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Josh Vitters Among Fifteen Cubs Minor League Free Agents

Fifteen players in the Cubs’ system have been granted free agency. Josh Vitters headlines the Cubs list of minor leaguers that have been granted free agency and are able to sign with another organization. The Cubs outrighted Josh Vitters off the 40-man roster on Oct. 31 and assigned him to Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs selected […]


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Cubs Decline 2015 Option on RHP Kyuji Fujikawa

The Cubs announced Thursday the team would not be picking up the 2015 club option for $5.5 million on RHP Kyuji Fujikawa. The Cubs paid the $500,000 buyout on the option that was included in the two-year, $9.5 million contract Fujikawa signed in December 2012. With the Cubs declining his option, Kyuji Fujikawa becomes a […]


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The Daily CCO: Let the Off-Season Begin and Other Cubs News and Notes

The 2014 baseball season came to an end Wednesday night with a tremendous seventh game of The World Series. Madison Bumgarner picked up a five-inning save after shutting the Royals down in relief of Jeremy Affeldt. The Giants won its third championship in five seasons and became the first road team to win a seventh […]


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Cubs Outright Josh Vitters, Chris Valaika, Ryan Kalish to Iowa, James McDonald Elects Free Agency

The Cubs announced four roster moves Wednesday and created three spots on the 40-man roster. OF/INF Josh Vitters, INF/OF Chris Valaika and OF Ryan Kalish were outrighted to Iowa after clearing waivers. RHP James McDonald, who spent the season on the 60-day DL and did not count against the 40-man roster, elected free agency. OF […]


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Cubs Position Analysis – Shortstop

Similarly to the first base review, there was a lot of uncertainty going into this season at shortstop due to a poor 2013 by incumbent Starlin Castro who struggled to a .245/.284/.347 average with 34 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs, 44 RBI and nine stolen bases. Castro quieted his critics with a resurgent year by […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/23/14

Position Analysis – Shortstop The third installment of the off-season series to summarize and project how the minor league system looks on a position-by-position basis looks at a position which will probably have most fans and media members talking about this off-season: Shortstop. Shortstop The fans of the Iowa Cubs can sing a version of […]


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