Off the Field News … On the Field Cubs Rumors

As the baseball world descends on Indianapolis ahead of the Winter Meetings that begin on Monday, the Chicago Cubs made a few off the field headlines on Friday. From Spring Training to ticket prices to a facelift for the old scoreboard, there were several tidbits to come out of the offices at Clark and Addison […]

Cubs Week In Review

It is the calm before the proverbial storm throughout baseball. The Winter Meetings begin in one week (December 7 – December 10) in Indianapolis and there are several other important dates on the horizon. Tuesday (December 1) is the deadline for Major League clubs to offer arbitration to their existing free agents … once those […]

Weekend Update … More on Movin’ Milton and Other Cubs Rumors

It is the last Sunday in November and Milton Bradley is still on the Cubs’ roster. Several of the ‘experts‘ and most of the talking heads figured Jim Hendry would have traded Bradley away by now … but the process of dealing Bradley is not an easy one. Expect the rumors to heat up across […]

Outfield Bat on the Cubs Shopping List

It has not been a secret that the Cubs would like to add an outfielder this winter. First line of business is when, where and how much it will cost the Cubs to trade Milton Bradley. The Cubs would like to move Kosuke Fukudome back to right field, where he is an above average defender […]

Weekend Update – 03/23/08

Happy Easter from everyone here at the CCO…. The Weekend Update returns for the final Sunday in Arizona. Counting Sunday’s game, Lou Piniella’s crew has only 5 games left in the desert and 7 total in the exhibition season. The Cubs square off later today in Peoria against Greg Maddux and the Padres. Kerry Wood […]

From the Inbox….and the Mill, Too

Is Lou Piniella overreacting about his players’ lack of production, or is there cause for concern? Piniella was not happy with his team’s offensive output on Tuesday and said he is going to mix things up and play his regulars more. Counting today’s game in Surprise against the Rangers, the Cubs have 18 more games […]

Next Week for Roberts?

It is the never-ending rumor. For the last three plus months the Cubs have apparently had conversations about acquiring Brian Roberts from the Orioles….this much we think we know. Over the past several weeks as soon as one of the well-respected baseball journalists report talks are heating up again, one side will end up denying […]

After Twelve Games….

After starting the exhibition season, 1-3, Lou Piniella’s crew have won 4 of the last 7 and in the process have shown improvement over the past week. Mark DeRosa is expected back on the field on Monday in Maryville while this past week Aramis Ramirez, Alfonso Soriano and Daryle Ward all returned from various injuries. […]

Still Wheelin’ and Dealin’?

A report from SI.com on Monday indicated the talks between the Cubs and the Orioles have heated up concerning, well….whom else but Brian Roberts. Jon Heyman’s report mentioned the talks “were starting to get serious.” Heyman reported one of the trade proposals could include Jay Payton and a deal was in place “a few weeks […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Giants – 03/02/08

Spring Training Game Four: Cubs (1-2) vs. Giants (1-3) Game Time – 2:05pm C.T. – TV: Comcast SportsNet, MLBTV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Channel 179 Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa Ted Lilly (0-0, -.–) vs. Matt Cain (0-0, -.–) A relatively non-eventful Spring Training, with the obvious exception of Mark DeRosa, changed on Saturday […]