Minor Deals and Rosters, Sponsors and Other Cubs News and Notes

Tuesday was a rather quiet day for the Cubs as to be expected, with a few exceptions. The Cubs signed veteran right-handed pitcher Joel Pineiro to a minor league contract. Pineiro will report to Mesa and workout for 10 days in extended spring training before reporting to Triple-A Iowa. It is unclear at this point […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 03/31/14

Minor League Predictions It’s time once again for me to look into my crystal ball. Every season, I wildly grope to try and make some prescient comments concerning the approximately 300 players that will don a uniform in the Cubs’ minor league system. The upcoming season has the looks of an exciting one for fans […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 03/24/14

Minor League Preview – Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa Good Morning to everyone at the CCO! Today is the last of a three part installment previewing the 2014 minor league season.  We will be discussing each level’s strengths, weaknesses, and things to look for. Please note that the previews are based on current roster assignments […]

Cubs Lose McDonald to Injury and the Exhibition Game to the A’s – Athletics 6, Cubs 2

Spring Training Game Twenty-One – Cubs (ss) 2, Athletics 6 WP – Joe Savery (1-0) LP – Yao-Lin Wang (0-1) Save – None James McDonald exited Monday’s game in Phoenix after only his second pitch of the day and his early departure set a tone for the afternoon. The Cubs were never in the exhibition […]

Cubs Trim Two Players from Spring Roster

The Cubs announced two more spring roster moves Friday. Two days after trimming the spring roster by ten players, the Cubs optioned RHP Dallas Beeler to Triple-A Iowa and reassigned RHP Marcus Hatley. With the two moves, the Cubs spring roster officially stands at 54 players. Neither roster move should come as a surprise. Beeler […]

Cubs Spring Training Videos

The CCO was in Arizona for the opening weekend of  Cactus League games (Feb. 27 – March 2) and was able to see several of the top prospects in the system as well as the tremendous new facility. I posted several photos of Cubs Park and the facility on the CCO’s Facebook page earlier this […]

Cubs Rally in the Ninth and Top the Angels in Tempe – Cubs 3, Angels 2

Spring Training Game Nine – Cubs (ss) 3, Angels (ss) 2 WP – Brian Schlitter (1-0) LP – Josh Wall (0-1, BS 1) Save – Jonathan Sanchez (1) With Brandon Hyde calling the shots, the exhibition between the Cubs and Angels in Tempe on Friday afternoon was a low scoring game until the ninth inning. […]

Cubs Agree to Terms on 2014 Contracts with 19 Pre-Arbitration Players

The Cubs announced Monday afternoon the team agreed to terms with the 19 players on the 40-man roster with 0-3 years of Major League service time. The Major League minimum is $500,000 for the 2014 season and the terms on the contracts for Jake Arrieta and Welington Castillo were not released. Castillo was paid $503,000 […]

The Moose Was Loose In Mesa – Royals 5, Cubs 3

Spring Training Game Three – Cubs 3, Royals 5 WP – Wade Davis (1-0) LP – Edwin Jackson (0-1) Save – Michael Mariot (1) On a chilly day in front of a Cactus League record crowd of 14,680, Mike Moustakas hit a pair of home runs and drove in three of the Royals’ five runs […]

Mike Olt Completes First Live BP Session and News from Day Eight of Cubs Camp

With a week before the first Cactus League game of the spring, the Cubs got their work in at Cubs Park on Thursday. Live batting practice continued with pitchers such as Edwin Jackson, Neil Ramirez, Jason Hammel, Wesley Wright, Jonathan Sanchez, Dallas Beeler, Kyle Hendricks, Eric Jokisch, Blake Parker and Carlos Pimentel taking the hill. […]