Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/23/13

As we head into the holidays, the winter seasons begin to wind down and prepare for the playoffs. This past week pitching was still the story as several players who may have been thought to be done for the winter, such as Jeffry Antigua, Alberto Cabrera, and Eduardo Figueroa, resurfaced. Meanwhile, both Frank Batista and […]

Cubs Working on the Big League Roster, Focus on the Minors and Other News and Rumors

Weekend Update It could be a very busy 72 hours throughout the game leading up to Christmas, especially if the Rakuten Eagles finally make a decision, one way or the other, to post Masahiro Tanaka. Players prefer to know where they will be playing prior to the holidays and there are several free agents still […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/16/13

Pitching was the storyline last week in the winter leagues as Frank Batista has emerged as a go-to reliever in the Dominican League. Carlos Pimentel raised his record to 5-0 while Ryan Searle moved to 2-0 in the Australian Baseball League. To learn more, check out today’s report.

Minor League Signings and Other Cubs Notes from Down on the Farm

While the front office has not made many changes to the 40-man roster to this point of the off-season, the Cubs have signed 14 players to minor league contracts that include non-roster invites to Spring Training. Rick Renteria and his staff spent the weekend in Mesa planning for Spring Training. Cubs’ pitchers and catchers report […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/08/13

With the winter season progressing into the second half, the Cubs winter league rosters have expanded. Outfielder Darnell McDonald has joined the Mexican Pacific League, while IF/OF Greg Rohan is now part of the Roberto Clemente League. In addition, pitcher Ryan Searle made his winter debut. To see how the fresh faces, as well as […]

Time for the Cubs to Shop at the Winter Meetings

Baseball’s Winter Meetings officially kickoff Monday in Orlando and the Cubs are reportedly looking to add relievers, at least one starter, an outfielder and players to round out the bench to the roster. But the big noise around the Cubs during the coming week will be about two starting pitchers … one Theo Epstein and […]

Baseball’s Hot Stove is Heating Up and Other Cubs News, Notes and Rumors

The Winter Meetings are less than a week away and Monday was a good preview of what is expected to be a busy three days in Orlando throughout the game. There was more player movement on Monday and teams decided to part ways with several players prior to Monday’s deadline to tender contracts for the […]

Cubs Re-Sign OF Darnell McDonald to Minor League Contract

According to a report from Baseball America, the Cubs re-signed outfielder Darnell McDonald to a minor league contract. The deal should include a non-roster invite to Major League Spring Training. McDonald spent last season in the Cubs organization and finished the year with the big league club. The 35-year old outfielder hit .302/.351/.434/.785 with four […]

Cubs Outright Six Players Off 40-Man Roster

The Cubs made six rosters moves on Wednesday morning and reduced the 40-man roster to 37 players. The Cubs activated RHP Rafael Dolis, RHP Zach Putnam and OF Thomas Neal from the 60-day DL, all three players cleared waivers and were outrighted off the 40-man roster. The Cubs also waived OF Darnell McDonald, catcher J.C. […]

Yankees Won’t Allow the Cubs to Speak with Girardi

According to a report from Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, the Yankees will not grant the Cubs permission to talk to Joe Girardi about managing the team if they ask. Feinsand reported the Yankees are not willing to give the Cubs a chance to lure Girardi away “while they are trying to […]