The Roster, The Rumors and Cubs News and Notes

Officially, the Cubs have 34 players on their Spring Training roster, but only 31 of those players are healthy and one has not played in a big league game since March 2. The deadline to unconditionally release players with non-guaranteed contracts and pay only a quarter of their salary is Wednesday at 1:00pm CDT. So, […]

Cabrera and the Cubs Can’t Close Out the Angels – Angels 8, Cubs 4

Spring Training Game Twenty-Nine – Cubs (ss) 4, Angels 8 WP – Cory Rasmus (2-0) LP – Alberto Cabrera (0-1, BS 1) Save – None The Cubs took a 4-2 lead into the ninth inning in front of a record crowd of 15,276 at Cubs Park. But Alberto Cabrera had his worst outing of the […]

Cubs Rotate the Rotation, Castro Gets Minor At Bats and Other Spring Training News

Rick Renteria announced Saturday how he would lineup the first four spots in his rotation to start the season. Jeff Samardzija will pitch Opening Day, as previously announced. Edwin Jackson and Jason Hammel will follow Samardzija with Travis Wood filling the fourth spot in the rotation. Travis Wood will get the ball for the first […]

Cubs Can’t Slow Down the Big Red Hitting Machine – Reds 8, Cubs 3

Cubs Can’t Slow Down the Big Red Hitting Machine – Reds 8, Cubs 3 Spring Training Game Twenty-Six – Cubs 3, Reds 8 WP – Tony Cingrani (2-1) LP – Edwin Jackson (1-3) Save – None Anthony Rizzo drove in two of the Cubs three runs but the Cubs pitching staff could not keep the […]

Questions Remain for the Cubs with a Week Left in Spring Training

The Cubs break camp in five days before wrapping up the exhibition season with two games against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. In one week the Cubs will depart Arizona and fly to Pittsburgh for the start of the season. And the team that is picked to finish at the bottom of the NL Central […]

Rambling about the Cubs While Dreaming of the Dog Days

Hello again, everybody. I know it sounds funny to be dreaming of the dog days of summer, but this Chicago winter wins. It wins more than any winter I can remember, and it wins more than the Yankees, the Cowboys, Duke and Notre Dame combined. That would be Notre Dame, pre-1990. I don’t care what […]

Tigers Reportedly Scouting Darwin Barney and Nate Schierholtz

According to a report from Bruce Levine, the Tigers have their top scout, Scott Reid, watching the Cubs this week. The Tigers are interested in Darwin Barney and Nate Schierholtz as possible replacements for shortstop Jose Iglesias and outfielder Andy Dirks. Levine reported last week the Tigers and Cubs discussed a deal involving either Nate […]

Baez Goes Yard, Cubs Can’t Finish Off Rockies and Drop Another Spring Game – Rockies 9, Cubs 6

Spring Training Game Twenty-Three – Cubs 6, Rockies 9 WP – Ryan Arrowood (1-0) LP – Paolo Espino (0-1, BS 1) Save – None The Cubs were down 5-2 going into the eighth inning. Javier Baez hit a mammoth shot to straight away center off of Rob Scahill that started the comeback. The Cubs scored […]

The Predictable Samardzija Rumors and Other Cubs News and Notes

Jeff Samardzija was back in the rumor mill Monday, that is if he ever left. The unbelievable amount of pitching injuries throughout the league has contenders scrambling to fill holes in their rotations. And teams that were once interested in trading for Samardzija could reopen those discussions. Jeff Samardzija has been named the Cubs Opening […]

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 […]