Cubs Announce Minor League Managers, Staff and Coordinators for the 2016 Season

The Cubs announced the managers and coaching staffs Thursday for each of its minor league affiliates and the organization’s minor league coordinators for the 2016 season. Marty Peavy (Triple-A Iowa), Mark Johnson (Double-A Tennessee), Buddy Bailey (High-A Myrtle Beach), Jimmy Gonzalez (Low-A South Bend), Jesus Feliciano (Short-Season Eugene), Carmelo Martinez (Rookie Ball Mesa), Claudio Almonte […]

Javier Baez to Play Center Field in Winter Ball

During his pre-Winter Meetings conference call with the beat writers Friday, Theo Epstein said Javier Baez will get playing time in center field this winter. Baez is currently playing for Santurce of the Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League in Puerto Rico. Javier Baez has appeared in one game (Dec. 1), lined up at second base […]

The Daily CCO: Cubs News, Notes and Rumors on the Eve of the Winter Meetings

The baseball world has set up shop at the Manchester Grand Hotel in San Diego for the Winter Meetings. It is expected to be a busy week throughout the game as teams attempt to fill holes on their rosters. The annual gathering does not officially begin until Monday, but the Twitter Machine figures to heat […]

Cubs Announce Hiring of Dave Martinez and Joe Maddon’s Coaching Staff

The Cubs announced the hiring of Dave Martinez as the team’s bench coach Thursday and Joe Maddon’s entire coaching staff for the 2015 season. Brandon Hyde was shifted to first base coach, replacing Doug Dascenzo who was named first base coach on Oct. 9. Dascenzo will remain in the organization as outfield and baserunning coordinator […]

The Daily CCO: Dave Martinez Inching Closer to a Job on Maddon’s Staff? And Other Cubs News and Rumors

Jed Hoyer said Wednesday he and Theo Epstein planned to talk to Joe Maddon about Dave Martinez joining the Cubs coaching staff. Martinez resigned his position with the Rays after being passed over for Tampa’s managerial opening. According to Marc Topkin, the Cubs asked for and received permission from the Rays to talk to Dave […]

Report: Rays Would Not Keep Dave Martinez from Interviewing with Another Team

Updated 11:45am CST – According to a report from Bill Chastain, Dave Martinez has decided to leave the Tampa Bay Rays. Ken Rosenthal reported Monday night that the Rays “would not stand in Dave Martinez’s way if the Cubs or another club requested to interview him for a coaching position.” Could Martinez officially being able […]

The Daily CCO: The Return of Hank White and Other Cubs News and Rumors

The Cubs took the first step in announcing Joe Maddon’s coaching staff Saturday when the team confirmed reports Henry Blanco had left Arizona to return to the Cubs. Blanco was a clubhouse leader and fan favorite during his time with the Cubs (2005-2008) and was part of two division winning teams. Henry Blanco, nicknamed Hank […]

Henry Blanco Joins Joe Maddon’s Staff as Quality Assurance Coach

According to multiple reports, Henry Blanco has left the Arizona Diamondbacks and is returning to the Cubs. The Cubs have hired Henry Blanco to be the team’s new quality assurance coach, replacing Jose Castro. Castro left the Cubs to take the assistant hitting coach’s job in Atlanta. Henry Blanco was the Diamondbacks bullpen catcher/coach last season. […]

The Daily CCO: Could Dave Martinez Land on Joe Maddon’s Coaching Staff?

The Tampa Bay Rays narrowed its managerial search to three finalists Friday: Kevin Cash, Raul Ibanez and Don Wakamatsu. And Joe Maddon’s former bench coach, Dave Martinez did not make it to the second round of interviews. The Rays are looking for a new voice in the clubhouse, so the man that was believed to […]

The Daily CCO: Backup Options for the Outfield, Updating Lester and Other Cubs News, Notes and Rumors

Not only are the Cubs waiting on Jon Lester, but the front office has roster decisions to make while looking for backup options in the outfield. Thursday is the deadline (10:59pm CST) for teams to file their reserve rosters at the Major League and minor league levels to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft. […]