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 […]

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Report: Cubs Have Talked to the Diamondbacks about Miguel Montero

According to a report from Nick Piecoro in the Arizona Repblic, the Cubs are one of at least three teams that have talked to the Diamondbacks about catcher Miguel Montero. The White Sox and Dodgers have also spoken with Arizona about its backstop. The Diamondbacks “continue to have dialogue with other clubs on a variety […]

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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. […]

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Cubs Reportedly Inquired about Nick Swisher

Updated 8:30am CST: According to Bruce Miles and Carrie Muskat, the Cubs have not inquired about Nick Swisher. Miles said on Twitter, his source vehemently denied the report stating the Cubs had inquired about Swisher. Ken Rosenthal reported Tuesday the Indians are “exploring a wide range of options, including a trade of Nick Swisher for another […]

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The Daily CCO: Cubs Not Included on Cole Hamels Updated No-Trade List

Happy Veterans Day A tip of the cap to those that have given the ultimate sacrifice and served our country to protect our freedom, you are the true heroes. Cole Hamels has a clause in the six-year, $144 million extension he signed in July 2012 that allows him to submit a no-trade list by Nov. […]

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The Daily CCO: Starlin Castro is Going to Be the Cubs Shortstop in 2015

Jed Hoyer reiterated Thursday what he and Theo Epstein have been saying since the Cubs’ season ended, Starlin Castro is the team’s starting shortstop in 2015. Buster Olney brought up Thursday how well the Cubs and Mets would match-up on a trade, swapping a shortstop for a pitcher, despite multiple reports from Cubs and Mets […]

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Cubs Position Analysis – Starting Pitchers

A strength for the Cubs the year before with a 3.97 ERA, starting pitching was an absolute rollercoaster for the team last season totaling a 50-63 record, 798 strikeouts in 927 innings with a 4.11 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. The Cubs were among the best in the league at the beginning of the year, but […]

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James Shields Could Reportedly Be a Fallback Option for the Cubs

The Cubs have made no secret of the fact they are looking to add one, ideally two starting pitchers this off-season. While a report from Nick Cafardo indicated the Cubs would possibly go after both Jon Lester and Max Scherzer this winter, realistically if the front office signs two starters, one would be a top […]

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The Daily CCO: Addison Russell Goes Deep, Cubs Rumors and a Wrigley Field Restoration Update

Addison Russell had a good Tuesday in the Arizona Fall League and he helped Mesa beat Surprise 11-6. Russell was the Solar Sox’s DH and went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI, his first longball in the fall league. Russell smacked a two-run homer in the fifth inning. Russell is 7-for-36 in nine […]

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The Daily CCO: Cubs Plan Patience as Focus Shifts to Competing in 2015

The Cubs have shifted its focus from a purely talent acquisition mode to a team that the front office feels is ready to compete next season while continuing the development of the young players at the Major League level. “We are going to compete while we develop young players. We are not going to go […]

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