The Daily CCO: Cubs Asking a Steep Price for Welington Castillo? And Other News and Rumors

The Welington Castillo rumors have picked up in the last 24 hours as front offices look to fill holes in their rosters before pitchers and catchers report in a month. Multiple reports Monday linked Castillo to the Diamondbacks. Dave Stewart is working hard to find a catcher and reports point to Stewart talking to the […]


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Rambling About the Cubs from The Frigid Confines

Hello again, everybody. I hope you and yours had a very merry and joyous holiday season. As 2015 gets off to a frigid start, it is fun to dream of warmer temps and more enjoyable surroundings, like the 24-degree game we have to look forward on Opening Easter Sunday Night. As the country is mired […]


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Diamondbacks Continue to Look at the Cubs’ Welington Castillo

The Cubs have four catchers on the 40-man roster as the first week of January comes to an end. But it does not appear the front office is in a rush to move Welington Castillo. The Cubs starting catcher the previous two seasons became expendable in the right deal not long after Miguel Montero was […]


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Cubs Have Several Unchecked Boxes on Off-Season To-Do List

When the Cubs’ off-season began in October, all signs were pointing toward the front office being rather active throughout the winter. And three months into baseball’s second season, it’s been more than was advertised. Not only has Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer made several changes to the big league roster, coaching staff and manager, the […]


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Cubs Not Alone in Pursuit of Depth in the Outfield

After the additions of Jon Lester and David Ross to the roster, the front office was supposed to shift its focus to adding depth to the outfield. Theo Epstein said, “Outfield is probably one area where we’re most focused if we were going to add a significant or semi-significant piece the rest of the way. […]


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Pitching Staff Projections for the 2015 Chicago Cubs

Pitchers and catchers don’t report for seven weeks and Opening Night against the Cardinals is more than four months away, but it’s never too early for projections. For the first time during the Theo Epstein-Jed Hoyer regime the team’s focus will be on winning ballgames. The front office, Joe Maddon and a few of the […]


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Winter Meetings 2014: Cubs Leave San Diego with Two Starting Pitchers, a Catcher and Irons in the Fire

The Cubs had a very good week in San Diego and the front office is not done shaping the big league roster. Jed Hoyer said Thursday after the meetings officially wrapped, the Cubs “have irons in the fire, both trade-wise and free-agent wise” and are “far from a finished product.” Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer […]


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The Daily CCO: Cubs are Sticking to The Plan and Other News and Rumors

Theo Epstein met with the beat writers Wednesday afternoon in San Diego and shot down several internet reports about the Cubs pursuing a “big bat” and another top of the rotation-type starter on the free agent market, like James Shields. Epstein did not address signing Jon Lester but he did say the Cubs would not […]


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Cubs Player Profile: Jason Hammel

At the start of the Winter Meetings, the Cubs struck first and signed a free agent pitcher, but not the one everyone was waiting for. Jason Hammel is obviously not the pitcher that Jon Lester is, but he does improve the ball club and his two-year, $20 million deal with a club option for a […]


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Winter Meetings 2014: Cubs Have Work to Do in San Diego

Baseball’s Winter Meetings are underway in San Diego and run through Thursday (Dec. 7-11). It is expected to be a rather busy week at the annual gathering throughout the game. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are expecting a lot of activity this week, but not necessarily with the Cubs. The front office has a list […]


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