The Daily CCO: Jorge Soler, the Fifth Rotation Spot and Cubs News from Day Eleven of Camp Maddon

Countdown to Cubs Cactus League Openers: 2 days Rain shortened the Cubs workouts Monday. The outdoor drills Joe Maddon had planned were pushed to Tuesday as the players took advantage of the indoor facilities at the Cubs complex. And photo day was a huge success on Twitter. Jorge Soler spoke with the beat writers Monday […]


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Maddon Makes It Official: Jon Lester to Start Opening Night, Kyle Hendricks Basically a Lock as Cubs Fourth Starter

It’s official, Jon Lester will throw the first pitch of the 2015 baseball season. Joe Maddon removed any doubt Monday who he would be giving the ball to on Opening Night, April 5 against the Cardinals at Wrigley Field. Maddon officially named Lester his Opening Night starter. Maddon also confirmed that Kyle Hendricks is basically […]


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Joe Maddon Announces Cubs Rotation for First Six Spring Games, Jon Lester to Make Debut Friday

The Cubs begin play in the Cactus League on Thursday with a split squad day. And on Monday, Joe Maddon announced his starting rotation for the first six exhibition games. Travis Wood (A’s) and Jacob Turner (Giants) get the Cactus League openers on Thursday. And Wood will oppose fellow lefty Barry Zito at Sloan Park. Jon […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 02/16/15

Greetings to everyone at the CCO! With the Winter League seasons over and Opening Day for the Minor Leagues weeks away, it’s time to step away from reporting and move to more feature articles.  For the fifth year, the Down on the Farm Reports returns to a popular feature entitled … Bubble Players and Bubble […]


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Cubs 2015 Spring Training Preview: Starting Pitchers

Thanks to an off-season spending spree aimed largely at the starting rotation, there’s a lot of buzz surrounding the Cubs pitchers. Improvement was necessary to a group that saw 13 pitchers make a start and compile a 4.11 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. Let’s take a look at some of the stories for Spring Training and […]


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The Daily CCO: Cubs Expecting Resolution and Vindication Soon on Tampering Charges

Major League Baseball has not ruled on the tampering charges the Rays filed against the Cubs over the hiring Joe Maddon. A resolution was expected two months ago on the matter. According to a report from Marc Topkin, Theo Epstein is expecting the Cubs to be cleared of the charges soon. Bob Nightengale reported Thursday […]


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From the Wire: Cubs and Pedro Strop Avoid Arbitration, Agree to Terms on a One-Year Contract

According to a report from Jon Heyman, the Cubs and RHP Pedro Strop agreed to terms on a one-year contract for $2.525 million. The Cubs and Strop settled slightly over the midpoint. Strop submitted a $3 million figure and the Cubs filed at $2 million. Strop avoided arbitration a year ago and was paid $1.325 million. […]


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From the Wire: Cubs Avoid Arbitration with OF Dexter Fowler, Agree to Terms on a One-Year Contract

According to a report from Jon Heyman, the Cubs and newly acquired OF Dexter Fowler agreed to terms on a one-year contract for $9.5 million. The Cubs have agreed to terms on one-year deals with six of the team’s seven arbitration eligible players. The Cubs reportedly signed RHP Jake Arrieta ($3.63 million), LHP Felix Doubront […]


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The Daily CCO: Starlin Castro, Javier Baez and Other News, Notes and Rumors from the Cubs Convention

Starlin Castro addressed the two incidents in the Dominican Republic with the beat writers Friday and admitted he “was in the wrong situation at the wrong time.” Starlin Castro is living in Arizona now, preparing for Spring Training, but he could make a permanent move to Arizona and out of the Dominican Republic. Castro is […]


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From the Wire: Cubs Agree to Terms on a One-Year Contract and Avoid Arbitration with Luis Valbuena

According to multiple reports, the Cubs and INF Luis Valbuena agreed to terms on a one-year, $4.2 million contract for the 2015 season. The Cubs agreed to terms on one-year deals with six of the seven arbitration eligible players prior to Friday’s deadline to exchange salary arbitration figures. The Cubs have reportedly agreed to terms […]


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