Cubs Off-Season Stirred … But Not Shaken

Cliff Lee’s shocking decision to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies changed the off-season throughout the league. With Lee off the market, the Yankees and Rangers will turn their attention to other players, which in turn will have a direct impact on the Chicago Cubs. The Lee signing affects not only the teams trying to acquire […]

Garza Still Very Much In Play for the Cubs?

If the past three Decembers are any indication, the next two weeks could be very interesting for the Chicago Cubs. As Bruce Miles pointed out, Jim Hendry has made several moves in late December over the last three years. The Cubs signed Kosuke Fukudome (2007), traded Milton Bradley and acquired Carlos Silva (2009), signed Joey […]

Baseball Prospectus Top 20 Cubs Prospects

Baseball Prospectus recently published their list of the top prospects in the Cubs system. Kevin Goldstein said the Cubs system doesn’t really have any impact talent but has a lot of depth. According to Goldstein, “While the Cubs’ system is a deep one that will produce plenty of big league talents, the team still needs […]

Weekend Update … Cubs All About the Pitching

Now that Jim Hendry has a Major League first baseman on his roster, the Cubs appear to be focused on improving the pitching staff … both in the rotation and in the pen. Brandon Webb and Matt Garza are on the Cubs radar. Some reports have Webb being the Cubs’ “top starting target” but there […]

Weekend Update … Cubs Interested in Brandon Webb and Hawpe-ing on Rumors

With the Thanksgiving holiday in the rearview mirror, the Cubs should announce Larry Rothschild’s replacement over the next week. Mark Riggins, the Cubs minor league pitching coordinator, is the favorite to land the gig. Lester Strode (Cubs Bullpen Coach), Mike Mason (I-Cubs Pitching Coach) and Dennis Lewellyn (Smokies Pitching Coach) are the other known candidates […]

Cubs Prospects Caught on Film

You’ve heard the names and you’ve read the stats … but have you seen Brett Jackson make a diving catch or Brandon Guyer hit a home run? What about Hak-Ju Lee, Chris Carpenter or Chris Archer? The CCO’s look at the Cubs farm system continues today, but this time we will let the video do […]

The CCO’s Top 15 Cubs Prospects

The Cubs’ farm system has shown a lot of improvement over the last two seasons. After being ranked as high as tenth in the game in 2005, the Cubs system slipped to 18 in 2008 and plummeted to 27 in 2009. With a couple of solid drafts, free-agent amateur signings and players performing at, or […]

Moore from the Cubs Rumor Mill

The GM Meetings officially began Tuesday … and the first big trade of the off-season was announced shortly after Roy Halladay was named the NL Cy Young award winner. Outside of Dan Uggla being dealt to the Braves for Mike Dunn and Cub-for-a-minute, Omar Infante, the GMs discussed possible changes to the current Wild Card […]

Weekend Update … What’s Next for the Cubs?

With Mike Quade in the fold, what is next for the Chicago Cubs? Quade, Jim Hendry and the front office are expected to meet in the coming week to discuss Quade’s coaching staff for 2011. Larry Rothschild, Rudy Jaramillo and Lester Strode will return but the Alan Trammell, Ivan DeJesus and Bobby Dernier could be […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/18/10

The Arizona Fall League and Venezuelan Winter League kick-off, while the Arizona Instructional League and the Pan American Qualifiers wind down. Several Cubs farmhands have bad first outings in Winter Ball. Chris Archer strikes out ten in six strong innings for team USA. Josh Vitters sees action at first and third and goes deep for […]