The Daily CCO: Cubs Exploring a Trade for a Top Closer? And Other News, Notes and Rumors

Baseball’s Winter Meetings get underway today before officially starting Monday. It is expected to be a rather wild five days throughout the game. It is known Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer would like to add depth to the bullpen. The Cubs are believed to be happy with Hector Rondon closing games. Rondon is coming off […]

Cubs Avoid Arbitration with Clayton Richard, Tender Contracts to Six Arbitration Eligible Players

The Cubs tendered contracts to six of the nine arbitration eligible players, including RHP Jake Arrieta and LHP Travis Wood, avoided arbitration with LHP Rex Brothers and LHP Clayton Richard and non-tendered RHP Ryan Cook and LHP Jack Leathersich. The Cubs tendered contracts for the 2016 season to all but one of the automatic renewal players […]

Cubs 2015 Position Review – Bullpen

In our last installment, we analyzed a starting pitching staff that despite a lack of depth was one of the best in all of baseball. While their accomplishments were impressive, what may be even better was a bullpen that finished eighth in overall ERA at 3.38 with 20 pitchers and two position players making at […]

Cubs 2015 Team Leaders – Pitching

The Cubs 2015 pitching staff will be remembered by the season turned in by Jake Arrieta. And his historic second half alone should make him the fifth Cy Young award winner in franchise history. Jake Arrieta dominated after the break like no other starting pitcher the game has ever seen. Arrieta was 12-1 in 15 […]

Arbitration Eligible Players Will Put a Pretty Big Dent in Cubs Available Payroll for 2016

The Cubs have 10 players eligible for salary arbitration. Jake Arrieta is the biggest of the group and will receive the largest pay increase. Chris Coghlan, Justin Grimm, Jonathan Herrera, Clayton Richard, Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, Taylor Teagarden, Justin Turner and Travis Wood are arbitration eligible for the 2016 season. The deadline to tender contracts to […]

Well, That’s It Boys … Great Season! Cubs Lose Game 4 of NLCS – Mets 8, Cubs 3

National League Championship Series Game 4 – Cubs 3, Mets 8 WP – Bartolo Colon (1-0) LP – Jason Hammel (0-1) Save – None The Cubs season came to an end Wednesday night as the Mets completed the four-game sweep of the NLCS and advanced to the World Series. The Cubs were unable to slow […]

Too Many Mistakes, Cubs Give the Mets Game 3 of the NLCS – Mets 5, Cubs 2

National League Championship Series Game 3 – Cubs 2, Mets 5 WP – Jacob deGrom (1-0) LP – Trevor Cahill (0-1) Save – Jeurys Familia (3) The Cubs defensive issues caught up with them Tuesday night and it cost them Game 3 of the National League Championship Series. The Cubs gave the Mets too many […]

Cubs Power Downs the Cardinals, Cubs Advance to the NLCS – Cubs 6, Cardinals 4

National League Division Series Game 4 – Cubs 6, Cardinals 4 WP – Trevor Cahill (1-0, BS 1) LP – Kevin Siegrist (0-1) Save – Hector Rondon (2) Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber launched home runs to right field and Jason Hammel put the Cubs on the board with a two-out single in […]

Cubs Take Lead in Series Behind Historic Home Run Parade – Cubs 8, Cardinals 6

National League Division Series Game 3 – Cubs 8, Cardinals 6 WP – Jake Arrieta (1-0) LP – Michael Wacha (0-1) Save – None The Cubs outslugged the Cardinals on Monday night and took a 2-1 lead in the best of five National League Division Series. The Cubs set Major League records and became the […]

Small Ball and Soler Power Evens the Series – Cubs 6, Cardinals 3

National League Division Series Game 2 – Cubs 6, Cardinals 3 WP – Travis Wood (1-0) LP – Jaime Garcia (0-1) Save – Hector Rondon (1) The Cubs scored five runs in the second inning on two squeeze bunts, an infield single and a two-run homer from Jorge Soler. The Cubs built a 6-1 lead […]