The Daily CCO: Cubs Sit Atop CBS Sports Pre-Season Power Rankings, Jon Lester and Other News

Countdown to Pitchers and Catchers: 8 Days CBS Sports’ Matt Snyder released his pre-season power rankings on Wednesday. And the Chicago Cubs, the team FanGraphs has projected to win 94 games in the upcoming season, is No. 1 in the rankings. The front office spent the winter building on a roster that finished third in […]

The Daily CCO: Arrieta Used Dry Deliveries as Part of Off-Season Program and Other Cubs News

Countdown to Pitchers and Catchers: 10 Days Jake Arrieta changed his off-season routine coming off a career year in order to be better prepared for the upcoming season according to a report from the Tribune. Including the playoffs, Jake Arrieta completed 248 2/3 innings last season surpassing his previous high of 176 2/3 innings set […]

The Daily CCO: Long-Term Extension Still a Possibility for Jake Arrieta? And Other Cubs News and Notes

Jake Arrieta set a record Friday when he and the Cubs avoided arbitration by agreeing to terms on a one-year, $10.7 million contract for the upcoming season. Arrieta received the biggest contract ever for a second year arbitration eligible pitcher surpassing the $10.112 million David Price made in 2013. Prior to the Cubs avoiding arbitration […]

Cubs Weekend Headlines: Arrieta Avoids Arbitration, Epstein and Hoyer Talk and BA Ranks the System

Congratulations to Peyton Manning, John Elway and the Denver Broncos for winning Super Bowl 50 … It was a pretty busy three days for the Cubs as the sports world focused on the Super Bowl and the matchup between the eventual champion Broncos and Carolina Panthers. The biggest news of the weekend was the Cubs […]

The Daily CCO: Jed Hoyer, Several Players Already in Mesa as Cubs Prepare for Spring Training

The Cubs first on-field work out of the spring is two weeks from today (Feb. 20). Jed Hoyer is already in Mesa, along with several of the players. Hoyer told Jesse Rogers on Friday, before the Cubs avoided arbitration with Jake Arrieta, that they are expecting a bunch of players at the complex early in […]

Cubs Avoid Arbitration with Jake Arrieta, Sign to One-Year, $10.7 Million Deal

According to multiple reports, the Cubs and Jake Arrieta have avoided arbitration with a one-year contract for the upcoming season. Jake Arrieta has agreed to a record contract for a second year arbitration eligible pitcher. Arrieta will reportedly make $10.7 million, surpassing David Price’s record of $10.1125 million in 2013. David Price made $4.35 million in […]

MLB Network Ranks Jake Arrieta Second Best Starting Pitcher in the Game

Jake Arrieta earned the Cy Young Award in the National League last season after an historic second half. With the pre-season rankings coming out, Arrieta is in the conversation as one of the top five starting pitchers in the game. And many feel Arrieta is the best pitcher in baseball not named Clayton Kershaw. The […]

Jake Arrieta’s Arbitration Hearing Set for February 9

According to reports from Bruce Levine and Gordon Wittenmyer, Jake Arrieta’s arbitration hearing is set for Tuesday, Feb. 9 in Arizona, not in mid-February as a previous report indicated. Jake Arrieta is asking for $13 million in his second year of arbitration eligibility. The Cubs submitted a $7.5 million figure. If the two sides cannot […]

How the Front Office Built the Cubs 40-Man Roster

FanGraphs posted an interesting report on how each team built their current 40-man roster. August Fagerstrom examined all 30 rosters and broke the player acquisitions into six categories: Amateur Draft, Free Agent, Trade, International, Waivers and Rule 5 Draft. And provided the projected WAR for the categories based on Steamer projections. The Cubs drafted eight […]

Cubs Updated Pitching Staff Projections

With pitchers and catchers reporting to Mesa in 17 days, opinions vary on the Cubs starting rotation and bullpen. Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester lead a starting staff that is considered one of the six or seven best rotations in baseball. John Lackey and Jason Hammel should slot in behind Arrieta and Lester. Kyle Hendricks begins […]