No Shortage at Shortstop, Arrieta Throws Off a Mound and Other Cubs Spring Training News

The Cubs’ shortstop is Starlin Castro and Iowa’s shortstop is Javier Baez at least that is what Jed Hoyer said Wednesday. But with every home run Baez hits and every play he makes in the field while Castro is out of the lineup, the noise from the fan base gets louder about Baez breaking camp […]

Castro Sidelined, Arrieta Close to Throwing Off a Mound, Buckner Retires and Cubs Spring Training News

Rick Renteria announced Monday that Starlin Castro will miss 7-10 days with a mild right hamstring strain. Castro suffered the injury Sunday trying to steal second base in the first inning. Following the game against the Royals, Castro downplayed the injury and said it was not as bad as the one that cost him around […]

Cubs Agree to Terms on 2014 Contracts with 19 Pre-Arbitration Players

The Cubs announced Monday afternoon the team agreed to terms with the 19 players on the 40-man roster with 0-3 years of Major League service time. The Major League minimum is $500,000 for the 2014 season and the terms on the contracts for Jake Arrieta and Welington Castillo were not released. Castillo was paid $503,000 […]

Cubs Storylines of the Spring

Regardless of the win-loss expectancy at the big league level, this spring and the upcoming season are important steps in the building process for the organization. And the Cubs take another step Thursday afternoon when Rick Renteria’s team kicks off the Cactus League schedule against Kirk Gibson’s Arizona Diamondbacks. Several players that are coming off […]

Under Armour Performance Center, Cubs Top the Cubs and News from Day 14 of Cubs Camp

The Cubs and Under Armour announced a new multi-year agreement Wednesday that renamed the team’s training facility at Riverview Park the Under Armour Performance Center at Cubs Park. The Cubs are still exploring corporate sponsorship for Cubs Park. Colin Faulkner said Wednesday, “It’s rare to have naming rights for a ballpark in the Cactus League. […]

Vizcaino Throws BP, Let the Exhibition Games Begin and News from Day 10 of Cubs Camp

Arodys Vizcaino threw live batting practice Saturday off the mound at Field 1. This is a good sign for Vizcaino and the Cubs. Vizcaino has thrown his bullpen sessions this spring. Saturday was the first time news surfaced that he threw batting practice. Rick Renteria told ESPN Chicago that Vizcaino “looked very, very good” on […]

Samardzija Set for Spring Opener, Baez Bashes a Window and News from Day Nine of Cubs Camp

The Cubs wrapped up the first full week of practice Friday, the Cactus League games begin in five days and Rick Renteria named his starter for the spring opener. Jeff Samardzija will be the first pitcher to take the hill at brand new Cubs Park in a Cactus League contest Thursday when the Cubs open […]

Mike Olt Completes First Live BP Session and News from Day Eight of Cubs Camp

With a week before the first Cactus League game of the spring, the Cubs got their work in at Cubs Park on Thursday. Live batting practice continued with pitchers such as Edwin Jackson, Neil Ramirez, Jason Hammel, Wesley Wright, Jonathan Sanchez, Dallas Beeler, Kyle Hendricks, Eric Jokisch, Blake Parker and Carlos Pimentel taking the hill. […]

Cubs Shot Some B-Ball Outside of the Training Room and News from Day Six of Cubs Camp

Pitchers and catchers reportedly had a light workout schedule Tuesday as the position players rolled into camp ahead of the first full squad workout on Wednesday. Position players had to be in Mesa by the end of the day. So while Starlin Castro and Junior Lake had not reported before the media called it a […]

Position Players Report Tuesday, Castro a Leadoff Candidate and News from Day Four of Cubs Camp

Position players do not have to be in Mesa until Tuesday. The first full squad workout of the spring is not until Wednesday and the forecast is looking good in Arizona for the entire spring roster getting on the field (81 degrees with a slight chance of rain). Many of the position players are already […]