Still Buzzing about the Olt and Baez Blasts and Cubs Spring Training News and Notes

Mike Olt and Javier Baez picked the right time to make the Peoria Sports Complex look rather small. Olt and Baez launched three home runs late Wednesday night that traveled close to 1200 feet combined. As Len Kasper said during the broadcast, the ball does not travel as well at night in the Cactus League […]

Cubs Spring Training Injury Updates: Castro, Arrieta, Olt and Sweeney

Multiple reports surfaced Monday morning that provided injury updates on players dealing with minor or nagging injuries, or in Jake Arrieta’s case a lingering injury that might cause him to miss time at the beginning of the season. Starlin Castro may be back in the lineup next week. Ryan Sweeney does not think he will […]

The Cubs Need More Jeff Samardzijas, Not Less and Other News from Spring Training

Theo Epstein would like Jeff Samardzija to stay with the Cubs. Jed Hoyer reiterated this week the Cubs need more Jeff Samardzijas on the team, not less. And Jeff Samardzija would like to stay with the team he has a lot invested in. But the two sides remain apart on a long term extension for […]

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 […]