The Daily CCO: Extension Talks with Jake Arrieta Still a Possibility this Off-Season

Jake Arrieta is coming off a career-year. Arrieta emerged as the top starter on the Cubs staff and posted a 10-5 record in 25 starts with a 2.53 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 2.26 FIP. Arrieta struck out 167 batters with 41 walks in 156 2/3 innings. Arrieta has been very good with the Cubs under […]

The Daily CCO: Checking on Javier Baez in Winter Ball and Other Cubs News and Rumors

Javier Baez appeared in his fourth game Wednesday for Santurce and reached base twice in four at bats. Baez played second base, hit third and scored his team’s only run. Baez went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and a strikeout in Santurce’s 2-1 loss to San Juan. Javier Baez is 5-for-14 in four games […]

The Daily CCO: Jason Motte Says Hello to Cubs Fans and Other News, Notes and Rumors

Ken Rosenthal reported Tuesday that RHP Jason Motte passed his physical and his one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Cubs was done. Motte’s contract includes a $2.5 million incentives package based on games finished. The Cubs have not announced signing Jason Motte and will have to open a spot on the 40-man roster in order […]

Cubs Reported as a Possible Suitor for RHP Kenta Maeda

Reports have indicated the Hiroshima Carp could post RHP Kenta Maeda before the end of the month. Once he’s posted, Maeda will garner a lot of attention as teams across the league lineup to commit the $20 million fee for the right to negotiate a deal with him. Last year it was believed the clubs […]

The Daily CCO: Russell Martin to Reject Pirates Qualifying Offer and Other Cubs News and Rumors

Monday is the deadline for the 12 players to accept or reject the $15.3 qualifying offer for next season. The Cubs have been linked heavily to four of the 12 players: Russell Martin, Max Scherzer, David Robertson and James Shields. According to a report from Jon Heyman, as expected Russell Martin will officially reject the […]

Second-Tier Pitching Options for the Cubs

By all accounts, Jon Lester is at the top of the Cubs list and is the front office’s primary pitching target of the off-season. James Shields has been mentioned as a fallback option in case the front office can’t land Lester. The Cubs are reportedly interested in Max Scherzer as well. And Cole Hamels is […]

Cubs Position Analysis – Starting Pitchers

A strength for the Cubs the year before with a 3.97 ERA, starting pitching was an absolute rollercoaster for the team last season totaling a 50-63 record, 798 strikeouts in 927 innings with a 4.11 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. The Cubs were among the best in the league at the beginning of the year, but […]

Free Agent LHP Brett Anderson a Possible Buy-Low Option for the Cubs?

According to a report from the Sun-Times, LHP Brett Anderson can be added to the list of free agent starting pitchers that are on the Cubs radar this winter. The Cubs’ plans for the winter season have not changed with Joe Maddon now in the fold and calling the shots from the dugout. The front […]

James Shields Could Reportedly Be a Fallback Option for the Cubs

The Cubs have made no secret of the fact they are looking to add one, ideally two starting pitchers this off-season. While a report from Nick Cafardo indicated the Cubs would possibly go after both Jon Lester and Max Scherzer this winter, realistically if the front office signs two starters, one would be a top […]

Cubs Reportedly at the Top of Jake Peavy’s Wish List

Jake Peavy has gone from a possible back-up plan for the Cubs if the front office is not able to sign Jon Lester to telling the Sun-Times that he and Lester are a “package deal” for any team. Peavy and Lester are very close and while he would not confirm his interest in the Cubs […]