Cubs Comfortable Betting on Baker, Still Pursuing Pitching

The Cubs added a starting pitcher to the mix when they announced that Scott Baker signed a one-year, $5.5 million deal on Tuesday that includes a $1.5 million incentives package. Theo Epstein did a little rhyming when he discussed the signing with the mainstream media. Epstein said that “Scott Baker is a pitch maker” and […]

Time for the GMs to Meet … and Other Cubs Notes and Rumors

The annual General Manager Meetings officially begin Wednesday in Palm Springs. The meetings run through Friday and these meetings usually set the groundwork for future trades and free agent signings. Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, Jason McLeod, Randy Bush and Shiraz Rehman made the trek out west and will continue conversations they’ve already had with other […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/17/12

Second Half Minor League Report In looking at the Cubs’ minor league system for the second half of the 2012 season, one can break things down into three phases. First there are the AZL Cubs and the Boise Hawks, which received the greatest influence of the Cubs’ new front office team. With their rosters heavily […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/30/12

Entering the final week of the minor league season has different meanings at each level. For the players in Iowa, such as Greg Rohan and Dave Sappelt, it means their last chance to make an impression and hope for a September call-up to the big leagues. In Boise and Arizona, players like Stephen Bruno, Jeimer […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/23/12

Playoffs??!! Are you kidding ME??!! Apparently, no, as both Boise and the AZL Cubs have the post season in their sights. Boise has the post-season on their minds for their second consecutive season as they ride the Northwest League’s leading hitter Stephen Bruno, along with Gioskar Amaya, Dan Vogelbach, Albert Almora, and Jeimer Candelario providing […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/09/12

Progress continues to inch along in the Cubs’ system, with the lower minor league teams showing the most improvement. Boise has moved into first place in the second half as leading hitters Gioskar Amaya, Stephen Bruno, and Dan Vogelbach have stabilized the offense. Shortstop Tim Saunders has tightened up the defense in Peoria, to the […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/02/12

The win-loss records improved across the system for the most part and several of the top prospects in the organization continue to play well. A couple of players made their organizational debut and several additions were made with the trades at the big league level. Dillon Maples made his pro debut on Sunday and Pierce […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/30/12

The team results were not what the managers wanted to see but several prospects in the Cubs’ system had a good end of the week and for some the solid play carried over into the weekend. The Smokies had a rough end to their nine-game road trip. Jae-Hoon Ha was injured during Thursday’s game in […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/23/12

There was some questionable roster management as the losses piled up to end the week. Tennessee has dropped five straight, while Boise and Daytona have four-game losing streaks, and Iowa has lost three in a row. Through it all, there were still some outstanding offensive performances by Javier Baez, Rubi Silva, and Josh Vitters. So […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/19/12

You can’t tell the players without a scorecard, as a number of player movements have changed the faces of some of the lower minor league teams. Boise has seen outfielder Bijan Rademacher move to Peoria, and have Northwest League player-of-the Week Trey Martin more than replace his offense. Rademacher will try to help improve the […]