Sveum Announces Spring Starters … and Other Notes from Cubs Camp

Dale Sveum announced Monday that Rodrigo Lopez will take the ball in the Cubs’ spring opener Sunday against the Oakland Athletics at HoHoKam Park. Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza will follow Lopez in the rotation and by pitching Dempster in the second game and Garza in the third both pitchers will be in line to […]

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Moving the Focus to the Field … and Other Notes from Cubs Camp

While pitchers and catchers continued getting their work in during the third day of Cubs Camp, the compensation for Theo Epstein was announced. Chris Carpenter and a player to be named later were sent to Boston for Theo Epstein and a player to be named later … officially the deal was structured as a player […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 02/13/12

Greetings to everyone at the CCO … With the Winter League seasons over and Opening Day for the Minor Leagues weeks away, it’s time to step away from reporting and move to more feature articles. As a preview to Spring Training, the Down on the Farm Reports returns to a feature entitled … Bubble Players […]

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Cespedes Update, New Numbers, Fitch Park … and Other Cubs News and Notes

10 days until pitchers and catchers officially report to Fitch Park … The Cubs loaded the equipment truck Tuesday that is bound for Mesa. Several players are already at Fitch Park preparing for the start of Spring Training and the new arrivals include Matt Garza, David DeJesus, Dave Sappelt, Jeff Samardzija, Josh Vitters and Darwin […]

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Garza’s Arbitration Hearing Set … and Other Cubs News and Notes

Matt Garza is the only arbitration eligible player that remains unsigned for the upcoming season. Garza filed a $12.5 million figure and the Cubs countered with a $7.95 million salary for 2012 … and the sides appear to have two days to work out a deal to avoid an arbitration hearing. According to a report […]

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Cubs Invite 21 Non-Roster Players to Camp

The Cubs released the full list of non-roster invitees to camp Monday afternoon. Dale Sveum will have a total of 61 players (40-man big league roster and 21 non-roster invitees) in big league camp when it begins in 19 days. Pitchers and catchers report to Fitch Park on February 18, position players report on February […]

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Weekend Update … Cubs Still Have Work to Do This Off-Season

What was expected to be another busy week for the Chicago Cubs turned out to be rather quiet. Many think the Cubs are focused on the three Cuban players that they’ve been linked to for a majority of the off-season. Another one of their reported targets established residency in the Dominican Republic this past week […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 01/23/12

As we near the Caribbean World Series, Obregon continued its drive to defend their title with the help of Marco Carrillo, Oswaldo Martinez, and Alfredo Amezaga. Kyle Smit may have pitched the game of his life as Mayaguez inched closer to the series, while Juan Apodaca and former Cubs’ farmhand Austin Bibens-Dirkx tried to keep […]

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Weekend Update … Non-Roster Invites, Rumors and Matt Garza

The week following the convention was a busy seven days for the Chicago Cubs. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer avoided arbitration with six of the seven arbitration eligible players for the upcoming season … only Matt Garza remains unsigned. The Cubs continued to sign free agents to minor league contracts. News surfaced Friday that the […]

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Baseball is Better … and Other Cubs News, Notes and Rumors

With the first month of the New Year dwindling down, Spring Training is not far away. Pitchers and catchers officially report to Fitch Park in less than a month (February 18) … and the Cubs front office still has a lot of work to do. The Cubs have one arbitration eligible player that is unsigned […]

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