Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 01/18/16

Pitching once again took center stage last week as Armando Rivero continued to impress in Venezuela. Fernando Cruz was a bright spot in Puerto Rico, while Felix Pena is starting to make some noise in the Dominican Republic. With high heat to start out a cold week, here’s today’s Down on the Farm Report. Note: […]

Rays Involved in Many Active Trade Conversations, Talks Reportedly Include the Cubs

Ken Rosenthal reported Tuesday that the Rays are “involved in many active trade conversations on both starters and relievers as the free agent pitching market thins out.” Rosenthal pointed out the Rays “line up with teams that need pitchers and can offer hitters” and added that the Cubs and Rockies are among the teams that […]

Acquiring Young Pitching Reportedly Still a Priority for Cubs

According to a report Sunday from the Tribune, the front office’s priority remains to acquire young pitching. Mark Gonzales explained “the Rays remain an attractive target and a potential match with the Cubs’ young position players.” Gonzales’ report came on the heels of Matt Silverman acknowledging on MLB Network Radio that the Rays and Cubs […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 01/11/16

Pitching moved to the forefront this past week as the playoffs went thundering on in the Caribbean Leagues. Both Jean Machi and Armando Rivero had some sparkling performances in Venezuela. Meanwhile, Fernando Cruz continued to impress and Javier Baez was steady in Puerto Rico. In Mexico, Christian Villanueva went yard again as he helped propel […]

Matt Silverman: Rays and Cubs had Targeted Trade Talks, Could Matchup on Deal in Future

Matt Silverman, the Rays President of Baseball Operations, led off Sunday’s Front Office (MLB Network Radio) and talked about his team’s off-season with Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette. Bowden asked Silverman about the countless rumors that have tied Rays to the Cubs this off-season. Reports have suggested the two teams talked about starting pitching going […]

Cubs Have a Blueprint to Follow for Sustained Success

The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals have always been connected and will always be compared. The two cities are major hubs in the Midwest and because of it have always been considered rivals. The two teams have played 2241 games against each other with the Cubs earning an 1127-1097 record against them. Most recently, […]

The Daily CCO: Rules for Cubs Open-Air Plaza to be Introduced to City Council

As construction continues at Wrigley Field and the area around the iconic ballpark, Alderman Tom Tunney will submit a proposal at next week’s City Council meeting to set up rules for the open-air plaza outside of Wrigley Field. Under Ald. Tunney’s proposal live music and other activities could take place until 9:00pm on weeknights and […]

A Good Review on Javier Baez’s Center Field Defense

Javier Baez has been playing ball for Santurce in the Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League in Puerto Rico. And one of the goals for the young slugger and slick infielder was to spend time in center field learning how to play the position. Baez played four games in center in the 15 games he participated […]

The Daily CCO: Hall of Fame Wednesday and Cubs News and Notes

The 2016 Hall of Fame Class will be announced Wednesday at 5:00pm CST on the MLB Network and MLB.com. One of the best players of his generation could set the record for the highest vote total. Ken Griffey Jr. is the only lock to receive The Call from the Hall. Junior could be joined by […]

The Daily CCO: Cubs Will Figure Prominently in Pre-Season Predictions and Other News

It’s only four days into the New Year, a majority of the teams are still working on their rosters, there is a month and a half left before pitchers and catchers report and the predictions for the upcoming season are already being posted. Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod have built the Cubs for […]