Cubs Weekend Headlines: Arrieta Avoids Arbitration, Epstein and Hoyer Talk and BA Ranks the System

Congratulations to Peyton Manning, John Elway and the Denver Broncos for winning Super Bowl 50 … It was a pretty busy three days for the Cubs as the sports world focused on the Super Bowl and the matchup between the eventual champion Broncos and Carolina Panthers. The biggest news of the weekend was the Cubs […]

The Daily CCO: Jed Hoyer, Several Players Already in Mesa as Cubs Prepare for Spring Training

The Cubs first on-field work out of the spring is two weeks from today (Feb. 20). Jed Hoyer is already in Mesa, along with several of the players. Hoyer told Jesse Rogers on Friday, before the Cubs avoided arbitration with Jake Arrieta, that they are expecting a bunch of players at the complex early in […]

How the Front Office Built the Cubs 40-Man Roster

FanGraphs posted an interesting report on how each team built their current 40-man roster. August Fagerstrom examined all 30 rosters and broke the player acquisitions into six categories: Amateur Draft, Free Agent, Trade, International, Waivers and Rule 5 Draft. And provided the projected WAR for the categories based on Steamer projections. The Cubs drafted eight […]

Rays Reportedly Less Likely to Make Another Trade that Includes Pitching

The Cubs and Rays could eventually matchup on a deal. Jed Hoyer and Matt Silverman feel there could be a trade at some point between the two organizations. But a deal might not take place any time soon, much less before Spring Training. Mark Topkin, beat writer for the Tampa Bay Times, was asked if […]

Cubs Weekend Headlines: Jed Hoyer, Prospects, the DH in the NL, Outfielders and a Rays Rumor Update

Jed Hoyer started the weekend with a rather informative interview on MLB Network Radio. Hoyer admitted he talks to the Rays’ Matt Silverman on a regular basis. Hoyer’s conversation led to the Cubs-Rays rumors picking back up on Saturday. Willson Contreras was named the top catching prospect in baseball as the Cubs’ system was back […]

The Daily CCO: Cubs Third Most Improved Team and Other News and Rumors

Coming off a 97-win season, it’s hard to believe the Cubs have actually improved this off-season. But on paper, the Cubs are a better team than the one that wrapped up the regular season in Milwaukee. The front office added Jason Heyward to the young core that already included Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber […]

Farm Director Jaron Madison Runs Down Cubs System with Myrtle Beach’s Scott Kornberg

Scott Kornberg, Myrtle Beach’s new play-by-play broadcaster, caught up with Cubs farm director Jaron Madison during the Convention. Jaron Madison talked about more in the Cubs’ system than the prospects during his informative conversation with Scott Kornberg. On the Cubs coming off a 97-win season spurred by young players such as Kris Bryant and Kyle […]

Cubs-Rays Update: Discussions Reportedly Include Six to Seven Player Deals

The Cubs and Rays have been talking about potential deals since at least December. The two teams have acknowledged publicly they match-up well, but a trade is not imminent. The Cubs have young, controllable position players and the Rays have young, controllable pitchers they would be willing to move in the right deal to add […]

Jed Hoyer Talks Cubs on MLB Network Radio

Jed Hoyer joined Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette during Front Office Friday on Power Alley (MLB Network Radio) and spent close to 20 minutes talking Cubs with the two former general managers. The Cubs might be done making big moves this off-season, but there are ongoing conversations with other teams, including the Rays. The Cubs […]

Cubs Looking for Players to Complement the Roster

The Cubs may be done with the big moves this off-season. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are still talking to teams, including the Rays, and have not ruled out making a deal if the front office feels it can improve the roster going into Spring Training. The Cubs are looking for players to complement what […]