Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Diamondbacks – 03/29/14

Spring Training Game Thirty-Four: Cubs (14-18-1) vs. Diamondbacks (12-12-3) Game Time – 3:10pm CDT Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN Location – Chase Field, Phoenix Jason Hammel (1-0, 4.26, 1.97) vs. Bronson Arroyo (0-0, 3.00, 1.33) The exhibition season ends today for the Chicago Cubs. Following this afternoon’s game against the Diamondbacks […]

All But the Bullpen is Set for Opening Day and Other Cubs News

The Cubs all but finalized their Opening Day roster prior to Friday night’s exhibition at Chase Field. Carlos Villanueva was named the Cubs’ fifth starter and Chris Rusin was optioned to Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs needed the flexibility Villanueva can provide early in the season. The team is committed to having Jeff Samardzija, Edwin Jackson […]

Rambling as the Cubs Regular Season is Here

Opening Day is Monday, the days are longer, the weather is warmer and the dawn of a new day … is still a year away for Cubs baseball. However, I do expect the Cubs to be noticeably improved from last year with some of the new blood and energy arriving at 1060 W. Addison.   […]

Olt and Kalish In, Cubs to Make Pitching Decisions Over the Weekend

With the roster moves and announcements the Cubs made on Thursday, the Opening Day roster is almost set. Mike Olt and Ryan Kalish made the Cubs roster and will be with the team in Pittsburgh on Monday. Olt and Kalish reported to camp healthy and ready to compete for a job with the big league […]

Mike Olt and Ryan Kalish Make Cubs Opening Day Roster

Jed Hoyer made it official on Thursday morning, Mike Olt and Ryan Kalish will be with the Cubs on Opening Day in Pittsburgh. With Olt and Kalish on the roster, barring a trade, the position player side of the roster is set for Opening Day. According to the Tribune, the Cubs will start the season […]

Questions Remain for the Cubs with a Week Left in Spring Training

The Cubs break camp in five days before wrapping up the exhibition season with two games against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. In one week the Cubs will depart Arizona and fly to Pittsburgh for the start of the season. And the team that is picked to finish at the bottom of the NL Central […]

Blue Jays Reportedly Still Talking to the Cubs about Jeff Samardzija

According to a report from Bruce Levine, at least 15 scouts were on hand to watch Jeff Samardzija face the Mariners on Thursday afternoon at Cubs Park. Levine reported during the broadcast on Cubs.com with Mick Gillispie that the Blue Jays are pushing hard for Samardzija. The Blue Jays had three scouts at Thursday’s game […]

Olt Set to Start at Third, Castro Closer and Other Cubs Spring Training News and Notes

Mike Olt is getting nearly as much ink as Javier Baez this spring and he could see his first action at third base on Thursday afternoon when the Cubs take on the Mariners at Cubs Park. The vision problems that derailed Olt’s career appear to be behind him and the only question that seems to […]

Tigers Reportedly Scouting Darwin Barney and Nate Schierholtz

According to a report from Bruce Levine, the Tigers have their top scout, Scott Reid, watching the Cubs this week. The Tigers are interested in Darwin Barney and Nate Schierholtz as possible replacements for shortstop Jose Iglesias and outfielder Andy Dirks. Levine reported last week the Tigers and Cubs discussed a deal involving either Nate […]

The Predictable Samardzija Rumors and Other Cubs News and Notes

Jeff Samardzija was back in the rumor mill Monday, that is if he ever left. The unbelievable amount of pitching injuries throughout the league has contenders scrambling to fill holes in their rotations. And teams that were once interested in trading for Samardzija could reopen those discussions. Jeff Samardzija has been named the Cubs Opening […]