Cubs Looking for Veterans Willing to Work with Young Players

The days of the Cubs signing players for the sole purpose of flipping them at the trade deadline are over. The front office feels there is enough talent on, or near, the big league roster to compete for the division in 2015. The Cubs will be looking for veterans to compliment the young players this […]

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The Daily CCO: Cubs News and Notes While Waiting for the Stove to Light

With the post-season winding down, teams not participating in October are having discussions on how to make their teams better this winter. The Royals have proven the key is just getting into the post-season and once in the dance anything can happen. Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Anthony Rizzo have already stated the Cubs goal […]

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Edwin Jackson Will Have to Make Dramatic Improvements to Have a Role with the Cubs

For the second time in as many years Theo Epstein took full responsibility for signing Edwin Jackson when he spoke with season ticket holders last week. Edwin Jackson has obviously been a disappointment to the front office over his two seasons with the Cubs. “I deserved to be criticized for that signing. It hasn’t worked […]

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Hitting Coach John Mallee Talked Philosophy, Approach and Working with the Cubs

For the fourth time in four seasons the Cubs will have a new hitting coach. While the job of a Major League hitting coach is often overstated, the front office realizes the importance of making the right hire the third time around with the first wave of talent pushing its way to the big league […]

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The Front Office Would Like Manny Ramirez to Keep Working with the Cubs Young Hitters

Theo Epstein and the front office took a lot of heat during the summer when Manny Ramirez was signed to a minor league contract to be a player-coach for the Iowa Cubs. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer felt confident after talking to Ramirez, a player and person they knew all too well from the not-so-good […]

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Cubs Prospects Interview with Tennessee Smokies Broadcaster Mick Gillispie

The biggest jump for a young player is from High-A to Double-A and Mick Gillispie has seen several of the prospects in the Cubs system make the successful transition to the higher level of minor league ball. Mick Gillispie has been the voice of the Tennessee Smokies since 2007 and has called Cubs Spring Training […]

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The Daily CCO: Royals Will Reportedly Try to Keep James Shields and Cubs News and Notes

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have said the front office will be aggressive on the free agent market. A top of the rotation-type starter is thought to be high on the Cubs’ off-season list. And many think the Cubs will pay Jon Lester big money to lead the rotation for several years. Other options for […]

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Reports: Bill Mueller Resigned as Cubs Hitting Coach

Updated 3:39pm CDT – Cubs confirmed reports Bill Mueller will not return as the Cubs hitting coach for the 2015 season. Mueller decided not to return due to family reasons and the front office’s decision not to retain assistant hitting coach Mike Brumley. According to reports from ESPN Chicago and Comcast SportsNet, Bill Mueller has […]

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Catching Up with the Cubs Catcher Rumors

Around the time Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer first mentioned they would be looking to add veteran leadership to the roster during the off-season, Welington Castillo was in the middle of a rough stretch at the plate and was struggling defensively as well. The speculation began the front office would look for an upgrade at […]

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Jed Hoyer: No Question about Ownership Backing Front Office’s Plan for the Cubs

As is the case with every team not playing beyond game 162, the Cubs spent the first week after the regular season ended talking about their plans for the off-season and what the goals are for next year. The Cubs are expected to be active in free agency this winter as the front office tries […]

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