Cubs Baseball Begins, Pitchers and Catchers Report to Spring Training

The Cubs’ long and eventful off-season officially comes to an end today as pitchers and catchers report to the team’s facility in Mesa. And the coaching staff and players will start preparing for the most anticipated season this decade. To say a lot has changed since the Cubs topped the Brewers on Sept. 28 to […]


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Kevin Youkilis Reportedly Joining Cubs Front Office as a Special Assistant to Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer

According to reports from Mark Gonzales and Carrie Muskat, the Cubs have hired Kevin Youkilis to be a special assistant to Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Kevin Youkilis joins former Cubs’ Kerry Wood, Ted Lilly and Ryan Dempster as special assistants to Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Tim Wilken is also a special assistant to […]


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Maddon’s Lineup Could Be a Daily Question for the Cubs

One of the many questions Joe Maddon will be answering on a daily basis is about his lineup. And those that paid attention to his lineups in Tampa know the only constant with his batting order is change. Maddon mixes it up trying to find the right combinations while running players in and out in […]


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Cole Hamels Update: Phillies are Waiting for a Team to Blink

Last week Ruben Amaro Jr. told Jim Salisbury that four teams have made real trade offers for Cole Hamels. Amaro Jr. did not provide details, which teams he was referring to or the identity of the four other teams that has kicked the tires on Hamels at some point this winter. It is unclear if Ruben […]


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Theo Epstein Ranked 16th Best General Manager in Baseball History

Mark Armour and Dan Levitt began the countdown last month of the 25 best general managers in baseball history in advance of the release of their book, In Pursuit of Pennants – Baseball Operations from Deadball to Moneyball. The role of General Manager in baseball was created around 1920. Before that time, owners or managers […]


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The Daily CCO: Cubs Check In at No. 13 in ESPN’s Pre-Spring Training Power Rankings

Countdown to Pitchers and Catchers Reporting to Mesa: 7 days The Cubs spent the off-season in the headlines. From the hiring to Joe Maddon to the signings of Jon Lester and Jason Hammel to trading for Miguel Montero and Dexter Fowler and the numerous other moves, the front office made significant changes to the big […]


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Asking Price for Cole Hamels Has Not Changed, Could Start Season with Phillies

The Phillies reportedly lost the team that had shown the most interest of late in trading for Cole Hamels when the Padres agreed to terms with James Shields late Sunday night. Padres’ GM A.J. Preller was determined to add a top of the rotation starter to his roster and did with Shields. And the consensus Monday […]


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The Week that Was in Cubs Headlines

It was a rather busy first week of February for the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs added a pitcher to the roster while designating another for assignment. Pedro Strop settled with the Cubs and avoided arbitration while reports suggested the Cubs added a veteran lefty reliever on a minor league deal. The Welington Castillo and Travis […]


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James Shields Remains Unemployed as Pitchers and Catchers Prepare to Report

James Shields is still available and it’s not looking like he will receive the five-year, $110-plus million contract he was reportedly seeking earlier in the off-season. Multiple reports suggested in the fall that Shields was one of the back-up options for the Cubs in the event Jon Lester signed elsewhere. As the winter progressed Shields […]


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The Daily CCO: Trade to the Cubs Put a Huge Smile on Dexter Fowler’s Face

The front office added the top of the order bat that was missing from the Cubs roster with Monday’s trade with the Astros for Dexter Fowler. While Jed Hoyer said it was up to Joe Maddon as to where in the lineup Fowler will hit, the veteran outfielder grinds out at bats and has gotten […]


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