Ian Stewart’s Future with the Cubs Appears in Doubt

The Cubs might have finally had enough and moved on from Ian Stewart. According to a report from Patrick Mooney, the Cubs have lost patience with Stewart and “it’s hard to picture how he ever gets back into the team’s plans again.” This comes in the wake of Wednesday’s announcement that Ian Stewart had cleared […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 04/02/13

Minor League Predictions It’s like the Sports Illustrated cover jinx, only in reverse. Every season, I wildly grope to try and make some prescient comments concerning the approximately 300 players that will don a uniform in the Cubs’ minor league system. The season ahead appears to be an exciting one for fans of the minor […]

Is Ian Stewart … Blake DeWitt Version 2.0?

As Cubs fans endure yet another report of third baseman Ian Stewart still not being ready for action after suffering a quad injury and starting the season on the disabled list, I am humorously reminded of former Cubs’ left-hander Steve Barber. As a member of the 1969 Seattle Pilots, Barber was immortalized in Jim Bouton’s […]

Cubs Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year 2002-2012

There was quite a bit made about the Cubs losing Jeff Beliveau on waivers last week to the Rangers. Beliveau has the makings of a good lefty specialist (LOOGY) and he was the Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year just the season before last. Did the Cubs give up on him too quickly? Or […]

Weekend Update … The Week That Was and Other Cubs News, Notes and Rumors

It was a busy week for the Chicago Cubs as Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer continued working on the big league roster as well as making additions to minor league system. The Cubs reportedly agreed to terms with two pitchers that will add depth to the big league staff. The deals for Edwin Jackson and […]

Roster Moves, Darwin Barney and Other Cubs News and Notes

The Cubs stayed busy on the Friday before the Christmas holiday and announced three roster moves that ended up clearing one spot on the 40-man roster. The team finalized the contract with outfielder Nate Schierholtz that was agreed to during the Winter Meetings. The one-year deal is believed to be worth $2.25 million and includes […]

From the Wire … Rangers Claim Jeff Beliveau Off Waivers from Cubs

According to multiple reports, the Rangers claimed lefty Jeff Beliveau off waivers from the Cubs. Beliveau was designated for assignment on December 13 to make room on the 40-man roster for Ian Stewart. Updated 1:47pm CST – The Giants also claimed Sandy Rosario off waivers from the Cubs. The 40-man roster currently stands at 39 […]

Cubs Sign Chang-Yong Lim to Minor League Contract

The Cubs announced Monday that they signed Chang-Yong Lim to a minor league contract. The two-year deal is not a split contract as previously reported and does not require Lim to be added to the 40-man roster. Lim is coming off his second Tommy John surgery (July 2012) and is expected to rehab at the […]

Weekend Update … Cubs Still Searching for Pitching

It’s the last full week before the Christmas holiday and the Cubs appear to be checking their list twice. It was a trying week for the Chicago Cubs. On a positive note, the Cubs named the managers and coaching staffs for the minor league system and added an arm to the bullpen but on a […]

Cubs Shifting Gears to Other Pitching Options

According to multiple reports, the Cubs moved on to other starting pitching options shortly after Anibal Sanchez re-signed with the Detroit Tigers and have turned their attention to a short-term solution like Edwin Jackson or Francisco Liriano. The Cubs reportedly had a two-year offer on the table to Francisco Liriano earlier in the off-season but […]