Too Many Walks, Dontrelle Willis and a Spring Loss – Cubs 6, Dodgers 7

Spring Training Game Three – Cubs 6, Dodgers 7 WP – Paco Rodriguez (1-0) LP – Dontrelle Willis (0-1) Save – Blake Johnson (1) The Cubs dropped their first game of the spring on a beautiful afternoon in Glendale to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Cubs jumped on Chad Billingsley in the first inning and […]

Navarro Powers Cubs Past Giants – Cubs 4, Giants 3

Spring Training Game Two – Cubs 4, Giants 3 WP – Jeff Samardzija (1-0) LP – Matt Cain (0-1) Save – Shawn Camp (1) The Cubs posted their second straight spring victory on Sunday afternoon, and defeated the Giants in the final spring home opener at HoHoKam Park. The Cubs beat Matt Cain and the […]

Cubs Storylines of the Spring: The Catchers and The Outfield

Next up in the CCO’s look at the Cubs Storylines of the Spring is the catchers and the outfielders. For a team building for the future, and coming off a miserable year at the big league level, there are not many open spots on the roster that will be decided during the exhibition season. For […]

Day Ten of Cubs Camp: Good News on Garza and Castro is Eyeing Gold

The Cubs received good news on Tuesday in regards to Matt Garza. The MRI on Monday revealed a mild left lat strain where the lat meets the oblique and Jed Hoyer said they are probably going to let Garza rest for about a week. The week layoff is not expected to keep Garza off the […]

Baez Among Six Additions to Cubs Spring Training NRI List

The Cubs announced Friday six players from the organization received non-roster invitations to Spring Training … and among the six was top prospect, Javier Baez. Javier Baez, Casey Coleman, Barret Loux, Nick Struck, Michael Brenly and Rafael Lopez will join 16 other players in Cubs camp this spring on non-roster invitations. As the Spring Training […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 01/28/13

“Finals Week” is usually a tense time but it didn’t seem to faze most as Leones de Escogido, Criollos de Caugas, and Esmailin Caridad and the Yaquis de Obregon made short work of their league championships. Each is now a representative in the Caribbean World Series, with Luis Valbuena and Cardenales de Lara and Navegantes […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 01/14/13

The ups and downs that are part of a baseball season blew their way through the winter league playoffs this past week. Esmailin Caridad pitched well as his team lost a series. Luis Valbuena’s good games didn’t seem to coincide with his team’s victories while Junior Lake, Nelson Perez and the rest of the Estrellas […]

Arbitration, Non-Roster Invitees and Other Cubs News, Notes and Rumors

It was back to business for the Chicago Cubs and the rest of baseball on Thursday. The team announced they avoided arbitration with Luis Valbuena and agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth $930,000. Matt Garza, Jeff Samardzija and James Russell are the three remaining arbitration eligible players for next season and the deadline […]

Cubs Sign Brent Lillibridge and Darnell McDonald to Minor League Contracts

According to multiple reports, the Cubs signed utilityman Brent Lillibridge and outfielder Darnell McDonald to minor league contracts that include non-roster invitations to big league camp. Counting Lillibridge and McDonald, the Cubs have signed 16 players to minor league contracts this off-season that will be in big league camp on non-roster invites this spring.

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 01/07/13

With the start of a New Year, the playoffs in the winter leagues are now in full swing. While in losing efforts, the organization received excellent pitching performances out of Ty’Relle Harris and Ryan Searle this past week, while infielders Diory Hernandez and Luis Valbuena stayed on a roll.