The Daily CCO: Javier Baez is Playing Winter Ball and Other Cubs News and Rumors

Javier Baez has been cleared to play winter ball according to Carrie Muskat. Baez is playing ball in Puerto Rico starting on Dec. 11 for Cangrejeros de Santurce in the Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League. When a report surfaced in late October, Baez was expected to report to his winter ball team on Dec. 3. […]

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Cubs Tender Contracts to Eight of Ten Arbitration Eligible Players, Non-Tender John Baker and Wesley Wright

The Cubs tendered contracts to eight of the ten players on the roster arbitration eligible for the 2015 season and the 22 players on the 40-man roster with 0-3 years (automatic renewal) of service time. Travis Wood was among the eight players tendered contracts for the 2015 season. The Cubs did not tender contracts to […]

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Cubs Face Roster Decisions Prior to Non-Tender Deadline

To tender or not to tender, that’s the next question for the front office. Tuesday (11:00pm CST) is the deadline to tender contracts to players for the 2015 season. The Cubs have 10 players on the roster that are arbitration eligible for next year and 22 players with 0-3 years (automatic renewals) of service time […]

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Cubs Prioritize Winning in the Pursuit and Hiring of Joe Maddon

The Cubs broke their silence Friday afternoon with two swift announcements about an hour apart. The team fired Rick Renteria and made the hiring of Joe Maddon official. The Cubs scheduled a press conference for Monday afternoon (2:00pm CST) at the Cubby Bear to introduce Joe Maddon as the 54th manager in franchise history. Theo Epstein, […]

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The Cubs Front Office Has an Off-Season Wish List

This off-season the front office would like to begin adding players from outside of the organization to the existing young roster in order to help take the Cubs to the next level. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have stated publicly the Cubs will not alter The Plan and sellout to win in 2015, but it […]

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Cubs Position Analysis – Catcher

As we inch ever closer to the end of the playoffs and with the promise from the front office that the Cubs are looking to gain veteran leadership, it’s likely that the team will be more of a player in free agency this off-season. To gain a better understanding of potential needs we will take […]

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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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Cubs Steal One from the Brewers, End the Season with a Win – Cubs 5, Brewers 2

Game One Hundred Sixty-Two: Cubs 5, Brewers 2 WP – Jacob Turner (2-4) LP – Mike Fiers (6-5) Save – Hector Rondon (29) The Cubs ended the organization’s 139th season on a positive note with a win at Miller Park over the Brewers. Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer in the first inning that gave the […]

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Does the Front Office Still See Welington Castillo as the Cubs Starting Catcher?

Welington Castillo has had a good month at the plate while showing improvement behind it over the last two months. But has he done enough for the Cubs to keep from exploring other options at catcher in the off-season? Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have talked about the importance of adding veteran presence in the […]

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The Daily CCO: Jake Arrieta Put a Bow on a Breakout Season and Other Cubs News

Jake Arrieta began the year on the disabled list and as an afterthought. To Arrieta’s credit he got healthy, turned in the best season of his career and pitched his way on to the headlines. In his last start of the year, Jake Arrieta allowed one unearned run on two hits with a walk to […]

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