Cubs Finalize First Roster of the Season … and Set Iowa Cubs Roster

A lot is made about a team’s Opening Day roster but the fact is that a big league roster is a work in progress throughout a 162-game schedule. And this season could feature more roster changes for the Cubs than in years past. The Cubs filled out their 40-man big league roster prior to Thursday’s […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 03/26/12

Minor League Preview – Double-A Tennessee Smokies and Triple-A Iowa Cubs Good Morning to everyone at the CCO! This is the last of a three part installment previewing the 2012 minor league season. With players from the defending Florida State Champion Daytona Cubs and Southern League runner-up Tennessee Smokies, the top two squads in the […]

Lake, Szczur and Beliveau Among Fourth Round of Cubs Spring Roster Cuts

The Cubs announced the fourth round of spring roster cuts prior to Thursday’s split squad games. Junior Lake and Matt Szczur were optioned to Double-A Tennessee. Jeff Beliveau, Alberto Cabrera, John Gaub and Josh Vitters were optioned to Triple-A Iowa and Jason Jaramillo was assigned to minor league camp. The Cubs spring roster stands at […]

Rambling About Actual Baseball Games That Don’t Count

And I will say, it is much better than rambling about talk and preparation for the actual games that don’t count. What a rush it is to turn on the radio and hear the best seven words in the world, “Chicago Cubs baseball is on the air.” Just drink it in; it always goes down […]

Cubs Agree to Terms with 24 Non-Arbitration Eligible Players Including Jeff Samardzija and Starlin Castro

According to multiple reports, the Cubs agreed to terms with all 24 of their non-arbitration eligible players (0-3 years of Major League service time) Monday. Jeff Samardzija agreed to terms on a contract for 2012 that will pay the right-hander $2.64 million. The Cubs declined Samardzija’s club option worth $3 million over the winter. Samardzija […]

A New Vibe on the First Full-Squad Day of Cubs Camp

Cubs’ camp is in full swing after a long day Friday at Fitch Park. All of the players have reported and the Cubs’ workout Friday went late into the afternoon. Tom Ricketts, Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Dale Sveum addressed the team before the first full squad workout. Tom Ricketts feels a new energy and […]

Laying Down the Bunts … and Other Notes from Cubs Camp

It is position player reporting day in Cubs Camp … A majority of the players have already reported to Fitch Park but after Thursday Dale Sveum will have his full Spring Training roster in camp. There are only four position players that have not reported … Alfonso Soriano, Starlin Castro, Blake DeWitt and Jae-Hoon Ha. […]

Moving the Focus to the Field … and Other Notes from Cubs Camp

While pitchers and catchers continued getting their work in during the third day of Cubs Camp, the compensation for Theo Epstein was announced. Chris Carpenter and a player to be named later were sent to Boston for Theo Epstein and a player to be named later … officially the deal was structured as a player […]

McNutt Still a Possibility in Epstein Compensation? … and Other Notes from Cubs Camp

Day two of Cubs Camp was more PFPs and pitchers getting their work in before the position players that are not already in camp report Thursday … the first full squad workout is Friday. Trey McNutt discussed his off-season with Carrie Muskat and his willingness to play the waiting game. McNutt has been connected to […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 02/13/12

Greetings to everyone at the CCO … With the Winter League seasons over and Opening Day for the Minor Leagues weeks away, it’s time to step away from reporting and move to more feature articles. As a preview to Spring Training, the Down on the Farm Reports returns to a feature entitled … Bubble Players […]