Rambling about the Cubs While Dreaming of Wild Card Berths

Hello again, everybody … and a long time it has been! I apologize for my extended absence, but I was traveling around Ireland with family for multiple weeks. While I missed everyone here at the CCO, it was a great trip and a memory that will last a lifetime. A lot has happened in the […]

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Cubs Reportedly Targeting Jon Lester

According to Bruce Levine, the Cubs director of pro scouting was at The Cell on Tuesday night to watch Jon Lester’s start against the White Sox and multiple industry sources have told Patrick Mooney the Cubs “are targeting Jon Lester and will make a run at him this winter.” The Cubs are “trying to set […]

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Samardzija Would Not Rule Out a Return to the Cubs

Jeff Samardzija returned to Chicago with the struggling Athletics to play the White Sox on the South Side for four days. With Samardzija not scheduled to pitch until Wednesday, he had time to speak with the Chicago media for the first time since the trade that sent him to Oakland on July 4. In 12 […]

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Front Office to Explore Ways to Add Veterans to Cubs Roster

Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein have been mentioning for some time the need to add veterans to the roster. With the talent coming from the system, the front office feels a veteran presence is needed  that will not only help the team win games but to help the prospects make the transition from the minors […]

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Cubs Expected to Be Aggressive as Main Focus Shifts to Pitching

The front office has already started planning out the off-season and what lies ahead for the team in what should be an important winter for the Chicago Cubs. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have talked about the team being ‘aggressive’ with adding pitching and it will be the front office’s main focus this off-season and […]

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The Daily CCO: Cubs Must Find Balance and Other News and Notes

The front office is expected to focus this off-season and for the next 12-24 months on adding pitching to the organization. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have talked about the imbalance between the pitching and position players and many think, and reports have backed up the speculation, the Cubs will try to add a top […]

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Jake Arrieta Reportedly Open to Long Term Extension with the Cubs

Jake Arrieta has turned his career around with the Cubs since the trade from Baltimore last summer. Jake Arrieta is 10-6 in 27 starts for the Cubs with a 3.06 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. Arrieta has allowed 121 hits in 162 innings with 53 walks and 150 strikeouts. This season, Arrieta is 6-4 in […]

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Jon Lester Reportedly an Off-Season Target and Max Scherzer is on Cubs Radar

When the Cubs claimed Cole Hamels off waivers last week, the baseball world took that as a good indication the Cubs have the finances to add a top of the rotation starter this off-season and will be a player in the free agent pitching market. And according to a report from Patrick Mooney, the Cubs […]

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Phillies Reportedly Not Interested in Trading Hamels, Adding Pitching is a Priority for the Cubs

The Sun-Times reported late Thursday night a deal with the Phillies for Cole Hamels was not going to happen. And the front office will likely have to go the free agent route in order to add a top of the rotation starter to the pitching staff. “The Cubs have the projected payroll flexibility to handle […]

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The Daily CCO: Extra Innings, Cubs Prioritizing Pitching and Other News and Notes

The Cubs played free baseball for the third time in five games Saturday night and all of the extra innings and lack of quality starts are showing on the bullpen arms. The relievers look tired and the numbers over the last month prove the point. The Cubs made it a priority early in the season […]

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