The Daily CCO: Cubs News and Notes While Waiting for the Front Office’s Next Move

Saturday came and went with no movement on the Welington Castillo front or an acknowledgement from the team that David Ross had agreed to a two-year contract. Speculation continued as to where the Cubs could trade Castillo and what he might bring in return. The Cubs have a full 40-man roster with Ross’ contract pending. […]

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The Daily CCO: Extension Talks with Jake Arrieta Still a Possibility this Off-Season

Jake Arrieta is coming off a career-year. Arrieta emerged as the top starter on the Cubs staff and posted a 10-5 record in 25 starts with a 2.53 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 2.26 FIP. Arrieta struck out 167 batters with 41 walks in 156 2/3 innings. Arrieta has been very good with the Cubs under […]

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Cubs Turn Focus to Outfield, Could Make Multiple Moves

The front office is obviously not done with the big league roster even with the recent additions of Jon Lester, Jason Hammel, Miguel Montero and Jason Motte. The Cubs are believed to be looking for another starting pitcher, likely a low-risk, one-year deal to give Joe Maddon more options going into Spring Training. And the Cubs […]

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Adding to the Outfield Still a Possibility for the Cubs, Colby Rasmus Not in the Mix

Theo Epstein said Monday after the Jon Lester press conference the Cubs could still add an outfielder to the roster, but according to multiple reports it won’t be Colby Rasmus. Shi Davidi reported Sunday that the Cubs met with free agent outfielder Colby Rasmus. The Cubs are looking for help in the outfield and would […]

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The Daily CCO: Cubs Still Have Work to Do and Holes in the Roster to Fill

The Cubs had a very good week in San Diego but are far from finished with the roster. Jed Hoyer told the beat writers the Cubs are in the fourth or fifth inning of the off-season. Hoyer said, “We still have a lot of work to do. This is a busy week. We leave here […]

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The Daily CCO: Cubs are Sticking to The Plan and Other News and Rumors

Theo Epstein met with the beat writers Wednesday afternoon in San Diego and shot down several internet reports about the Cubs pursuing a “big bat” and another top of the rotation-type starter on the free agent market, like James Shields. Epstein did not address signing Jon Lester but he did say the Cubs would not […]

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Front Office is Not Done Shaping the Cubs Roster

The front office landed the Cubs top off-season target Tuesday when Jon Lester agreed to terms on a six-year, $155 million contract. And signing Jon Lester appears to be just the beginning of what could be a series of roster moves. Ken Rosenthal reported earlier in the week that if the Cubs were able to […]

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Winter Meetings 2014: Cubs Have Work to Do in San Diego

Baseball’s Winter Meetings are underway in San Diego and run through Thursday (Dec. 7-11). It is expected to be a rather busy week at the annual gathering throughout the game. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are expecting a lot of activity this week, but not necessarily with the Cubs. The front office has a list […]

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The Daily CCO: The Calm Before the Winter Meetings and Cubs News and Rumors

Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, Joe Maddon and the Cubs brass will make their way to San Diego for Baseball’s Winter Meetings (Dec. 8 – Dec. 11) and spend five days trying to improve the roster. With the coaching decisions out of the way, the front office’s focus should be on player personnel while waiting for […]

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The Daily CCO: Cubs Researching Benefits of Batting the Pitcher Eighth in the Lineup

Joe Maddon loves books, but he doesn’t manage by one. Maddon said that particular book was written so long ago it doesn’t really apply today. Maddon is known for thinking outside of the box and trying things with his lineups to get the most out of his players. After he took over as Cubs manager, […]

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