Cubs Plan is to Play Bryant, Russell and Baez at Multiple Positions with I-Cubs and News from the Farm

The front office would like for the position players coming up through the system to be able to play at least two positions in the field. The Cubs are so focused on position flexibility that they’ve added it to each player’s development plan. Jaron Madison, the Cubs farm director, spoke with the Des Moines Register […]

The Daily CCO: Anthony Rizzo Gives Back, Josh Vitters Moves On and Other Cubs News and Notes

Anthony Rizzo recently gave back to the cancer center that treated him. According to a report from Carrie Muskat, the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation “made a gift of $250,000 to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami School of Medicine.” The money was raised through fundraisers and will be “used to support […]

Josh Vitters Among Fifteen Cubs Minor League Free Agents

Fifteen players in the Cubs’ system have been granted free agency. Josh Vitters headlines the Cubs list of minor leaguers that have been granted free agency and are able to sign with another organization. The Cubs outrighted Josh Vitters off the 40-man roster on Oct. 31 and assigned him to Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs selected […]

Cubs Decline 2015 Option on RHP Kyuji Fujikawa

The Cubs announced Thursday the team would not be picking up the 2015 club option for $5.5 million on RHP Kyuji Fujikawa. The Cubs paid the $500,000 buyout on the option that was included in the two-year, $9.5 million contract Fujikawa signed in December 2012. With the Cubs declining his option, Kyuji Fujikawa becomes a […]

The Daily CCO: Let the Off-Season Begin and Other Cubs News and Notes

The 2014 baseball season came to an end Wednesday night with a tremendous seventh game of The World Series. Madison Bumgarner picked up a five-inning save after shutting the Royals down in relief of Jeremy Affeldt. The Giants won its third championship in five seasons and became the first road team to win a seventh […]

Cubs Outright Josh Vitters, Chris Valaika, Ryan Kalish to Iowa, James McDonald Elects Free Agency

The Cubs announced four roster moves Wednesday and created three spots on the 40-man roster. OF/INF Josh Vitters, INF/OF Chris Valaika and OF Ryan Kalish were outrighted to Iowa after clearing waivers. RHP James McDonald, who spent the season on the 60-day DL and did not count against the 40-man roster, elected free agency. OF […]

Cubs Prospects Q & A with Iowa Cubs Broadcaster Randy Wehofer

Triple-A baseball is typically the last step for a player before he reaches the Major Leagues and the Iowa Cubs had a good year before promotions depleted the roster in the second half and down the stretch. The second interview with the broadcasters in the Cubs system is with Triple-A Iowa’s Randy Wehofer. Randy Wehofer […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/10/14

Position Analysis – First Base A series of reports over the off-season will summarize and project how the minor league system looks on a position by position basis. Today, the CCO looks at a position that was once a strength in the organization but now has some questions: First Base. First Base For the second […]

The Daily CCO: Cubs Still Have Work to Do as the Season Winds Down

The Cubs have 13 games remaining on the schedule and the lineup should get a boost with the return of Jorge Soler, who is expected back Monday night for the start of the 10-game homestand. Anthony Rizzo was reportedly targeting Monday’s opener with the Reds as when he would be ready to play again. But […]

The Daily CCO: Manny Ramirez Ends Season Early with Permission from the Cubs and Other News and Notes

Manny Ramirez’s tenure with the Cubs is over for now. Manny Ramirez is on the disabled list and received clearance from the front office to return home after Iowa’s last road trip. Ramirez is not with the I-Cubs for the final series of the year in Des Moines. According to multiple reports, Ramirez isn’t retiring […]