Position Players Report Tuesday, Castro a Leadoff Candidate and News from Day Four of Cubs Camp

Position players do not have to be in Mesa until Tuesday. The first full squad workout of the spring is not until Wednesday and the forecast is looking good in Arizona for the entire spring roster getting on the field (81 degrees with a slight chance of rain). Many of the position players are already […]

Cubs Baseball Returns and Other News, Notes and Rumors

Baseball received a jolt on Wednesday when Derek Jeter announced on his Facebook page he would be retiring at the end of the 2014 season. ‘The Captain’ has decided to hang ‘em up. The Cubs play the Yankees twice this season. Rick Renteria’s team travels to the Bronx in April (April 15-April 16) for two […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 02/10/14

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.  For the fourth year, the Down on the Farm Report returns to a popular feature entitled Bubble Players and Bubble Busters. […]

It’s Almost Time for Cubs Pitchers and Catchers to Report to Spring Training

Weekend Update With the Cubs avoiding arbitration with Jeff Samardzija on Saturday by agreeing to a one-year deal that will pay him $5.345 million and Darwin Barney last Thursday on a $2.3 million contract, the Cubs have all of the players currently on the 40-man roster under contract for the upcoming season and can focus on […]

Keith Law’s Top 10 Cubs Prospects for 2014

ESPN’s Keith Law concluded his week-long look at the best prospects in the game Friday with his top 10 lists for each of the National League teams. Keith Law, as has been the case with nearly every Cubs prospects list, ranked Javier Baez at the best young player in the Cubs’ system followed by Kris […]

Cubs Prospects Continue Making Lists and News from Down on the Farm

The Cubs’ system continues to receive accolades and several of the players have been ranked among the best prospects at their position. Arismendy Alcantara was ranked as the fourth best second base prospect by MLB.com and Kris Bryant made MLB.com’s list as the second best third base prospect in baseball. Arismendy Alcantara will reportedly begin […]

Day Three of the 2014 Cubs Convention: Down on the Farm

After being entertained for an hour by Bobby Dernier, Tim Stoddard, Steve Trout, Jay Johnstone, Rick Sutcliffe, Gary Matthews, Scott Sanderson and Lee Smith talking about the ’84 season, the 2014 Cubs Convention wrapped up with the Sunday staple … Down on the Farm. Jason McLeod, Jaron Madison, Blake Parker, Justin Grimm, Dave Otto and […]

Minor League Ball’s Top Cubs Prospects for 2014

John Sickels released his list of the top prospects in the Cubs’ organization on Wednesday. Javier Baez and Kris Bryant topped Sickels’ ranking of the best players in what he labeled a “dramatically improved system.” The Cubs’ front office has made improvements to the organization in a short amount of time. The Cubs have a […]

Time for the Cubs to Shop at the Winter Meetings

Baseball’s Winter Meetings officially kickoff Monday in Orlando and the Cubs are reportedly looking to add relievers, at least one starter, an outfielder and players to round out the bench to the roster. But the big noise around the Cubs during the coming week will be about two starting pitchers … one Theo Epstein and […]

Cubs Looking for Mike Olt to Compete for Third Base Job in Spring Training

The front office realizes the on the field product at the Major League level must improve. And while the plan has not changed to build the organization from the ground up for sustained success, a part of the building process includes winning games at the big league level. One of the many young players the […]