Cubs 2015 Spring Training Preview: Relief Pitchers

One of the brightest spots for the Cubs last season was a young bullpen that performed admirably pitching to a 3.61 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP, despite using 19 relievers. Four pitchers stood out as reliable options, but injuries exposed a shaky back-end which led to some veteran signings and will likely feature quite the […]


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A Q & A with Former Cubs Catcher John Baker

John Baker spent last season in the Cubs dugout after making the team out of Spring Training. Baker provided a memorable ending to the longest game in franchise history. Not only was Baker the winning pitcher in a 4-3 victory over the Rockies after tossing a scoreless 16th inning, Baker scored the winning on a Starlin […]


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The Daily CCO: Neil Ramirez a Breakout Candidate in the Cubs Bullpen and Other News and Notes

The backend of the Cubs bullpen was very good in the second half last year. Several of the young power arms stepped up and not only lit up the radar gun but provided results. Justin Grimm appeared in 73 games and posted a 5-2 record with a 3.78 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP and a 3.20 […]


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Pitching Staff Projections for the 2015 Chicago Cubs

Pitchers and catchers don’t report for seven weeks and Opening Night against the Cardinals is more than four months away, but it’s never too early for projections. For the first time during the Theo Epstein-Jed Hoyer regime the team’s focus will be on winning ballgames. The front office, Joe Maddon and a few of the […]


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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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Cubs Happy with Hector Rondon Closing, Search for Bullpen Help Could Lead to Andrew Miller

Hector Rondon had a good season, and he was among the best in baseball in the second half. Plus the Cubs have options behind Rondon to close games which make the Cubs reported interest in David Robertson questionable at best. Signing a closer, or relievers, to a long-term contract seldom works out and is typically […]


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Cubs Position Analysis – Relief Pitchers

In our final installment of the season in review series we take a look at the Cubs best asset from last season; relief pitching. Going into the year, the front office wasn’t quite sure what they had in their bullpen. All they knew was they had a lot of young arms with some they had […]


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Is Yankees’ Closer David Robertson on the Cubs radar?

The Cubs are expected to add at least one reliever to the roster this winter. And it was believed the front office was focused on a southpaw to join Wesley Wright in order to give new manager Joe Maddon a pair of lefties in his bullpen. At the end of the season it was suggested […]


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The Daily CCO: Cubs Plan Patience as Focus Shifts to Competing in 2015

The Cubs have shifted its focus from a purely talent acquisition mode to a team that the front office feels is ready to compete next season while continuing the development of the young players at the Major League level. “We are going to compete while we develop young players. We are not going to go […]


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Theo Epstein: Cubs Stands for Excellence, Winning and Playing the Game the Right Way to Players in the System

Day one of Cubs On Deck 2015 took place Friday at The Oriental Theatre in Downtown Chicago. The second annual event is put on by the team for the season ticket holders. With a theme of “Building to Win,” the Cubs believe the organization is on “The Greatest Journey in Sports,” a journey that began […]


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