The Daily CCO: Cubs Sit Atop CBS Sports Pre-Season Power Rankings, Jon Lester and Other News

Countdown to Pitchers and Catchers: 8 Days CBS Sports’ Matt Snyder released his pre-season power rankings on Wednesday. And the Chicago Cubs, the team FanGraphs has projected to win 94 games in the upcoming season, is No. 1 in the rankings. The front office spent the winter building on a roster that finished third in […]

Cubs to Embrace the Target, Embrace Expectations

As Joe Maddon celebrates his 62nd birthday and prepares for the start of his second Spring Training with the Cubs, expectations around his team have reached, and quite possibly surpassed, all-time high levels. Maddon wants his players to focus on the day, not the season as a whole, and have fun playing the game of […]

How the Front Office Built the Cubs 40-Man Roster

FanGraphs posted an interesting report on how each team built their current 40-man roster. August Fagerstrom examined all 30 rosters and broke the player acquisitions into six categories: Amateur Draft, Free Agent, Trade, International, Waivers and Rule 5 Draft. And provided the projected WAR for the categories based on Steamer projections. The Cubs drafted eight […]

Cubs Updated Pitching Staff Projections

With pitchers and catchers reporting to Mesa in 17 days, opinions vary on the Cubs starting rotation and bullpen. Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester lead a starting staff that is considered one of the six or seven best rotations in baseball. John Lackey and Jason Hammel should slot in behind Arrieta and Lester. Kyle Hendricks begins […]

Cubs 2016 Spring Training Preview: Starting Pitchers

Since the start of their tenure in the front office, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have preached the importance of improving the Cubs’ starting pitching depth. This was even more apparent during the club’s first playoff berth in seven seasons where ace pitcher Jake Arrieta tired and backend starters Kyle Hendricks and Jason Hammel struggled […]

Cubs Rotation Ranked No. 1 in Baseball

Pitchers and catchers officially report to Mesa in 23 days with the first on field workout scheduled for Feb. 20. In 24 days, Chris Bosio will start working on the upcoming season with his pitching staff. For now, the pre-season rankings continue. The Cubs’ starting rotation when Spring Training begins in three weeks will be […]

Jed Hoyer Talks Cubs on 670 The Score

Jed Hoyer jumped on 670 The Score last Friday morning before the Cubs Convention and talked about his team with Matt Spiegel and Jason Goff (Spiegel & Goff Show). The Cubs continue to have conversations with teams and would be willing to make another move or two this off-season if the front office thinks they […]

The Daily CCO: ESPN Ranks Cubs Rotation Fourth Best in Baseball and Other News and Rumors

Buster Olney ranked the starting rotations in baseball. Olney based his list on information he gathered from evaluators around the game. To no surprise, the Mets ended up at the top of Olney’s list. And Chris Bosio’s guys checked in as the second best rotation in the NL Central and No. 4 in all of […]

Pitching Staff Projections for the 2016 Chicago Cubs

Pitchers and catchers don’t report for eight weeks and Opening Night against the Angels in Los Angeles is more than three months away, but it’s never too early projections. The Cubs will begin Spring Training not only the popular pick to win the NL Central Division Crown but also as a favorite to be the […]

Cubs 2015 Position Review – Starting Rotation

The Chicago Cubs surprised many across baseball by finishing with 97 wins, third most in all of baseball. The ascension of young hitters like Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Kyle Schwarber and Anthony Rizzo take much of the credit, but the pitching as a staff deserve more praise. As a whole, ten players made a start […]