Winter Meetings Day One: Cubs Listening on Marmol and Soriano, Talking to Other Options

According to multiple reports, Carlos Marmol and Alfonso Soriano are on the block. The Cubs have told Carlos Marmol that he is a trade candidate but they will not give him away. The Cubs view Marmol as a short-term asset that could be turned into long-term pieces. Theo Epstein addressed the Alfonso Soriano rumors on […]

Jim Deshaies Lands Cubs Color Analyst Job

According to multiple reports, Jim Deshaies has been hired to replace Bob Brenly in the Cubs’ booth. Deshaies left the same position with the Astros to team up with Len Kasper to call games for WGN TV and Comcast SportsNet … ‘The Len and J.D. Show‘. Updated 3:10pm CST – According to Alyson Footer, Jim […]

Notes from Season Ticket Holder Conference Calls with Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod

Len Kasper moderated two fan forum events on Thursday with the Cubs front office. Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod answered questions from season ticket holders in a conference call format. The front office did not dodge any questions during both sessions as they discussed their first year with the Cubs, the present and […]

Zych, Baez Named to Rising Stars Roster … and Other Cubs News and Notes

Rosters for Saturday’s AFL Rising Stars Game were released on Wednesday night. Two of the Cubs’ prospects participating in the Arizona Fall League were named to the East Division team, but only one has a chance to play in the annual event. Tony Zych and Javier Baez made the East squad after solid starts to […]

Baseball Operations Staff Structures, Theo Epstein and Other Cubs News, Notes and Rumors

The Cubs announced several changes to the front office, scouting and field staff, plus a three-year contract extension for Assistant General Manager, Randy Bush. Dale Sveum finalized his coaching staff on Tuesday with the hiring of David Bell to replace Pat Listach as the team’s third base coach. The Cubs also removed the interim tag […]

Replacing Brenly … and Other Cubs News, Notes and Rumors

The Cubs’ off-season will not kick into full swing for a couple of weeks but the speculation has begun on which players Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer might try to sign this winter. The focus will be on adding pitching and filling out a rotation that was void of Major League arms for a majority […]

From the Wire … Brenly Leaves Cubs Booth

Bob Brenly informed the Cubs, WGN and Comcast SportsNet on Wednesday afternoon that he will not be returning for a ninth season in the Cubs’ TV booth. Brenly has been the color analyst for Cubs baseball since the 2005 season. According to multiple reports, Bob Brenly is expected to return to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Brenly […]

Rambling as the World Descends on Chicago

The White Sox arrive at 1060 W. Addison for the beginning of the Crosstown Classic, also known as the BP Cup today. (Please note this makes me want to buy BP gas less than I would have prior to this sponsorship.) And the world arrives in Chicago as the NATO summit officially gets underway this […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Padres – 03/24/12

Spring Training Game Twenty-Four: Cubs (10-12-1) vs. Padres (SS) (13-9) Game Time – 3:05pm CDT Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa Travis Wood (1-1, 25.07/4.07) vs. Anthony Bass (1-0, 2.00/1.00) Updated 11:35am CDT – The Cubs announced Marcos Mateo will be shutdown for at least 10 days, […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs Split Squad Day – 03/17/12

Spring Training Game Fifteen: Cubs (SS) (6-8) vs. A’s (SS) (11-3) Game Time – 3:05pm CDT Coverage – TV: None – Radio: 720 WGN Location – Phoenix Municipal Stadium, Phoenix Paul Maholm (0-0, 4.50/1.00) vs. Travis Schlichting (1-0, 2.84/0.63) Spring Training Game Sixteen: Cubs (SS) (6-8) vs. Rangers (SS) (3-9) Game Time – 3:05pm CDT […]