According to multiple reports, RHP Lendy Castillo cleared waivers as expected on Tuesday and was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa. Castillo was designated for assignment on January 26 to make room on the 40-man roster for Carlos Villanueva.
Five days until pitchers and catchers report to Fitch Park … The Cubs first workout of the spring is scheduled for one week from today (Feb. 12) but many of the players are already at Fitch Park working out and preparing for the start of Spring Training. Position players do not have to report until [...]
Pitchers and catchers do not officially report to Fitch Park until next Sunday but the Cubs loaded the equipment truck on Friday destined for Mesa. The Cubs announced six players from the system will join the big league team in camp this spring. Javier Baez will spend his spring with the Major League team but [...]
Caribbean World Series Preview Three and a half months of baseball in the sunny climes of the Caribbean have reduced the number of teams still playing from 28 to just four. The double round-robin begins on Friday, with the best record winning the series. Here is a preview of the Caribbean World Series.
The CCO’s off-season look at the Cubs’ farm system continues with Baseball America’s ranking of the top 31 prospects in the organization. Baseball America’s 2013 Prospect Handbook arrived on Wednesday with the Rangers’ Jurickson Profar on the cover. Baseball American ranked the Cubs’ system 13th in baseball, up one spot from last year. Theo Epstein, [...]
It’s the last Sunday in January, there are 14 days left before pitchers and catchers report to Fitch Park and the Cubs still have at least one more roster move to make … plus announce the rest of the players that will be in big league camp on NRIs this spring. The Cubs finally announced [...]
According to multiple reports, the Cubs officially added Carlos Villanueva to the 40-man roster on Saturday. The Cubs reportedly agreed to a two-year, $10 contract will Villanueva on December 20. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Cubs designated RHP Lendy Castillo for assignment. With the addition of Carlos Villanueva and the subtraction of [...]
The Cubs did not announce the signings of Carlos Villanueva or Scott Hairston on Thursday but there was plenty speculation of which two players would be removed from the roster in order to add the right-handed pitcher and outfielder. Scott Hairston reportedly agreed to a two-year deal that could be worth up to $6 million, [...]
FanGraphs posted the Cubs’ ZiPS projections for the upcoming season last week … and if the projections are anywhere near accurate three players on the Cubs’ roster will have an excellent 2013 season. ZiPS is projecting All-Star type seasons from Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo with Jeff Samardzija posting a 3.62 ERA and a 1.22 [...]
This past week saw a baseball version of musical chairs for Cubs prospects as many experimented with other positions around the diamond. Arismendy Alcantara, Erick Castillo, and Edwin Maysonet lined up in two separate positions while Junior Lake appeared in three different places. Also trying out new roles were Ryan Searle and Christian Villanueva. Staying [...]