The Daily CCO: Backup Options for the Outfield, Updating Lester and Other Cubs News, Notes and Rumors

Not only are the Cubs waiting on Jon Lester, but the front office has roster decisions to make while looking for backup options in the outfield. Thursday is the deadline (10:59pm CST) for teams to file their reserve rosters at the Major League and minor league levels to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft. […]

The Daily CCO: Cubs Centered on Catching and Starting Pitching Upgrades

The silly season kicks into full gear throughout the league Monday when the GM Meetings begin at the Arizona Biltmore, which is less than 30 minutes from Cubs Park in Mesa. The Tribune reported the Cubs are “aligned financially to land two marquee free agents” and the front office has another recruiting tool with Joe […]

Major Changes Not Expected to Cubs Coaching Staff

With Joe Maddon in the fold, the coaching staff is a top priority for the Cubs’ new skipper and front office. The coaching staff was in place before Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer decided to switch gears and replace Rick Renteria with Joe Maddon. Brandon Hyde (bench coach), Chris Bosio (pitching coach), Lester Strode (assistant […]

Joe Maddon to Sit Down with Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer to Discuss Cubs Coaching Staff

Reports after Joe Maddon was hired indicated small changes would be made to the coaching staff that was thought to be set a month ago. As of Friday the Cubs had two spots to fill on the staff with third base coach Gary Jones and quality assurance coach Jose Castro leaving the organization. Maddon was […]

The Daily CCO: Twins Could Pursue Cubs Pitching Coach Chris Bosio

The front office has not addressed the coaching staff since hiring Joe Maddon, but only small changes were expected to be made as of Friday. The Cubs will have to hire a new third base coach with Gary Jones leaving the team after Rick Renteria was fired. And a new quality assurance coach will also […]

Cubs Prioritize Winning in the Pursuit and Hiring of Joe Maddon

The Cubs broke their silence Friday afternoon with two swift announcements about an hour apart. The team fired Rick Renteria and made the hiring of Joe Maddon official. The Cubs scheduled a press conference for Monday afternoon (2:00pm CST) at the Cubby Bear to introduce Joe Maddon as the 54th manager in franchise history. Theo Epstein, […]

Gary Jones Not Returning as Cubs Third Base Coach

Shortly after Theo Epstein released the statement the Cubs had fired Rick Renteria, the Sun-Times reported third base coach Gary Jones would not be returning for the 2015 season. Gary Jones was one of two coaches on the Cubs staff that Rick Renteria brought in last year. Quality Assurance Coach, Jose Castro was the other […]

The Daily CCO: Ricketts Family Reportedly Close to Selling Minority Stake in the Cubs

According to reports from the Sports Business Journal and Crain’s Chicago Business, the Ricketts family is close to selling a 20 percent, non-controlling, stake in the Chicago Cubs “said to be valued at around $300 million.” The sale of the minority share is expected to be finalized soon. The Sports Business Journal reported Tuesday the […]

The Daily CCO: A Maddon-ing Weekend for the Cubs as Work Continued on Wrigley Field

To say a lot changed for the Cubs in three days would be an understatement and now there are even more questions than answers surrounding the team as baseball’s off-season is set to begin. Shortly after Buster Olney broke the news Joe Maddon had opted out of his contract with the Rays, Maddon was connected […]

Cubs Hire John Mallee as Hitting Coach, Eric Hinske Assistant Hitting Coach and Doug Dascenzo as First Base Coach

The front office filled the team’s hitting coach vacancies Thursday afternoon with the hiring of John Mallee. Mallee becomes the team’s fourth hitting coach in four years. Mallee interviewed for the Cubs hitting coach job last year. The Chicago native also interviewed for the Cubs minor league hitting coordinator’s position two years ago before accepting […]