Cubs on the Wrong End of a Spring Shutout – Indians 1, Cubs 0

Spring Training Game Seven – Cubs 0, Indians 1 WP – Aaron Harang (1-0) LP – Justin Grimm (0-1) Save – Scott Barnes (1) The Cubs outhit the Indians 9-4 on Thursday afternoon in Goodyear but the offense could not push across a single run and the Cubs dropped their fifth game of the spring. […]

Cubs Agree to Terms on 2014 Contracts with 19 Pre-Arbitration Players

The Cubs announced Monday afternoon the team agreed to terms with the 19 players on the 40-man roster with 0-3 years of Major League service time. The Major League minimum is $500,000 for the 2014 season and the terms on the contracts for Jake Arrieta and Welington Castillo were not released. Castillo was paid $503,000 […]

Cubs Storylines of the Spring

Regardless of the win-loss expectancy at the big league level, this spring and the upcoming season are important steps in the building process for the organization. And the Cubs take another step Thursday afternoon when Rick Renteria’s team kicks off the Cactus League schedule against Kirk Gibson’s Arizona Diamondbacks. Several players that are coming off […]

Samardzija Set for Spring Opener, Baez Bashes a Window and News from Day Nine of Cubs Camp

The Cubs wrapped up the first full week of practice Friday, the Cactus League games begin in five days and Rick Renteria named his starter for the spring opener. Jeff Samardzija will be the first pitcher to take the hill at brand new Cubs Park in a Cactus League contest Thursday when the Cubs open […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 02/10/14

Greetings to everyone at the CCO! With the Winter League seasons over and Opening Day for the Minor Leagues weeks away, it’s time to step away from reporting and move to more feature articles.  For the fourth year, the Down on the Farm Report returns to a popular feature entitled Bubble Players and Bubble Busters. […]

Baseball’s Hot Stove is Heating Up and Other Cubs News, Notes and Rumors

The Winter Meetings are less than a week away and Monday was a good preview of what is expected to be a busy three days in Orlando throughout the game. There was more player movement on Monday and teams decided to part ways with several players prior to Monday’s deadline to tender contracts for the […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/01/13

Position Analysis The CCO’s off-season series of articles to summarize and project how the minor league system looks on a position by position basis continues today. Last week we took a look at third base and shortstop, today, the CCO looks at a position that has been one of the strongest in the system recently: […]

And That’s All Folks – Cubs 0, Cardinals 4

Game One Hundred Sixty-Two – Cubs 0, Cardinals 4 WP – Joe Kelly (10-5) LP – Jeff Samardzija (8-13) Save – None The Cubs ended the 2013 season with a loss to the Cardinals and finished the year with a 66-96 record after Dale Sveum’s team was shutout for the 16th time. Jeff Samardzija recorded […]

Cubs Strikeout and Shutout in St. Louis – Cubs 0, Cardinals 7

Game One Hundred Sixty – Cubs 0, Cardinals 7 WP – Lance Lynn (15-10) LP – Travis Wood (9-12) Save – None The Cubs watched the third different team celebrate in the last five days as they were shutout for the 15th time on the season on Friday night in St. Louis. The Cardinals beat […]

Fifty Is Not Nifty – Cubs 2, Pirates 8

Game One Hundred Fifty-Eight – Cubs 2, Pirates 8 WP – Gerrit Cole (10-7) LP – Chris Rusin (2-6) Save – None The Cubs could not string together any hits against Gerrit Cole in their final night game of the season at Wrigley Field and lost another game to the playoff bound Pirates (6-12). Gerrit […]