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 2016 Spring Training Preview: Relief Pitchers

Over the last couple of seasons for the Chicago Cubs, the front office has taken a patchwork approach to building a bullpen. Mainstays like Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop and Justin Grimm were cast-offs from other organizations and have excelled since joining the team.  The approach had 20 total pitchers pitch in relief to a tune […]

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 […]

David Ross Talks Cubs on Inside the Clubhouse

David Ross joined Bruce Levine and Jordan Bernfield during Saturday’s Inside the Clubhouse (670 The Score). Ross shared his views on the importance of being a good teammate and what he’s learned over his many years in the big leagues. Ross recently exchanged texts with his former locker-mate Dexter Fowler. While Fowler would not tip […]

Cubs Avoid Arbitration with RHP Pedro Strop, Agree to Terms on One-Year Deal

According to a report from the Sun-Times, the Cubs avoided arbitration with RHP Pedro Strop on a one-year contract for $4.4 million. Pedro Strop will receive $4.4 million after making $2.525 million last year. Strop was projected for a salary between $4.3-4.5 million for 2016. Strop is under club control for two more seasons. The […]

ESPN Ranks Cubs Bullpen Fifth in Baseball

Buster Olney posted his list of the top bullpens, and Olney ranked the Cubs behind the Yankees, Royals, Red Sox and Astros as having the fifth best pen in baseball. According to Buster Olney, teams like the Yankees “might have more dynamic options at the back end, but the Cubs might have more depth than […]

The Daily CCO: Seven Cubs File for Salary Arbitration, Caravan Kicks Off and Other News

Tuesday was the deadline for players to file for salary arbitration. 156 players across the league filed prior to the deadline, and seven of those players are on the Cubs’ big league roster. Jake Arrieta, Chris Coghlan, Justin Grimm, Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, Adam Warren and Travis Wood filed for arbitration. Tuesday’s deadline is really […]

The Daily CCO: Lots on Tap for the Cubs This Week and Other News, Notes and Rumors

The next seven days will be anything but boring for the Chicago Cubs. The 31st Annual Cubs Convention kicks off Friday (Jan. 15-17) and runs through the weekend. The Cubs Caravan (Jan.13-14), Anthony Rizzo’s Laugh Off for Cancer (Jan. 14) and Woody’s Winter Warm-Up (Jan. 15) are also this week. Additional minor league signings should […]

Resetting the Cubs Off-Season

With the holidays in the rearview mirror, it should be extremely busy throughout the game in the coming days and weeks. There is an unexpected and large number of big names still unsigned and available in free agency, and reports suggest trades could be made throughout baseball once players sign and teams scramble to fill […]

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 […]