A Beautiful Park, A Beautiful Day and a Cubs Game – Diamondbacks 5, Cubs 2

Spring Training Game One – Cubs 2, Diamondbacks (SS) 5 WP – Will Harris (1-0) LP – Wesley Wright (0-1) Save – Jake Barrett (1) The Cubs kicked off the exhibition season Thursday at brand new Cubs Park. The new jewel of the Cactus League will have to wait until another day for its first […]

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 […]

Under Armour Performance Center, Cubs Top the Cubs and News from Day 14 of Cubs Camp

The Cubs and Under Armour announced a new multi-year agreement Wednesday that renamed the team’s training facility at Riverview Park the Under Armour Performance Center at Cubs Park. The Cubs are still exploring corporate sponsorship for Cubs Park. Colin Faulkner said Wednesday, “It’s rare to have naming rights for a ballpark in the Cactus League. […]

Practice, Practice, Practice and News from Day 11 of Cubs Camp

The Cubs completed their last weekend for seven months without an actual game. Rick Renteria’s team squares off Wednesday at Cubs Park in an Intrasquad game and the team begins play in the Cactus League on Thursday. Mike Olt is off to a good start this spring. According to a report from Gordon Wittenmyer, Mike […]

Pitchers and Catchers Continue Pitching and Catching and News from Day Five of Cubs Camp

Pitchers and catchers continued getting their work in Monday while position players rolled in early in advance of Tuesday’s reporting day. According to reports, the second group of pitchers that includes Edwin Jackson, Carlos Villanueva, Jason Hammel, Pedro Strop and Jose Veras completed their second bullpens of the spring with no issues. Javier Baez was […]

Vizcaino Completes Bullpen, Cubs Add Versatility and News from Day Three of Camp

Outside of the signing of Emilio Bonifacio to a minor league contract, the biggest news Saturday to come out of Mesa was Arodys Vizcaino completing a bullpen session. Arodys Vizcaino says he is healthy after being on the shelf recovering from Tommy John surgery the past two years. Vizcaino has a big arm and great […]

Cubs Discuss the Present and Future on the First Day of Spring Training

Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Rick Renteria met with the media Thursday at Cubs Park for the first time this spring. The President of Baseball Operations, General Manager and Skipper covered a variety of topics, announced two signings and provided updates on several of the players. The Cubs’ front office spent the two days leading […]

Cubs Announce One-Year Deals with Hammel and McDonald, Arrieta Not Expected to Start Season on Time

Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Rick Renteria met with the media on Thursday from Cubs Park and announced the signings of right handed pitchers Jason Hammel and James McDonald. The Cubs signed Hammel to a one-year contract for $6 million that includes an incentives package for another $1 million. McDonald signed a Major League contract […]

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. […]

From the Wire: Cubs Avoid Arbitration with Jeff Samardzija

According to a report from Jon Heyman, Jeff Samardzija and the Cubs avoided arbitration on Saturday by agreeing to a one-year contract that will pay him $5.345 million for 2014. Samardzija and the Cubs settled just above the midpoint between the $6.2 million salary arbitration figure Samardzija submitted and the $4.4 million figure the Cubs […]