Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 02/16/15

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 fifth year, the Down on the Farm Reports returns to a popular feature entitled … Bubble Players and Bubble […]

The Daily CCO: It’s Groundhog Day, Thirty-One More Days Without Cubs Baseball

The unofficial start of the baseball season began Sunday night when the New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks. And with the Super Bowl in the rearview mirror, it’s all about baseball with pitchers and catchers reporting to Mesa in 17 days. The Cubs will have at least five catchers in big league camp, unless […]

Cubs Notes from Down on the Farm – 01/07/15

A player that is performing under the radar that may have some impact on the Cubs’ Major League roster is Jonathan Herrera. Signed to a minor league contract this off-season, the 30- year old infielder is a six year Major League veteran, playing with Colorado and Boston. A switch-hitter, Herrera has a career batting average […]

Cubs Have Several Unchecked Boxes on Off-Season To-Do List

When the Cubs’ off-season began in October, all signs were pointing toward the front office being rather active throughout the winter. And three months into baseball’s second season, it’s been more than was advertised. Not only has Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer made several changes to the big league roster, coaching staff and manager, the […]

Cubs Player Profile: Ryan Lavarnway

Shortly before the news leaked the Cubs had agreed to terms on a two-year contract with David Ross, the Cubs announced that they had acquired another catcher when they claimed Ryan Lavarnway off of waivers from the Dodgers. With four catchers now on the 40-man roster and another in the fold, let’s take a look […]

The Cubs Have Too Many Catchers

The Cubs had a rather busy Friday. Among the moves, the front office acquired two backstops, one officially and one the team has agreed to terms with on a two-year contract. With the addition of Ryan Lavarnway, who the Cubs claimed off waivers from the Dodgers, there are four catchers on the 40-man roster. And […]

From the Wire: Cubs Agree to Terms on a Two-Year Contract with David Ross

According to multiple reports and Nick Cafardo confirmed with David Ross, the Cubs have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the veteran catcher for $5 million. The additions of David Ross and Ryan Lavarnway point to the Cubs working on a trade that would include Welington Castillo. With the four roster moves on Friday, […]

Catcher is One of the Areas Cubs Looking to Address

One of the many areas the front office would like to address is behind the plate and with Welington Castillo and Rafael Lopez the Cubs only options at catcher, the Cubs are expected to at least add a veteran backup at the position. The Cubs began the off-season looking to upgrade the catcher position, the […]

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 […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/06/14

Position Analysis – Catcher The fifth installment of the off-season series to summarize and project how the minor league system looks on a position by position basis focuses on a position that was once considered the weakest in the entire organization, but now holds much promise: Catcher. Catcher The organization looks like it is willing […]