Are the Cubs Close to Signing Jorge Soler? … and Other News and Notes

Happy Valentine’s Day … The long off-season is just about over. Cubs’ pitchers and catchers officially report to Fitch Park in just four days. One of the Cubs’ off-season targets was taken off the board Monday when Yoenis Cespedes agreed to a four-year, $36 million deal with the Oakland A’s. Cespedes is expected to be […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/28/11

As we paused this past Thursday to give thanks, the winter leagues saw many comings and goings. However, to answer some concerns of the Cubs Faithful, several pitchers stepped up their games. Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Marco Carrillo, and Jay Jackson were perfect in their starts, while Blake Parker and Oswaldo Martinez continue to mow them down […]

Cubs Offer Arbitration to Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena

According to multiple reports, the Cubs have offered salary arbitration to Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena. Players have until December 7 to accept or decline salary arbitration. The Cubs did not offer salary arbitration to Kerry Wood, Reed Johnson, Ramon Ortiz, Rodrigo Lopez or John Grabow. The Cubs are expected to re-sign Kerry Wood to […]

Weekend Update … The Second Week of the Epstein Era

It figures to be another big week for the Chicago Cubs. Jed Hoyer is expected to be introduced as the Cubs new general manager no later than Tuesday. Once the Hoyer announcement is out of the way, the Cubs should turn their attention to Mike Quade and the coaching staff … while dealing with the […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 10/04/11

The CCO’s Minor League analysis will focus on the pitchers in the Cubs’ system over the next three reports. For those that missed last week’s reports, the CCO took a look at the Cubs infield and catching prospects and then the outfielders down on the farm. First up, the pitching staffs of the Iowa Cubs […]

Happy Trails – Cubs 2 Padres 9

Game One Hundred Sixty-Two – Cubs 2 Padres 9 WP – Wade LeBlanc (5-6) LP – Ryan Dempster (10-14) Save – None It’s all over … the Chicago Cubs lost to the San Diego Padres to close out the Twenty-Eleven season, the fifth season in a row the Cubs lost their final game. The Cubs […]

Cubs Kids Shutout in San Diego – Cubs 0 Padres 2

Game One Hundred Sixty – Cubs 0 Padres 2 WP – Mat Latos (9-14) LP – Casey Coleman (3-9) Save – Heath Bell (43) Mike Quade ran out a lineup full of the youngest players on his roster, along with Carlos Pena, and the Cubs were shutout on just two hits on Monday night. Mat […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 09/21/11

Game One Hundred Fifty-Six: Cubs (68-87) vs. Brewers (91-64) Game Time – 1:20pm CDT Coverage – TV: WGN TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187 Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago Matt Garza (8-10, 3.51/1.29) vs. Randy Wolf (13-9, 3.45/1.28) The last game of the season at Wrigley Field … The Cubs will suit […]

Brewers Rough Up the Cubs Pretty Wells – Cubs 1 Brewers 5

Game One Hundred Fifty-Five – Cubs 1 Brewers 5 WP – Shaun Marcum (13-7) LP – Randy Wells (7-5) Save – None The Cubs played their final night game of the year at Wrigley Field … and it ended up as another sloppy loss for Q’s Cubs. After playing one of their better games of […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Brewers – 09/19/11

Game One Hundred Fifty-Four: Cubs (67-86) vs. Brewers (90-63) Game Time – 7:05pm CDT Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187 Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago Casey Coleman (2-8, 7.06/1.87) vs. Chris Narveson (10-7, 4.40/1.37) Updated 3:18pm CDT – Cubs selected contract of catcher Steve Clevenger. Clevenger was added […]