Tigers Reportedly Scouting Darwin Barney and Nate Schierholtz

According to a report from Bruce Levine, the Tigers have their top scout, Scott Reid, watching the Cubs this week. The Tigers are interested in Darwin Barney and Nate Schierholtz as possible replacements for shortstop Jose Iglesias and outfielder Andy Dirks. Levine reported last week the Tigers and Cubs discussed a deal involving either Nate […]

Baez Scheduled for Second Base This Week, Arrieta to Throw Live BP and Other Cubs News and Rumors

Rick Renteria said Saturday that Javier Baez will play second base either Monday or Tuesday. The Cubs have two games Monday, one in Phoenix against the Athletics and they host the Angels at Cubs Park. The team travels back to Surprise to take on the Rangers under the lights Tuesday night. Renteria said Baez’s work […]

Are the Cubs Interested in Jacoby Ellsbury? And Other News and Rumors

The biggest Cubs’ rumor to come out of Orlando on the final day of the GM Meetings on Wednesday was courtesy of Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News. Feinsand reported the market on Jacoby Ellsbury looks thin and his source indicated “the Cubs are stealthily waiting in the wings.” While Feinsand is hearing […]

The Rumor Season is Underway and Other Cubs News and Notes

The GM Meetings and Owners Meetings began on Monday in Orlando. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer arrived early in the afternoon and met with the media. Hoyer confirmed the Cubs’ interest in Masahiro Tanaka and indicated the Cubs are looking to hire two hitting coaches with both positions likely to be filled from outside the […]

Rambling as the Cubs Season Awaits

In ten days, the Cubs will begin their 2013 campaign, and while it will take place on April 1st, we all hope this upcoming edition is no joke. It is widely documented and discussed that two of the offseason “risks” will not pan out because Stewart and Baker are hurt or shut down for now.  […]

Cubs Watching the Waiver Wire and Other Off Day Notes

With Ian Stewart unavailable for the start of the season, Dale Sveum announced Tuesday that Luis Valbuena would be at third base for the Cubs on Opening Day in Pittsburgh. Valbuena and Brent Lillibridge, who has played his way onto the 25-man roster this spring, figure to share time at third base early in the […]

Samardzija Satisfied, the Bullpen and Other Cubs News Bits

Jeff Samardzija was satisfied with the start he made in a B game against Rangers’ minor leaguers on Wednesday. The Cubs decided to have Samardzija pitch in a minor league game instead of facing the big league team … and that decision could have to do with Texas making a trip to Wrigley in the […]

Nothing to the Marmol Rumors? And Other Cubs News Bits

The Carlos Marmol rumors predictably kicked into gear on Tuesday shortly after Danny Knobler reported the Tigers would like to trade for a closer. Detroit is reportedly not pleased with the way Bruce Rondon has pitched this spring and the Tigers have limited options on their roster to fill the closer’s role. Carlos Marmol is […]

Report: Tigers Among Several Teams Taking a Hard Look at Carlos Marmol

According to a report from Bruce Levine, Carlos Marmol “will likely be pitching for another team by Opening Day.” Levine reported that several teams, including the Detroit Tigers, are taking a “hard look” at the Cubs’ closer. Marmol is owed $9.8 million for this season, the third and final year of the three-year contract he […]

Cubs Pitchers and Catchers Report to Fitch Park

Charley Steiner once said, “There is something liberating about those magical words, pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training.” The off-season is over … the Cubs’ baseball season officially begins today. While a majority of the pitchers and catchers on the Cubs’ Spring Training roster has already reported to Fitch Park, the mandatory reporting date […]