The Daily CCO: Arizona Not Willing to Pay the Price to Acquire a Catcher and Cubs News and Rumors

It was a rather busy end of the week for the Chicago Cubs. Not only did the team announce signing OF Chris Denorfia to a one-year contract worth a reported $2.6 million with a $400,000 incentives package, the front office designated LHP Mike Kickham for assignment to open a spot on the roster for Denorfia. […]

The Daily CCO: Checking on Javier Baez in Winter Ball and Other Cubs News and Rumors

Javier Baez appeared in his fourth game Wednesday for Santurce and reached base twice in four at bats. Baez played second base, hit third and scored his team’s only run. Baez went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and a strikeout in Santurce’s 2-1 loss to San Juan. Javier Baez is 5-for-14 in four games […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/03/14

Four weeks after the first winter leagues began, we now have all leagues in play with the opening of the Roberto Clemente League and the Australian Baseball League this past week. With new leagues, more Cubs’ prospects started making appearances on rosters such as Javier Baez, Neil Ramirez, John Andreoli, and Jonathan Mota in Puerto […]

The Daily CCO: Twins Could Pursue Cubs Pitching Coach Chris Bosio

The front office has not addressed the coaching staff since hiring Joe Maddon, but only small changes were expected to be made as of Friday. The Cubs will have to hire a new third base coach with Gary Jones leaving the team after Rick Renteria was fired. And a new quality assurance coach will also […]

Cubs Decline 2015 Option on RHP Kyuji Fujikawa

The Cubs announced Thursday the team would not be picking up the 2015 club option for $5.5 million on RHP Kyuji Fujikawa. The Cubs paid the $500,000 buyout on the option that was included in the two-year, $9.5 million contract Fujikawa signed in December 2012. With the Cubs declining his option, Kyuji Fujikawa becomes a […]

The Daily CCO: Let the Off-Season Begin and Other Cubs News and Notes

The 2014 baseball season came to an end Wednesday night with a tremendous seventh game of The World Series. Madison Bumgarner picked up a five-inning save after shutting the Royals down in relief of Jeremy Affeldt. The Giants won its third championship in five seasons and became the first road team to win a seventh […]

Cubs Outright Josh Vitters, Chris Valaika, Ryan Kalish to Iowa, James McDonald Elects Free Agency

The Cubs announced four roster moves Wednesday and created three spots on the 40-man roster. OF/INF Josh Vitters, INF/OF Chris Valaika and OF Ryan Kalish were outrighted to Iowa after clearing waivers. RHP James McDonald, who spent the season on the 60-day DL and did not count against the 40-man roster, elected free agency. OF […]

Cubs Position Analysis – Left Field

Junior Lake was set to be the first in a wave of exciting Cubs prospects to ascend to the majors and rebuild the team from scratch after a strong first half season in 2013. However, by the end of this season, Lake’s struggles gave way to the re-emergence of a former rookie of the year […]

Too Many Swings and Too Many Misses – Brewers 2, Cubs 1

Game One Hundred Sixty-One: Cubs 1, Brewers 2 WP – Wily Peralta (17-11) LP – Tsuyoshi Wada (4-4) Save – Francisco Rodriguez (44) The offense could not make enough contact against Wily Peralta on Saturday night as the Cubs dropped the second game of the final series to the Brewers. The Cubs allowed Wily Peralta […]

Cubs Outlast the Brewers in Opener of Last Series of the Season – Cubs 6, Brewers 4

Game One Hundred Sixty: Cubs 6, Brewers 4 WP – Neil Ramirez (3-3) LP – Jimmy Nelson (2-9) Save – Hector Rondon (28) The Cubs outlasted the Brewers in a sluggish game Friday night that took over three and a half hours to complete. The Cubs jumped out to an early lead when Chris Coghlan […]