From the Wire: Cubs Release OF Ryan Sweeney

The Cubs announced Tuesday the team released OF Ryan Sweeney. The Cubs designated Ryan Sweeney for assignment Sunday prior to submitting the first roster of the season. Sweeney struggled in Spring Training and was outplayed by Matt Szczur. The team also decided to begin the year with an extra infielder, selected the contract of Jonathan […]

Cubs Set Opening Day Roster: Szczur, Herrera Take Last Two Spots, Sweeney DFA’d

The Cubs finalized the first roster of the season Sunday afternoon. Matt Szczur made the team’s Opening Day roster and will be joined on the Cubs’ bench by INF Jonathan Herrera. The Cubs selected the contract of Jonathan Herrera and added him to the 40-man roster. The Cubs designated OF Ryan Sweeney for assignment. Sweeney […]

The Daily CCO: Maddon Announces Cubs Rotation, Wood In, Jackson to the Bullpen

Countdown to Opening Night: 1 day Joe Maddon made it official before Friday night’s practice game against the Diamondbacks, Travis Wood made the rotation and Edwin Jackson would start the season in the bullpen. The decisions to have Wood stay in the rotation and Jackson to be the team’s long man in the pen were […]

The Daily CCO: Two Announcements and Two More Exhibition Games on Tap for the Cubs

Countdown to Opening Night: 2 days The Cubs still have business to take care of before the team makes its way from Arizona to Chicago to open the 2015 season on Sunday night against the Cardinals. The Cubs have two exhibition games with the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Edwin Jackson starts Friday night, Travis Wood […]

Rambling about the Cubs on the Eve of the Eve

Hello again, everybody. Real games are so close I can almost taste them. Well, to be fair, I just had some hot dogs, so I like, literally just tasted baseball. And yes, I am very well aware that is an erroneous use of “literally.” The North Side is abuzz with the excitement of baseball, video […]

The Daily CCO: Joe Maddon’s First Cubs Roster is Coming into Focus

Countdown to Opening Night: 3 days Joe Maddon said Wednesday that he expects the team’s first roster of the season to be finalized by Friday. The Cubs made three spring roster cuts prior to Wednesday’s Cactus League finale. RHP Brian Schlitter, LHP Zac Rosscup and OF Junior Lake were optioned to Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs […]

The Ins and Outs of the Cubs Outfield Decision

Based on reports and barring an unexpected decision by the front office or injury, the Cubs first roster of the season is all but set. The Cubs’ 12-man pitching staff should consist of Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, Jason Hammel, Travis Wood, Kyle Hendricks, Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, Neil Ramirez, Justin Grimm, Jason Motte, Phil Coke […]

Edwin Jackson and the Cubs Surprise the Royals with a Spring Shutout – Cubs 7, Royals 0

Spring Training Game Twenty-Eight – Cubs 7, Royals 0 WP – Edwin Jackson (2-1) LP – Edinson Volquez (1-3) Save – None Edwin Jackson pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings. Miguel Montero, Junior Lake and Matt Szczur homered. The Cubs scored five runs in their last two at bats Sunday afternoon off Wade Davis and Greg […]

Jake Arrieta’s Big Day Leads the Way in a Blowout Spring Win – Cubs 18, Rockies 4

Spring Training Game Twenty-Six – Cubs (ss) 18, Rockies 4 WP – Jake Arrieta (3-1) LP – Jonathan Gray (0-2) Save – None Jake Arrieta shut the Rockies out for four innings and drove in four runs with a three-run homer and a double. The Cubs scored seven runs against Jonathan Grey and knocked him […]

The Daily CCO: The Cactus League is Coming to an End, Lester Completes Start and Other Cubs News

One last weekend in Arizona for the Chicago Cubs and it’s going to be a busy three days for Maddon’s men. The Cubs host the White Sox this afternoon, Jason Hammel against Jeff Samardzija, then the spring roster will be split in two one more time. Half of the Cubs will host the Rockies on […]