The Daily CCO: Maddon’s Contract Includes Incentive Bonuses Tied to Cubs Playing in the Post-Season

Joe Maddon Day did not disappoint as the new Cubs’ skipper was extremely impressive during his introductory press conference. Shortly after the Cubs released the news that Joe Maddon had signed a five-year contract, details of the deal were leaked. Joe Maddon received a five-year, $25 million contract that is reportedly loaded with incentive bonuses […]

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From the Wire: Cubs Activate Ruggiano and Sweeney from 60-Day DL

According to the transactions page on Cubs.com, the team activated OF Justin Ruggiano and OF Ryan Sweeney from the 60-day DL on Monday. With activating Justin Ruggiano and Ryan Sweeney and re-signing LHP Tsuyoshi Wada, the Cubs’ 40-man roster officially stands at 37 players. The Cubs acquired Justin Ruggiano at the end of the Winter […]

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The Daily CCO: Joe Maddon Day and Other Cubs News

Monday is a big day for the Chicago Cubs. Joe Maddon will be introduced as the 54th manager in franchise history Monday afternoon (2:00pm CST) at The Cubby Bear. Comcast SportsNet is carrying the press conference streaming it online. The Cubs announced the hiring of Joe Maddon Friday afternoon to what is expected to be a […]

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Cubs Position Analysis – Right Field

Going into this season, the Cubs were hopeful in seeing what they had in Nate Schierholtz, who had ended the previous season hitting .251/.301/.470 with 21 home runs, 68 RBI and six stolen bases and made himself into quite the trade candidate for prospects. Instead, the Cubs received a total disaster season from Schierholtz and […]

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Cubs Position Analysis – Center Field

If left field was the ripest position for an upgrade for the Cubs next season, center field is a close second. If you look at the position’s total numbers, center field was the team’s worst statistical position with a .222/.264/.346 line with 15 home runs, 60 RBI and 11 stolen bases. With not a lot […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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The Daily CCO: The Cubs are Playing Good Ball Right Now and Other News and Notes

Don’t look now, but the young Cubs are 19-14 since August 1 and 24-22 since the break after sweeping the three-game series against the Brewers. The Cubs have won six in a row at Wrigley for the first time since 2002 with back-to-back three-game sweeps over the Orioles and Brewers. And for the year, the […]

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From the Wire: Cubs Add OF Ryan Kalish to Roster, Transfer OF Ryan Sweeney to 60-Day DL

The Cubs made two more roster moves Wednesday. The team announced OF Ryan Sweeney has been shut down for the remainder of the season. Sweeney landed on the 15-day DL with a left hamstring strain on Aug. 27 and his status for the rest of the season was uncertain at the time. With Justin Ruggiano […]

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