Jason McLeod Sheds Light on Cubs Plan for Baez and News from Down on the Farm

Jason McLeod, the Cubs Senior Vice President of Player Development and Amateur Scouting, joined Jim Bowden and Rich Herrera during The Front Office (MLB Network Radio/SiriusXM Radio) on Sunday morning. And Jason McLeod provided a little information about the team’s plans for Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara. Jim Bowden asked Jason McLeod about what position […]

Cubs Rotate the Rotation, Castro Gets Minor At Bats and Other Spring Training News

Rick Renteria announced Saturday how he would lineup the first four spots in his rotation to start the season. Jeff Samardzija will pitch Opening Day, as previously announced. Edwin Jackson and Jason Hammel will follow Samardzija with Travis Wood filling the fourth spot in the rotation. Travis Wood will get the ball for the first […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Reds – 03/22/14

Spring Training Game Twenty-Six: Cubs (11-14) vs. Reds (11-13) Game Time – 3:05pm CDT Coverage – TV: WGN-TV – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Internet Channel 846 Location – Cubs Park, Mesa Edwin Jackson (1-2, 4.00, 1.22) vs. Tony Cingrani (1-1, 6.39, 1.42) The Cubs return home this afternoon to take on division rivals the […]

Olt Set to Start at Third, Castro Closer and Other Cubs Spring Training News and Notes

Mike Olt is getting nearly as much ink as Javier Baez this spring and he could see his first action at third base on Thursday afternoon when the Cubs take on the Mariners at Cubs Park. The vision problems that derailed Olt’s career appear to be behind him and the only question that seems to […]

Are the Cubs Still Hoping Mike Olt Will Grab the Third Base Job? And Other News and Notes

Mike Olt said he was feeling better prior to Tuesday’s game after receiving a massage and treatment on his right shoulder. And he proved it against his former team. Olt hit a two-run homer off of Alexi Ogando and drove in another run with a sacrifice fly. Mike Olt and Rick Renteria said Tuesday that […]

The Predictable Samardzija Rumors and Other Cubs News and Notes

Jeff Samardzija was back in the rumor mill Monday, that is if he ever left. The unbelievable amount of pitching injuries throughout the league has contenders scrambling to fill holes in their rotations. And teams that were once interested in trading for Samardzija could reopen those discussions. Jeff Samardzija has been named the Cubs Opening […]

Samardzija Gets the Opening Day Nod and Other Cubs Spring Training News

The Cubs made it official Friday. Jeff Samardzija will get the ball on Opening Day in Pittsburgh. Unless something happens before the first game of the season, Samardzija will make his second consecutive Opening Day start. And thanks to the schedule makers, Samardzija will become the first pitcher to make back-to-back Opening Day starts at […]

Baez Could See Time at Second Base Soon, Samardzija Rumors and Other Cubs Spring Training News

Javier Baez appears to be close to playing second base or third base in a Spring Training game. According to a report from ESPN Chicago, expect Baez to start at second base before long. And when he does, Darwin Barney will lineup at shortstop. Baez has been getting reps at both positions during morning practices. […]

Cubs Spring Training Injury Updates: Castro, Arrieta, Olt and Sweeney

Multiple reports surfaced Monday morning that provided injury updates on players dealing with minor or nagging injuries, or in Jake Arrieta’s case a lingering injury that might cause him to miss time at the beginning of the season. Starlin Castro may be back in the lineup next week. Ryan Sweeney does not think he will […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Giants – 03/10/14

Spring Training Game Twelve: Cubs (5-6) vs. Giants (7-4) Game Time – 3:05pm CDT Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Cubs.com Location – Scottsdale Stadium, Scottsdale Jeff Samardzija (0-0, 5.40, 1.60) vs. Matt Cain (1-0, 0.00, 0.33) The Cubs hit the road today and make the short trip from Mesa to Scottsdale to take on […]