Cubs Add Darnell McDonald to Front Office as Baseball Operations Assistant

The Cubs announced an addition to the baseball operations department Tuesday with the hiring of Darnell McDonald. The former outfielder, who recently announced his retirement, has rejoined the organization as Baseball Operations Assistant.

Castro and Baez Can Coexist and Cubs News from Spring Training

Starlin Castro had a MRI on his hamstring and according to multiple reports, there were “no surprises” and “nothing bad” showed up on the MRI. Castro said the stiffness had subsided and he was scheduled to walk in the pool on Tuesday according to Carrie Muskat. Castro said he may be back sooner than 7-10 […]

Cubs Hire Ted Lilly as Special Assistant to Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer

The Cubs announced Tuesday that Ted Lilly has returned to the organization. The Cubs have hired Ted Lilly to be a special assistant to President Theo Epstein and General Manager Jed Hoyer. Ted Lilly is in Mesa working with the team.

Cubs Could Wait to Deal Samardzija Until Later in the Off-Season and Other News and Notes

The Jeff Samardzija rumors went into a different direction on Friday. Reports earlier in the week remained consistent that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer were listening to offers for Samardzija. A report on Wednesday then indicated the Cubs were shopping Samardzija with at least eight teams in the mix. Nick Cafardo confirmed the Cubs’ statements […]

Rambling While … Serenity Now, Serenity Now!!

No need to blow smoke, let’s just go.

Rambling Two Years from Now

Sure, I can sit here and regurgitate the news of the week as I normally do, or, I can try to change it up, get a little creative and try to have some fun. Because talking about the 2012 Cubs is just too hard, and I do not want to do it right now. So, […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Dodgers – 05/04/11

Game Thirty: Cubs (13-16) vs. Dodgers (15-16) Game Time – 2:10pm CDT Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 189 Location – Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles Carlos Zambrano (3-1, 4.91/1.28) vs. Ted Lilly (2-2, 4.45/1.45) Can Q’s squad close out a series with a win behind Carlos Zambrano? The Cubs […]

Twenty Names from the Cubs Farm System

The Vine Line’s annual look at the Cubs’ farm system, with Brett Jackson on the cover, features twenty players in the Cubs organization to keep an eye on in the upcoming season. The Cubs farm system has shown improvement in the last four years and the organization, as a whole, remains deep in talent. Even […]

Rambling While Worrying About Who’s Playing First

With just over 90 days until pitchers and catchers report, the hot stove is about to step it up to a strong simmer before the full-blown boil of the Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Some refer to it as Disney World. During Hendry’s tenure, the Cubs have been players in the off-season, but […]

Two Less Options for the Cubs in 2011

Scratch Eric Wedge and Ted Lilly off the list of possibilities for the Cubs this winter … and beyond. Eric Wedge officially became the new manager of the Seattle Mariners on Monday, reuniting him, for now, with Milton Bradley … and Ted Lilly agreed to terms with the Dodgers on a new three-year deal over […]