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.

Samardzija Remains on the Blue Jays Radar and Other Cubs News and Notes

The Blue Jays are 7-6 after 13 games and are toward the top of a bunched up American League East. Alex Anthopoulos is still looking to add a starter to the top of his rotation. The Blue Jays’ staff is currently ranked sixth in the American League with a 3.61 ERA ( 1.31 WHIP) and […]

Closer By Committee, the Roster Shuffle and Cubs News and Notes

Rick Renteria announced prior to Saturday’s game that Jose Veras would not be closing games for the Cubs, at least for now. Jose Veras carried a rough spring into the regular season and simply cannot throw enough strikes to close games. Veras has never been known for his command, but he has not struggled to […]

Renteria Addresses the Lineup, Castro Being Castro and Other Cubs News

Rick Renteria discussed his lineups prior to Tuesday’s game. And while the Cubs will use the platoon advantage, several of the right handed hitters that are only facing left handed pitchers right now, will face right handed pitchers as the season progresses. Carrie Muskat reported Renteria “at some point will likely abandon the platoon” but […]

Samardzija Rumors, Arrieta Rehabs and Other Cubs News and Notes

Jeff Samardzija was on the wrong end of another low scoring game on Saturday and he is off to a good start to his season. Samardzija has allowed two runs on 11 hits with five walks and 11 strikeouts in his first two starts (14 innings). Samardzija threw seven innings of shutout ball on Opening […]

Rambling While the Cubs Home Opener Awaits

Sure, three games have been played, but the real Opening Day is the home opener.  And that, as every single person reading this site right now already knows, is today.  The bunting will adorn the brick, the players will be introduced, the rain will fall heavily, and the fans will convene in the restrooms. I […]

Minor Deals and Rosters, Sponsors and Other Cubs News and Notes

Tuesday was a rather quiet day for the Cubs as to be expected, with a few exceptions. The Cubs signed veteran right-handed pitcher Joel Pineiro to a minor league contract. Pineiro will report to Mesa and workout for 10 days in extended spring training before reporting to Triple-A Iowa. It is unclear at this point […]

Cubs Reportedly Sign RHP Joel Pineiro to a Minor League Contract

According to a report out of Puerto Rico courtesy of Jesse Sanchez, the Cubs have signed RHP Joel Pineiro to a minor league contract. The report indicates Pineiro will report to Mesa and participate in extended spring training for 10 days before going to Triple-A Iowa to start his season. The Cubs were connected to […]

Samardzija and the Cubs Will Not Discuss an Extension During the Season and Other News

Jeff Samardzija did his job on Monday and put his team in position to win the ballgame. Samardzija tossed seven innings of shutout ball while his defense made the plays behind him when they needed to. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer would like for Samardzija to sign a long-term extension. And Samardzija would like to […]

Rambling as the Cubs Regular Season is Here

Opening Day is Monday, the days are longer, the weather is warmer and the dawn of a new day … is still a year away for Cubs baseball. However, I do expect the Cubs to be noticeably improved from last year with some of the new blood and energy arriving at 1060 W. Addison.   […]