Report: Cubs Telling Teams Starlin Castro is Not Available

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have been consistent since last July when the front office acquired Addison Russell from Oakland that Starlin Castro was the Cubs shortstop moving forward. The front office expects Starlin Castro to be at shortstop with the Cubs take on the Cardinals on Opening Night. And according to Jon Heyman, the […]

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The Daily CCO: Cubs News, Notes and Rumors on the Eve of the Winter Meetings

The baseball world has set up shop at the Manchester Grand Hotel in San Diego for the Winter Meetings. It is expected to be a busy week throughout the game as teams attempt to fill holes on their rosters. The annual gathering does not officially begin until Monday, but the Twitter Machine figures to heat […]

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Catcher is One of the Areas Cubs Looking to Address

One of the many areas the front office would like to address is behind the plate and with Welington Castillo and Rafael Lopez the Cubs only options at catcher, the Cubs are expected to at least add a veteran backup at the position. The Cubs began the off-season looking to upgrade the catcher position, the […]

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The Daily CCO: Cubs Hitting Coach John Mallee to Work with Javier Baez in Winter Ball

Javier Baez has reported to his winter ball team in Puerto Rico and is expected to start playing in games next week (Dec. 11). Theo Epstein said Friday that Baez will play four-five times a week and see time at second base and shortstop. The Cubs new hitting coach, John Mallee is going to spend […]

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Cubs Receiving Calls About Luis Valbuena

Theo Epstein met with the beat writers Friday for a pre-Winter Meetings discussion. The Cubs plan on adding impact pitchers from outside the organization in the next 12 months and have areas the front office would like to address and upgrade. Epstein admitted the Cubs are receiving calls on Luis Valbuena according to ESPN Chicago. […]

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Ryan Dempster Signs with the Cubs, Retires and Joins Front Office as Special Assistant

The Cubs announced Friday that RHP Ryan Dempster had re-signed with the team so he could retire as a member of the Cubs organization. Ryan Dempster officially announced his retirement from the game and was hired to be a special assistant to Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Ryan Dempster joins former teammates Ted Lilly and […]

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The Daily CCO: The Calm Before the Winter Meetings and Cubs News and Rumors

Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, Joe Maddon and the Cubs brass will make their way to San Diego for Baseball’s Winter Meetings (Dec. 8 – Dec. 11) and spend five days trying to improve the roster. With the coaching decisions out of the way, the front office’s focus should be on player personnel while waiting for […]

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The Daily CCO: Javier Baez is Playing Winter Ball and Other Cubs News and Rumors

Javier Baez has been cleared to play winter ball according to Carrie Muskat. Baez is playing ball in Puerto Rico starting on Dec. 11 for Cangrejeros de Santurce in the Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League. When a report surfaced in late October, Baez was expected to report to his winter ball team on Dec. 3. […]

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Front Office to Speak with Joe Maddon about Adding Dave Martinez to Cubs Staff

The Cubs have yet to announce Joe Maddon’s coaching staff for next season and while there were only expected to be small changes the front office is going to talk to Joe Maddon about Dave Martinez. The former Cubs’ outfielder resigned from the Tampa Bay Rays after he was not hired to replace Maddon as […]

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The Daily CCO: A Whole New Off-Season? The Hall of Fame Ballot and Cubs News and Rumors

The Red Sox created the headlines Monday with the signings of Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. And the consensus is that Boston’s moves will have a ripple effect throughout baseball. The Sox not only have the farm system to make any trade Ben Cherington feels would benefit the big league club but he now has […]

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