The Daily CCO: Jake Arrieta and Arbitration, Theo Epstein and Other Cubs News and Notes

It’s February 1, just 18 more days before pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training. And with the calendar flipping to February, arbitration hearings for players and teams that have not settled on a contract for the upcoming season have been scheduled. Arbitration hearings take place this year between Feb. 1 and Feb. 21. The […]

Don’t Count the Cubs Out of the Masahiro Tanaka Sweepstakes

The Dodgers broke out their checkbook in a big way Wednesday and they may not be done. Clayton Kershaw agreed to a contract extension that will pay the 25-year old southpaw $215 million over the next seven years. And Kershaw can opt out of the contract after five years if he wants to pass on […]

Cubs Working on the Big League Roster, Focus on the Minors and Other News and Rumors

Weekend Update It could be a very busy 72 hours throughout the game leading up to Christmas, especially if the Rakuten Eagles finally make a decision, one way or the other, to post Masahiro Tanaka. Players prefer to know where they will be playing prior to the holidays and there are several free agents still […]

Winter Meetings Day One: Cubs Emphasizing Pitching In All Trade Discussions

2013 Winter Meetings – Day One Jeff Samardzija is reportedly the Cubs’ player that attracted the most attention on the first day of the Winter Meetings. The Cubs are listening to offers for Samardzija but are asking a steep price for him right now. Jed Hoyer maintained the Cubs would prefer to sign Samardzija to […]

Catching Up on Cubs Rumors and Other News and Notes

The Cubs off-season is just eight days old and the rumor mill is already heating up. The front office’s focus has reportedly been on Joe Girardi while searching for other qualified managerial candidates if Girardi decides to stay in the Bronx. But once Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer hire a new manager and the coaching […]

Will the Cubs Make a Change with Sveum? And Other News and Notes

The Cubs wrapped up the 2013 campaign on Sunday with a loss to the Cardinals and in the process the team locked down the fourth pick in the 2014 draft, which takes place on June 5. While the focus has been on the past two seasons at the big league level since Theo Epstein and […]

Cubs Spring Game Cut Short and Other News Bits

The Cubs made the trip from Mesa to Goodyear on Friday afternoon to take on a Reds split squad. After a 16-minute delay, the teams took the field as it started to rain again. Scott Hairston gave the Cubs a brief one-run lead in the top of the first with what would have been his […]

Castro Day-to-Day, Garza to Begin Throwing and Other Cubs News Bits

Starlin Castro is listed as day-to-day after leaving Wednesday’s Cactus League game in the fourth inning with left hamstring tightness. Castro hurt his hamstring running to first base in the exhibition game, and left the game immediately. According to a report from Comcast SportsNet, Dale Sveum thought Castro hurt his knee when he first pulled […]

A New Vibe on the First Full-Squad Day of Cubs Camp

Cubs’ camp is in full swing after a long day Friday at Fitch Park. All of the players have reported and the Cubs’ workout Friday went late into the afternoon. Tom Ricketts, Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Dale Sveum addressed the team before the first full squad workout. Tom Ricketts feels a new energy and […]

Laying Down the Bunts … and Other Notes from Cubs Camp

It is position player reporting day in Cubs Camp … A majority of the players have already reported to Fitch Park but after Thursday Dale Sveum will have his full Spring Training roster in camp. There are only four position players that have not reported … Alfonso Soriano, Starlin Castro, Blake DeWitt and Jae-Hoon Ha. […]