The Final Cubs Weekend Update of Twenty-Twelve

As the New Year approaches, the next two days figures to be filled with ‘Year in Review’ reports throughout the game and looking back at what went right or wrong over the last 12 months. The Cubs had a rough year, one that most saw coming but there was more than just a few positives […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/17/12

It was All-Star week in the winter leagues and the CCO would like to congratulate Junior Lake and Edwin Maysonet as representatives in the Dominican Winter League and Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League respectively. This past week also saw more players added to winter rosters as first baseman Justin Bour and pitchers Ty’Relle Harris, Luis […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/10/12

This past week saw a baseball version of musical chairs for Cubs prospects as many experimented with other positions around the diamond. Arismendy Alcantara, Erick Castillo, and Edwin Maysonet lined up in two separate positions while Junior Lake appeared in three different places. Also trying out new roles were Ryan Searle and Christian Villanueva. Staying […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 12/03/12

As we head into the final month of the regular season for the winter leagues, there were plenty of thrill, chills and spills this past week. Dave Sappelt nearly hit for the cycle in Venezuela, while Tony Campana saved the day with a diving catch. Meanwhile, arbitration bound Luis Valbuena kept on slugging and new […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/26/12

The list of Cubs’ prospects and players participating in the winter leagues grew last week. Counting the recently completed Arizona Fall League, the Cubs now have 43 players participating in winter ball. Pitchers Rafael Dolis and Ryan Searle, catcher Neftali Rosario and recently signed Johermyn Chavez and Alberto Gonzalez were added to rosters over the […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/19/12

As the winter leagues kicked into high gear this week, a pair of players with aspirations for the big league club in Luis Valbuena and Dave Sappelt had huge showings in Venezuela. Starting pitching had some encouraging signs with fine efforts by Michael Bowden, Eduardo Figueroa, Jay Jackson and Yoanner Negrin. It was the final […]

Cubs Exploring Ways to Fill Holes … and Other News, Notes and Rumors

The Owners Meetings are underway in Chicago and instead of the focus around the game being on awards week, all of baseball has turned its attention to the reported deal between the Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays. Once the proposed trade is finalized, it will change the course of the off-season throughout baseball. The […]

Cubs Comfortable Betting on Baker, Still Pursuing Pitching

The Cubs added a starting pitcher to the mix when they announced that Scott Baker signed a one-year, $5.5 million deal on Tuesday that includes a $1.5 million incentives package. Theo Epstein did a little rhyming when he discussed the signing with the mainstream media. Epstein said that “Scott Baker is a pitch maker” and […]

Baseball Operations Staff Structures, Theo Epstein and Other Cubs News, Notes and Rumors

The Cubs announced several changes to the front office, scouting and field staff, plus a three-year contract extension for Assistant General Manager, Randy Bush. Dale Sveum finalized his coaching staff on Tuesday with the hiring of David Bell to replace Pat Listach as the team’s third base coach. The Cubs also removed the interim tag […]

Keeping an Eye on the Cubs Prospects

The 20th season of the Arizona Fall League (AFL) kicked off on Tuesday. The Cubs have seven players and coach Brian Harper on the Mesa Solar Sox roster. Javier Baez, Matt Szczur, Rubi Silva, Kevin Rhoderick, Tony Zych and Nick Struck have seen action in the first two days. Dae-Eun Rhee is the only Cubs’ […]