The Daily CCO: Jorge Soler, the Fifth Rotation Spot and Cubs News from Day Eleven of Camp Maddon

Countdown to Cubs Cactus League Openers: 2 days Rain shortened the Cubs workouts Monday. The outdoor drills Joe Maddon had planned were pushed to Tuesday as the players took advantage of the indoor facilities at the Cubs complex. And photo day was a huge success on Twitter. Jorge Soler spoke with the beat writers Monday […]


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Maddon Makes It Official: Jon Lester to Start Opening Night, Kyle Hendricks Basically a Lock as Cubs Fourth Starter

It’s official, Jon Lester will throw the first pitch of the 2015 baseball season. Joe Maddon removed any doubt Monday who he would be giving the ball to on Opening Night, April 5 against the Cardinals at Wrigley Field. Maddon officially named Lester his Opening Night starter. Maddon also confirmed that Kyle Hendricks is basically […]


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Joe Maddon Announces Cubs Rotation for First Six Spring Games, Jon Lester to Make Debut Friday

The Cubs begin play in the Cactus League on Thursday with a split squad day. And on Monday, Joe Maddon announced his starting rotation for the first six exhibition games. Travis Wood (A’s) and Jacob Turner (Giants) get the Cactus League openers on Thursday. And Wood will oppose fellow lefty Barry Zito at Sloan Park. Jon […]


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The Daily CCO: Cubs to Limit Jorge Soler Early in Spring Training, News from Day Three of Camp Maddon

Countdown to Cubs Cactus League Openers: 10 days The Cubs are reportedly going to limit Jorge Soler’s playing time and monitor him very closely during Spring Training. Nothing is wrong with Jorge Soler and the Cubs want to keep it that way. Joe Maddon explained the team’s plans for Soler with the beat writers Sunday. […]


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Cubs Storylines of the Spring: The Pitching Staff

The Cubs Storylines of the Spring series continues with a look at the pitchers in big league camp. Three, if not four, of the five starting spots are set as Spring Training begins for the Cubs. As long as everyone stays healthy Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta and Jason Hammel should be slotted in as the […]


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Rambling about the Cubs as Hope Hits a Fever Pitch

Hello again, everybody and happy Friday to you all. We are inching closer and closer to pitchers and catchers, to full-squad workouts, and to every daily newspaper running an article about the local baseball team entitled “Hope Springs Eternal.” That article is then followed later in the week by “Such and Such team looks to […]


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Cubs 2015 Spring Training Preview: Starting Pitchers

Thanks to an off-season spending spree aimed largely at the starting rotation, there’s a lot of buzz surrounding the Cubs pitchers. Improvement was necessary to a group that saw 13 pitchers make a start and compile a 4.11 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. Let’s take a look at some of the stories for Spring Training and […]


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The Daily CCO: Cubs Still Working on a Few Things as the Off-Season Comes to an End?

As baseball’s off-season winds down, the James Shields watch continues for at least two big league teams and fan bases. James Shields is expected to make a decision in the next 36 hours where he’s going to pitch for at least the next three years. All signs are pointing to him signing on in San […]


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The Daily CCO: Cubs Expecting Resolution and Vindication Soon on Tampering Charges

Major League Baseball has not ruled on the tampering charges the Rays filed against the Cubs over the hiring Joe Maddon. A resolution was expected two months ago on the matter. According to a report from Marc Topkin, Theo Epstein is expecting the Cubs to be cleared of the charges soon. Bob Nightengale reported Thursday […]


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From the Wire: Cubs and Pedro Strop Avoid Arbitration, Agree to Terms on a One-Year Contract

According to a report from Jon Heyman, the Cubs and RHP Pedro Strop agreed to terms on a one-year contract for $2.525 million. The Cubs and Strop settled slightly over the midpoint. Strop submitted a $3 million figure and the Cubs filed at $2 million. Strop avoided arbitration a year ago and was paid $1.325 million. […]


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