Cubs 2016 Spring Training Preview: Relief Pitchers

Over the last couple of seasons for the Chicago Cubs, the front office has taken a patchwork approach to building a bullpen. Mainstays like Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop and Justin Grimm were cast-offs from other organizations and have excelled since joining the team.  The approach had 20 total pitchers pitch in relief to a tune […]

Cubs Updated Pitching Staff Projections

With pitchers and catchers reporting to Mesa in 17 days, opinions vary on the Cubs starting rotation and bullpen. Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester lead a starting staff that is considered one of the six or seven best rotations in baseball. John Lackey and Jason Hammel should slot in behind Arrieta and Lester. Kyle Hendricks begins […]

Cubs 2016 Spring Training Preview: Starting Pitchers

Since the start of their tenure in the front office, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have preached the importance of improving the Cubs’ starting pitching depth. This was even more apparent during the club’s first playoff berth in seven seasons where ace pitcher Jake Arrieta tired and backend starters Kyle Hendricks and Jason Hammel struggled […]

Cubs Rotation Ranked No. 1 in Baseball

Pitchers and catchers officially report to Mesa in 23 days with the first on field workout scheduled for Feb. 20. In 24 days, Chris Bosio will start working on the upcoming season with his pitching staff. For now, the pre-season rankings continue. The Cubs’ starting rotation when Spring Training begins in three weeks will be […]

Cubs Avoid Arbitration with LHP Travis Wood and RHP Justin Grimm with One-Year Deals

According to a report from the Sun-Times, the Cubs avoided arbitration with LHP Travis Wood and RHP Justin Grimm. Travis Wood agreed to terms on a one-year, $6.17 million contract and Justin Grimm received $1.275 million for the upcoming season. Travis Wood made $5.685 million last season and was projected to receive between $6.2-6.8 million […]

ESPN Ranks Cubs Bullpen Fifth in Baseball

Buster Olney posted his list of the top bullpens, and Olney ranked the Cubs behind the Yankees, Royals, Red Sox and Astros as having the fifth best pen in baseball. According to Buster Olney, teams like the Yankees “might have more dynamic options at the back end, but the Cubs might have more depth than […]

The Daily CCO: Seven Cubs File for Salary Arbitration, Caravan Kicks Off and Other News

Tuesday was the deadline for players to file for salary arbitration. 156 players across the league filed prior to the deadline, and seven of those players are on the Cubs’ big league roster. Jake Arrieta, Chris Coghlan, Justin Grimm, Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, Adam Warren and Travis Wood filed for arbitration. Tuesday’s deadline is really […]

The Daily CCO: Lots on Tap for the Cubs This Week and Other News, Notes and Rumors

The next seven days will be anything but boring for the Chicago Cubs. The 31st Annual Cubs Convention kicks off Friday (Jan. 15-17) and runs through the weekend. The Cubs Caravan (Jan.13-14), Anthony Rizzo’s Laugh Off for Cancer (Jan. 14) and Woody’s Winter Warm-Up (Jan. 15) are also this week. Additional minor league signings should […]

Resetting the Cubs Off-Season

With the holidays in the rearview mirror, it should be extremely busy throughout the game in the coming days and weeks. There is an unexpected and large number of big names still unsigned and available in free agency, and reports suggest trades could be made throughout baseball once players sign and teams scramble to fill […]

Pitching Staff Projections for the 2016 Chicago Cubs

Pitchers and catchers don’t report for eight weeks and Opening Night against the Angels in Los Angeles is more than three months away, but it’s never too early projections. The Cubs will begin Spring Training not only the popular pick to win the NL Central Division Crown but also as a favorite to be the […]