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 Down on the Farm Report – 02/16/15

Greetings to everyone at the CCO! With the Winter League seasons over and Opening Day for the Minor Leagues weeks away, it’s time to step away from reporting and move to more feature articles.  For the fifth year, the Down on the Farm Reports returns to a popular feature entitled … Bubble Players and Bubble […]


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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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A Q & A with Former Cubs Catcher John Baker

John Baker spent last season in the Cubs dugout after making the team out of Spring Training. Baker provided a memorable ending to the longest game in franchise history. Not only was Baker the winning pitcher in a 4-3 victory over the Rockies after tossing a scoreless 16th inning, Baker scored the winning on a Starlin […]


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Cubs Have Several Unchecked Boxes on Off-Season To-Do List

When the Cubs’ off-season began in October, all signs were pointing toward the front office being rather active throughout the winter. And three months into baseball’s second season, it’s been more than was advertised. Not only has Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer made several changes to the big league roster, coaching staff and manager, the […]


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Cubs Not Alone in Pursuit of Depth in the Outfield

After the additions of Jon Lester and David Ross to the roster, the front office was supposed to shift its focus to adding depth to the outfield. Theo Epstein said, “Outfield is probably one area where we’re most focused if we were going to add a significant or semi-significant piece the rest of the way. […]


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Cubs Player Profile: Mike Kickham

In a seemingly endless roster shuffle in the days prior to the holiday, the Cubs claimed LHP Mike Kickham off of waivers from the San Francisco Giants. The Cubs lost C/1B Ryan Lavarnway and OF/1B Shane Peterson to waiver claims after trying to sneak them into the minors. Let’s take a look at Mike Kickham […]


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Pitching Staff Projections for the 2015 Chicago Cubs

Pitchers and catchers don’t report for seven weeks and Opening Night against the Cardinals is more than four months away, but it’s never too early for projections. For the first time during the Theo Epstein-Jed Hoyer regime the team’s focus will be on winning ballgames. The front office, Joe Maddon and a few of the […]


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LHP Craig Breslow Reportedly Deciding Between Cubs and Red Sox – Update: Agreed to Terms with Red Sox

Updated 8:03pm CST – According to a report from Rob Bradford, LHP Craig Breslow has re-signed with the Red Sox on a one-year, $2 million contract. Updated 8:55pm CST – According to a report from Pete Abraham, Craig Breslow and the Red Sox have not reached an agreement yet, but the two sides are optimistic […]


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The Daily CCO: Cubs Introduced Lester, Agreed to Terms with Motte and More Changes are on the Way

The Cubs had a very good Monday. Jon Lester donned No. 34 for the first time in blue pinstripes in what Theo Epstein called “a very, very significant day for the Cubs.” The Cubs got better on the field with Jon Lester now at the top of Joe Maddon’s rotation and better in the clubhouse […]


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