All But the Bullpen is Set for Opening Day and Other Cubs News

The Cubs all but finalized their Opening Day roster prior to Friday night’s exhibition at Chase Field. Carlos Villanueva was named the Cubs’ fifth starter and Chris Rusin was optioned to Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs needed the flexibility Villanueva can provide early in the season. The team is committed to having Jeff Samardzija, Edwin Jackson […]

Samardzija Gets the Opening Day Nod and Other Cubs Spring Training News

The Cubs made it official Friday. Jeff Samardzija will get the ball on Opening Day in Pittsburgh. Unless something happens before the first game of the season, Samardzija will make his second consecutive Opening Day start. And thanks to the schedule makers, Samardzija will become the first pitcher to make back-to-back Opening Day starts at […]

Samardzija Set for Spring Opener, Baez Bashes a Window and News from Day Nine of Cubs Camp

The Cubs wrapped up the first full week of practice Friday, the Cactus League games begin in five days and Rick Renteria named his starter for the spring opener. Jeff Samardzija will be the first pitcher to take the hill at brand new Cubs Park in a Cactus League contest Thursday when the Cubs open […]

Minor League Signings and Other Cubs Notes from Down on the Farm

While the front office has not made many changes to the 40-man roster to this point of the off-season, the Cubs have signed 14 players to minor league contracts that include non-roster invites to Spring Training. Rick Renteria and his staff spent the weekend in Mesa planning for Spring Training. Cubs’ pitchers and catchers report […]