Padres Pounce on Cubs Pitching – Padres 7, Cubs 1

Spring Training Game Twenty-Eight – Cubs 1, Padres 7 WP – Eric Stults (2-1) LP – Carlos Villanueva (1-1) Save – None Carlos Villanueva and the bullpen could not keep the Padres off the bases while the offense was not able to string together any hits against San Diego’s staff as the Cubs dropped the […]

Cubs Rotate the Rotation, Castro Gets Minor At Bats and Other Spring Training News

Rick Renteria announced Saturday how he would lineup the first four spots in his rotation to start the season. Jeff Samardzija will pitch Opening Day, as previously announced. Edwin Jackson and Jason Hammel will follow Samardzija with Travis Wood filling the fourth spot in the rotation. Travis Wood will get the ball for the first […]

Samardzija Tunes Up, Cubs Offense Tunes Out – Mariners 3, Cubs 0

Spring Training Game Twenty-Four – Cubs 0, Mariners 3 WP – Erasmo Ramirez (3-0) LP – Jeff Samardzija (0-1) Save – Yoervis Medina (2) In front of a record crowd of 15,243 at Cubs Park and numerous scouts on hand to watch Jeff Samardzija, the Cubs were shutout for the third time this spring. Cubs’ […]

Olt Set to Start at Third, Castro Closer and Other Cubs Spring Training News and Notes

Mike Olt is getting nearly as much ink as Javier Baez this spring and he could see his first action at third base on Thursday afternoon when the Cubs take on the Mariners at Cubs Park. The vision problems that derailed Olt’s career appear to be behind him and the only question that seems to […]

Rambling About the Cubs While Spring Has Not Sprung

Well hello again, everybody! It’s that time of year … I know you have all been looking forward to it , waiting with bated breath, and anxiously anticipating some incoherent, nonsensical, random and ridiculous stream of consciousness. That is right … Ramblings is BACK! For many reasons, including, but not limited to, the 472 “Top […]

Baez Could See Time at Second Base Soon, Samardzija Rumors and Other Cubs Spring Training News

Javier Baez appears to be close to playing second base or third base in a Spring Training game. According to a report from ESPN Chicago, expect Baez to start at second base before long. And when he does, Darwin Barney will lineup at shortstop. Baez has been getting reps at both positions during morning practices. […]

Colorado Rocks Cubs Pitching – Rockies 13, Cubs 0

Spring Training Game Thirteen – Cubs 0, Rockies 13 WP – Jorge De La Rosa (2-0) LP – Travis Wood (0-1) Save – None In front of a Cactus League record crowd of 14,840 at Cubs Park, the Cubs were shutout for the second time this spring on Tuesday afternoon. And while the Cubs managed […]

The Cubs Need More Jeff Samardzijas, Not Less and Other News from Spring Training

Theo Epstein would like Jeff Samardzija to stay with the Cubs. Jed Hoyer reiterated this week the Cubs need more Jeff Samardzijas on the team, not less. And Jeff Samardzija would like to stay with the team he has a lot invested in. But the two sides remain apart on a long term extension for […]

Cubs Agree to Terms on 2014 Contracts with 19 Pre-Arbitration Players

The Cubs announced Monday afternoon the team agreed to terms with the 19 players on the 40-man roster with 0-3 years of Major League service time. The Major League minimum is $500,000 for the 2014 season and the terms on the contracts for Jake Arrieta and Welington Castillo were not released. Castillo was paid $503,000 […]

Samardzija and Barney Address Trade Talk

Jeff Samardzija said he would be surprised if he was traded before Opening Day following his start Thursday in Mesa. Several teams had scouts on hand (Blue Jays, Giants, Yankees, Nationals, Mariners, Diamondbacks) and many of them were thought to be at Cubs Park to see Samardzija. Bruce Levine reported former Cubs’ GM Ed Lynch, […]