Garza’s Arbitration Hearing Set … and Other Cubs News and Notes

Matt Garza is the only arbitration eligible player that remains unsigned for the upcoming season. Garza filed a $12.5 million figure and the Cubs countered with a $7.95 million salary for 2012 … and the sides appear to have two days to work out a deal to avoid an arbitration hearing. According to a report […]

Epstein Compensation, Soto, Cespedes … and Other Cubs News and Notes

The Cubs finally announced the list of players that will be in camp this spring on non-roster invitations. As the rosters are currently constructed (40-man and non-roster), the Cubs will have a total of 61 players in camp on February 24, the first full-squad workout of the spring. Could the Theo Epstein compensation issue be […]

Weekend Update … Cubs Still Have Work to Do This Off-Season

What was expected to be another busy week for the Chicago Cubs turned out to be rather quiet. Many think the Cubs are focused on the three Cuban players that they’ve been linked to for a majority of the off-season. Another one of their reported targets established residency in the Dominican Republic this past week […]

Rambling About the Cubs While Waiting on the Cubans

Hello again, everybody. It has been a few weeks, but it’s Friday, and I am back. So, let’s get together, and throw out some quick thoughts and observations about our favorite baseball team. There is a lot going on, and at any minute now the Chicago Cubans could really start taking shape. (And Kudos to […]

Cespedes Can Negotiate with Teams … and Other Cubs News and Notes

The Cubs are reportedly interested in a trio of Cuban players … Yoenis Cespedes, Jorge Soler and Gerardo Concepcion. While they have been able to negotiate a deal with Concepcion, the 18-year old southpaw, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer can now officially negotiate a contract with Yoenis Cespedes. A day after the news surfaced that […]

Cespedes Establishes Residency in the Dominican … and Other Cubs News, Notes and Rumors

The Cubs off-season has been very quiet of late but that could be changing soon. The Cubs are expected to announce the non-roster invitees to Spring Training this week. The Cubs have signed several minor league free agents but have not officially announced a majority of those contracts that include non-roster invitations to big league […]

Weekend Update … Non-Roster Invites, Rumors and Matt Garza

The week following the convention was a busy seven days for the Chicago Cubs. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer avoided arbitration with six of the seven arbitration eligible players for the upcoming season … only Matt Garza remains unsigned. The Cubs continued to sign free agents to minor league contracts. News surfaced Friday that the […]

Baseball is Better … and Other Cubs News, Notes and Rumors

With the first month of the New Year dwindling down, Spring Training is not far away. Pitchers and catchers officially report to Fitch Park in less than a month (February 18) … and the Cubs front office still has a lot of work to do. The Cubs have one arbitration eligible player that is unsigned […]

Arbitration, Compensation, Cespedes … and Other Cubs News and Notes

The Chicago Cubs avoided arbitration with six players on Tuesday. Jeff Baker ($1.375 million), Blake DeWitt ($1.1 million), Geovany Soto ($4.3 million), Ian Stewart ($2.3755 million), Chris Volstad ($2.655 million) and Randy Wells ($2.705 million) received pay increases from their 2011 salary. The Cubs exchanged salary arbitration figures with Matt Garza but did not agree […]

Cubs Have Shown Most Interest in Yoenis Cespedes

According to a report from, the Cubs have shown the most interest in Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes spoke with Dionisio Soldevila prior to Monday’s playoff game in the Dominican Republic and said he “has attracted the attention of at least six major league teams, but none has shown as much interest in him” as the […]