Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 03/24/14

Minor League Preview – Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa Good Morning to everyone at the CCO! Today is the last of a three part installment previewing the 2014 minor league season.  We will be discussing each level’s strengths, weaknesses, and things to look for. Please note that the previews are based on current roster assignments […]

MLB.com’s Pre-Season Top 25 Cubs Prospects

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo released MLB.com’s pre-season ranking of the Cubs top 20 prospects earlier in the week, along with five more players and a sleeper for the upcoming season. As with the case with nearly all of the off-season rankings, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant topped MLB.com’s list of the top prospects in […]

Are the Cubs Still Hoping Mike Olt Will Grab the Third Base Job? And Other News and Notes

Mike Olt said he was feeling better prior to Tuesday’s game after receiving a massage and treatment on his right shoulder. And he proved it against his former team. Olt hit a two-run homer off of Alexi Ogando and drove in another run with a sacrifice fly. Mike Olt and Rick Renteria said Tuesday that […]

Vizcaino, Jackson and Vitters Among Latest Round of Cubs Spring Roster Cuts

The Cubs announced the fourth round of spring roster cuts Tuesday afternoon. Arodys Vizcaino, Brett Jackson, Josh Vitters, Zac Rosscup and Christian Villanueva were optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Mitch Maier, Rafael Lopez and Armando Rivero were reassigned to minor league camp. With Tuesday’s roster cuts, the Cubs spring roster officially stands at 45 players.

Cubs Lose McDonald to Injury and the Exhibition Game to the A’s – Athletics 6, Cubs 2

Spring Training Game Twenty-One – Cubs (ss) 2, Athletics 6 WP – Joe Savery (1-0) LP – Yao-Lin Wang (0-1) Save – None James McDonald exited Monday’s game in Phoenix after only his second pitch of the day and his early departure set a tone for the afternoon. The Cubs were never in the exhibition […]

Cubs Pitching Has No Luck with the Mets – Mets 9, Cubs 4

Spring Training Game Seventeen – Cubs 4, Mets 9 WP – Cory Mazzoni (1-1) LP – Zac Rosscup (1-1) Save – None While the Brandon Hyde led half of the roster was able to complete the comeback in the valley, Rick Renteria’s roster could not do the same in Las Vegas as the Cubs dropped […]

Cubs Hang On for the Win in a Seesaw Spring Game – Cubs 10, Brewers 8

Spring Training Game Eleven – Cubs 10, Brewers 8 WP – Frank Batista (1-0, BS 1) LP – David Goforth (0-1) Save – Justin Grimm (1) A new Cactus League record crowd of 14,770 at Cubs Park saw the Cubs give up five runs in the seventh inning then score four runs of their own […]

A Little Speed, A Little Power – Cubs 6, Athletics 4

Spring Training Game Five – Cubs 6, Athletics (SS) 4 WP – Zac Rosscup (1-0) LP – Michael Ynoa (0-1) Save – Brian Schlitter (1) The Cubs posted the organization’s first win at Cubs Park on Tuesday afternoon after scoring three runs in the eighth on a RBI single by Albert Almora and a two-run […]

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 […]

Cubs Storylines of the Spring

Regardless of the win-loss expectancy at the big league level, this spring and the upcoming season are important steps in the building process for the organization. And the Cubs take another step Thursday afternoon when Rick Renteria’s team kicks off the Cactus League schedule against Kirk Gibson’s Arizona Diamondbacks. Several players that are coming off […]