Reports continued throughout the weekend on what moves the Cubs could make this off-season as the World Series played on in New York. The Cubs are one of the teams expected to be in the mix for Alex Gordon and the front office could sign a veteran starter according to Peter Gammons.
Jason McLeod talked prospects and provided a lot of information on the farm system. And Tom Ricketts said ‘Thank You’ to the fan base.
Here are the headlines from the last three days filled with all of the news and rumors you can use …
Cubs 2015 Position Review – First Base
Chris’ position review series continued with a look at the excellent season Anthony Rizzo put together. Joe Maddon used other guys at first base. The Cubs most valuable position player started all but one game and produced throughout the year.
Kris Bryant’s Big First Year in the Majors
Kris Bryant met expectations and many of the projections during his first year in the majors. Bryant played five positions and showed steady improvement at third base as the season progressed.
Despite what the so-called best fans in baseball think, Kris Bryant was hands down the best rookie in the National League and should soon receive the acknowledgement from the BBWAA.
Report is filled with stats and videos … his first homer, the first at Wrigley and his last longball of the year.
The Daily CCO: Jake Arrieta is a Finalist for a Gold Glove and Other Cubs News
Jake Arrieta’s historic second half should make him the Cy Young award winner in the NL. The fine people at Rawlings think he was one of the top three fielding pitchers in the Senior Circuit.
Joe Bohringer left the organization and is now a special assistant in Seattle for his old boss Jerry Dipoto. And Mike and Greg Maddux are no longer with the Texas Rangers.
The Daily report includes an update on Rick Renteria, all of the news, notes, rumors and links plus This Day in Cubs History.
What Signing Alex Gordon Could Cost the Cubs
Joel Sherman gave the Cubs possible interest in Alex Gordon credibility and two days later Sherman provided an idea of what Gordon could sign for this winter.
Gordon will play next year at 32 years old and even on a five-year contract, teams will likely lineup to sign him.
Cubs Interest in Alex Gordon Receives Confirmation
What Joel Sherman reported earlier in the week received confirmation from a Hall of Famer. Peter Gammons said during an interview on 670 The Score the Cubs are interested. Gordon could provide leadership and a veteran bat that makes contact to what will still be a young Cubs lineup, plus improve the defense in the outfield.
Gammons also gave a little insight on the directions the Cubs might go to add pitching to the roster this winter.
The Daily CCO: One Year Ago, Cubs Announced the Hiring of Joe Maddon
It was a very Happy Halloween in 2014 for the Cubs when Theo Epstein released a statement confirming the team hired Joe Maddon to take over in the dugout for Rick Renteria. Saturday was the one-year anniversary of Joe Maddon becoming the 54th manager of the Chicago Cubs.
The players bought in to Maddon’s ways and produced 97 wins on the field. The Cubs fell short of the ultimate goal but Maddon delivered on his prediction that his team would be playing in the post-season.
Tom Ricketts thanked the fans for an incredible season. Report also includes all of the news, notes, links and rumors, plus This Day in Cubs History.
Cubs 2015 Team Leaders – Offense
Anthony Rizzo owned the leaderboard for the 2015 Cubs on offense. Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Addison Russell and Starlin Castro were four of the reasons, along with Dexter Fowler, for the incredible two month run at the end of the season.
Every offensive stat is included in the report with which player had the best numbers for the season.
Jason McLeod Talk Cubs on Inside the Clubhouse
Jason McLeod spent time Saturday morning on 670 The Score with Bruce Levine and Jordan Bernfield. McLeod is one of the best in the business and it’s always informative when he talks about the players and the Cubs system. And Saturday’s interview was no exception.
McLeod talked about pitching in the organization, Willson Contreras, self-scouting and position versatility.
This is a must read report for those that like to know as much as possible about the Cubs system.
The Daily CCO: Cubs News and Rumors on the First Day of November
Jed Hoyer discussed the process that goes into the front office finding out the baseball budget.
Jon Heyman posted an update on Alex Gordon, at least six teams are expected to be in the mix for the outfielder this winter, and there will be more.
Along with the news, notes, a David Price rumor, the daily report also includes This Day in Cubs History and important off-season dates.
Cubs 2015 Team Leaders – Pitching
The Cubs pitching staff for the 2015 season could be summed in two words, Jake Arrieta, but that would not be accurate. Arrieta was incredible and led most categories, but the Cubs received solid contributions from Hector Rondon and Pedro Strop in the bullpen while using 29 different pitchers on the season.