Jed Hoyer started the weekend with a rather informative interview on MLB Network Radio. Hoyer admitted he talks to the Rays’ Matt Silverman on a regular basis. Hoyer’s conversation led to the Cubs-Rays rumors picking back up on Saturday.
Willson Contreras was named the top catching prospect in baseball as the Cubs’ system was back in the headlines throughout the weekend.
The NL adopting the designated hitter is gaining momentum. And the Cubs are looking for players to complement the current roster.
Here are the headlines from the last three days full of information you can use as the countdown to Spring Training continues …
Cubs Willson Contreras Ranked No. 1 Catching Prospect by MLB Pipeline
MLBP Pipeline is ranking the top 10 prospects at each position. And one of the minor leaguers in the Cubs’ system is considered the best young backstop in the game.
Willson Contreras was the Cubs’ Minor League Position Player of the Year, won a batting title and went from a relative unknown in a loaded system to being ranked the top catching prospect in all of baseball.
The CCO Talks Cubs First and Third Baseball Prospects on South Bend Cubs Radio
Tom provided analysis on the corner infield prospects in the Cubs organization as well as which players could be with South Bend playing first and third base on Opening Day.
This is a must read for all that still follow the minor league system.
The Daily CCO: Momentum Gaining for National League Adopting the DH and Cubs News and Notes
Commissioner Rob Manfred said at the Owners Meetings that momentum is gaining for the NL to adopt the designated hitter. Baseball purists are up in the air. But the bottom line is it’s just a matter of time before both leagues play under the same set of rules.
The Cubs may no longer be the favorite to sign a top Cuban pitching prospect. The VSL is closing down. Report includes all of the news, notes, rumors and links, along with This Day in Cubs History.
Austin Jackson Reportedly Could be a Fit for the Cubs at the Right Price
The front office says the roster is all but set for Spring Training. There could be another addition or two and that includes re-signing Austin Jackson.
The Cubs outfield defense is a huge question mark, especially in the corners. Having Jackson on the team would give the Cubs insurance in case of injury or as a late-inning defensive replacement.
The Cubs are apparently interested in a reunion with one of the good guys in the game.
Cubs Looking for Players to Complement the Roster
The heavy lifting may be done this winter, but the Cubs are not done with small moves and that is where Austin Jackson may be a fit. Jed Hoyer said the front office would like to add a couple of players to round out the roster before Spring Training.
Jed Hoyer Talks Cubs on MLB Network Radio
This is a must read for all that follow the team closely.
Jed Hoyer talked in detail about the ongoing conversations with the Rays, Dexter Fowler, Austin Jackson, Joe Maddon, Jake Arrieta and the National League adopting the designated hitter.
And the Cubs tried to trade for Jason Heyward when he was still in Atlanta.
Jed Hoyer also talked to The Score and ESPN 1000 about his team and the off-season.
All three interviews are well worth the time and chock full of information.
The Daily CCO: Cubs Have the Most Fearsome Foursome in Baseball and Other News
Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber and Jason Heyward are the best quartet in baseball according to MLB.com based on cumulative offensive runs.
Dan Vogelbach slipped out of the top 10 first base prospects in the game.
Yoenis Cespedes is back in the Big Apple and the Mets are now considered the best team in the NL.
Report includes all of the news, notes, links and rumors, along with This Day in Cubs History.
Cubs-Rays Update: Discussions Reportedly Include Six to Seven Player Deals
The Cubs and Rays rumors keep surfacing … in large part due to the honesty of Matt Silverman and Jed Hoyer. The Cubs and Rays are in regular communication with one another. The Cubs have young hitters (Javier Baez, Jorge Soler) the Rays are interested in, and Tampa has controllable pitchers (Jake McGee, Jake Odorizzi) the Cubs would like to add to the roster.
The two teams haven’t been able to work out a deal. And when they do, it could be a rather large trade.
Farm Director Jaron Madison Runs Down Cubs System with Myrtle Beach’s Scott Kornberg
Myrtle Beach’s new broadcaster Scott Kornberg talked to farm director Jaron Madison during the Convention. And Madison provided in-depth answers to Kornberg’s excellent questions.
Another must-read for those that follow the Cubs’ farm system.
The Daily CCO: Cubs Third Most Improved Team and Other News and Rumors
It’s hard to make improvements to a team that won 97 games the year before, but the front office may have done so this winter, at least on paper. The Cubs are no longer considered the winner of the winter, which is a good thing. But the rather deep roster has put the Cubs in position to have a good season.
Report includes video of Jake Arrieta and Kris Bryant receiving their BBWAA Awards on Saturday night.
All of the news, links, rumors and This Day in Cubs History are included in the report from Championship Sunday.