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Fangraphs’ Prospect List Is the One Your Mother Warned You About

If you are looking for a Cubs prospect list that is aggressive, balls-to-the-wall, and different from every other list, I have found it for you. Surprisingly, it does not belong to Baseball Prospectus. It is not Keith Law who ranks someone extremely high this time. This year, the WTF award goes to FanGraphs’ Eric Longenhagen. FanGraphs is always one of my favorite prospect lists...
Via Cubs Insider
50 minutes ago

Chicago Cubs will be more visible in 2017 thanks to CSN streaming deal

Beginning with this year’s regular season, The Chicago Cubs and White Sox will be more accessible than ever. Chicago Cubs‘ fans who get Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s channel in their cable package will be able to live-stream games in 2017, the company announced on Thursday. The new offering will be available without any new charges as […] Chicago Cubs will be more visible in...
Via Cubbies Crib
1 hour ago

Trevor Cahill Signs with Padres on Bargain Basement Deal

Once the World Series celebration settled in for a long winter’s nap, the requisite prognostication on 2017 team makeup began to rear it’s head. Throughout all of the speculation and free agent signings – guys like Brian Duensing, Koji Uehara, and Jon Jay – there hadn’t been much talk about reliever Trevor Cahill. Of course, that shouldn’t come as much surprise considering...
Via Cubs Insider
2 hours ago

Chicago Cubs News: Spring Training nears; Prospect preview

We’re less than a month from the Chicago Cubs baseball and Spring Training. The Cubs winning a title has only helped to make us a little greedy for another–and that’s okay. It’s been a short hiatus for the Chicago Cubs. For them, it might not have felt like an offseason at all. Interviews, guest appearances […] Chicago Cubs News: Spring Training nears; Prospect preview...
Via Cubbies Crib
3 hours ago

Why Cubs are excited for pitching prospect Dylan Cease: He's 'throwing lightning bolts'

Theo Epstein's front office is heading into Year 6 with the Cubs and they're finally talking about a pitcher as one of the organization's most exciting prospects.That's
Via CSN Chicago
1 day ago

Chicago Cubs: Top young Cubs’ prospects to watch in 2017

The system is working. With the change in the team, leadership came focus on improving the farm system. Now, the Chicago Cubs are loaded with prospects. It is easy to see. The Chicago Cubs organization is one of the best operations in all Major League Baseball. When Theo Epstein was hired as the President of […] Chicago Cubs: Top young Cubs’ prospects to watch in 2017 - Cubbies...
Via Cubbies Crib
1 day ago

FanGraphs Ranks, Projects WAR of Top 23 Cubs Prospects

As is customary for this time of year, FanGraphs recently released their list of the top 23 Cubs prospects. Their rankings were compiled by factoring in scouting reports and Chris Mitchell’s KATOH projection system, which projects how much WAR a minor leaguer will produce over his first six MLB seasons. Like other baseball projection models, KATOH has its imperfections; even Chris...
Via Cubs Insider
1 day ago

Pick the Better 2017 Hitter

Imagine how Jason Heyward would feel if the Cubs didn’t win the World Series. On one side of the coin, any non-championship season falls short because of countless different reasons, and on the other side of the coin, Heyward still has to care the most about his own performance. But for as bad as he was, at least the title took the edge off. He remained an outstanding defender...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Deploying Kyle Schwarber in 2017

On the surface, Joe Maddon’s lineup card should seem like a relatively easy one to fill out. You have the bulk of a World Series champion returning, with plenty of youth and a now-healthy Kyle Schwarber who will slot into Dexter Fowler’s spot at the top, at least to start. But with such a versatile […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
1 day ago  |  Discuss

In The Loop: Can Kyle Hendricks top spectacular 2016?

Kelly Crull and David Kaplan discuss whether Kyle Hendricks will be better or worse in 2017.
Via CSN Chicago
1 day ago

Kyle Schwarber almost had to punch a bouncer at Kris Bryant’s wedding

Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant got married to longtime girlfriend Jessica Delp a few weekends back. Joining Bryant at his wedding were several Cubs teammates including Kyle Schwarber who made his triumphant return from the DL to the World Series roster. Schwarber played in four games and batted .412 with 2 RBI, 3 walks and a stolen base. Before Bryant's wedding, Schwarber almost...
Via ChiCitySports.com
1 day ago

Joe Maddon’s messaging to Cubs before the 2017 campaign

As the Cubs gear up ro report to spring training in less than a month, manager Joe Maddon wants his players to stay out of their comfort zone.
Via CSN Chicago
1 day ago

Fans will be able to stream live games in '17

Cubs fans with CSN Chicago subscriptions will be able to watch games live via CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports app beginning with the 2017 season.
Via Cubs.com
1 day ago

Top 23 Prospects: Chicago Cubs

Below is an analysis of the prospects in the Chicago Cubs farm system. Scouting reports are compiled with information provided by industry sources as well as from my own observations. The KATOH statistical projections, probable-outcome graphs, and (further down) Mahalanobis comps have been provided by Chris Mitchell. For more information on thes 20-80 scouting scale by which all...
Via Fangraphs
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Routine essential to Cubs prospect Candelario

Jeimer Candelario's promotion to the big leagues last July only lasted a few days, but it was enough to give the Cubs prospect a taste of what it's like, and show him what he needs to do.
Via Cubs.com
2 days ago

Do the Cubs Have Any Viable Extension Candidates?

On Monday, news broke that the Royals had signed Danny Duffy, 28, to a five-year extension worth $65 million dollars. Coming off by far the best year of his career (Duffy put up 3.8 WARP and a cFIP of 91), the Royals locked him up to what seems to be a fairly team-friendly deal. Duffy—who […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Internal and External Options for Cubs’ Sixth-Man

As the Chicago Cubs look to repeat as World Series champs, they are currently seeking a little extra help in the starting rotation. With Kyle Hendricks, Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, John Lackey and Mike Montgomery as the expected starting five, the need isn’t urgent, but adding quality depth now could be the difference between another […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Choosing 2017 Cubs Games To Attend Based On the Promotional Schedule

Did you all see this yet? ⏰ pic.twitter.com/12xq5unXI9 — Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) January 17, 2017 Depending on who you talk to, this might be the best or the worst promotional item ever devised.  And it also gave me some inspiration with respect to the team to the North… While my earlier contention that I wouldn’t be able to afford to go to many Cubs games is true...
Via World Series Dreaming
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs the latest team to no longer allow you to print tickets at home

Those looking to attend a game in Wrigley Field to watch the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs will have one less option to get hands on tickets in 2017. The option to purchase a ticket online and have the ability to immediately print the tickets at home or at the office is no longer available for Cubs games. Instead, fans will have to get their hands on a ticket directly...
Via The Comeback
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Obama skips over Aroldis Chapman while praising Cubs

The Chicago Cubs’ visit to the White House was already a headline-grabber before it even happened. In a surprising move, the team decided to move its visit to Monday and became the last team President Barack Obama will honor in office. Then, Monday’s event happened, and more news was made. While President Obama was pointing out the various members of the Cubs’ World Series...
Via The Comeback
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Convention 2017 Was Something Different

The 2017 Chicago Cubs Convention was one that will be remembered for the rest of my life. While the convention is enjoyable every year, this one was something special. For the first time in convention history​​, the Cubs were celebrating a championship. Needless to say, there was very little said this year that was not all about the Cubs winning the World Series. This was the...
Via World Series Dreaming
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Jake Arrieta, Cubs still have not discussed long-term contract

Pitcher Jake Arrieta will be eligible to become a free agent at the end of the 2017 season, and he sounds somewhat resigned to the fact that a long-term deal won’t get done before then. Arrieta said Friday that he hasn’t discussed a contract extension with the club, and said time is running out for the two sides to do so. “The timeline is kind of coming to an end as far as...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs OF Heyward hard at work on revamped swing

CHICAGO (AP) A year ago, Jason Heyward was one of the main attractions at the Chicago Cubs' winter convention. The outfielder had just agreed to a big free-agent deal, and he was hoping to play a key role in the team's first championship in more than a century. The team got that title, but for Heyward, it was a bumpy road all the way to the very end. Heyward played Gold Glove defense...
Via Associated Press
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs, Arrieta avoid arbitration with 1-year deal

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs and ace right-hander Jake Arrieta have agreed to a $15,637,500, one-year deal. The Cubs also announced one-year contracts with right-handed relievers Hector Rondon and Justin Grimm on Friday. They exchanged arbitration numbers with Pedro Strop, with the team offering $4.6 million and the reliever countering at $6 million. But there is optimism about...
Via Associated Press
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Dan Haren has funny tweet about Curt Schilling’s HOF candidacy

Retired former All-Star pitcher Dan Haren continues to be a 140-character superstar in his post-MLB chapter. Andrew Baggaarly of the Bay Area News Group shared an interesting stat on Friday about the Hall of Fame case for Curt Schilling, whose controversial political opinions that he often posts on Twitter have tarnished his candidacy in the eyes of many voters. Curt Schilling...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss
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