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Cubs Could Trade Castro If They Land Zobrist, But No Thanks

According to a report by Jesse Rogers of ESPN, in the event the Chicago Cubs sign Ben Zobrist, team sources say they will almost certainly end up trading 2B/SS Starlin Castro. A three-time All Star, Castro had a very pedestrian season in 2015, batting .265 with a .296 on-base and .671 OPS. However, the 25-year old Castro finished strong and posted a ,295 average with a .464 slugging...
Via Mets Merized Online
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cubs GM Hoyer indicates team will be active in winter meetings

Oct 19, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer during practice the day before game three of the 2015 NLCS at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports Jerry Lai USA TODAY SportsThe Chicago Cubs have kicked the tires on most free agents available this offseason, but the team has yet to show any indication that they are ready to sign any on...
Via Fox Sports
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Christmas tree struggle is very real for Cubs' Anthony Rizzo

We feel your pain, Anthony Rizzo. Victor Decolongon Getty ImagesThe Buzzer normally likes to bring you stories about how the life of an athlete is truly special thanks to the various perks that come with their jobs.This story, though, is about how an athlete is just like us.Cubs All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo went through the same misery on Monday that we all go through when...
Via Fox Sports
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Player Profile: Miguel Montero

2015 Stats 113 G, 403 PA, .248/.345/.409, .279 TAv, 4.0 WARP Year in Review If ever you needed a reason to dismiss Wins Above Replacement as a worthless construct that misses the point in every possible way, a good way to start would be by visiting the Baseball Reference page for the 2015 Cubs. There, […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tommy Hottovy: Cubs Run Prevention Coordinator

Tommy Hottovy‘s position within the Chicago Cubs organization isn’t high profile. It is, however, important to the team’s success. The 34-year-old former pitcher is the club’s Coordinator of Advance Scouting, with a focus on run prevention. A graduate of Wichita State University, Hottovy played 10 professional seasons after being selected in the fourth round of the 2004...
Via Fangraphs
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Player Profile: Kyle Hendricks

2015 Stats 32 G, 180.0 IP, 3.95 ERA, 3.87 DRA, 22.6 K%, 5.8 BB% Year in Review “If broadcasters are right about the keys to pitching success—get ahead of hitters, change speeds, avoid walks—Hendricks is destined to be a booth favorite. The Dartmouth product doesn’t have great stuff but he commands it well, varying his […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Offseason Update

Moar Awardz Cubs bring home the hardware Cy Young – Jake Arrieta (169); Zack Greinke (147); Clayton Kershaw (101) Rookie of the Year – Kris Bryant (150, unanimous); Matt Duffy (70); Jung Ho Kang (28) Manager of the Year – Joe Maddon (124); Mike Matheny (87); Terry Collins (49) Esurance MLB Awards Best Starting Pitcher: Jake Arrieta Best...
Via Obstructed View
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Austin Jackson: Potential Offseason Target

Position: Outfield 2015 Stats: (Cubs & Mariners) 527 PA, .267/.311/.385, 5.5% BB, 23.3% K, 1.7 WARP How He Fits: Austin Jackson came over to the Cubs from the Mariners on August 31st, playing mostly the corner outfield spots for the Cubs in the final month of the season. He earned a spot on the postseason […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Why the Chicago Cubs should’ve went after Jordan Zimmermann

With the 2015 MLB offseason upon us, the Chicago Cubs are strong contenders in the hunt for premier starting pitchers. The name most associated with the Cubs pursuit is left handed ace David Price. Price previously played for manager Joe Maddon with the Tampa Bay Rays for a little more than 6 seasons. In addition, Price is coming off another excellent year in which he finished runner...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Back to work for the Cubs…

So here we are, the day before we return to work after a few days of gorging ourselves with a large flightless bird and assorted side dishes and desserts.  The Chicago Cubs have been relatively boring thus far, but we’re still a week-plus away from the Winter Meetings, so it should ramp up soon.  In the meantime, I used the lull to catch up on most of the Harry Potter movies...
Via World Series Dreaming
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Chicago Cubs need Dexter Fowler to return in 2016

After an overachieving 2015 MLB season for the Chicago Cubs, it’s difficult to not already be excited for the 2016 season. The Cubs are the early favorites to take the whole thing next year, 108 years in the making. This is in large part due to the Cubs having the potential to return their entire starting lineup and the most crucial players from their bench during this past postseason...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Sign Two Minor League Free-Agents

The Cubs have signed Rule 55 second-contract minor league free-agent RHSP Drew Rucinski(ex-LAA) and Rule 55 minor league 6YFA LHP Jeffry Antigua to 2016 minor league contracts. Both will be eligible for selection in next month's Rule 5 Draft.  Tags:  Cubs Minor League free-agents Jeffry Antigua Drew Rucinski
Via Cub Reporter
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Bard Experiment- It Did Not Work

On a blog I wrote back in February 2012, I mentioned a Nick Cafardo column. It talks about the conversion of Red Sox hurler Daniel Bard from setup man to closer. I later wrote that the experiment may not work. It did not. Bard, a Texas native, was first notice at the University of North Carolina, where he led his team to the College World Series in 2006 In June 06 he was selected...
Via Fenway West
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Add Four to 40-Man Roster

The Cubs selected the contracts of four minor league players today, adding 3B Jeimer Candelario, C Willson Contreras, RHSP Pierce Johnson, and 1B Dan Vogelbach to their MLB Reserve List (40-man roster), and thus insuring that the foursome will not be eligible for selection in next month's Rule 5 Draft. RULE 5 DRAFT: Each MLB club is required to file its MLB Reserve List and the...
Via Cub Reporter
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Jake Arrieta battled arm fatigue in the playoffs

Cy Young award winner Jake Arrieta revealed that he was fatigued in the playoffs, after tossing 229 innings in the regular season, according to an ESPN report. Including his 19.2 playoff innings, the 29-year-old hurler threw 248.2 innings, which topped his career-high innings mark, set last year at 156.2.’s Jesse Rogers reported that Arrieta said: “I think that...
Via The Outside Corner
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs interested in reunion with Jeff Samardzija

The Chicago Cubs reached the National League Championship Series in 2015, a full year before they were even expected to be competitive. Now, armed with an incredibly young offensive core and a newly-minted Cy Young Award winner in Jake Arrieta, the Cubs are poised to be National League favorites heading into the 2016 season. With that in mind, Theo Epstein and his front office team...
Via Rumors and Rants
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Jon Lester: Tunneling to Success

When you come up through the ranks as a young lefty starter, you learn about the importance of the changeup. By breaking away from the right-handed batter, that pitch offers the best way to neutralize the natural platoon advantage those hitters have against you. By the time you get to the big leagues, it’s part of your approach, like it or not. That’s why lefty starters throw...
Via Fangraphs
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Job Posting: Chicago Cubs Analyst (Pitching Evaluation), Research & Development

Position: Chicago Cubs Analyst (Pitching Evaluation), Research & Development Location: Chicago Description: The Chicago Cubs are seeking an Analyst for the team’s Baseball Research and Development group. The role will focus primarily on using an analytical approach for the evaluation and projection of pitcher performance. The analyst will work closely with the R&D team...
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Maddon, Bannister win MLB Manager of the Year awards

NEW YORK — Joe Maddon has won his third Manager of the Year award, earning his first in the National League after guiding the Chicago Cubs to their first postseason berth since 2008. Maddon got 18 first-place votes for 124 points from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in balloting announced Tuesday. Maddon becomes the seventh manager to win the award three times...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs announce plans to create own cable TV network

The Chicago Cubs want to branch out on their own. Having been part of the old Fox Sports Net Chicago and now, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, the Cubs have shared cable channel space with the Blackhawks and White Sox. In cases of conflicts with the Blackhawks playoff run or during the summer with the White Sox, the Cubs often aren’t the Most Favored Nation having to move to an alternate...
Via Awful Announcing
16 days ago  |  Discuss

600 Chris Denorfia bobbleheads mysteriously left on doorstep

A group of roommates living in University City, San Diego, recently became the proud owners of 600 bobbleheads dolls depicting former Padres outfielder Chris Denorfia. Philip Jia, one of the home’s residents, told NBC 7 in San Diego that he called the police when he discovered the boxes, not knowing what they contained or if...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

In loss, Chicago Cubs find fuel for a new frontier

The day after is always the worst. And that day after is even worse if it is the end of the latest – and perhaps greatest – shot at ending the most haunting dry spell in all of sports: the Chicago Cubs World Series draught. The Cubs’ 2015 came to an end on Wednesday evening at the hands of the newly crowned National League champion New York Mets. The Metropolitans made quick...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
October 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Young Cubs’ flaws exposed in Mets’ NLCS sweep

Alas, art did not imitate life. The Chicago Cubs were unable to win the World Series in 2015 and follow the plot line of “Back to the Future, Part II.” Instead, the New York Mets, also worthy of the Hollywood treatment, severely revised the script. As the North Siders cry over yet another season without a title (that’s 107 straight, if you’re counting at home), the gloom...
Via The Sports Daily
October 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs’ success not defined by postseason

The Chicago Cubs hired away Theo Epstein from the Red Sox in 2011. For their fans, the journey back to competitiveness and relevance has been a long and often frustrating one. But this year finally saw the plan start to come together. The Cubs won 97 games in the regular season, which was the third best record on baseball. It’s just unfortunate they had to find that success...
Via The Outside Corner
October 21, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Kyle Schwarber hits historic home run in Game 3

In the first inning of Tuesday’s NLCS Game, the Mets took an early 1-0 lead, which may have gotten Cubs fans pretty anxious. But in the home half of the inning, Kyle Schwarber once again came to the rescue, launching a home run to tie the game. Calling it a home run might not be doing Schwarber’s long ball justice, however. No, it didn’t land on top of the right field video...
Via The Outside Corner
October 20, 2015  |  Discuss

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