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Posts in category "Front Office"

The Cubs as a destination team

The Cubs as a destination team
I try really hard to resist hyperbole when writing about my favorite baseball team. I save that for ranting to my friends, neighbors, colleagues, ever patient wife, etc. But during the time of year when the season is entirely ahead of us and given what has transpired in the last few months, it’s hard to... Read more »

Managing Expectations and Being a Fan

Managing Expectations and Being a Fan
I first wanted to thank you all for welcoming me with open arms to Cubs Den. I’ve read this site for a number of years and it’s truly awesome to be a part of it. The Chicago Cubs online community is an awesome one. You all should be proud to be a part of it.... Read more »

How much have the Cubs improved? Part 1: Pitching

How much have the Cubs improved? Part 1: Pitching
It is well understood that every team approaches the offseason with the intention of improving in some way, whether it is to build on the prior season’s success and hopefully push things a step further, or to take a step out of the standings cellar and initiate the rebuilding process, and for most teams, it’s... Read more »
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Bryant's Success Critical To Cubs Future

Bryant's Success Critical To Cubs Future
Circle Thursday’s selection of Kris Bryant on your Cubbie calendars. By choosing the power hitting third baseman from the University of San Diego with the second overall selection in baseball’s amateur draft, a new name has emerged on the list of prospects on which Cubs fans are placing their hopes and dreams. This pick means... Read more »

Anthony Rizzo locked up by Cubs, Samardzija and Garza next?

Anthony Rizzo locked up by Cubs, Samardzija and Garza next?
These are heady times to be a Cubs fan. I have always truly envied franchises that preemptively locked up their young talent. Cleveland was really good at it back in the 90’s when they had a wealth of young stars coming through their organization. Tampa Bay has been sort of the model franchise of late.... Read more »

Cubs Q&A with Comcast Sports Net's Patrick Mooney: Resources, Trade candidates, and Draft

Cubs Q&A with Comcast Sports Net's Patrick Mooney: Resources, Trade candidates, and Draft
We get the chance to talk Cubs with Comcast Sports Net’s Patrick Mooney.  Mooney is doing some great work covering the Cubs and is a favorite of ours. Included below some of Patrick’s answers are links to his work, covering the topics even further. We talk front office resources, trade candidates, and the draft. TL:... Read more »
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How soon could Cubs spend if Wrigley deal approved?

How soon could Cubs spend if Wrigley deal approved?
A lot has been said and written recently regarding the Cubs financial state and the front office’s ability to execute their plan going forward. There have been reports, and I have been told of some frustration in the front office when it comes to financial limitations. Even Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have been telling... Read more »

Rebuilding Emotion

Rebuilding Emotion
If you choose to laugh, like me, the 2013 Cubs figure to provide plenty of fodder. Instead of getting worked up over poor fundamentals, bad defense and simple inadequacies, chalk it up to the ongoing pains of rebuilding. Trust me, it’s easier that way. Take this past weekend’s four game series loss to the Giants,... Read more »

Cubs hire Brandon Hyde as new Farm Director

Cubs hire Brandon Hyde as new Farm Director
One bit of news we did not report yesterday on a busy day was the promotion of Brando Hyde to Farm Director. Hyde already is on the same page with the Cubs front office, emphasizing the need for impact players regardless of position.  According to Patrick Mooney of CSN, Hyde connected with VP of Scouting... Read more »
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Cubs Progress Report Part 3: Front Office, Manager, Coaching Staff

Cubs Progress Report Part 3: Front Office, Manager, Coaching Staff
Continuing on with our progress report series, I’m going to move on to the off-the-field acquisitions… In the past several days, the Cubs have made some big changes, moving Tim Wilken and Ari Kaplan while letting Oneri Fleita and a few others go, including 6 scouts just 2 days ago.  I expect more changes to... Read more »