Posts in category "Front Office"

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 »

Theo and Jed Progress Report, Part 2: MLB Free Agents and other non-trade acquisitions

Theo and Jed Progress Report, Part 2: MLB Free Agents and other non-trade acquisitions
The Cubs aren’t going to go big in free agency.   We’ve seen what happened in the latter portion of the Jim Hendry/Tribune era.  The Cubs spent $300M and didn’t win a playoff game.  Even worse, it allowed them a short window of success that is now being followed by a longer window of decline.... Read more »

Cubs make sweeping changes to front office: Fleita, Wasserstrom out; Kaplan, Nelson reassigned

Cubs make sweeping changes to front office: Fleita, Wasserstrom out; Kaplan, Nelson reassigned
Updated 1:04 PM The Cubs are making sweeping changes to their front office.  According to Paul Sullivan, the Cubs have also re-assigned Ari Kaplan from Manager of Statistical Analysis to a consulting position and have eliminated Chuck Wasserstrom’s position, which was Manager of Baseball Information.  They are also looking to find a new position for Scott Nelson,... Read more »
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Cubs could target June for phase 2 of rebuilding

Cubs could target June for phase 2 of rebuilding
Just about the time the Marlon Byrd deal was going down I was talking with someone familiar with the Cubs plan. I was told the Cubs are working the phones hard now, and the Byrd deal proves it. This front office has a lot more bodies to shuffle and they seem to have the go... Read more »
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