Category: News and Notes

Cubs lose pitching coach and make a flurry of moves as Rule 5 deadline passes

Cubs lose pitching coach and make a flurry of moves as Rule 5 deadline passes
It was a busy day throughout the Majors as tonight was the deadline to protect players eligible for the Rule 5 draft by adding them to the 40-man roster. Several rebuilding clubs needed to make room for large groups of prospects. But before we get into the details, the Cubs learned they will need to... Read more »

Cubs Rumors, Minor League Deals, and a Look Around the Division

Cubs Rumors, Minor League Deals, and a Look Around the Division
The hot stove isn’t hot or even tepid at this point. Room temperature, maybe? I think that may be the best descriptor for the current situation as the front office took the temperature of the room at the GM meetings and now has an idea of who is available, at what price, and when movement in... Read more »

News And Notes From Around The Central Division

News And Notes From Around The Central Division
Brewers lose one former Cubs coach, add another When Anthony Iapoce left to take a Major League job as the Rangers Hitting Coach in 2016, the Cubs hired Andy Haines as his replacement as the Minor League Hitting Coordinator. Last season, Haines was elevated to the Cubs MLB staff as the assistant to Chili Davis.... Read more »
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Cubs finalize roster as free agency kicks off

Cubs finalize roster as free agency kicks off
Cubs Outright Terrance Gore, Mike Freeman; Claim Jack Reinheimer from Mets The Cubs cleared a pair of roster spots by outrighting speedster Terrance Gore and veteran utility man Mike Freeman off the 40-man roster, making both free agents. The Cubs could certainly entertain the idea of bringing Gore back on a Minor League deal for... Read more »

Happy Anniversary; Catching up on a few roster moves; And new rumors; UPDATE: Smyly traded

Happy Anniversary; Catching up on a few roster moves; And new rumors; UPDATE: Smyly traded
Two Years Ago Today The only anniversary that matters…#Cubs pic.twitter.com/Fw0eWnMJ6Z — Michael Ernst (@mj_ernst) November 2, 2018 Hats To The Left For One More Year As expected the Cubs exercised their $6.25M option on Pedro Strop for the 2019 season. This comes a day after the club picked up the $10.5M option on left handed starter... Read more »

Chicago Cubs Offseason Primer

Chicago Cubs Offseason Primer
Congratulations To Boston and Their Fans First of all, a tip of the baseball cap to the 2018 Boston Red Sox on their World Series Championship. This was a juggernaut club with a valid argument to be considered among the greatest in baseball history. Few clubs achieve a 108-win season, and even among those that do,... Read more »
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Cubs IFA and Draft signings update

Cubs IFA and Draft signings update
Today marks the first day of the 2018-19 international signing period and it also marks the beginning of the end for the 2018 draft signings, as the deadline to sign most players comes this Friday. IFA Signings I gave a preview of the Cubs potential targets last week and the team did indeed sign all... Read more »

Cubs 2018 International Free Agency Primer

Cubs 2018 International Free Agency Primer
Under penalty the past two years, the Cubs have taken a roundabout approach during the international free agency periods, focusing the majority of their limited resources on Mexico and other non-traditional markets like Panama and Colombia. Their signings out of the Dominican Republic and Venezuela have mostly focused on polished, but lower ceiling players. Come this July,... Read more »

Minor Leagues Notes: Opening Day rosters take shape

Minor Leagues Notes: Opening Day rosters take shape
It appears the Cubs four full-season affiliates will enter the season at near-full health, just as the big club did. The organization has enough healthy depth that the they were able to release ten players and trade another last week, yet have not gone outside the organization to bring in additional help, save the signing of veteran utility man Chris Coghlan.... Read more »
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Cubs reclaim Mazzoni off waivers; Sign Coghlan to Minor League deal

Cubs reclaim Mazzoni off waivers; Sign Coghlan to Minor League deal
Remember when the Cubs, Rangers and Phillies shuffled David Rollins between their organizations several times in November-December of 2016, all in an effort to stash the lefty reliever in AAA? I wouldn’t blame you if you don’t, because it was the offseason, and it… well it involved David Rollins, an obscure LOOGY. But it happened,... Read more »