Category: News and Notes

Update on salary arbitration process

Update on salary arbitration process
Today marks the day when clubs and representatives for arbitration eligible players present their requested salary figures for the 2019 season and schedule an arbitration hearing date for early February. As this is the first day when both sides can see what the other is asking for in the process, many deals are struck today that... Read more »

Cubs Announce Minor League Staff Assignments

Cubs Announce Minor League Staff Assignments
The Cubs announced their Minor League staff assignments for the 2019 season. First, the coaching staffs at each level include few surprises, with all of the managers for the club’s full season affiliates returning. You won’t find a pair of managers more experienced than Marty Pevey and Buddy Bailey. Each has coached for 30 years... Read more »

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 13

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 13
Good morning! The first week of the new year saw Cubs popping up everywhere in the off-season leagues. To see where the new faces showed up and how they fared, take a look inside today’s report. Dominican Winter League Leones del Escogido Escogido took some steps to separate from the field in round-robin play as... Read more »
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Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 12

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 12
Good morning, and a Happy New Year to everyone at Cubs Den! As the regular season moves into the final weekend for Cubs in the off-season leagues, there have been some surprising appearances and re-appearances. For more information, take a look inside today’s report. Dominican Winter League Leones del Escogido Escogido improved their record to... Read more »

Addison Russell; Pat Hughes signs extension; Minor League deals

Addison Russell; Pat Hughes signs extension; Minor League deals
Further allegations against Addison Russell On Tuesday, the mother of one of Addison Russell’s children posted details on Instagram alleging the Cubs shortstop’s failure to pay child support. Screenshots from @MalEngstrom’s Instagram page detailing interactions with #AddisonRussell in regards to their daughter. She says she was paid about $600 of child support in quarters and... Read more »

Orioles (officially) hire Hyde as manager; Potential replacements; Cubs rumored in pursuit of Descalso

Orioles (officially) hire Hyde as manager; Potential replacements; Cubs rumored in pursuit of Descalso
I’d like to apologize for not really keeping pace with the articles during the Winter Meetings, but frankly I despise reporting on rumors, and was sort of waiting for concrete news to drop, that unfortunately never did. The Cubs were in “lockdown” mode, pursuing creative avenues to free up cash and roster space in order... Read more »
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Cubs news and notes: Lee Smith headed to the Hall; World Series hero Miguel Montero retires

Cubs news and notes: Lee Smith headed to the Hall; World Series hero Miguel Montero retires
Lee Smith headed to the Hall of Fame The man who held the Major League saves record for 13 years finally got the call to Cooperstown. A seven-time All Star, Lee Smith led his league in saves on four occasions, and finished in the Top 5 of Cy Young voting three times. He also set the MLB... Read more »

A few of the Cubs minor free agents sign elsewhere; Another coach departs organization

A few of the Cubs minor free agents sign elsewhere; Another coach departs organization
  Hancock to Japan Recently non-tendered reliever Justin Hancock has signed a one-year deal with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. His contract is for $620K, a figure well above the approximate $200K he would have made with the Cubs on a split contract, so financially at least the Cubs decision paid off for Hancock. His situation... Read more »

Latest Rumors: Cubs interested in adding leadership; Hyde a managerial candidate

Latest Rumors: Cubs interested in adding leadership; Hyde a managerial candidate
Player movement was dammed up in the early part of the offseason as teams mostly focused on positioning themselves for the large number of high profile stars on the free agent and trade market, but over the past week some of the sluice gates have been opened. And of course, to the surprise of no one familiar... Read more »
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Cubs Offseason Tracker

Cubs Offseason Tracker
Transactions Additions 2019 Options exercised: Cole Hamels (team), Jose Quintana (team), Pedro Strop (team), Brandon Kintzler (player) Via Trade: RHP Rowan Wick Re-signed: LHP Kyle Ryan (MiLB FA signed to MLB deal) Non-40 Man Roster Additions: OF Johnny Field (waivers), LHP Jerry Vasto (waivers) Subtractions Traded: LHP Drew Smyly, 2B Tommy La Stella, 3B Jason... Read more »