Category: News and Notes

Winter Leagues Week 6

Winter Leagues Week 6
Good morning! The winter leagues got a boost this week as the Mexican Pacific League resumed, while the Dominican League moved into week two. There were some great performances by some former prospects in the DWL, and there was some no-hitter flirtation in the LMP. For more details, take a look inside!       Dominican... Read more »

Roster decisions for Rule 5 Draft deadline due today

Roster decisions for Rule 5 Draft deadline due today
In some years the deadline to add players to the 40-man roster in order to protect them from selection in the Rule 5 Draft causes a flurry of moves and plenty of concern from fans regarding the club’s decisions. This will not be one of those years. At this moment the Cubs have six open slots... Read more »

Winter Leagues Week 4

Winter Leagues Week 4
Good morning! There was good news and bad news this past week in the winter leagues. For both, see today’s notes. On the field, pitching once again was in the forefront. For all of the details, take a look inside.     Mexican Pacific League Cañeros de los Mochis It wasn’t a good beginning for... Read more »
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Winter Leagues Week 1

Winter Leagues Week 1
By Tom Usiak Good Morning! And welcome back to Cubs Den’s exclusive coverage of Cubs prospects playing in the winter leagues. This year brings many challenges, and covering the winter leagues will be a part of that. Information has been very tight, and Cubs Den will be diligent in keeping readers up to date. Due... Read more »

News and Notes before the Cubs season opens tonight

News and Notes before the Cubs season opens tonight
I was planning to release a season preview this morning, but there was some news and notes from last night that bear mentioning first. League and Player Union agree to expanded playoffs Crazy things can happen in a 60-game season. For instance, at the 60-game mark last season the Washington Nationals were several games under .500... Read more »

Cubs set Opening Day 30-man roster

Cubs set Opening Day 30-man roster
40-Man Roster Moves Added to 40-Man: LHRP Rex Brothers, C Josh Phegley DFA: UT Robel Garcia To 45-Day IL: UT Daniel Descalso Opted Out of Playing in 2020: OF Mark Zagunis The Robel Garcia story was a lot of fun while it lasted. I’m unclear at this writing if Garcia has actually cleared waivers or... Read more »
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Cubs add Kipnis to 40-man and other notes

Cubs add Kipnis to 40-man and other notes
Sometimes roster moves are inevitable. It has been clear for some time Jason Kipnis would be a member of the Chicago Cubs 2020 Opening Day roster. Coming in on a Minor League deal with an invite to spring training, Kipnis brought appeal as a reliable veteran presence, and most importantly as a proven left-handed bat... Read more »

Catching up on Cubs news and notes as season approaches

Catching up on Cubs news and notes as season approaches
It has been a long and winding road, there have been several times when I didn’t believe we would reach the goal, but the start of the 2020 MLB season is now within sight. I don’t know how I feel about it (we’ll get to that later), and I do expect we will see more... Read more »

Which players will form the Cubs taxi squad in 2020?

Which players will form the Cubs taxi squad in 2020?
With MLB implementing a 60-game schedule set to kick off in late July, and the MLBPA signing off on a July 1st report start date for a three week ramp up for training, lets assume all of the health and safety protocols will be met and break down which 60 players the Cubs could bring... Read more »
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Welcome (Back) to Chicago, Jason Kipnis

Welcome (Back) to Chicago, Jason Kipnis
The Cubs have signed former Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis to a minor league deal. Did you know that he’s from Chicago? Yes, that is sarcasm. Everyone knows he’s from Chicago (specifically, Northbrook), and everyone remembers the home run he hit off of John Lackey in Game 4 of the 2016 World Series. But he’s... Read more »