Category: Offseason

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 17

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 17
Good morning, and welcome to Cubs Den’s final coverage of Cubs in the off-season leagues. In today’s report, the Mexican Pacific and Australian Baseball Leagues crown champions while Cubs Den names their Player and Pitcher of the Winter. Cubs Den Player of the Winter Nico Hoerner, INF Almost as soon as his name was announced as their first... Read more »

Caribbean World Series Preview

Caribbean World Series Preview
A last-minute change has the Caribbean World Series taking place in Panama this year, as teams are preparing for a ten-game round-robin to begin on Monday. With the change in venue, Toros de Herrera from Panama have been invited to participate. Here is a preview of the tournament, with the finals on February 10.  Cuba... Read more »

Cubs Hire Mark Loretta and Bob Tewksbury to Fill Out Coaching Staff

Cubs Hire Mark Loretta and Bob Tewksbury to Fill Out Coaching Staff
The Cubs finalized their coaching staff on Wednesday hiring a new bench coach and mental skills coordinator. Brandon Hyde, bench coach in 2018, took the managerial job with the Baltimore Orioles last month. Darnell McDonald was the first person to hold the job of mental skills coordinator when it was created in 2015. Speculation about... Read more »
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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 »

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 10

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 10
Good Morning! This week for Cubs in the off-season leagues has seen new additions, as the Cubs added Luis Lugo in the winter meetings while Victor Caratini joined the Roberto Clemente League. For more, take a look inside today’s report. Dominican Winter League Aguilas Cibaenas Cibaenas was not able to take advantage of the rest they... 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 in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 9

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 9
Good morning! As the calendar turns to December, some of the half-season contracts for Cubs in the off-season leagues begin to expire, while others are heading home for the holidays. However, the games do go on and players like Ryan Court are looking for a chance to hook-up with an MLB team, quite possibly a... 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 in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 8

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 8
Good morning! The Cubs are seeing a rising force in the off-season leagues, as Kwang-Min Kwon is emerging as a player in far off Australia. For more about Kwon and the rest of the Cubs, take a look inside today’s report. Dominican Winter League Aguilas Cibaenas Despite pounding out 9 hits on Monday, Cibaenas could... Read more »