Category: Offseason

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 »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »

Cubs tender 2019 contract to Addison Russell

Cubs tender 2019 contract to Addison Russell
First the statement from Russell: And now the statement from Epstein: I’ve made my stance clear on this matter over the past couple of months, and only have a few things to add. First, let me say that in my opinion the public apology, and acceptance of responsibility by Russell was long past due. Everyone will need to... Read more »

Cubs need to begin trusting young pitchers in 2019

Cubs need to begin trusting young pitchers in 2019
For all the talk of fixing the offense this offseason, there is hidden danger lurking within the other half of the roster that has not received enough attention. Jon Lester, Cole Hamels, Brandon Morrow, Steve Cishek, Pedro Strop, Brandon Kintzler, Brian Duensing. What do these seven pitchers have in common? They will all turn 34 or older during the 2019 season. Even if the... Read more »
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Cubs Rumors Roundup and Roster Updates

Cubs Rumors Roundup and Roster Updates
Pitching Coach Search I promised to provide further thoughts on the Cubs Pitching Coach search after the team announced Jim Hickey was stepping away due to personal reasons just before the Thanksgiving break and so here we go. It appears that the early front runner for the gig is an internal option. According to Sahadev... Read more »