Category: Roster decisions

Taking Stock and Looking Forward: The Outfield

Taking Stock and Looking Forward: The Outfield
As we continue our ongoing delve into the various areas of haves, wants, and needs of our beloved Cubs, I turn my attention to the outfield. I began this series with a look at the bullpen situation because I feel that unit has the most question marks and may receive the most attention, at least... Read more »

Taking Stock and Looking Forward: The Bullpen

Taking Stock and Looking Forward: The Bullpen
The Cubs offseason is off to a start I don’t think any of us expected. A coaching carousel, reports of financial constraints, and rumors of discord within the clubhouse have chipped away at our utopian visions of baseball domination. We were supposed to sign Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, trade our spare parts for Jacob... 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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I Know the Pieces Fit

I Know the Pieces Fit
Mike Banghart: The Cubs are currently analyzing their organization top to bottom trying to find ways to improve. Here at Cubs Den the analysis might not be nearly as in depth, but we also are trying to improve the site for what should be one of the most exciting offseasons in several seasons for the... Read more »

Surplus Trade Assets and Future Roster Allocation Heading Into The Deadline

Surplus Trade Assets and Future Roster Allocation Heading Into The Deadline
Major League teams are no longer waiting until the trade deadline to begin making major moves. It is quite clear after the past couple of seasons that the All-Star break is now a key time of year in the trade market. With that in mind, lets take a look at the players throughout the Cubs organization the... 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 »

Victor Caratini Makes Roster: Cubs Roster Picture Becomes Clearer

Victor Caratini Makes Roster: Cubs Roster Picture Becomes Clearer
I’m mildly surprised. Caratini makes MLB team over Gimenez. — Sahadev Sharma (@sahadevsharma) March 24, 2018 Joe Maddon and the front office has decided to make the decision of bat over defense in terms of catcher. The path may have been cleared from Yu Darvish’s stated preference of Willson Contreras at the outset, but it... Read more »

Spring Training Prospect Notes: Roster and Statistical Update

Spring Training Prospect Notes: Roster and Statistical Update
The Cubs sent nine players to the Minors on Tuesday, leaving 40 players remaining in Major League camp, including ten Non-Roster Invites: Pitchers: Anthony Bass, Justin Hancock, Kyle Ryan Catchers: Taylor Davis, Chris Gimenez, Ali Solis  Infielders: Ryan Court, Mike Freeman, Efren Navarro Outfielders: Peter Bourjos Chris Gimenez (.280/.357/.400 in 28 PA this spring) is all but assured a 40-man roster slot and the backup catcher... Read more »
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The Now and the Near Future

The Now and the Near Future
For over a hundred years the next season always held some allure because the current one rarely did. There was only an occasional pennant race to hold our attention, and so there was always Next Year, floating just out of reach. Tempting us to look ahead, to dream about the potential World Series glory to come.... Read more »