Category: News and Notes

Winter Leagues Week 13

Winter Leagues Week 13
Good morning! The post-holiday playoffs are in full swing for the winter leagues. In Puerto Rico, one team closed out their series while the others had theirs postponed. While in Venezuela, the leader board seems to change on a daily basis as they near the end of the regular season. For more, take a look... Read more »

Winter Leagues Week 12

Winter Leagues Week 12
Good morning! Hope everyone had a good New Year, and are looking forward to year full of baseball. The time between the holidays is always a slow one for the winter leagues, but there was still plenty of Cubs prospect action. For more, take a look inside!       Venezuelan Winter League Bravos de... Read more »

Winter Leagues Week 11

Winter Leagues Week 11
Good Morning!  Wishing everyone had a good holiday and are staying safe as we enter a new year. The beginning of the holidays usually means an abbreviated schedule in the winter leagues. But Cubs prospects were still able to shine in the past week. For more details, take a look inside.       Mexican... Read more »
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Winter Leagues Week 9

Winter Leagues Week 9
Good morning! Now the entire Caribbean is begun  their winter leagues as the Roberto Clemente League in Puerto Rico opened last Tuesday. That meant more chances for former and present Cubs prospects to show their stuff. For more information on all of the action, take a look inside!       Dominican Winter League Toros... Read more »

Winter Leagues Week 7

Winter Leagues Week 7
Good Morning! Without fanfare, Venezuela began their winter leagues this past Friday. Meanwhile, it was a tale of two pitching performances in the Mexican Pacific League, and some former prospects shined in the Dominican Republic. For more,take a look inside!       Note: With more prospects seeing action this winter, Cubs Den will focus... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »