Category: Roster decisions

Cubs face roster decisions as Rule 5 Draft deadline approaches

Cubs face roster decisions as Rule 5 Draft deadline approaches
It is that time of year again. The deadline to protect eligible players from the Rule 5 Draft by adding them to a club’s 40-man roster falls this Wednesday, so let’s take a look at the decisions the Cubs will be facing this week. Last season the Cubs added just one prospect (Justin Steele) from... Read more »

Surplus Assets and Future Roster Allocation Heading Into 2019 Trade Deadline

Surplus Assets and Future Roster Allocation Heading Into 2019 Trade Deadline
Over the past three years I have had a lot of fun creating an audit of the Cubs system in order to diagnose which prospects, or at least group of prospects, the Cubs would choose to make most available in deadline deals. I have been very happy with the results, even if the timing of... Read more »

Lester to 10-day Injured List

Lester to 10-day Injured List
The Cubs have placed Jon Lester on the 10-day IL with a hamstring injury suffered running the bases after his RBI double on Monday. The team performed an MRI today, but the results, and the severity of the injury have not been reported at this time. In the short run, the Cubs will need to... Read more »
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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 »