Found February 16, 2013 on
There are 6 Cubs players who are out of options meaning they cannot be optioned to the minor leagues. They would have to be placed on waivers instead. Those players are: Michael Bowden, Welington Castillo, Rafael Dolis, Jeff Samardzija, Luis Valbuena and Travis Wood.
There are no concerns that Jeff Samardzija would need to be optioned to the minors, but that's not necessarily true of the others. The next safest player would be the Cubs starting catcher, Welington Castillo, but even he is no lock to nail down the job.
There are two reasons why Travis Wood is all but assured of being in the rotation when the season opens: he's one of the five best starters and because he's out of options. Well, he could go to the bullpen, you might say. The Cubs already have James Russell as their LOOGY and don't really need another lefty in the bullpen. Travis Wood has a lot more value in the rotation than he does in the bullpen. It doesn't hurt that he's also better than Carl...
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Dale Sveum said yesterday that Scott Feldman will be the 4th starter for the Cubs. He also confirmed what we already knew in that Scott Baker won't be ready to start the season.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Scott Baker, coming back from Tommy John surgery last year, most likely will not be ready by Opening Day, and that Scott Feldman will start and won't need to multi-task...
The 2013 version of the Cubs Bunting Tournament is rapidly approaching and the Cubs beat writers seem pretty psyched about it. Carrie Muskat, Paul Sullivan, and Jesse Rogers are all Twitpic-ing the **** out of the brackets they've seen so far this morning.
The first bracket is actually a play-in tourney for the 64th spot in the main tournament between some baseball ops, media...
The 2013 Cubs playoff odds are now available on Baseball Prospectus.
These odds are based on preliminary depth charts, with teams still having many roster moves to make before the season starts. Thus, they aren’t etched in stone, they’re etched in sand. And these are PECOTA’s estimates of what would happen if the season were played thousands of times. PECOTA is not infallible...
Heading into the offseason the Cubs were attractive target for pitchers looking to establish, or reestablish, themselves as a starter. The Cubs finished season with Matt Garza and Jeff Samardzija as the only locks on a rotation spot. An added bonus for those guys is that the Cubs would have more patience with them since the Cubs are unlikely to be in a playoff hunt. The Cubs...
With Tony Campana being designated for assignment, he was removed from this year’s Buntfest, and a spot opened up. What did the Chicago Cubs decide to do with their open spot? They had a play-in tournament with all the front office and PR personal. The play-in round was today and has just concluded.
The winner of the 64th seed in this year’s Buntfest belongs to Nate “The Video...
ESPN Chicago radio's weekly Saturday Baseball gabfest, "Talking Baseball" found Jed Hoyer hitting the airwaves one more time. Questions covered Scott Baker's status, Scott Feldman'rotation status, Wrigley renovations, Hot Prospects (Soler and Baez), the Cubs interest in Michael Bourn, trading a reliever (Carlos Marmol) and life with Theo. Finally, Jed's...
Everybody was in the best shape of their lives and having fun watching Jed and Theo try their hand at bunting. Good times were had by all. That was yesterday.
Today, Matt Garza stepped up on the mound to face live hitters for the first time since July. It did not go well. He ended up leaving early after getting a visit from a trainer. On the plus side, everyone agreed he looked...
Last season Joe Mather was signed to a minor league contract and then made the team. Joe Mather was not any good. Not before he signed with the Cubs and especially not with the Cubs. Despite this, he still had nearly 250 plate appearances.
Joe Mather was the worst player in baseball last year. Baseball Reference only thought he was the 5th worst player in baseball.
In four seasons...
News coming out of Mesa, Arizona is not good for the Chicago Cubs, their fans, or the current plans or a rebuild. The idea of possibly trading Matt Garza during the season may be taking a big hit.
According to several twitter reports coming out of Cubs camp, Garza had to cut his first live batting practice session short. After calling out Head Athletic Trainer Chris Bosio, Garza...
Sam Gillikin turned down an $800000 offer from the Chicago Cubs to play college baseball for Auburn. Yesterday, he robbed Maine to pay Auburn.
Damek Tomscha hit a home run in the 9th, sending...
Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com
I just joined Twitter because they made me. You can follow me there @CubicSnarkonia. Yay?
Anyways, Anno collected some of the most relevant tweets. I’m too lazy to try to embed them all so will just put them in quotes and you can all deal.
Here’s one about the recently-departed (to Arizona, not Heaven) Bob Brenly:
@PWSullivan: Crane declines to comment on the botched negotiations...
…you guys get a rare bullets post from us. Because seriously, I can’t wait for spring training to get underway so we can begin a countdown to Opening Day. There are a bunch of Cactus League games to play, of course, and some of them are on TV and radio too. Position players report to camp on Saturday.
I began the day at the gym, shooting free throws under an assumed name...
The Cubs have a few interesting names at third, but most of them are quite far away. Depending on how you feel about Vitters (and Baez), you could see some pretty sub-standard production from the hot corner for quite a long time. Where's Aramis when you need him?