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World Series Dreaming:
The Cubs’ minor league system 2-3 years ago was not a pretty sight. One of the last top picks before Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer were hired was Hayden Simpson. In 2011 the Cubs selected shortstop Javier Baez with the 9th pick in the draft. That pick has appeared to work out so far, as Baez (at just 20 years old) is at double A Tennessee. In 2012 the Cubs selected outfielder Albert Almora. He is currently in Low-A Kane County hitting everything in sight. This year the Cubs selected third baseman Kris Bryant. Bryant has recently signed and is in his first few games for the Arizona league Cubs prior to a call-up to Boise.
In our mid season top 30 we featured talent as far as the eye could see. I will break down the the top 3 players whom I consider to be elite level players
The elite level group:
1. Albert Almora
2. Javier Baez
3. Kris Bryant
These players are listed in this group because in my opinion, they have plus tools and have the highest potential to be MLB regulars.
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The Texas Rangers have struck first in the mid-season trade market, reportedly acquiring Matt Garza for prospects Mike Olt, CJ Edwards and two others.
New Orleans Zephyrs 9 @ Iowa Cubs 2
This team just got a lot more interesting. I put Mike Olt at #6 on the Cubs top prospects list, which is more a compliment to the Cubs farm system than a diss an Olt, who I think is an Top 80-100 type (Alcantara is a Top 80-100 type too). Justin Grimm has every chance to turn into a righty Travis Wood, also, and he likely won't be in Iowa...
- Alfonso Soriano had a "scheduled" off day on Wednesday versus the Diamondbacks despite some gaudy career numbers against Ian Kennedy (6-for-13, 3 HR's, 7 RBI's, 3 BB's). The Twitter-verse was having none of it and the conspiracies flowed that the Cubs were just awaiting his approval on a deal. Soriano showed up though for a pre-game chat with the reporters...
With Kate Upton, Erin Andrews and Katherine Webb all played out; at least on the internet anyway. The smart owner of an internet news site evolves to see what the next eye candy will be to replace the trio of SEO gold. Holly Sonders seems to be emerging as one of the next page views drivers. Don’t rule out Jenny Dell either.
This is starting to get like 2010; the brunettes are...
Chicago's City Council was set Wednesday to give a final vote on a $500 million renovation of historic Wrigley Field that includes its first massive Jumbotron, improved facilities for the players in the bowels of the 99-year-old ballpark and a hotel across the street.
Under the plan, the Chicago Cubs would erect a 5,700-square-foot electronic Jumbotron in left field above the...
Earlier this afternoon, the Chicago Cubs sent Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers for P C.J. Edwards, 3B/OF Mike Olt, P Justin Grimm and two players to be named later.
This trade is a great deal for both sides. Garza was a known commodity on a pitcher thin market and was most definitely going to be traded. Texas was in the running for him last season, until he injured himself in July...
Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza has been scratched from his start tonight as a deal with the Texas Rangers is close It is safe to say that Garza has made [...]
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Today in Chicago, the Cubs won final approval for a $500 renovation to the 99-year-old ballpark. What will the money buy?
> Nearly enough sawdust to cover the smell of vomit and pee from the bleachers
> A state of the art Jumbotron for Cubs fans to enjoy exciting MLB action, which is to say, the out of town games
> A weed wacker to finally...
After a couple weeks of offensive struggles, the Diamondbacks finally jumped on an opposing pitching staff and they would go on to cruise for an easy 10-4 win over the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night in front of a sparse Chase Field crowd.
The Texas Rangers finally have Matt Garza in their starting rotation.
Texas acquired Garza from the Chicago Cubs in a trade completed Monday, just more than a week before the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline and several days after it initially appeared the two teams had a deal done.
The Rangers have long coveted the 29-year-old right-hander who will provide a boost to a starting...
The New York Yankees have a deal in place to bring Alfonso Soriano back to where his career first started. This is a salary dump by the Cubs. Soriano still has fantasy value left in him and has hit at least 20 home runs in every season since 2002. He already has 17 long balls this season and could add another 10 at Yankee Stadium. Also, considering how much trouble the Yankees have...
I was born in December 1965 at Skokie Valley Hospital and raised primarily in the suburbs of Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg. My father, of course, was a Cubs fan and of course I grew up a Cubs fan as well. I do not remember too much from my youngest days; however, I do remember that my dad took me to see my first game at Wrigley Field in 1972.
I do not remember how we drove into...
The Yankees already have a roster of overpriced, aging former superstars. So what’s one more?
According to multiple reports, the Yankees are talking with the Chicago Cubs about a trade that would send Alfonso Soriano back to New York where he started his career.
According to the New York Post, the Yankees are actually “close” to acquiring the outfielder from Chicago. It’s...
The New York Yankees are in talks to acquire left fielder Alfonso Soriano from the Chicago Cubs, according to a major league source.
The deal is close, according to George King of the New York Post. But the source said the two sides have not reached agreement, and Soriano would need to waive his no-trade clause to join the Yankees, the source said.
Soriano, 37, rejected a trade...
All of the major scouting outlets have published their midseason top prospects updates by now, which is good since the season is well over halfway through. I rounded up a bunch of them (from Baseball America, Bullpen Banter, Baseball Prospectus's Jason Parks, ESPN's Keith Law, and minorleagueball's John Sickels) and pulled the rankings for Cub prospects, including newly...