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Cubs’ 2B Darwin Barney’s reelection to retain his starting position might be down to the 69 games remaining in the Cubs’ 2013 regular season. Perhaps the voters will give him a reprieve and he will earn one more year to prove that he deserves to be elected to the same six year terms awarded to teammates Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo. What is undeniable is that a hard-charging challenger in the Cubs’ system, Arismendy Alcantara, has to be making Barney feel a little skittish these days.
No will ever dispute that Darwin Barney is a superb defensive second baseman. In addition to committing only three errors since Opening Day 2012, Barney ranges far to his left and right to make difficult plays. However, how much can a slick glove compensate for offensive deficiencies? Among all major league second baseman with a minimum of 275 plate appearances, Barney ranks last in batting average (.222) and in on-base-percentage (.272), and his .344 slugging percentage bests only the Chi...
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As a Cubs fan (ostensibly – why would you read this otherwise?), you really haven't had many reasons to cheer this year. Arguably, the most exciting good thing is that the one the Cubs' tradeable pieces didn't get hurt long enough to be traded (Jake Arrieta, hello! I wish it was 2009 so I could be excited). We've seen Starlin Castro go from "young budding star...
As the Chicago Cubs continue to trade away key players from their major league roster, the team looks to rebuild the franchise through the minor leagues. Since the big league club is on hiatus for the All-Star break, let’s go down to the farm to check in on some of the organization’s best young prospects.
Iowa Cubs (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League, 48-50)
Let's talk about a possible Jeff Samardzija extension for a bit.
Jeff Samardzija has been mentioned in some trade rumors though I find it unlikely he'll be traded. He's in his first year of arbitration this season and has two more before he can file for free agency after the 2015 season. The Cubs have a few options:
Give him a contract extension
Go through arbitration...
Daytona Cubs 3 @ Charlotte Stone Crabs 4 (11 innings)
Chadd Krist had the best daym, probably, with two singles and two walks. Ben Carhart and Dustin Geiger each added a double; Geiger also had two singles. Pin-Chieh Chen was 2-4 with a triple. That was every hit.
Yao-Lin Wang took the bump and was an out away from a QS. He went 5.2 innings but allowed only 2 runs. Austin...
The Chicago Cubs have told starting pitcher Matt Garza that he will likely be traded after talks between the two sides over a contract extension broke down. Garza is considered one of the top pitchers available via trade this summer and Chicago’s asking price is reportedly very high.
According to Jim Bowden, there is an 80 percent chance that Garza will be traded before his next...
Law came out with his earlier today and now it's John Sickels of Minor League Ball's turn. Below are the top Cubs prospects.
14. Javier Baez
18. Albert Almora
23. Jorge Soler
57. Arismendy Alcantara
His list does not include 2013 draftees.
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Very few teams played, as this is the ASB for AA and AAA.
Boise Hawks 3 @ Hillsboro Hops 0
The Hawks didn't have a lot of offense here, but they didn't need it. Daniel Lockhart, Jacob Rogers, and Lance Rymel each had a pair of singles; Rymel added a walk. The only XBH was a double by light-hitting Carlos Penalver. Yasiel Balaguert, probably the biggest prospect of the...
The Chicago Cubs appear to have serious suitors as the race to acquire Matt Garza continues. While no deal appears likely within the next 24-48 hours, it does look likely that Garza has pitched his last game in a Cubs uniform.
It appears that the Texas Rangers and the Arizona Diamondbacks are in the lead in the Matt Garza race, with the Red Sox right behind them.
It is very likely that the Cubs deal Matt Garza, but we don't know where he'll land. The teams interested in Garza are the Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Rangers, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Cardinals, Pirates, Indians and others, but it appears that the AL teams are in the lead in the Garza race and by a wide margain, according to this report from Tom Loxas of Cubs Now:
Cubs 2013 Draft
The signing deadline for the 2013 MLB Draft was last Friday. The Cubs' official website has been unusually light in the details of who has actually signed and who hasn't but I think we connect the dots pretty accurately. Three of the top 25 picks didn't sign, and it looks like those three are Daniel Poncedeleon (RHP, 14th), Josh McCauley (RHP, 21st),...
Keith Law has just published his top 50 prospects at the midway point of the 2013 season. The Cubs have a number of players in that list.
15. Kris Bryant
20. Jorge Soler
25. Albert Almora
27. Javier Baez
One of the honorable mentions is Arismendy Alcantara
That's a lot of talent in the minor leagues. Too bad Mark Appel wasn't available as he's the number 9 prospect...
Starlin Castro came into the year with high hopes from fantasy owners everywhere. His draft position reflected the lofty goals that he had forced upon himself by having two solid seasons in 2011 and 2012 from a very shallow position. When you consider aging curves, most people expected Castro to take a leap forward in 2013. He came into year ranked 39 by Yahoo! and had an ADP of...
23-year-old Junior Lake will be added to Chicago’s 25-man roster and OF Brian Bogusevic will be placed on the DL before the Cubs open a three-game series at Colorado on Friday.
The Texas Rangers tried to acquire right-hander Matt Garza from the Chicago Cubs a year ago, but an injury to Garza prevented the deal from happening.
Well, the Rangers are trying again.
The Rangers and Cubs have had extensive talks on Garza and discussed the framework of a trade, but other teams remain involved in the talks, according to major-league sources.
One of those teams...
Our look at potential trade targets of Ruben Amaro Jr. and the Phillies continues with a pair of Chicago Cubs: Nate Schierholtz and Carlos Villanueva.
Schierholtz, whom the Phillies non-tendered over the winter after acquiring last July as part of the Hunter Pence trade, has had the best first-half of his career after finally getting to play every day.
Schierholtz has hit .269...