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Over the past few blogs we have talked about the lack of depth in the infield for the Chicago Cubs, and how that is going to be a big problem moving forward in the 2013 season.. Ryno4ever started taking a look at how the roster currently breaks down. If you notice, only major league ready backup infielder who is currently on the 40 man roster is Luis Valbuena. He is a fine reserve infielder who can play third, second as well as short stop. But that leaves a glaring hole at first base. Obviously, Anthony Rizzo is going to play just about every day, but even the toughest players need a breather now and then. Since there are no other major league ready infielders who are likely to break camp currently on the 40 man roster, we turn our attention to the non-roster invitees to find the Cubs 25th man.
Looking over the list of players who were signed to minor league deals, and given an invite to big league camp, there are only three players who are listed as infielders. Do any of these nam...
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Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano remains on the trade
block, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, and right-hander Matt
Garza could join him once he regains his health, reports Jim Bowden of ESPN.
Focus on Garza is get him healthy and in our rotation.that could change because not signed past this year and we need to collect talent #SXM
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm...
John Sickels has published his 2013 farm system rankings and the Cubs are 10th. That's 10 spots better than a year ago. The Cubs system has improved quite a bit.
10) Chicago Cubs (20): Another system that has improved quickly. Strengths: hitting at the top: Javier Baez, Albert Almora, Jorge Soler, Dan Vogelbach is a very impressive quartet and there is depth beyond them. Good...
John Sickels has the Cubs minor league system rated #10 in his latest rankings. Last year they were 20th. The Cardinals are #1, the Pirates are #5, the Reds are #15 and the Brewers are #23.
10) Chicago Cubs (20): Another system that has improved quickly. Strengths: hitting at the top: Javier Baez, Albert Almora, Jorge Soler, Dan Vogelbach is a very impressive quartet and there...
Castro looks to be one of only a few fantasy stars for the Cubbies in 2013.Photo by Flickr user Maggie not Margaret.
Chicago Cubs — Predicted Finish: Fifth Place, NL Central
Oh Theo, are you regretting the move to Chi-town yet?!?
Your best…well…at least most recognizable player, Starlin Castro, is the antithesis of your batting philosophy exercised in Boston. YET if you trade...
Is there a chance that the Mets could check in on Cubs centerfielder Tony Campana? With Scott Hairston joining a crowded outfield situation in Chicago, Campana seems to be the odd man out now. Given the latest on the Michael Bourn front it seems unlikely that the Mets will sign him so why not go after Campana and add some speed and defense to the team via that route...
I'm pretty excited about the lower levels of our second basemen, but that's not to say that everything is roses. There's a good chance that the entire upper two levels of minors turns over completely by the end of the year (save Watkins, who might actually graduate to the majors by the end of 2013).
Filling those gaps will be some exciting names, though. One in particular...
Social media is great; it has definitely changed the world. It is a great tool to connect with others, promote your business or stay up to date with your favorite athletes, but it can also get you in trouble. That’s what happened last night, on Twitter, with Cubs OF Dave Sappelt. In case you don’t have a Twitter account, or were out in the icy mess that occurred in Chicago trying...
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2012 Affiliate Records
MLB: [61-101] NL Central
AAA: [53-87] Pacific Coast League – Iowa
AA: [72-68] Southern League – Tennessee
A+: [59-74] Florida State League – Daytona
A: [63-75] Midwest League – Peoria (Kane County beginning 2013)
A(ss): [37-39] Northwest League...
Yes! The news is finally official! After the longest physical in the history of western civilization the Cubs have signed Carlos Villanueva! So who is this mysterious pitcher from another country (Canada)?
A Carlos Raúl Villanueva no le gustaban los obesos.
— Alexander (@AlexMateran12) January 28, 2013
Huh. Actually I don’t think that’s the right guy.
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Baseball Operations Position to Report to Assistant GM
Yesterday, the baseball world was rocked by yet another steroid scandal in baseball. Okay, maybe the baseball world was not rocked, as steroids have been a part of baseball since the early 1990s (if not well before) and will be for many years to come. The Miami based “anti-aging clinic”, which has been nicknamed the East Coast Balco, supplied steroids to athletes from all sports...